View Full Version : Fine Molds Bobba Fett's Slave I 1/144 review...

05-12-2012, 02:28 PM
I havent't steped on any inbox review with scans for this model so here we are.


In December 2011 Fine Molds released the model of Slave I firespray
in 1/144 in 2 versions: Jango's Fett that appeared in Episode II "Attack
of the Clones " and Bobba Fett's , slightly modified, that appears in Episode
V "The Empire Strikes Back". Before these we had 2 options at 1/72 scale ,
one by the same company with double size and double the price, nice
detail and very good proportions and one by AMT with many accuracy problems
as you know. Enough with the introduction let's move on.
Upon opening the 35 cm box , we find 105 pieces in 3 bags : 5
gray-colored sprues and a transparent one with the canopy that appears
fairly clear and shiny, the booklet of instructions in fluent Japanese
( My second language:D:D:D - thank God the instructions are very clear )
that complete the construction in 20 stages , a small card with the
decals and an A3 page with profile photos for the painting . Of course quite
expensive for what you get in the box - considering the standards
of modern kits - but the casting of pieces and the level of detail is very high
as you can judge from the photos. The final size of the model is 151mm.

http://s6.postimage.org/xr6qgxyz1/Slave_I_1_144_Sprue_A.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/xr6qgxyz1/) http://s6.postimage.org/rerl73vwt/Slave_I_1_144_Sprue_B.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/rerl73vwt/) http://s6.postimage.org/dmd6bh559/Slave_I_1_144_Sprue_C.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/dmd6bh559/) http://s6.postimage.org/lt5631v7x/Slave_I_1_144_Sprue_E.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/lt5631v7x/)
http://s6.postimage.org/a7qehlkct/Slave_I_1_144_Decals.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/a7qehlkct/) http://s6.postimage.org/eahfgoeh9/Slave_I_1_144_Canopy.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/eahfgoeh9/) http://s6.postimage.org/opnlplbnx/Slave_I_1_144_Color_Profiles.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/opnlplbnx/)

The 5th sprue is the base so I thought that it's not importand
to take photos.

The fuselage comes in 4 main sections and from what I 've read
you may experience some minor gaps upon glueing the left and right.
More on that issue later after I start the construction.There is everywhere
a multitude of raised detail, recessed panel lines , exposed tubing etc.
just like the original. The cockpit has very good detail, embossed
table with instruments and separate backs for the seats, but no figure of
Bobba is present. The vessel has not a landing gear as we know , but
provides a base to set it up in flight at the end of construction. The bottom
of the fuselage is an exact replica of the actual model and presents
many opportunities for damage and dirt but the horizontal engine exhaust needs
to be opened so we can use some leds for lighting . The radar is fine with nice
and good detailing, and the fins and laser guns exact copies of the real.
Generally, Fine Molds has paid great attention for the construction of the mold ,
despite of the model size.

http://s6.postimage.org/3z52o0mrx/Slave_I_1_144_Underside_Detail.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/3z52o0mrx/) http://s6.postimage.org/4r7qn7qz1/Slave_I_1_144_Cockpit_back.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/4r7qn7qz1/) http://s6.postimage.org/g4u9yf1hp/Slave_I_1_144_Cockpit_Floor.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/g4u9yf1hp/) http://s6.postimage.org/eeb8wxjyl/Slave_I_1_144_Cockpit_Instrument_Panel.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/eeb8wxjyl/)

http://s6.postimage.org/3vb97rhal/Slave_I_1_144_Fuselage_Detail.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/3vb97rhal/) http://s6.postimage.org/509wqvt59/Slave_I_1_144_Radar.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/509wqvt59/) http://s6.postimage.org/nrbu11npp/Slave_I_1_144_Lasers.jpg (http://postimage.org/image/nrbu11npp/)

Jango's version has 10 more pieces for the small differences ( xtra guns etc. )
Overall for half the price of the big 1/72 brother we get a beautifully detailed
model of this famous Star Wars ship. The small size of it helps to create
stunning dioramas . Of course no figures included so we will have to convert
some from the 1/144 trainyard range . Who said life is easy??? :D:D