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Zvezda Star Destroyer-Work in Progress

Started on the Big Z Sunday. Quality, fit, and finish are top notch. The sides of the super structures are separate detail panels applied to the hull. The edges are beveled resulting in excellent fit. The side trenches assemble the same way. They are also keyed so you can't put them in the wrong place or position. For me, I'll be building the major sub assemblies then drilling and running fiber. I'll then assemble the sub assemblies.
My impression so far is excellent. I originally thought the Anigrand was better detailed, but with this being a plastic kit, the details are so much sharper. Given a choice between the two, I'd opt for the Zvezda.

Assembly starts with adding the detail panels to the lower super structures.





Then on to the trenches.






Comparison of the lower hull with the new lights/sound Revell snap together.

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What's the overall length of the kit? And if you don't mind me asking, where did you get it?
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That looks NICE. I think, to abuse current phrasing, the 'Microphone' has been dropped. Over to you, Bandai! What'cha gonna do, other than make it snap-fit?
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The kit is 23.6 inches long or 60cm.

LoL, I think Bandai are kicking themselves right now! I wonder how many SD's have been sold since the 15th?
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What's the overall length of the kit? And if you don't mind me asking, where did you get it?
I've seen them on ebay, there are several sellers that have them.
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robiwon2 - What size drill bit will you be using for drilling the windows?

Wouldn't LED tape also work for lighting it and be easier? It works for Star Trek ships.
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I'd be curious to know how the fit is with this kit. Sci Fi kits generally have poor quality vis-a-vis ships (witness the engineering disaster that is the PL 1:350 refit). It would be interesting to see how a company that has a reputation for good quality ship kits does with Sci Fi.

I understand it is just under 2 feet long.
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The fit of the parts is great. So far, all the super structure edges are beveled so they butt up nice and tight at the corners. The pieces almost interlock with their neighbor part. The parts are all keyed (so far) so you can't put a trench piece or super structure piece in the wrong location. It just wont fit. After building a few domestic kits from Revell and Mobius, they can't touch the quality of the Zvezda.

Zvezda stated on their FB page, that depending on how well this kit sells, would determine if they do any other SW kits. If this is any indication of the quality of their SW kits, then they can make all the SW kits they want!

Edit- Crowe, because of the thickness of the double wall construction, I doubt LED tape would work that well. You would have to be staring down each drilled window to see the light. It would be too far back. But, someone may give it a try.

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What size drill bit will you be using for drilling the windows?
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Let me go look at the number on the tube. Be back soon.
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I need this kit, wicked!
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For .5mm you want a number 76 drill bit which is .02 inches, which itself equals .503mm. Or a number 75 drill bit which is just slightly bigger offering a bit more wiggle room. You can get a 10 pack on Amazon for $5.

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Got all the trench pieces installed. There are some "bare" spots that will need some greeblies added to them. Again, love the way this kit is going together. I need to order .5mm fiber optic this week. I'll start on the other super structure assemblies today and then start drilling holes. Engines will need to be drilled out as well. Here are some new pics and where she sits now.

Port side trench detail.




The inside edges of the starboard side trench. You'll have to drill thru both to run fiber.


Bare spots needing details.



And the upper and lower hulls resting together.
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I'll be ordering one of these closer to completion. Maybe mount it with the Big Z chasing her down.

1:2700 Rebel Blockade Runner Zvezda Star Destroyer (BU2FD7RUZ) by sapguy
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The fit of the parts is great. So far, all the super structure edges are beveled so they butt up nice and tight at the corners. The pieces almost interlock with their neighbor part. The parts are all keyed (so far) so you can't put a trench piece or super structure piece in the wrong location. It just wont fit. After building a few domestic kits from Revell and Mobius, they can't touch the quality of the Zvezda.
That's what I would have expected from them. E.g.,

M o d e l W a r s h i p s . c o m - Gallery
http://www.steelnavy.com/ZvezdaDreadnought.htm

I can't imagine Zvezda dividing the sides of the saucer into 8 sections that don't match up or creating a 4 section engineering hull. From your pictures, the detail looks much crisper than you tend to see on sci-fi kits.
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