This is a really great kit from Adam Kitchin's extensive offerings of really great kits. Other companies like Jupiter Station and Odyssey Slipways have released 1/2500 Akiras before and though I can't say so definitively without having those kits my reading of other kit reviews on the web would seem to indicate that the Resin-Modeller kit has greater detail.

RM's kit is made from high quality Smoothon Resin which is always a pleasure to work with. It certainly holds the detail well in casting and there is indeed plenty of that in this kit. You will need to make some fit adjustments in assembly but that's to be expected, of course, with most resin kits. Not much work will be required to do so though as the parts are well matched.

Resin-Modeller provides you with picture based instructions and a set of decals to build the ship. You get three name and registry choices which are the usual USS Thunderchild, and a couple quite different choices, USS Geronimo, and USS Meteo. Those and the decals you get are plenty enough for a skilled painter who'd rather paint as much of the ship as possible or a person on a budget. However, I recommend you hop on over to Federation Models' site and buy the PNT set they still sell for the now defunct Jupiter Station's Akira. That set is loaded with detailed decals that'll truly help your build's appearance.

The combination of the Resin-Modeller kit and the PNT decals are sure to give you all you need to make a great 1/2500 Akira.

Thomas Zeller


Resin Modeller's 2500 scale Akira Class kit arrived tonight! First thoughts when I opened the bag like an eager little kid and did a little resin fondling was... very impressive!

The little bummers were the striations from the master being printed. This is not too bad. I've worked with other RM kits in the past and the resin is easy to work with. The more problematic of the bummers are along the mold seams. Some of the detail has been lost or you'll need to be careful not to lose it when you address these. None of these should be too hard to fix if you're an experienced modelers. First time or novice modelers might get frustrated, but hey, this is how you gain experience points.

In terms of fit, this is the kit's strongest plus next to the level of detail. The part breakdown is logical. The need for putty should be minimal. It practically puts itself together if you sneeze. The most problematic part of the fit is how the pylons connect to the pontoons. There are no slots, so the modeler will have to improvise and definitely pin the pieces to ensure "structural integrity." Having said that, RM included brackets so you can align the connection well.

So how does RM's offering compare to the kit already on the market, the one from a bad vendor who has stiffed several people who have pre-paid their Luna kits? You can see for yourself. They're both similar in size; however RM's is more accurate in terms of detail. This is more prominent on the saucer's dorsal and on the deflector dish.

RM includes decals for his kit, which already puts it light years above and ahead of Brand X. If/when RM offers wallpaper decals, I will definitely purchase some.

El Gato


This kit excited me because there really are no other Borg kits available to the modeling community.

I quickly learned though that this model was not for the faint of heart. Due to the way that this kit had to be poured, there is some very thick excess resin that needs to be removed to make the model look good. I am in no way faulting the maker of the kit. Given the weird shape and texture of the ship, I'm sure that this issue is probably quite common.

At this point, I wasn't really concerned. Although Borg ships are symmetrical in shape, their surface texture does not necessarily have to be even matched across the whole ship.

And I was right in this assumption as after it was painted all black, you really didn't notice the putty work unless you got really up close and personal with my model.

I ended up being very happy with the end product. It looks good with the rest of my Borg fleet.

For as neat as this kit is, it was not as easy as a build as I first thought. In fact, the initial prep work was pretty difficult and would have been far worse had I not had the dremmel handy. Since my ultimate goal with these reviews is to advise beginner to intermediate modelers, I would have to not recommend this kit to a beginner modeler or someone first starting out in the resin kit building world. I would also make sure you have some sort of grinding equipment handy in case you run into the same excess resin issue that I had. I would like to reiterate though, for as much work as I had to do, I still find it a good kit.

Patrick Dougherty


Decided to take this one on tonight. Its a nice kit and the resin is easy to work with for sanding and shaving.

First off I decided to keep it in three parts to make painting and decals easier. Started off by cleaning up around the deflector housing and secondary hull. Then moved on to the nacelle and tidied up along the newly machined areas. Primary just needed a small shave around the command deck then I washed and dried to get rid of any small bits of flack I may have left.

I then gave it two coats of matt white but thinned with water to make it sit flat. Managed to get in the nacelle with a 1.6mm drill. This stand is a tapered shaft but it steps down to 1.6 at the top so it has a little seat for stability.

