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Do you consider the R2 lighting/photoetch kit to be worth the money?

  • Definitely worth the money and I will purchase it.

    Votes: 52 69.3%
  • Definitely worth the money but I cannot afford it and will light model with other purchased parts.

    Votes: 9 12.0%
  • Seems to be worth the money but I will not be lighting model.

    Votes: 3 4.0%
  • Not worth the money and I will be lighting model with other parts.

    Votes: 8 10.7%
  • Not worth the money and I will not be lighting the model.

    Votes: 3 4.0%

  • Total voters
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I was wondering if I wanted to fix up my own lighting kit--including (hard to find?) fan blade motors, LED's, etc. or if I wanted to just go ahead and pay for the R2 kit to do the same thing.

Looking for wisdom/input on this decision from the experts.:wave:
 

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Well for me it's easy. Pony up.

I'm ok with a few GOW bulbs and a AA battery, but beyond that I'm useless.

$190 is steep, but if I want a nice, lit Enterprise it's the price of admission.
 

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Whatever It Takes

This is a once-in-lifetime kit for me, 40 years in the making, and more accurate than any other sci-fi subject. Not the time and place to scrimp.

I sold half my collection of unbuilt kits to buy the $1000 Valley Forge kit, and I'd sell the other half for this one.

Tom
 

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From what I have seen from MM's review, I have to agree with the others and go for it.

Although I am somewhat skilled at putting together light circuits and such, I think that the PL light kit is something that will eliminate a lot of brainpower (or lack thereof) on my end; it looks very easy to assemble, so that in and of itself is a great timesaver. The added feature of the fan blade motors also make the decision a great deal easier for me, too.

I can certainly understand the other point of view from a price point perspective, though...
 

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PC, is that the official retail price from R2? If so, I'm sure you will be able to find it cheaper thru online retailers. If that is the online price then I may have to look into doing the lights myself. Other than the bussard collectors the ship is all white lights with a few colored blinking. The plug and play aspect will be the biggest draw to the kit, especially with the fan blade motors. I'm just not sure I could stomach the cost for something that could be done much cheaper.

I'll wait to vote until someone can confirm on the price.
 

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MSRP for the lighting kit is $169.95, but I've seen it online at $139.95.

MRSP for the Polar Lights photoetch set is $39.95, with online pricing around $35.95.
 

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Honestly, I'm going to wait for at least a few reviews to see how well-done the kit is, if anyone has any particular hassles installing it, and so forth. If my income was a little more disposable, I'd buy it in a heartbeat guess so it depends if you have the cash to spare. :)
 

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I think I have to go with Carl on the income issue. I think $139-$169 is a bit much for the person who has lighting experience. If you have little to no experience in lighting it would be a good deal.

It has 95 LEDs, motors, colored clear parts, and it's built for you. To me, not worth it. I can build it a lot cheaper. And that is the way I voted.
 

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Here's my theory if you're really not the type to light your models, say relatively few if any, but if you really want to light a grail kit like 1/350th TOS Enterprise or the Refit I think its the way to go. To buy all the lighting paraphernalia you need just to light a few kits will coast ya. But to buy a lighting kit from time to time will probably in the long run save you some cash and a few headaches.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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I'll be getting the light kit,
I could probably do it myself cheaper, but there would be a lot of trial and error, frustration and hand wringing, and I'm just plain too old for all that.
 

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Just to clarify since I didn't realize there was a lighting only kit, you can get the lighting kit without the photoetch and extra decals for 139.95 online at Cult's: http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Classic-Enterprise-Light-Kit-1350--PREORDER-RESERVATION-_p_2210.html

The combo with the lighting/photoetch/weathering decals is here for $189.95: http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Classic-Enterprise-Combo-Accessory-Pack-1350--PREORDER-RESERVATION_p_2214.html

The photoetch set available separately for $25.95 here doesn't seem to have the same parts as the combo kit however: http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Classic-Starship-1350-detail-set-from-Paragrafix--PREORDER-RESERVATION_p_2308.html That's not to say something else won't come out soon.

Looks like if you're going for the lighting kit alone, you can save about $50.00.
 

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I can do the lights on my own.. but it is the fan blade motors that will be the hardest part. I am sure someone will come up with a solution for that.
 

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I voted easily worth it compared to the other after market lighting kits - I hope they have fantastic sales on this. I PM'd Jamie & suggested that they could produce a refit lighting kit in the $90 - $115 range - I bet there are a ton of unbuilt refits out there (like mine) waiting for a reasonably priced lighting package!
 

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Even though I build most of my own electonic's for my projects, I have no problem buying one that is not only made for the kit but designed by them to fit.....:thumbsup: And having all the other aftermarket extras included, how could I pass it up.......:rolleyes:
 

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That's my aftermarket photoetch set - I can't include any of the pieces that are in Polar Lights' set (found here for $35.95.
That's a pretty awesome set you are making Paul. Its great that you are including crew. They'll look great behind ALL those windows.

Cudos for getting the gig from Round 2 and even more cudos for coming up with good ideas for the additional set.

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Regards,
MattL
 

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I'll be getting the light kit,
I could probably do it myself cheaper, but there would be a lot of trial and error, frustration and hand wringing, and I'm just plain too old for all that.
I lit my 1:350 refit myself...and several kits since then. I'm confident I could do this job myself, but I'm getting the light kit anyway. It will save me a lot of grief and, I suspect, I will come out with a better looking build overall in the end.
 

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Do I think the lighting kit is expensive?
YES - The combo kit is cheaper than buying the PE, Weathering Decals and Lighting separately. I have a model kit fund so I can afford it, barely.

Will I buy the combo kit?
For the same reason above - YES

Will I use all three parts of the combo pack?
the lighting - YES
the PE -YES
the Weathering Decals - MAYBE LATER (its cheaper to buy them now)

I want my kit to look as it did on the TV show those many years ago so I will not get the Classic Parts Pack.

Before Polar Lights/Round2 made the TMP & TOS 1/350 Enterprises my most expensive, and largest, model was the C-57D.

Will I quit buying such big models?
YES -that is until another grail kit comes along.;)
 
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