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Revell Germany 1/72 scale Star Wars: The Mandalorian "Razor Crest" plastic model kit review

Minor fit problems don’t detract from an enjoyable sci-fi build

Kit:06781 // Scale:1/72 // Price:$71.99
Revell Germany (Sample courtesy of mfr.)
Sharp interior detail, straightforward build; good decals and options
Upper surface has a texture; minor fit issues; detail on figure soft
Injection-molded plastic (gray, clear); 101 parts; decals
Revell’s Razor Crest comes with several display options: landed with gear extended or inflight on the provided stand, posable side and rear ramps, movable blasters, full cargo interior, and pilot figure. Panel lines are recessed throughout. The decals for Din Djarin’s ship are appropriately distressed and a bunch of interior details are also included on the sheet.

Painting the cockpit, I deviated from the instructions to better match what I saw on screen. I used Tamiya RLM Gray (No. XF-22) for walls and floors and painted the seats with Tamiya Red Brown (No. XF-64). If you are a Star Wars fan, you know that the franchise has a penchant for red lights and switches on control panels and consoles. I painted the molded switches silver first, then overcoated them with either Tamiya Clear Red (No. X-27), Clear Orange (No. X-26), or Clear Yellow (No. X-24). Revell also provides decals for the panels if you wish to sand off the raised details.

I assembled all cockpit bulkheads and floors into a subassembly. The figure of Din was a little disappointing because the detail is soft making him challenging to paint. Once he’s in the pilot seat, his hands don’t touch the controls.

Downstairs, at the forward end of the cargo compartment, the kit gives the option of posing the door to the sleeping compartment open or closed. Going with the former, I omitted the door and applied the decal for the bed covering. I painted the head (toilet) silver and compartments, floors, and ramps with Tamiya Light Gray (No. XF-66) and the wall and ceiling were painted RLM Gray before I added the decals.

After assembling the cargo hold and adding the cockpit subassembly, I was ready to install it in the lower fuselage. The ramps are hinged for modelers who prefer them to be movable.

After assembling the blasters, I painted them silver with Testors Model Master Metalizer Stainless Steel (No. 1402) on the gun barrels. The guns can be left movable with a ring attached to the post inside. Fearing complications because of the tight quarters inside, I opted to glue them in a level position.

I painted the internal engine exhaust parts Metalizer Stainless Steel and misted on Testors Metallizer Burnt Iron (No. 1424). The nozzles were painted Testors Metalizer Gun Metal (No. 1405).

I had to sand the tops of the internal bulkheads to get a snug fit between the upper and lower fuselage sections.

To pose my Razor Crest on the ground, I assembled and installed the sturdy landing gear.

The upper fuselage section has a texture that will be obvious under metallic paint, so I sanded the part smooth before painting the spacecraft with out-of-production Floquil Old Silver.

The stripe decals proved to be trouble-free. After flowing on a wash, I added pigment for streaking and carbon scoring.

I spent 15 enjoyable hours building Revell Razor Crest and can easily recommend it for any Star Wars fan.
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