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A few months agao Starship Creations released a couple of new Romulan ships which had been mastered by Alfred Wong, a well known scratchbuilder and kitbasher, who has mastered many of the best garage kits on sale today. I decided to get a couple of them and the D'Korva is the first one I have finished.... more

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Let me start by making a point clear: I am generally not usually too keen on fan based designs of Star Trek ships. They tend to be from the chop and glue school of model building. What I mean by this is that the fan will take the primary hull from one ship and the secondary hull from another, sometimes with the nacelles from a third, and weld them together. This is in my opinion (and it is just my opinion) pretty lazy and generally the results don't work very well. There are natural exceptions to this but any time spent on any schematics website will reveal countless horrors inflicted by someone with Photoshop.... more

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As with the Konami Aliens Volume 1, these model kits are not your standard assembly models. Instead they are prepainted models that come in just a few parts (typically 3 or 4) that were sold exclusively in Japan as trading kits. The original retail price was 300 yen for a single randomly packaged models. These figures are from Aliens and Alien Resurrection.There were 8 kits released in Volume 2. Each is contained in a sealed box and it is not possible to identify the contents from the outside. 7 are regular kits and freely available, and are shown below. The 8th one was a rarer kit and was included in lower numbers and is consequently much rarer. The chase figure is the Sulaco from Aliens, which I did not manage to get in my sets, and so is not reviewed here.


Aliens Warrior


This (for me) is probably the oddest one in the whole set. The colours are rather metallic and bright, and seem to have been sprayed on it blotches. I like the overall look but the colours don't look quite right to me anyway.  This one doesn't have a clear dome on the head but this is accurate to the alien as it appeared in Aliens.



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As with the Futura Star Trek models reviewed elsewhere, these model kits are not your standard assembly models. Instead they are prepainted models that come in just a few parts (typically 3 or 4) that were sold exclusively in Japan as trading kits. The original retail price was 300 yen for a single randomly packaged models. These figures are from Alien and Alien3 only, but as this is described as Volume 1 it is likely that futher items will appear from Aliens and Alien Resurrection.


There were 8 kits released in Volume 1. Each is contained in a sealed box and it is not possible to identify the contents from the outside. 7 are regular kits and freely available, and are shown below. The 8th one was a rarer kit and was included in lower numbers and is consequently much rarer. The chase figure is the Space Jockey from the original movie, which I did not manage to get in my sets, and so is not reviewed here.


Original Alien


Very nicely done with a clear section for the top of the head. Under this a pattern has been applied to show shapes when it is snapped into place. Looks accurate (at this scale), although I would have preferred to see the tall above it rather than tucked between the legs like a naughty dog, although this  is actually accurate. This was a consistant part of the Aliens' "attack posture" in many of the films. They make a visual point of it in the first film when Lambert is attacked (and then cut away to her screams, implying some truely disturbing ways to die. Much more effective than an easy gore shot). "Overhand" attacks with the tail barb were only consistantly used by the Queen. Athough I think the Alien3 creature did use it's tail for a fiegning attack at one point, the tail has primarily been a "sneaky weapon" and an anchor when dangling from above to grab people. This model stands approximately 3.75" tall.



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Introduction


For your money you get 16 pieces of just slightly off-white resin, which together make up the additional parts of the Enterprise D as it was seen in the final Next Generation episode 'All Good Things'. You will need the 1:1400 ERTL Enterprise D kit to complete the model. Any version of the ERTL kit should be fine (original TNG, Generations and fibre optic versions) as I believe they are the same apart from the coloured clear parts in the fibre optic version. The parts have some flash on them, but this is not excessive and will not require considerable time and effort to remove. The edges appear a little ragged but it is difficult to tell whether this is due to resin missing along the edge or the flash. Casting quality appears good, and certainly compares with the few other resin kits I have.


What You Get


The parts come in the standard StarCrafts packaging and were well protected with styrofoam peanuts (mine came all the way to the UK without any damage).




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