Thursday, April 2, 2015

Resin Kit Review: Cozmo Heavy Industries 1:2500 Pre-TOS Adversary Set

NOTE:  You can click on most pictures to get a larger view of them.

The next resin kit that I'm going to review is another one of Cozmo Heavy Industries' revived line of kits.  The 1:2500 Pre-TOS Adversary set is unique in that it gives you three different ships.  The kit includes a Federation Daedalus class, a Romulan ship and and a Klingon ship.

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The kit itself is reminiscent of the AMT Round 2 sets that contain three ships.

 
 

So, if you have bought and built any of these kits, then this set from C.H.I. will blend in well with your collection.

During my interview with Jay, who owns and operates C.H.I., he shared that I wasn't too far from the truth about the kit being like those sets.  He shared that he actually modeled the set after this kit that he owned.


The kit comes with 12 pieces, decals and a base for a stand.  The completed Daedalus measures in at 6cm, the Romulan measures 6cm and the Klingon ship measures in at 6cm.


I talked to Jay for a bit about this kit and between the two of us, we believe we have been able to identify the Romulan and Klingon ships.  Jay specifically remembers that the Klingon ship is classified as a NomRo' Class Strike Cruiser.  The Romulan ship took some time for me to research as Jay only remembers ever seeing one picture of the ship and building his model from that picture.  Luckily, a friend of mine introduced me to this series of books called the Federation Spaceflight Chronology.  One of the books was dedicated strictly to the Romulans.


As best as I can tell from that book, Jay has produced a ship called the U-13 Cacus Class Death Flyer.  It is interesting that the picture I have of the ship shows it in an inverted position as compared to how Jay displays it.  Who is right?  Who knows?  It's all a matter of the builder's perspective really.

Federation Daedalus Class
 
 
 
 
DeepSpace Pat's Paint Scheme

NOTE: The picture above shows a different stand than what comes with the set.  My collection is split up into the different races so I ended up using different stands than the one that comes with the kit.

Klingon NomRo' Class Strike Cruiser
 
 
 
 
DeepSpace Pat's Paint Scheme

NOTE: The picture above shows two ships.  The top one is the one that comes with the kit.  the bottom one is a kitbash project I was working on.  The last picture also shows a different stand than what comes with the set.  My collection is split up into the different races so I ended up using different stands than the one that comes with the kit.

Romulan U-13 Cacus Class Death Flyer
 
 
 
 
DeepSpace Pat's Paint Scheme

NOTE: The picture above shows two ships.  The one on the right is the one that comes with the kit.  the one on the left is a kitbash I did of a Romulan U-4 Cerebus Class ship.  The last picture also shows a different stand than what comes with the set.  My collection is split up into the different races so I ended up using different stands than the one that comes with the kit.

As you can see from the pictures with the quarter in them, each of the ships are relatively small models.


Cleanup of any excess resin wasn't too bad.  I did find myself being a little more cautious with the trimming given the small size of all the parts.  In fact, I remember breaking one of the Daedalus nacelles off of it's support strut.  This wasn't Jay's fault but rather the fault of the big hands that were handling the part.  :-)  But it demonstrates the fact that resin can be brittle if not handled properly.


The Romulan and Klingon ships were pretty straight forward and didn't require a lot of finagle or patience while gluing them together.  I did modify my Romulan ship slightly by using a drill bit to put a divot in the nose to serve as a deflector dish.  My reasoning for this was that the Romulans had gone back to this style of ship and the U4 I built had one.  Painting them was just as easy.  Because of thier size, there really isn't much detail work to paint onto them.


The Daedalus was a tiny bit more difficult because it required some patience, which I don't have, to get the nacelles angled and glued on correctly.
  
I decided to make an attempt at doing the decals on the Daedalus because the paint job left it looking rather plain.  This proved to be really difficult due to the small size of the ship and my large hands.  They did add that little extra that the ship needed, but I wasn't able to place them all.  The paint scheme I went with for the Romulan ship didn't warrant needing the decals and the Klingon logo was rather easy to apply.

