"Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica, leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest for a shining planet known as Earth." This was the closing line from the 1978 television pilot movie, and a line that launched the series which lasted for only lasted one season (totaling 21 episodes).
When Moebius Models began releasing kits from the 2004 television series, fans of the classic show hoped that, eventually, the original ships would follow. Moebius has delivered, releasing the Battlestar Galactica, the Colonial Viper, and the Cylon Raider.
The new version of the Classic Raider is completely different when compared to the older kit released by Revell-Monogram. For one thing, at 1:32 scale, this model is actually studio scale, being the same size as the filming models used in the late 1970’s during production. Also, for the first time, a Raider is offered in the same scale as the Viper kits released by Moebius. That means that the Raider is in scale with the TOS Viper, Viper Mk. II and Viper Mk. VII.
The kit parts are crisply molded in light gray styrene.
A simple stand is provided, attaching by means of a “tab and slot” connection in the bottom of the main body. I don’t know how secure this stand will be, given the size of the kit, so builders may wish to fashion their own stands to provide additional support.
The only decals included are the two Cylon insignia for the wings. A striping template is included on page 6 of the instructions for painting the stripes that appear on the upper wing surfaces. However, nothing is provided for the dual stripes on the lower wing surfaces.
Paragrafix offers a photoetch set (Set PGX-186, MSRP $39.95) that offers the builder the chance to include see-through canopy louvers. Two Cylon insignia are also provided. This works well in tandem with the Just An Illusion resin interior kit (JAI-32Cylon, MSRP $31.95), with the full cockpit and three Cylon Centurion figures. The JAI kit also includes a vacuform canopy.
Finally, TSDS offers an “Alien Raider Custom Pre-Wired LED Light Kit” (MSRP $39.95) for lighting the Raider. Engine, cockpit and side-marking lighting is included, and with some minimal scratchbuilding skills and some fiber optics, weapons fire can be simulated.
The completed model is massive at 13 inches long and a wingspan of 17 inches.
Review by: Rich “Lonewolf” Dula
Entry created: March 22, 2015