AMT 1/3200 Star Trek Romulan Warbird Kit First Look
|Date of Review||April 2012||Manufacturer||AMT/Round 2|
|Subject||Star Trek Romulan Warbird||Scale||1/3200|
|Kit Number||0753||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||Easy build, new features||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
In the original Star Trek series of the 1960s, the crew of the Enterprise faced a recurring adversary with the Klingon Empire, however on one occasion (Balance of Terror), they met up with an elusive warrior race in an early cloaked bird of prey - the Romulans. By the time of Star Trek, The Next Generation (STNG) started its highly successful run, the Klingons were allies of the Federation (more or less) while the Romulans became one of the recurring adversaries of the series. During that time, the Romulan Warbird became far more capable and impressive looking (thanks to the studio model makers).
AMT has reissued their impressive warbird kit from the STNG series with some nice updates. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on five parts trees plus one parts tree of clear parts and another in 'glow-in-the-dark' styrene. A display base molded in black rounds out the kit.
This kit is the same simple build as its predecessor but it provides the option of replacing the clear parts with the same parts molded in glow-in-the-dark styrene. The warbird's engine nacelles and other clear parts will glow for a short time after the lights go out without the need for internal lighting. For those who want the brighter lights, just use the clear parts.
Another nice feature is the flight display stand recently released by AMT and incorporated in a few of their recent releases. This stand solves the problem of how to display the warbird after it is completed.
As you can see in the decal sheet, AMT has provided an extensive set of windows and the few marking visible on the craft on their new decal sheet.
It is nice to see this kit back on store shelves again and nicer still to see the improvements made by AMT since it's last release. Very nicely done!
My sincere thanks to Round2 Models for this review sample