Thursday, July 28, 2016

ACADEMY F-35A LIGHTNING II: 1:72 SCALE VIDEO BUILD

THE LOCKHEED MARTIN F-35 LIGHTNING II has had a long, expensive, and troubled development. However, the stealth aircraft is finally heading to operational service. For model makers, that means building a kit of the twin-fin stealth machine.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

COLD WAR WARRIOR REVAMPED: RENWAL LACROSSE MISSILE WITH LAUNCHER TO 1:32 SCALE


REVELL-MONOGRAM CONTINUES TO DIVE into the tooling bin of the original Renwal company, retrieving and releasing kits more or less as they were, ‘way back when.’

Thursday, July 21, 2016

JULY 20 AND 21: CELEBRATING THE LUNAR LANDING OF APOLLO 11 AND VIKING TOUCHDOWN ON MARS

THERE ARE PLENTY OF APOLLO KITS out there, not so many models of the Viking that landed on Mars, seven years after the first Apollo landing.

HOT WHEELS X-WING CARSHIP TAKES OFF - AT GROUND LEVEL



THE CLASSIC STAR WARS X-WING has been reimagined as a high performance Hot Wheels racing car, powered by a 2.0 litre 16-valve DOHC engine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1:35 SCALE 'PINK PANTHER' LAND ROVER FROM ITALERI


THE LAND ROVER is one of the best known off-road British vehicles, and this Italeri kit models the military version, as used by the SAS (Special Air Service) on operations in the Middle East.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BLACK BEAUTY FROM AMT: BATWING AIR COMBAT VEHICLE


AMT CONTINUES ITS CELEBRATION OF Batman movies by reissuing the Batwing air combat vehicle. The kit is to 1:25 scale, so it assembles to make a good-sized model, even if it is only a single-seater.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

REVELL 1:32 SCALE PIPER SUPER CUB WITH OVERSIZED TUNDRA TYRES


THE PIPER SUPER CUB IS one of the best-known light aircraft. And here we have Revell releasing a 1:32 scale kit of this high-wing two-seater.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

FINE SCALE MODELER MAGAZINE MEETS MAT IRVINE



LOOK AND LEARN about our very own Mat Irvine in this wide-ranging interview with Aaron Skinner, of the respected Fine Scale Modeller magazine.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BRUSSELS AMAZING MOOF MUSEUM, HOME OF FANTASTIC FIGURINES

THE MOOF MUSEUM IS tucked away under Brussels Central Station, and it’s easy to miss. We chanced upon the collection after arriving in Brussels from a two-hour train ride on the high-speed Eurostar service from central London.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

CLASSIC MPC JAWBREAKER DRAGSTER TO 1:25 SCALE

MODEL CAR BROCHURES used to be full of dragsters, those race cars built to make a quarter-mile run down a strip in the quickest time. Over the years, dragster kits dropped out of favour, but Round 2 is bringing them back, using its AMT and MPC moulds.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MOEBIUS BRINGS ON ITS BIGGEST BATMOBILE YET


MORE MODEL MANIA FOR BATMAN FANS has arrived with the Moebius Models 1:25 scale Batmobile, as featured in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Monday, July 4, 2016

VIDEO BUILD: REVELL 1:32 SCALE HEINKEL He 162 SALAMANDER


THE HEINKEL HE 162 SALAMANDER or Volksjager (People’s Fighter) flew only in the latter stages of World War II. Even so, it makes a great looking subject for a model kit from Revell.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

LEE CARNIHAN’S MAGIC OF MODEL MAKING


THIS READER’S ARTICLE takes us to a place that we haven’t covered much at SMN. Perhaps we should though, for miniature wargaming is hugely popular. Games Workshop alone has more than 300 dedicated stores around the world.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

SMALLSPACE 5 SCI-FI SPACE SHOW THIS WEEKEND


SPACE, SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY MODELS are the name of the game at smallspace 5, a one-day show held this coming Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

AIRFIX KITSTARTER: A NEW WAY TO BRING BACK OLD KITS


AIRFIX KITSTARTER IS AN EXPERIMENTAL concept in retro-modelling. It’s your chance to decide which selected vintage Airfix kits are put back into production for a limited edition run.