Moebius Models 1/4105 Battlestar Galactica Kit First Look
|Date of Review||May 2014||Manufacturer||Moebius Models|
|Kit Number||942||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Pros||New-tool kit||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$69.95|
Moebius Models continues to produce some really interesting kits and this latest subject is no exception. Over the last few years, Moebius Models has been producing kits out of the new Battlestar Galactica television series including Viper Mk.II, Viper Mk.VII, Cylon Centurion, Battlestar Galactica, and Battlestar Pegasus. Needless to say, science fiction fans and modelers alike were fracking stoked when these kits started coming to store shelves while the series was still running. I'm still waiting for a Six kit...
After the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica, we had a number of spin-offs including Razor, Caprica, and 'Blood and Chrome'. It was with Caprica and 'Blood and Chrome' that we looked closer at the edges of the original (classic) Battlestar Galactica series. In that time, Moebius Models has since released the Viper Mk.I, classic Cylon Raider, and this new gem, the original Battlestar Galactica. Interesting timing now that they've announced a new production of the original Battlestar Galactica series - more chrome domes!
Here is the the new old Battlestar Galactica. For decades our only option for a Battlestar model was the venerable Revell kit which was issued in the late 1970s and again in the late 1990s. When Moebius Models decided to release a new-tooled version of this old Galactica, they also used the lessons learned from their new series Galactica kit. In the new series kit, Moebius Models made a highly detailed replica of the Galactica, complete with the retractable landing bays, but the detailing stopped along the sides of the lateral arms that connected the main hull to the two landing bays. When Moebius designed this kit, they used the same approach to detailing the surfaces of those arms that the aftermarket did with their new series kit - overlays or inserts.
The modular design of this kit should pose no problems for the experienced modeler and the nice use of detail inserts to provide details on all surfaces of this kit should minimize or eliminate the need for aftermarket details. Markings are provided for the following battlestars in this class:
While this kit is a simple build, I've marked the skill level as experienced since you'll need to dry-fit these pieces before gluing to address any obstructions like left-over sprue stubs, ejector pin marks, or subtle mold flash that might effect the fit of your model. Pick your skill level and have a fracking good time!
Stephen Sutton provides a nice video look at this kit here.
My sincere thanks to Moebius Models for this review sample!