"Mophius"


The 1:1400 scale version of this ship measures in at 12cm in length and comes in four pieces. I had the opportunity to speak with Adam, the owner of Resin Modeller and he shared with me that it took him several weeks to produce his master for this ship. He develops a majority of his ships in 3D modeling software and he shared that he was very particular about the level of details that he put into this ship. After he was done building it virtually, he sent the design off to a 3D printing company to produce his master for the molds. I really like this style of building as it creates some very crisp models and you can almost feel the 3D printing in the skin of the ship.

This is yet another pretty solid kit from Resin Modeller. The primary hull section is one solid piece of resin, with the deflector dish being one of the pieces that has to be attached. This ship has lots of fine molded in details that when painted right, make the ship just pop. It does come with some decals so that you can give it several names. Cleaning up the kit of excess resin was fairly easy as there was very little to deal with. I did not run into any issues of hard to reach nooks and crannies either that required the removal of resin crumbs. Although I didn't sand mine, other more experienced modelers would probably want to fine tune thier kit with a light sanding in certain areas. As I started above, it seems that the warping nacelle struts has been solved. The nacelles assemblies actually mounted very easily as by this time, I had gained a bit of experience in using super glue on resin.

I subscribe to the Eaglemoss Starship collection and they produced thier own version of this ship.

Normally I would not do this sort of comparison, but Eaglemoss' version of the ship was very disappointing, especially after already receiving, building and painting my Resin Modeler version.

As you can see, the ships are almost identical in size.

Patrick Dougherty


This is the Resin-Modeller's Intrepid Type Starship kit in 1/1400. The master is a 3D-print. A detailed and small ship! It is 11,4cm long.

Fleetyard

 


The next kit review of the ships I got in recently is Resin-Modeller's 1/1400 Intrepid Type from Enterprise. This is the only 1/1400 version of this ship available. Starcraft makes a beautiful one complete with available wallpapers but it's 1/1000 in order to match the PL NX kit.


This one came out a little rougher than the others but that happens from time to time. There's nothing that some sandpaper and a sanding stick can't sharpen up. At least there's no pinholes let alone bubbles to contend with. Shouldn't take much work to prep for primer and paint. Directions are as always from RM clear and picture based. As with the other Starfleet ships decals are provided for names and registries. And again like all but the NX ships the registry numbers are fan based although the ship is called an Intrepid type on screen.

One thing I noticed from examining this model and the Warp Delta before it is that both are nearly identical in size to the Eaglemoss versions of them. As such I plan on using leftover names and registries on those ships. For this model I'll continue with my wish to have all my 1/1400s named whenever possible for the ships that are most well known of their kind. Thus this will be the Intrepid NV-01. I'm likely to use the leftover names Galaxy or Voyager on the Eaglemoss ship just for laughs.

Like all the other Resin-Modeller kits no base came with it. I plan on using one of Ugh! Models early Starfleet crest bases with this build. The one with the long swept boomerang shape on it we saw frequently in Enterprise.

As before when reviewing a ship that may well be less familiar to builders I've included some orthos and illustrations in the post of pictures. If you're building a 1/1400 Enterprise era fleet this model is one of the most important to have in your collection.

Thomas Zeller

 

 


Resin-Modeler's 1/1400 Intrepid from Enterprise I finally got her back together. He used cheap resin and the nacelles buckled first time around. But he has installed metal pins inside the nacelle pylons so they hopefully won't buckle this time.

George Fordyce

New, stronger resin is now used across all kits after repeated weight issues discovered by the Interpid Model as of 2015


This is the Resin-Modeller's Klingon Goroth's Ship kit in 1/1400. The master is a 3D-print. A very detailed and extrem small ship! It is only 6,1cm long.

The only change I have made is to insert a rod on the end of each Warp nacelle.

Goroth's Ship is a redress of the Klingon Shuttle which crashed in the Star Trek Enterprise episode "Broken Bow" on Earth.

Goroth's ship has an olive basic color. I used Vallejo Model Air: Interior Green 71010.

Fleetyard


This ship never appeared on screen, however, it was was mentioned in one or two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. The gist of the ship is that it was supposed to be Earth's first warp 5 capable ship, however, it's experimental drive proved to be unstable and that drive tech was scrapped. This type of ship now serves as a science and patrol vessel.

