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Built Review
SS New Zealand
DY-500E series New Zealand
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by: Matthew Quiroz [ RED4 ]

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For Spacecraft Creation Models second effort, Steve Carricato brings us the DY-500E SS-New Zealand, a “Sleepship” starshipSavannah class starship. The overall length of the model is 16.5” and is 9.5” wide. Scale is approximately 1/350, comparable to the new Enterprise kit.
The kit is comprised of 12 resin pieces with the larger pieces being hollow, 2 styrene support rods, a magnet for the stand and the base.
Specifically the parts Include:
1. Nose cone
2. fuel tank
3. Fuselage
4. Engine compartment
5. Engine detail
6. Conning tower
7. Solar panel support pod
8. Solar panel support pod
9. Solar panel
10. Solar panel
11. styrene rod (rt)
12. Styrene rod (lft)

This kit was a labor of love for Steve as it has taken him over nine months to see it to completion. Casting was done by Mark Krabbenhoft of BTTG Studios in Colorado Springs Colorado. Due to the major pieces being hollow cast, a creative builder has the option to light this kit if they so wish.

The Kit

For Steve’s second offering, he has improved on his design skills as this kit almost assembles itself. There is just a minor bit of clean up to do before you can begin gluing parts together. Depending on the paint scheme one chooses, the kit could be assembled after all painting was completed as the fit is that good.

There are two things to be concerned with when building. Placement of the magnet on the fuel pods is the first. It should be placed as far aft as possible to ensure the kit stays put. Even when placed here, it can be tipped with an errant bump. The second item is the two small solar arrays on the tail end of the model. The support sections for these are just styrene and are pretty fragile. I broke mine three times during painting as I bumped the kit and it teetered onto these outriggers snapping the left one. I applied a little CA glue to the break and I was back in business. After fixing it for the third time I was considerably more diligent about what I was doing around the model.
The Instructions

The instructions are an exploded view of the kit and show it being assembled in a step by step sequence over approximately 22 steps. All parts are labeled on the instructions and easy to identify.

The Paint

This is a fast building model which leads to the fun aspect of Sci-fi modeling, at least for me, and that is painting. The sky is the limit and the canvas is broad. I have an additional kit that I have a special paint scheme planned for. For this one, I painted it overall in a medium gray to act as a primer. This was followed by several coats of flat white to get the coverage I was looking for. I applied silly putty in a wavy pattern to separate the lower and upper halves of the ship and shot a medium sea gray along the bottom. I have some really cool looking skull stencils I wanted to try out and this was the perfect place to do so. I shot a few in random spots in differing blue and black colors. They don’t jump out at you, but if you look, you will find them.

The kit was sprayed in several coats of Krylon clear Acrylic Gloss. This stuff has become my new go-to product for gloss coating. For $5 I get a large can of acrylic gloss that dries hard, very quickly and allows me to use the same wash treatments as using Future does without having to clean my airbrush. It works well for me. Once gloss coated I began using washes of various brown and rust colors to bring out the recessed details of the ship. I used odorless Turpanoid and artist tube oils for this. Once they had dried overnight I sealed them with the above mentioned gloss coat. Decals were scrounged from the spares box and snuggled right down with the aid of some Solvaset.

I decided to add some character to my ship with the use of some additional decals for the fuel tanks which are designed to be jettisoned; hence the differing numbers from tank to tank. I added the blue dots as another means of identifying and marking the tanks. Scratches and chipping were added with a fine brush, and a combination of acrylics and oils. Once all the painting was complete, the entire ship was shot with a healthy dose of matte coat.

The Verdict

Total assembly time was less than an hour and painting took about three times as long. There are a lot of possibilities with this kit. If you are a fan of large and unique spaceships, this should satisfy your need. The kit can be purchased directly from Steve via his email address at [email protected]. Price for the kit is $99.95. Thanks to Steve and Spacecraft Creation Models for the review sample.
Highs: Ease of assembly. Different. Well cast and can be lit if a little time is devoted to it.
Lows: Can be a tail sitter if not careful. Fragile solar array attachment point
Verdict: Very cool looking kit with lot of possibilites for paint schemes and marking options
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:350
  Suggested Retail: 99.95
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 16, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Matthew Quiroz (Red4)

After a several year break from the hobby I have happily returned to it. Slowly, but surely getting my mojo back.

Copyright ©2020 text by Matthew Quiroz [ RED4 ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.


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