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Cylon Raider

Moebius Models 1/32 Cylon Raider Kit Build Review

by Steve Causey

Date of Review September 2013 Manufacturer Moebius Models
Subject Cylon Raider Scale 1/32
Kit Number 926 Primary Media Styrene
Pros New-tool kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $29.95

First Look

This was a weekend build I did of the Moebius Cylon Raider.

It uses a Starling Tech Light kit designed for the Raider. The light kit features a sweeping LED "eye", firing weapons, flickering blue and white engines and lighted missile bays.

The Raider kit is a fun; easy build and its ease of assembly make it easy to install lighting.

I started by painting the ship black inside and out to serve as a light block.

I opened up the missile bays (slightly) by dragging the back of an X-Acto blade along the weapon bay seams this opened a slight crack to show off the lighting without detailing the bays.

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Next order of business was to install the Starling provided gun tubes these are hollow and allow the fiber optics to run through the barrel.

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I painted the kit in a white primer and followed that when dry with the silver I was using. Now it's time to install the circuit board that provides the "eye" effect. It's made to fit inside the central head of the raider and while needing a careful installation, fits fine.

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Then I drilled the hole to run the power lead out of the ship, making sure to allow for the stand. When done, I installed the two LEDs for the hanger bays, these are very bright and needed additional light blocking. This time I used foil. I also ran the fiber optic strands for the guns out the wings after connecting them to the LED provided to light them. Finally installing the four engine LEDs inside the two nacelles aiming them to provide a cool effect.

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Now it was time to glue the ship together and I opted to use clamps to hold everything together.

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The kit has a switch that mounts in the Moebius base along with the power connection (either wall plug adapter or battery box). I mounted these in the base.

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Light test! I love the way this kit looks in the dark.

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Eye sweeping, guns firing and engines flickering. This build will be the hit of your display. It was a fun and easy project I completed in about 30 hours.