Sunday, April 26, 2015

TOMORROWLAND: A WORLD BEYOND



THIS TRAILER FOR TOMORROWLAND: A WORLD BEYOND marks the movie as one that we're looking forward to very much.

Disneyland visitors may recall that Tomorrowland was an important part of the original California theme park, and to lure you in, a third-scale Moonliner stood on its three landing legs, resplendent in the red-and-white markings of TWA (Trans World Airlines).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

PONY CAR REVIVAL - 1:25 SCALE FORD MUSTANG-BASED MALCO GASSER FROM MPC


This is an MPC reissue of a 1:25 scale drag racer kit, “Ohio” George Montgomery’s Malco Gasser. The Gasser is based on a 1969 Mustang, but the body shape is where the resemblance ends, as everything else is pure dragster.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EARTH vs THE FLYING SAUCERS: WE COME IN PEACE - NOT!


Atlantis Models seems to be vying for the title of ‘model company making the most saucers’, with this latest UFO addition, the Attack Saucer from the 1956 movie Earth vs. The Flying Saucers.

Monday, April 20, 2015

RAY MEYERS, A TALENTED SCULPTOR BEHIND AURORA FIGURE KITS


RAY MEYERS, who sculpted Aurora figure kits in the 1960s and 1970s, passed away on April 7, 2015. Meyers’ deft hands gave Aurora models incredible detail and when they were assembled, an appearance of hugely realistic and dynamic motion.

Monday, April 13, 2015

ADIOS TO SHERIFF ROSCO COLTRANE FROM THE DUKES OF HAZZARD



The modelling world lost one of its ‘characters by association’ with the death of American actor James Best on April 6, 2015. The modelling association is that although Best featured in over 40 movies and appeared in nearly 300 episodes of various TV series, it is one of the latter, The Dukes of Hazzard, for which he will almost certainly be best remembered.

Friday, April 10, 2015

COLLECTING VINTAGE PLASTIC MODEL AIRPLANE KITS


HERE'S A GOOD-LOOKING BOOK that's of interest to any kit enthusiast, and particularly if you have a pile of unbuilts keeping a corner of the house warm.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

REVEALED: RENAULT ALPINE VISION GRAN TURISMO AUTO CONCEPT


IF ALL RENAULTS OOZED THE APPEAL OF the performance cars above, then SMN would have a line of them outside the front door.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

INCOMING ROCKET - GLENCOE MODELS THOR MISSILE TO 1:87 SCALE


I HAVE BEEN ASSISTING Glencoe Models with up-and-coming reissues of two Adams launch rocket kits, Thor and Vanguard. Here is an exclusive first look at one of these, the Thor IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile), a kit that was first released in 1958, along with the Vanguard.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

HELLER KITS 2015 - INCOMING FRENCH BEAUTIES, AND MORE BESIDES


HELLER, THE BIG NAME IN FRENCH model kits, seemed to go though a few years of uncertainty after the separation from Airfix-Humbrol, with a shrinking catalogue and little in the way of new kits. However, in 2015 Heller appears to have a new lease of life.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WHEN IS A BOAT NOT A BOAT? WHEN IT’S A REVELL HOT ROD HYDRO!

ANOTHER ANSWER TO THE HEADLINE question could be, “When it’s a car.” For this is how model companies have usually treated powerboat kits - as an extension to their model car catalogue. 

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.