This 1:1400 scale kit measures in at around 12cm when completed. She comes in 5 pieces and includes decals that allow you to name her 8 different ways. I had a chance to speak with Adam, who owns and operates Resin Modeller and had asked him about the length of time it took him to create the ship. As it turns out, this was a collaboration that he had done with Robert Heckadon who created the ship for the Star Trek: Enterprise - Season Five Project. Robert had already created the foundation model and Adam then laced it with hull plating. Adams work on the project was only a few days. Adam then sent his model off to a professional 3D printer to make the master for his molds.

The one thing that I can say is that Adam produces kits with some very nice consistency. The 3D modeling and 3D printing technique that Resin Modeller uses, yields some gorgeous looking kits.

Cleaning up the excess resin on this ship was a breeze in most parts. I had a little difficulty cleaning out crumbs from around the deflector dish assembly and around the bafolds by the bussard collectors. As you can see, I accidentally nicked off a tiny piece around the rear deflector dish assembly as well. The last bit of clean-up issue I ran into was some minor air pocket trouble on the exhausts for both nacelles.

Patrick Dougherty


The casting quality is great (Adam) does a great job on his kits as Iv had a few now.

I'll keep buying from Resin-modeller until he stops casting kits :D

Stuart Beeson

 


I actually ended up buying two of these kits. The short story is, in my impatience to get the ball moving on getting the ship in my hands, I ended up accidentally paying for it twice. Instead of getting a refund, I decided to keep both models and just put one on my desk at work.

As is the custom with ANY resin kit, be sure to give yours a good hot soapy bath to remove all the casting oils. If you are new to resin building, or new to my articles, please check out the handy dandy "How To" guides that I share later on in this article. They will help you have a better time with dealing with resin kits.

Cleaning the ship(s) up of defects was pretty strait-forward. There were a few tiny bits if resin that needed trimming or knicking off and then some putty work that needed to be done near the rear of the saucer and the secondary hull. This seems to be the norm with certain types of kits from Resin Modeller. It has something to do with the casting process and the fact that there is a lot of nooks and crannies in those ares, and this makes it tough to get the resin to go there. Since I've gotten better at doing putty work, this doesn't bother me and those areas can easily be fixed up.

Adam did a really good job making sure that the nacelle struts were nice and square and the mount points on the actual nacelles were nice and flat allowing for a nice square and clean fit.

The kit comes with decals and I usually don't do decals for a very good reason... I SUCK at them. The ones made up by the garage kit makers are a bit more sensitive to mistakes as well, so it was with great care and nervousness that I applied these...

I fared at a level of "OK" with applying my decals. I didn't use all of the supplied decals, but he does supply some really nicely detailed ones for you.

Conclusion

Well then, what can I say about this kit? First of all, it is not for a beginner resin kit builder or beginner modeler. There is too much work involved in getting it to look right that I think would be too complicated for a newbie. That being said though, this is an AWESOME kit for those modelers who collect and build ships in this scale or at this size. Being able to add a small version of this ship to my fleet has been a highlight to my collecting habit, and it, and her sister ship that was built simultaneously, was a joy to build.

Patrick Dougherty


The Resin-Modeller NX and indeed all the kits I just got in from Adam are made with high grade Smoothon resin which is a pleasure to work with.

I anticipate no problems in the build though I probably will reenforce the nacelle booms with some wire inside for strength. Decals are quite nice and both the NX and it's refit provide names and registries for both the Enterprise and the Columbia. I plan on building mine in line with the Destiny and Birth of the Federation books and have Enterprise as the refit and Columbia as the standard NX.

One nice thing provided by the PNT kit was a sheet of paper to be used as a guide for cutting out an aztec pattern for the model. I'll copy this and use it on the Resin-Modeller kits since none is provided. A skilled painter can paint it without them but why not use all the help you can get?

No base is provided for either kit and as such I'll be using the very nice NX-01 base from Ugh! Models I showed earlier for the Enterprise. What base I'll use for the Columbia is still to be determined but I have a couple of ideas being considered.

Thomas Zeller


This kit review is a model from Resin-Modeller that is at least on hiatus if not OOP. Adam Kitchin will have to tell more about that. I got this 1/1400 Species 8472 Bioship from Star Trek Voyager out of the kindness of Adam's heart.

It was cast from the old molds hoping to get one more pull out of it and fortunately for me he succeeded. I wouldn't be surprised if his switching to Smoothon resin helped. It certainly helped bring out the detail which is difficult to see in these pics but there's a texture to the surface that adds to effect of it being a living ship.

