Moebius Models 1/72 Voyager Kit First Look
By Tom Grossman
|Date of Review||December 2007||Manufacturer||Moebius Models|
|Subject||Voyager||Scale||About 1/72 or 1/1 depending on what point of the miniaturization process we are looking at|
|Kit Number||831||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Beautifully detailed interior, well laid out kit design||Cons||Pilots' seats need replacing|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$24.95|
Can you remember those Saturday mornings in the ‘60’s before Madison Avenue figured out how to really exploit children? Hours of great animated shows with all kinds of heroes and villains! One of those programs was based on the great sci-fi inner space movie, Fantastic Voyage.Bearing the same name, the animated series chronicled the adventures of the Combined Miniature Defense Force.
In the remarkable Voyager, designed by nerdy engineer Busby Birdwell, the CMDF flew missions that required a microscopic foot print to protect us all from evil. The rest of the team was Captain Jonathan Kidd, the lovely Erica Lane and the mysterious Dr. Guru. You can capture even more of those memories by watching some of the episodes posted here. Yes, we really used to watch stuff like this! I long for that simpler time! But I digress…
This is basically a reissue of the kit that was originally marketed back in the late ‘60’s. The kit comes in a retro inspired box with all the trees thoughtfully bagged separately.
The box art is a picture of the finished kit in a microscopic looking background, just like the kit from back in the day! Cleanly injected in white styrene the ship and crew are presented in 34 pieces including the interior, clear parts and the stand with its single decal. The instrument panels and chairs are included for all four crew members along with figures in their likenesses.
The interior includes the forward control room and the room behind it along with Busby’s dome covered turret, chair and control panel. A painting reference is included with the instructions giving basic color names and the parts or areas that get painted.
Accurate color references can be gleaned from the videos at the link above. The fit is good with only minor filling needed to bring the finished model up to our adult standards. (I don’t remember that being an issue when I built my first one almost 40 years ago. Do you ever get the feeling that we lost something?)
This model will not appeal to everyone. But if you still have an inner child and remember things for back in the day, the Moebius Voyager will be a real treat!
Another nice thing about the kit, at least in my mind, is that it lacks what most would call historical value. That means there aren’t those heavy expectations about accuracy. You can just sit back and enjoy the build and the finished model! You, too, can save America from evil and go on the next mission with the CMDF!