The FineMolds 1/72 X-Wing kit is the first model I have constructed with so many options for how to build it. For example, you can choose the color scheme of Red 1, 2, 3, or 5. You can choose what the droid will look like based upon whose ship you build. You can choose open or closed cockpit, landing gear up or down, and once construction is complete, you can pose it with wings closed or open. Each one of these details makes this an excellent kit.
I knew from the start that I wanted to make Luke’s X-Wing, Red 5. Luke has been my longtime favorite character, and his X-Wing ranks at the top, along with the Millenium Falcon, of my favorite Star Wars ships. As a result, I will use a specific set of decals and the droid will be painted and decaled to look like R2-D2. It would be an understatement to say that I am really excited to work on this kit, but to start off here are some initial pros and cons that I observed as I looked through the box.
-The choices. See above for more detail on that.
-The extra figures. In addition to the seated pilot and droid dome for the ship, there is also included a standing pilot figure and a full astromech droid, which you can paint in the style of an R2 unit or an R5 unit.
-The kit is molded in the basic X-Wing color. I will probably give it a coat of a flat base to make it easier to add decals and weathering effects.
-Lots of little detail parts. For a small scale, the detail is really incredible.
-The movable wings. I will count this as a positive now, in the hopes that it will work well. There is, however, the potential for this to add some serious problems and lead to the kit breaking.
Cons (as with most FineMolds kits I have encountered, there are very few of these)
-The small scale. Even with the great effort by FineMolds I mentioned earlier, you still lose a little detail when you work with such a small scale.
-The Japanese instructions. The older FineMolds kits all come with Japanese instructions only. Fortunately, you can find an English translation of the instructions here.
-The stand is kind of boring. I am not sure I am ready to start customizing a brand new stand, but I would like to keep my options open for possibly building a hangar diorama someday.
Should be a fun build, and I look forward to sharing my progress.