Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A PECULIAR EFFECT ON THE BBC - THE STORY OF BERNARD WILKIE, VISUAL EFFECTS GURU


A PECULIAR EFFECT ON THE BBC WAS WRITTEN BY the late Bernard Wilkie, a founder of the BBC Visual Effects (VFX) Department in 1954. The department started by making scale models for schools TV broadcasts.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EASY TO BUILD SNAP TITE REVELL 1:25 SCALE CHEVY CORVETTE


NOW AND AGAIN, IT’S GOOD to put a model together that doesn’t involve hundreds of parts, hours of painting, and a decal sheet the size of a small country.

Friday, January 29, 2016

BELATED GREETINGS VIDEO FROM AIRFIX RATES FIVE STARS

AIRFIX HAS RELEASED A FASCINATING TIME-LAPSE mini-movie for your delectation. The subject is the recent 1:72 scale Fokker E.II Eindecker, and very good it looks too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RECALLING EARLY US SPACEFLIGHT WITH THE GLENCOE VANGUARD LAUNCH ROCKET

THIS MODEL IS BASED ON AN ORIGINAL ADAMS KIT that dates back to 1958, the year that the Vanguard rocket sent a small satellite into orbit.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

MERCURY RISING FROM DOWN UNDER - SPACE CAPSULE KIT FROM AUSTRALIA


IT’S NOT OFTEN WE can welcome a brand-new kit company to the fold, especially one that is using injection styrene, so it’s a big hello to Horizon Models from Australia.

Monday, January 18, 2016

AMERICAN CAR FROM THE UKRAINE - FORD MODEL T TO 1:24 SCALE


VINTAGE AMERICANA FROM UKRAINIAN COMPANY ICM comes in the form of this neat 1911 Ford Model T four seater.

Friday, January 15, 2016

BACK TO THE PAST WITH THE MPC 'GENERAL' STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

ROUND 2 HAS REISSUED ONE OF MPC’s most comprehensive and unusual kits, the American-type 4-4-0 wood burning locomotive, named the General.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

F-16 VERTICAL CLIMB OFF THE DECK: ZERO TO 15,000 FEET IN 45 SECONDS



WE LIKE FLIGHT AND FLYING so offer no excuses for showing this short-short movie clip, shot on a GoPro from the front seat of an F-16 Fighting Falcon combat jet.

Monday, January 11, 2016

INTER-WAR ERA JAPANESE AIR POWER TO 1:72 SCALE FROM HASEGAWA


IN THE YEARS BEFORE THE START OF WORLD WAR II the Type 95 biplane and Type 97 monoplane were combat types that were heavily involved in action.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A MIGHTY WIND FROM AMT - THREE STOOGES CURLY’S GASSER WILLYS COUPE


THIS IS THE SECOND AMT CAR KIT using the Three Stooges license originally acquired by Polar Lights. The first model featured a Ford Delivery truck. Now we have a Round 2 AMT 1:25 scale Willys Coupe drag car, configured as ‘Curly’s Gasser.’

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

NEW BOOK FOR A NEW YEAR: 'THE STORY OF REVELL KITS' BY JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CARBONEL


WELL KNOWN FRENCH modeller and historian Jean-Christophe Carbonel (aka ‘JC’) has completed The Story of Revell Kits, Volume 1 1950-1986 for the French specialist publisher, Histoire and Collections.

Monday, January 4, 2016

BBC DOCTOR WHO IMPOSSIBLE WORLDS - A 50-YEAR TREASURY OF ART AND DESIGN


IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED a book or gift token this Christmas, how about splurging it on this lavish coffee-table book? BBC Impossible Worlds - A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design provides a colourful look at the artwork from BBC TV’s long running science fiction series, Doctor Who.

Friday, January 1, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND BEST WISHES FOR 2016


2016 LOOKS LIKE it's going to be a good year for scale model fans. Big companies and small, they all seem to have mouthwatering new kits waiting in the wings.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS


OUR VERY BEST WISHES FOR a truly excellent festive break. Here's hoping too that there'll be enough time off to get that box opened up and end the year with a satisfying model build. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE - THE BIGGEST BATMOBILE MODEL EVER?



IS THE UPCOMING 1:6 SCALE 2016 RELEASE from Hot Toys the largest Batmobile miniature yet released? Could be, and when you consider that for many of us, the Batmobile in its many forms is perhaps a bigger star than the Batman himself, it looks like the ultra-tech new version will be well worth waiting for.