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YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Perfect Grade FruitPack (FP-03) 1:72

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YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Perfect Grade FruitPack (FP-03)

1:72 GreenStrawberry

 

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Bandai have had the license for all things styrene and Star Wars in the Far East since the reawakening of the franchise, and have produced some truly amazing snap-together kits that have more detail than many "proper" model kits, and these are now being licensed by Revell for wider distribution to us westerners.  Their Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon is a tour-de-force in plastic engineering, offering a 1:72 dinner plate sized Millennium Falcon as it appears in the progenitor of the series, Star Wars A New Hope as it became known once it was joined by other entries in the original trilogy.  GreenStrawberry are clearly SW fans, and have released a substantial number of sets for the various kits, including the big Falcon.  Now they're offering the sets in a super-set, which gives you all three and offers a discount on the individual purchase price.  If you're going to splash out on the big Falcon, you either go big or go home, so why not?

 

The set arrives in a thick card envelope with the details on the front on a white sticker.  Inside are the three individual sets in the usual GS themed dark grey, green and red, each with a header card, the Photo-Etch (PE), instructions and any ancillary parts hidden within a resealable clear foil envelope.  The following sets are included:

 

Exterior (06318-1/72)

Contained on a single large fret, this set includes six double-layered grilles for the aft deck exhausts, plus detail parts for within the vents that can just be seen through the grilles.  The two lateral docking bay tunnels have their vents augmented with new two-layer grilles, and the upper hatch that is used to retrieve Luke from under Cloud City on Bespin is given a new irising shutter, and two hand-holds to the sides.  More vents and exhausts on these areas are also detailed with a covered fan and perforated panel beneath the grilles.  On the margin between the cockpit glazing and tunnel, the prominent grating is replaced with a fine PE part; a curved part is added to the right mandible; the nav lights are drilled and given a surround on the tips of the mandibles and in the back of the space between them a pair of steering-wheel shaped parts replace the kit detail.  Finally, the base of the dish is fitted with a new set of grab-handle shaped parts around its edges.

 

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Landing Gear (06418-1/72)

Supplied on two sheets, this set replaces the styrene landing gear bay doors and those perforated "anklets" that each leg sports.  It also includes bay door actuators, and details for inside the crew access ramp, plus a ceiling panel that is fitted after a hump inside that area is removed, and holes are drilled to accommodate the four pairs of ceiling lights in the panel.

 

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Cockpit & Gun Wells (06518-1/72)

Consisting of a fret of PE plus a pre-printed self-adhesive representation of the rear of the cockpit, the upgrades begin with an overhead console attached to the canopy interior, with a number of those odd protractor-like controls you see Han and Chewie fiddling with, as well as more on the main console.  The comfy front seats are given new PE tuck & roll panels in their centre, while the more Spartan rear seats are fitted with new details too.  The rear bulkhead is a new PE part with a laminated door frame and a door fitted behind, plus the stick-on pre-printed detail for your use if you see fit.  The bulkhead part is then attached to the rear of the cockpit area before it is inserted in the hull.  The gun emplacements are given a fairly comprehensive refit, removing the seats from their inaccurate mountings and retaining the upper half, then putting a new four-part floor in the well, a raised gantry for the seat, which uses the previously removed seat base to prop it clear of the floor; new controls for the guns; cushion detail for the seat; foot pedals and control box below the controls; a hatch ring; access ladder disappearing into the ship; other controls on the wall and ceiling, and new ceiling panel insert to finish off the area.

 

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Conclusion

Lots of goodies here for the detailer that takes an amazing kit and makes it even more amazing without any serious hacking away at the styrene, with a healthy discount on buying them separately thrown in for good measure.

 

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