REVIEW:ARCHER CLASS SHIP by tak5haka from SFMuk Admin's blog

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Introduction


The Archer Class is a small ship, designed for border patrol, escort and scouting duties. It fits nicely into the post-Voyager era.


The kit I originally obtained my Archers from Ravenstar, although now the moulds are in the possession of Starship Creations. What you get for your £7.50 are three full ships – one-piece kits of the main body and pylons and two nacelles each. The flash was minimal and little clean up was needed, except on the nacelles which needed some work. Because it is an original design there is little reference on how the ship goes together, except for a few pictures online, but it is pretty simple to figure out that the nacelles go on the end of the pylons!


Construction, painting, and finishing


Once the ship is built, it is quite simple to paint – the fine detailing means that a simple paint scheme is best, I primed with a dark grey (Halfords Grey Primer) and then drybrushed the base coat (Games Workshop’s Fortress Grey) – this left all the panel lines and windows intact, eliminating the need to go back over them with a fine-lining pen. Because I was looking to match the paint scheme with other ships, I highlighted some of the panels in different blues/greys, added the blue for the nacelles and deflector (Games Workshop’s Ice Blue) and then proceeded onto decaling.


As the kits came without decals, I created my own for the pennants and registries. Being so small, they were a bit fiddly, but went on quite nicely. The ship was the gloss coated to protect it and dullcoated on top of that.


Conclusions


I think this is a great little ship, fiddly at times, but well worth it. The size means it can be completed quickly – enabling you to bolster your 1/2500 fleet pretty fast! Below are some pictures of my first completed Archer.






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