Saturday, March 28, 2015

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO - MODELS THAT MADE IT BIG





WE MOSTLY THINK OF MODELS as miniature versions of the real thing, 1:72, 1:48, 1:87 and so on. Well, every now and again, the models get their revenge and make it the other way round - from small-size original to full-size 1:1 realization.

Friday, March 27, 2015

REST IN PEACE DAVID CARLOCK, 1937-2015

A SAD LOSS TO THE modelling world is Dave Carlock, who died recently, aged 77. For many years Dave worked for the AMT Corporation when it started in Troy Michigan, then he went to Ertl in Dyersville, Iowa, and most recently, Testors in Rockford, Illinois.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPRINT INTO SPACE WITH THE AOSHIMA 1:200 SCALE EPSILON LAUNCH ROCKET


Aoshima seems to be the only kit company coming up with regular brand new items in the real-space field. This one is the tenth in its Space Craft Series, and features the Epsilon, Japan’s latest launch rocket.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH THE 1:24 SCALE FUJIMI FUTURE CAR

IF THIS MODEL LOOKS familiar, it should be, for is it is a renamed Police Spinner from the classic science fiction film Blade Runner, already made as a kit by Fujimi. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

1:25 SCALE REVELL KIT OF ED ‘BIG DADDY’ ROTH ’57 CHEVY BEL AIR

REVELL HAS REISSUED its original 1:25 scale 1957 Chevy Bel-Air kit as one of the creations of zany car customiser, Big Daddy Ed Roth, the ‘Rat Fink’ himself.

Friday, March 13, 2015

RIP DISCWORLD AUTHOR SIR TERRY PRATCHETT 1948-2015


IT’S WITH SADNESS THAT WE REPORT THE death of fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, who died on March 12, 2015, aged just 66.

Monday, March 2, 2015

RETRO ROCKET FLIES AGAIN - LUNA FROM THE MOVIE ‘DESTINATION MOON’


WE’VE FEATURED THE LUNA rocket from the 1950 movie Destination Moon before, but this new kit from Pegasus Hobbies assembles to make the tallest model yet. Luna comes in the accepted rocket scale of 1:144, so can be stood next to a Space Shuttle or Saturn V for comparison.

Friday, February 27, 2015

RUSSIAN SS-25 ROCKET KIT FROM ZVEZDA, WITH EXTRAS FROM LVM STUDIOS IN THE NETHERLANDS

WE HAVE ALREADY LOOKED AT the 1:72 scale Zvezda kit of the Soviet/Russian SS-25 missile. Now we’ve built a kit, so here is the complete report. We also took the opportunity to add the conversion kit from LVM Studios. This turns the military missile into a commercial satellite launcher.

Monday, February 23, 2015

TAMIYA MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL KIT TO 1:24 SCALE


The Tamiya January 2015 announcement at the Nuremberg Toy Fair of its own 1:24 scale kit of the Mercedes Gullwing was a delight to hear.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

UNDERWATER ADVENTURE WITH 1:400 SCALE AIRFIX ‘DAS BOOT’ SUBMARINE

INTERESTED IN NAVAL MODELS? Well, here's a kit that may have slipped in under your radar. It features the submarine that featured in the 1981 German film Das Boot (The Boat) which tells the story of a German crew and their vessel during World War II.

Monday, February 16, 2015

BRIGHT RED SILVER SCREEN MACHINE - 1:25 SCALE CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS FROM AMT

This is a straight reissue of the AMT 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, but presented this time round as the car driven by Tom Cruise, playing Jack Reacher in the 2012 movie of the same name.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

“THE NAME’S BOND... OR CORGI… OR SCALEXTRIC.” 007 AT HORNBY HOBBIES

TO WRAP UP THE LONDON TOY FAIR we returned to the Hornby stand, though not to Airfix this time, but to two other names in the Hornby stable, also involving a third.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

REVELL 2015 - ROBOT AND ROCKETS, SPACESHIP AND STARSHIPS


THIS SPACE AND SCIENCE-FICTION ROUNDUP concludes our review of Revell kits on display at the 2015 London Toy Fair. It's a good range with plenty of choice, whatever your interest.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

REVELL INCOMING 2015 - PONY CARS, MINI CARS, AND A HUGE HIPPY BUS


FOR AUTO MODELLERS, REVELL HAS a wide range of upcoming models in 2015. Among the kits are these two Minis, each decorated with a union flag, a widely available option for buyers of the real thing.

SALUTE TO THE REV JOHN BURNS, MODEL ENTHUSIAST AND PUBLISHER


THE SCALE MODEL WORLD lost another of its greats on February 1, 2015, when the Rev John Burns died, aged 80. He created and published model publications, including the Kit Collector’s Clearinghouse and Collector Value Guides.