Fine Molds 1/72 Tie Interceptor
$24 or so from www.hlj.com
Includes crew figures and masks
The “Serious” History
Combat experience with the Rebel
Alliance showed that the standard
Fighter was under gunned to deal with shield equipped Rebel Fighters and
suffered heavy losses.
The engineers at Sienar Systems decided to redesign the
profile of the Solar Panels, add a more powerful engine and four more laser
cannon at the apex of each triangular panel thus tripling the firepower of a
These faster more powerful
interceptors were replacing the standard
Fighter in Imperial Fleet Units when the Battle of Endor happened which lead to
the death of the Emperor, Darth Vader, Fleet Admiral Piett, the destruction of
the Fleet Flagship Executor and the 2nd Death Star (not the finest day of the
Imperial Star Fleet.)
Production of these fighters continued after the fall of
the Empire as the remnants of the Imperial Navy fought against the New Republic.
The Movie and Game History
Interceptor made its only appearance in the “finale” of the Star Wars saga, The
Return of the Jedi as part of the wave of
fighters defending the Death Star Jr. against the Rebel Fleet.
This space battle almost made up for the appearance of
the excruciating appearance of the Ewoks.
Despite that, the
Interceptor was more common in the Lucasfilm X-wing/TIE
Fighter series of PC games.
Anyone who has played them knows that
Interceptors are not as easy to kill as
Fighters due to their high speed and low profile, and can really hurt you with
their six lasers if you aren’t paying attention.
They still had the vulnerabilities of the
and as one got better one really racked up a lot of kills at their expense (it
would have sucked to be a
It contains 62 Grey Styrene Parts (plastic is similar
to Hasegawa’s in terms of quality) and 2 clear parts for the front windscreen
and the entry hatch.
My copy of the kit does not contain any flash or
Included in the kit are the stand and a pilot figure as
well as decals and adhesive masks for the clear bits.
Most of the parts are identical
to the TIE
Fighter which is not surprising as the fuselage is identical.
The only major difference between the
Fighter and TIE
Interceptor is the “wings.”
The “wings” come in several pieces with the frame
separate from the solar panels.
This makes for easier painting as masking is not
required, but can make assembly difficult if you don’t pay attention and mix up
The few decals that come with the kit seem to be in
register and from past experience are easy to use and not the typical thick
Japanese decals that many of us have encountered when building Tamiya or
Micro Sol/Set deal can be used with them.
The instructions come in Japanese, but they are well
detained enough that you do not need to know Kanji characters to figure them out
with all the color call outs from the Gunze and Tamiya line of paint.
The Fine Molds series of
Fighters are very easy kits to assemble.
They are great for any level of modeler and/or Star Wars
The only problems I have with this kit is that it is
not often available in North America and it can be quite pricey.
However, it can be purchased from online retailers such
as HLJ and Luckymodels at more reasonable prices (even with shipping and
Kit courtesy of my wallet.
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