On day nine we have another mini model, this time an Acclamator Class Republic Assault Ship. This vehicle only appears fairly briefly during the latter stages of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but it also features heavily in the Clone Wars and various books and video games set during the Prequel Trilogy.
This model is a little too far from the source material for my liking. It is just about recognisable as an Acclamator Class Assault Ship, but the shape has not been captured perfectly and there is far too little detail in my opinion. The tail fin and engines have been recreated nicely, and I like how light and dark bluish grey pieces have been used to break up the design a little. However, the overall shape of the model is too long and not wide enough for my liking. Also, the tip of the ship is far too blunt (an issue which plagued the Star Destroyer mini model last year in 9509), although I can see no way of rectifying this given the limitations imposed by the scale.
The biggest issue for me though is the bridge section, which is completely wrong as far as I can see. This could easily be rectified with a 1x1 round tile in light bluish grey, but the 1x1 plate with clip simply does not work here in my opinion. The relative obscurity of the vehicle combined with the partial failure to capture the shape of the ship might mean that one would struggle to identify what it was immediately. This fact is evidenced by Huw's photo, which he took from the rear not realising which end was the front. Still, I think we can all agree that this is a great shot of the back of the ship!
Overall - 2.5 - Not a bad model, but only a vague representation of the vehicle in the film unfortunately.
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