There's no decals. This one is purely a paint lover's pleasure. Minimal directions are needed but assembly is shown. I've included some pics of Adam's example build for you so you can get a better idea of it than a stack of ship sections. Illustrations are also provided. To my knowledge only Nova Hobbies also sold the Bioship though theirs, from what I can tell, was a bit smaller. If anyone has that model or this one built I invite you to post a pic or two.

Thomas Zeller

 


Resin Modeller's version of this ship measures in at 8cm and comes in two pieces. Those pieces are an upper and lower half of the hull. I interviewed Adam, the owner and operator of Resin Modeller about this ship and he shared that he was able to produce the 3D model of this ship in a couple of hours on his computer. Since the top and bottom are identical, it was a matter of copy a paste once he finished one side of it. He then sent off the 3D model to a profession 3D printing company to make his master for the molds. I personally am a big fan of these sorts of kits. They come off looking and feeling very clean and crisp.

The two halves required a bit of shaving on thier flat side to allow them to fit flush together. This was because of the way these had to be cast. Looking the kit over, there really was no better way that Adam could have cast these without running into a bunch of air pocket issues, thus taking away from the crisp look of the finished product.

I'm sure that more experienced modelers would have been able to do it with more ease. In the end, I still needed to do some putty work to give the ship that seamless look around it's edges.

I really liked this kit and how it turned out. Adam did a great job making it. I probably would not not recommend it to first time modelers or first time resin kit builders unless they are comfortable leveling off larger area glue surfaces and doing seam filling.

Patrick Dougherty


This is the Resin-Modeller's Suliban Stealth Cruiser kit in 1/1400. The master is a 3D-print. A very detailed and small ship! It is 8,5cm long.

The only changes I will made ??is to replace the back engine becaus it is to thick and I will replace the four outer side envelope segments. For that I have already sanded the originals and leave pins for mounting the new ones.

Suliban Ships have a wood-colored tone. For this model I used Vallejo Model Air Mahagony 71036 (30%) + Light Brown 71027 (60%). After drying, I applied a bright washing with Vallejo Panzer Aces 301 Light Rust.

In the last step I have given the model shades for more depth with Vallejo Cam. Black Brown 70822.
For the highlights I have dabbed gently Panzer Aces 303 Yellowish Rust. The window color is a mix of White and Pale Blue.

Fleetyard

 


The 1:1400 kits is about 11 cm in length. Adam from Resin Modeler shared with me interesting facts about this ship. It took him several weeks to produce the 3D model for this ship because, as he put it, he became very anal about the level of details he was going to try to get into the model. This is another one of those ships that you get to see very briefly in ST: Enterprise. And yes, if you have read my other articles then you are going to think you are having Déjà vu. Once he had the ship designed on the computer, he had it professionally 3D printed to produce his master for the molding process. This really shows when you hold the ship in your hand. You can actually feel the 3D printer texture as they were not lost in the molding process. I keep saying that I really like this approach as it generates a very crisp and sharp looking kit.

A lot of resin went into making this ship. It is fairly heavy and that reflects the cost of the kit. This ship should have been a simple one to build as well as it only came in two pieces. The hull was split in half leaving you with a top and bottom to work with. The overall kit was very clean, involving very little trimming. I did not feel the need to sand the ship although more experienced modelers will probably do some light sanding to smooth out a few spots.

The one issue I do remember with this kit was that either the upper or lower hull had a slight warp to it, thus making it difficult to glue the two halves together. It took some trimming off of excess resin and a bunch of forcing the two halves together for me to get it to line up and for the super glue to set. This is a semi simple kit to start with IF you are comfortable with the hot soak process. I don't see why a first time resin kit builder could not handle this kit with relative ease. Other than the warped body issue, this is a very cool looking ship and a well done model by Adam at Resin Modeler.

Patrick Dougherty

Resin-Modeller's model is nicely made and looks like a fun build. It's hull comes in two halves with enough hollow space that a builder with good lighting skills could possibly light. I've included an example pic from RM's page of what it looks like painted. It's raised plating makes for a fairly simple aztec that can be masked just using tape.

Directions are clear and picture based. Decals for names and registries are included. These weren't shown in the show but they add a nice continuance of what's been shown and imagined for other Enterprise era Starfleet ships. No base is provided but I have one appropriate to the era from Ugh! Models that'll look great with it.

If you're building a fleet of ships from Enterprise you'll definitely want this one. Resin-Modeller also sells it in 1/2500 scale.

Thomas Zeller

 

Here's the Warp Delta from Resin Modeler.


I built her up over the weekend enjoy

Stuart Beeson