It’s all fun and games till someone loses an eye….
This is the Fantastic Plastic’s 1/48th scale “Galactic Raider” . The kit is all resin
and consists of 11 pieces and decals by J-Bot. The parts were well cast without any deformed pieces or pin holes, but I did find the resin to have a “soapy” feel to it and it was very oily and required several cleanings before I could get auto primer to bond tightly.
This kit depicts the “early” version of the Cylon Raider seen in seasons 1 & 2 of SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica, and is marked as the one captured and flown back to Galactica by Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. The only modifications to the kit were drilling out the various engine exhausts and inserting colored rhinestones, and the use of blackened brass tube for all guns. The battle damage was chipped out with a knife. Paints were Tamiya Gun Metal, Alclad White & Dull Aluminum and Magnesium. The bloodstain is a mix of clear red and smoke. The decals worked great and laid down with no problems.
The stand is also from Fantastic Plastic and was purchased separately.
While I suspect that the real difference between the “early” vs the “advanced” raider is improved CGI tech and a higher special effects budget, the main visual cues for the early raider are:
Squared off gun mounts with one small and one large gun under each wing.
No vents or exhausts on the blisters on the upper wings.
Impulse engine exhausts are round, and the FTL drive is encased.
No more Cylons for a while…I promise.
Thanks for looking, comment and suggestions appreciated.
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