Thursday, August 10, 2017

PRETTY IN PURPLE: CLASSIC DC-9 JETLINER KIT FROM ATLANTIS MODELS

THIS IS A REISSUE OF an original Aurora model that first appeared in 1965. It’s a very simple kit, with none of the options you could find on more modern equivalents, so there are no poseable flaps, opening engine covers or similar, but frankly that makes a far more robust model. The box-art reproduces a classic painting by illustrator John Amendola.

Monday, August 7, 2017

FANTASTIC PHANTOM FROM AIRFIX



THE AIRFIX 1:72 SCALE PHANTOM II KIT is an excellent example of the improvements that computers have brought to the model building scene.

Monday, July 31, 2017

HAUNEBU FLYING DISC: REAL FOO FIGHTER OR PLASTIC PEGASUS SAUCER?


WEIRD DESIGNS ARE A FEATURE OF Luftwaffe 1946, aircraft designs that were being worked on toward the end of World War II. And perhaps the oddest Luft 46 project, and frankly least likely, was the Haunebu II Saucer, as featured in this 1:144 scale Pegasus kit.

Monday, July 24, 2017

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SALAZAR'S REVENGE: 1:72 SCALE KIT FROM REVELL

PIRATE KITS HAVE ALWAYS done well for model companies, both as figures and ships, so issuing the star vessel from Pirates of the Caribbean, the most successful pirate movie franchise ever, has to be a good move.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SCIENCE FICTION EXTRAVAGANZA: SMALLSPACE 6 LANDS IN THE UK

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF the exhibits at smallspace 6, the ‘Big Little Show’ held in the village of Hanslope, UK, last Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A US NAVY STARSHIP PROJECT FOR SCI-FI KIT-BASHERS





Mat Irvine's Smallspace 6 model show blew the weeds off similar events yesterday. Until next year, how about a look at this concept. We're looking at our existing Star Trek miniatures, thinking of ways to customise them!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A SUPERSONIC TRIDENT FROM FRANCE


THE TRIDENT SINGLE-SEAT RESEARCH PLANE is the subject of Jean-Christophe ‘JC’ Carbonel’s second book exploring French aviation projects.

Monday, July 3, 2017

IWOOT: WALRUS BIPLANE RENDER ANIMATION



NICE STUFF from Airfix, in the form of this tasty cgi animation of the 1:48 scale Supermarine Walrus kit.

Monday, June 26, 2017

MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT: THIS IS A DINOSAUR SKELETON KIT

THIS IS A REISSUE OF A KIT THAT GLENCOE issued way back when the company was new, in the late 1980s.

Friday, June 16, 2017

MAKING MATCHBOX TOYS HALF A CENTURY AGO



COURTESY PATHE FILMS here’s a look at the early years of this famous brand.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

INCOMING: SMALLSPACE 6: 40 YEARS OF K-9, THE ROBODOG



HEADSUP TIME for your diary. Stardate: Sunday July 16 is the countdown date for the sixth Smallspace Show.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SCALE MODELS: ARE YOU A BUILDER OR A COLLECTOR? OR IS THERE A THIRD WAY?

THE SCALE MODEL PASSION divides pretty neatly into two worlds - the craft-driven hobby of scale modelling, and the collector-driven desire for a ready-built collection. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

SCALE MODEL NEWS AT THE SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW 2017, JAPAN



FROM THE EXCELLENT folks at Hobby Link Japan, here's a report from the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2017. Lots of build-worthy stuff to see - enjoy.