A while ago I finished my ultramarine stormeagle. Since then I have added the awesome fireraptor. I am really torn as to how to review this kit, but I think that final piece speaks for it’s self.
So why then the dilemma? Well lets be honest, despite my love of all things forge world, this kit is the single most infuriating thing to assemble. It’s hard to say why it’s such a bitch, but I will try to explain.
let’s talk about the kit. First of, it’s a hybrid kit. It’s part resin, part plastic stormraven kit. Now this keeps the cost down, but it does present the challenge of working in 2 materials. This can be a pain, but it’s not that that makes it such a pain. You need to be cautious when smoothing over the soft resin and the harder plastic at same time.
Large resin sides. The long sides for this kit suffer from a huge amount of warping. Easy to fix, but it takes a while. The rear of the kit is were the real problems start. The rear door sufferers from shrinkage and this makes to a right bugger. Lining the Door up, throws the sides out, the perfect lining of the plastic robs you of the flexibility to align the resin. The mixed top then added to this dilema. I cheated and made the Rear door over lap in the end. it worked for me!
The line up at the rear make the build a nightmare! The side ‘jets’ at the front use the plastic jets into the resin castings. This again is a pain . The casting was very thin and the 2 parts don’t work well. You still get the moveable parts, but they are tight.
The front canard (front wings) don’t get much in the way of alignment. The little lugs on the sides are ok, but they take a while to glue into place.
The other parts, such as the main wings, engines and top plates work ok.
So why the is fire raptor such much better?
They have tweaked the build and fixed it up. The side jets have been replaced with fixed parts. They just stick on to the side pods. The rear assembly is some much better. it slots together. The rear door has been replaced with an elongated side door. It fits together so well.
All in these 2 kits are good. The eagle has a reputation (well deserved) of being a bitch to build, the raptor is a massive improvement. Together they look awesome and add something to your spacemarine lists.
The raven is a good unit, but I love the eagle. The apocalypse launcher is great! The spacemarines lack the pie plate and this has 2! The raptor brings The avenger cannon (str 6, ap 3 heavy 7) which is a real killer.