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Revell Kylo Ren’s Shuttle MAX

The First Order’s top officers travel in Upsilon-class command shuttles that look like grim birds of prey. These ships’ massive wings are packed with defensive systems to protect their valuable passengers. The upper wings contain advanced sensor suites that scan for enemies, while the lower wings house efficient shield projectors and powerful jammers. Upon landing, the wings rise from flight mode and then retract, encasing the upper wings’ sensor arrays in thick armor.

Revell MAX Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

KIT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Scale: 1/93
  • Length: 7.2″ (182.88mm)
  • Width: 5.2″ (132.08mm)
  • Height: 13.875″ (352.42mm)
  • Skill level: 2
  • Parts: 53
  • No paint, glue or tools required
  • Pre-painted graphics
  • Opening loading ramp
  • Illustrated instructions
  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Street Price $34.99

When I first saw the theatrical trailers of Star Wars The Force Awakens, one of the new ships that drew my attention was Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle. My feelings about this spaceship’s design was as conflicted as Kylo’s own. Finally thanks to Revell I was able to built this model. This model kit of from the Snap Tite MAX Series hence they are larger and slightly more detailed. I fact, I have heard some model builders passing on this kit because of the large size.

Feel free to see the pictures of the sprues provided below. Especially the wings next to the metal ruler.

If you’re not scared of its size, it is a nice build out of the box or add some elbow grease to take it to the next level. Unlike other Revell Sanp Tite models we have featured here, this one came with some sort of dust attached to the crevices and details. For the first time in many years I washed all the parts with dish washing soap and a painters brush.

My first order of business with Kylo Ren’s shuttle was to paint it. For that I used Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black as a base color. This would save me some of the little Polly Scale Steam Power Black F4T4110 I have left. I did use some Polly Scale Grimmy Black F414137 to create the illusion of plating on the model. Once this was done I sprayed the entire model with Testors DullCote. This does protect the paint from the upcoming washes and streaks from AK-Interactive.

I used a pair of blue 3mm LEDs and a single 5mm LED to feed 8 strands of .75 fiber optic. They are all fed by a 9 volts battery. Even painting this model and lighting it up won’t make this s long build. Personally I am very satisfied with the overall model straight out of the box. However, there’s no detail on the upper side of the wings.

Those areas can be addressed with stock styrene and tubing from your local hobby shop. If you happen to have tiny greeblies from previous builds, feel free to use them there also. My allotted time for this build did not let me do it. But I can pull this model out anytime to add that detail later given the fact that it is on the edge of the wings and masking and painting those areas won’t be difficult.

There is no other option to position the wings but straight. Spreading them a little bit will give the model a more dynamic look. For that my fellow model builder you’ll have to figure it out yourself. This is just a personal take and does not detract entirely from the model.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

If you like Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and have some spare room on your shelf, by all means get one now.

My sincere thanks to Revell USA for the review sample.

George Collazo
George Collazo

George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.

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