Conclusion

For the most part, this was a very easy little set of ships to work with for someone of my skill level.  Had I been a little more patient with the trimming, gluing and the decal work on the Daedalus, I think I would have been happier.  That being said, I don't think this would be a good kit for a first timer model builder or resin kit builder.  If you are a fan of the 3 ship sets from AMT though, then you really should add this set to your collection too.

I hope you found this article as useful and informative as I did while writing it.  Please feel free to leave any comments, questions or suggestions below.

So, for now, "Live Long & Prosper!"

Additional Links To Photos Of My Collection:
Federation Daedalus Class                       ( The Ship     WIP Pictures )
Klingon NomRo' Class Strike Cruiser      ( The Ship     WIP Pictures )
Romulan U-13 Cacus Class Death Flyer   ( The Ship     WIP Pictures )

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NOTE: If you are new to my reviews, then please read on.  This section talks about the garage kit maker that made this kit as well as a little about why I'm writing this review.  If you are one of my regular readers, then feel free to skip the rest of this article as it is a word for word repeat of stuff from previous articles.

Kit Maker Information

Jay who runs Cozmo Heavy Industries sells all of his kits via eBay.  He changes out what ships are for sale every Saturday evening so it is best to check in once a week to see what he has for sale.

Jay also maintains a FaceBook page where he likes to share his work in progress on future kit releases.  I really like this approach as I'm a big fan of behind the scenes stuff.

Lastly, Jay does have a website, but it is more of an informational page about the business and he has hinted on FaceBook that he may be closing down that site.

I find Jay to be a very approachable garage kit maker.  He has a regular day job and uses the business to not only allow him to make new ships for himself but to also help fund his love for the hobby.  If you have ever followed Jay's work, you will know that he hand makes all of his kits from pre-existing parts, and he hand crafts all the other pieces for the ship.  This allows him to produce all sorts of unique model kits.  He loves to talk about the hobby and has lots of good advice about the hobby if you ever ask him for it.  He will usually answer any questions you send to him within a day or two.

C.H.I.'s eBay Seller Profile: CLICK HERE
C.H.I.'s FaceBook Page: CLICK HERE
C.H.I.'s Website: CLICK HERE

When I interviewed Jay about his business, he says that a lot of his kits were designed and made over 20 years ago so he is unsure now just how long it took to make most of them which is why I don't have a lot of behind the scenes information about the kits like in my other reviews.

Jay recently shared on his FaceBook page about his stance on stands.  In it he wrote, "Everybody does theirs different. I use .055" piano wire and not everybody has that size drill bit. Plus, that tiny wire would put a hole in the bag and get lost. I have also seen people use clear rod, or use the base as a badge to apply to a larger stand."  So there you go.  And as I've said in other articles, I have yet to see a resin kit that comes with a rod.

DISCLAIMER SECTION

I consider myself an intermediate model maker.  I'm pretty good with assembling kits these days  and OK on the painting side of things.  I ultimately end up with ships that look good enough to me to display in my collection.  I've found that there are all sorts of neat ships out there that no one has made a pre-built or pre-painted model of, so, in an effort to expand my ship collection I've turned to building them myself, either by kitbashing or purchasing ready made resin model kits.

There are several smaller garage kit makers out there that produce some very good kits.  I've actually developed a good relationship with a couple of them and volunteered some of my time to write up reviews about the kits I've purchased from them.  I have already warned them that I intend to be pretty objective, not pull any punches, and these reviews are going to be written from the point of view of an intermediate model builder.  If this means that I warn away a first time builder from a particular kit, then they will need to be OK with that approach.

Lastly, due to the nature of resin casting, not every kit is going to be the same.  Excess resin and air pockets are a part of the game when you get into this sort of model building.  The kit that I got and built may be slightly different than your kit as far as minor quality issues.  I will still point out flaws with my kit as those flaws could lead into a lesson of some sort for either you the reader or the kit maker themselves.

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