|This is the first Star Wars release
from JMJ Models, the Imperial TIE Bomber as seen in The Empire Strikes Back.
This kit has a distinct advantage over the SMT TIE Bomber in that it comes
with the wings, so there is no need to convert a Darth Vader TIE kit. It
is roughly the same size as the SMT kit and displays nicely with other in
scale TIE kits produced by SMT and ERTL. This kit is mastered with precision
and extreme attention to detail. The details look very good and very accurate.
The kit is also excellently cast with the details being reproduced crisply
and sharply throughout the numerous parts. There were some problems with
air bubbles in my kit so be careful. The kit parts also require quite a
bit of cleanup before painting or assembly can begin. This is what took
me the longest on the kit. Filling the seams around the cockpit and the
front bomb chute also took a bit of effort. Nothing the average modeler
couldn't achieve, however. Assembly was fairly straightforward. The biggest
problem I found with this kit is that it has no instructions as of yet,
only a small online guide here.
Instructions would have been useful as some parts required modification
to fit correctly. Examples include the gray braces around the front bomb
chute, the lower bomb chute and some of the braces on the wings. Careful
studying of the studio model will, however, reveal the location and modifications
needed of all parts. I added a few extra details to this kit including some
details on the front and back between the two pods, on top of the bomber,
and around the lower bomb chute. I also added a cockpit interior that can't
be seen in these pics and scratchbuilt some wing struts (3rd pic) out of
styrene tubing. I made sure to paint the interior surfaces of the details
before assembling the kit to ensure that no bare resin would be visible.
After assembly was completed, I gave the kit an overall spraying of a custom
blue color that I originally mixed for my Fine Molds
Interceptor. The black wing panels were masked and airbrushed with Polly
Scale Engine Black. Small details were picked out in Polly Scale Bar Gray,
Engine Black and Caboose Red for the engines. I then weathered the kit with
Engine Black thinned with Badger Air-Opaque cleaner and finished it all
off with a matte coating of Polly Scale Matte Clear. Overall this kit is
a great representation of the Imperial TIE Bomber. The details are very
good and the kit is well engineered. I would recommend it for people who
have previous experience in building resin kits as it does take a bit of
work. This kit is available from jmjmodels
and, for $90, is well worth the price.
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