UGH Models 1/350 Centauri Liner
|PRICE:||$ a gift from my friend Kevin.|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
In the Babylon 5 universe, the Centauri liner was a personal ship reserved for Centauri of important stature, such as Lord Kiro. This type of liner can be armed with pulse weapons. During the running of the show, there were two liners mentioned.
Molios: In 2259, the Centauri liner Molios was waiting to dock at Babylon 5, when the Narn transport, Na'Tan attacked and destroyed the Molios. The battle was witnessed by an Interstellar Network News crew on the Earth Alliance transport, Hyerdol. The survivors and bodies from the vessel was brought to the station. The Narn claimed the Molios was transporting weapons to the Centauri front. An investigation from Babylon 5 confirmed the presence of weapons on the Molios.
Vellurian: In 2259, the Vellurian left Babylon 5 for Centauri Prime. Lady Timov Mollari and Ambassador Londo Mollari's newly ex-wives were passengers on the vessel.
I have seen other kits by this company. They were also in light blue resin, superbly cast, and with a minimum number of parts. The castings are quite clean and will require a minimum amount of preparation. The 'worst' area I found was a step on the underside of the main hull, but only on one side and the upper surface was perfectly smooth. What this means is that the left boom will be a bit thicker than the one on the right and there will be a ramp from the forward hull to the boom which isn't on the right side.
With only six parts, assembly will be swift once the parts are prepped. The fins are on a sprue and the detailing on one side is considerably more pronounced than on the other. The kit comes with a semi-circular stand with nicely raised markings. There is a depression in the stand for a 1/4 inch post. Most folks, myself included, will probably use a plastic rod and then install a much smaller diameter section of wire in it on which to mount the model. Conversely, one could use magnets with one glued on the post and the other to the underside of the model. They make some that are quite thin and pretty powerful.
Instructions are quite basic and adequate for building the kit. A small ALPS printed decal sheet is provided in gold. There is no indication of the colors to be used on the kit nor is there any hint as to where to put any of the decals. The box art photo is no help in this regard. Apparently the vessel is an overall purple of some darkish shade with large gold stripes. There is some fan art on line, but it tends to be quite dark.
While the lack of painting and markings assistance will be a bit of a bummer for some, others will not care. Aside from the step in the casting that I mentioned, this is a very well done model. Probably pricey as according to the instructions, the company wants $10.00 for a replacement decal that measures 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches, but I did not look up the price. It was a gift and that would be tacky.
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