Monday, August 18, 2014

FLYING ON THE LOCKHEED SUPER CONSTELLATION



NO EXCUSES for showing this beautiful old bird, though for airliner model fans, there's plenty of useful reference detail to see. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

GORGEOUS VINTAGE DIECAST RACING CARS BOOK - YOUR FREE TASTER



Here's a beautifully produced book by German photographer and model fan Michael Spengler. Racing Cars is a must-look for anyone who likes diecast racing cars.

Friday, August 15, 2014

US COAST GUARD LIFEBOAT BECOMES A MOVIE STAR - AND GLENCOE HAS A 1:48 SCALE KIT TO MATCH


This 1:48 scale model lifeboat began as an ITC kit in 1959, and has been available from Glencoe for many years. Now the vessel has become a star in its own right, as it featured in the best selling 2009 book The Finest Hours, presently being made as a Disney movie of the same name.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FRENCH UGLY DUCKLING - CITROEN 2CV FOURGONNETTE FROM TAMIYA AND EBBRO


There are a number of kits of the Citroen 2CV - the ‘Ugly Ducking’ - but until now the van version, equally popular in France, was unobtainable as a convention plastic kit. Now Tamiya has modified its 1:24 scale 2CV saloon car to make the Fourgonnette van, with distinctive corrugated sides and roof.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

PORTUGUESE SPEAKERS, SAY 'OLA' - OR YOU CAN USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE FOR THE IPMS SANTA MARIA MAGAZINE



THERE'S GOOD WEEKEND reading here, and some fine models to look at through the 63 pages of the IPMS Santa Maria Magazine.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DRAGNET-STYLE LAW ENFORCER FROM TIMES PAST - REVELL ’57 FORD CUSTOM POLICE CAR


This is the third issue of Revell’s new 1:25 scale 1957 Ford Custom car kit, this time as a cop car of the period. The kit has been created in conjunction with the specialist model company Model King.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

A QUESTION OF SCALE


HERE AT SMN TOWERS, we’re always discussing the importance (or not) of scale, a subject that’s hardly surprising bearing in mind the title of the website.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

AMAZING FORD SKYLINER CONVERTIBLE



Those wonderful 1950s-era US cars sometimes had more than wings and chrome to set them apart from common or garden designs from other countries.

Friday, August 1, 2014

MPC TITAN IIIC ORBITAL LAUNCH VEHICLE TO 1:100 SCALE


The 1:100 scale Round 2 MPC Titan IIIC launch rocket is a companion kit to the same-scale Vostok I reviewed a short while ago, and, as with the Vostok, I also helped with some technical details.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUILD 'EM BIG - BRETT GREEN BOOK DETAILS CONSTRUCTION OF AIRFIX 1:24 SCALE HAWKER TYPHOON 1b


If you like the look of the new 1:24 scale Airfix Hawker Typhoon 1b, then this book by Brett Green looks like an essential must-read.

SALUTE TO FREDERICK I ORDWAY III - A POWER BEHIND THE SPACECRAFT THAT FEATURED IN THE MOVIE '2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY'


One of the major forces behind the designs for spacecraft in the classic science-fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, Frederick I Ordway III, died earlier this month, aged 87.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JAMES BOND CAR - TWO FORD THUNDERBIRDS COMPARED, FABBRI DIECAST AND REVELL PLASTIC KIT


Fabbri have produced a whole range of 1:43 scale diecast vehicles in the long-running partwork series, 'The James Bond Car Collection.' Among them is a Ford Thunderbird, which I've matched here today with a somewhat larger 1:25 scale Revell kit.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

EXCELLENT CARRIER VIDEO: RUSSIAN SUKHOI SU-33 DECK ACTION


THE HASEGAWA 1:72 scale Sukhoi Su-33 is a decent kit of Russia's premier carrier warplane, and today's video provides some good detail shots, allowing model makers to add extra sparkle to this kit.

Friday, July 25, 2014

MENG MONSTER TRUCK: FORD F-350 SUPER DUTY CREW CAB TO 1:24 SCALE


THIS KIT WAS A GREAT surprise - and a delight to many model makers - when it was announced. Until now, Meng, one of the newer Chinese model companies operating out of Hong Kong, has concentrated mostly on 1:35 scale AFVs and associated military, with a few aircraft in 1:72, 1:48, and 1:32 scales. Now this 1:24 scale kit - a Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab - has been produced to fill a gap that seems to have been oddly missed by the American manufacturers.