Saturday, August 1, 2015

'WHISTLING DEATH' CORSAIR VIDEO



THIS MOVIE HAS REALLY UNUSUAL INTRO and outro sequences. People do think of the most unusual places to attach a video camera.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BIG B-1B 'BONE' FROM REVELL


FANS OF BIG BOMBER models could do worse than look at the Revell B-1B Lancer kit. It's a biggie all right - to 1:48 scale, the model measures some 921 mm (36.26 in) when assembled.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SCRATCH-BUILDING A ‘NEW HORIZONS’ PLUTO PROBE TO 1:8 SCALE


IT TOOK NEARLY TEN YEARS and a journey of three billion miles, but the space probe New Horizons finally flew close by the sub-zero world of Pluto on July 14, 2015. And here is Mat Irvine’s account of scratch-building a 1:8 scale model of the probe for a BBC TV show.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO 2015 - AIRCRAFT AND MODELS



A NICE VIDEO courtesy Airfix and Corgi of the UK's premier air display, the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015, held at RAF Fairford earlier this month. It makes good viewing, especially the camouflage-finish EFA Typhoon and bat-like Avro Vulcan. Click for full-screen mode, to max out on those all too brief glimpses of the modelling side of things.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 - TV AND MOVIE MODELS


HERE'S THE FINAL SMALLSPACE 4 report, delayed due to some technical issues. The show was devoted mostly to UK space and science fiction, but the big movie franchises also got a look in. Ironman (above) has a neat metallic sheen and lighting display.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 - GERRY ANDERSON TV SERIES


GERRY ANDERSON ENTERTAINMENT ruled children's TV in the 1960s and 1970s, with series after series, all achieving great popularity. Above, the Mole, from the all-time classic, Thunderbirds.

Friday, July 17, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 - BBC TV SCIENCE FICTION


BBC SCIENCE FICTION featured strongly at Smallspace 4. Outside the main hall (above) a bunch of Doctor Who lookalikes posed next to the Whomobile car.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 - STEAMPUNK TAKES A SOLAR SYSTEM PRIZE

THE STEAMPUNK DISPLAY at Smallspace 4 took the 'Best in Solar System' Prize, and deservedly so. Modelmaker Ian Crichton's display showed a range of beautifully finished models.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 - ABOUT THE SHOW


A LIFE-SIZE ASTRONAUT FIGURE GREETED the sci-fi fans who crowded into Smallspace 4 this year.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 - 'WHAT IF' AIRCRAFT DESIGNS

SMALLSPACE 4 MAY HAVE BEEN A SCIENCE FICTION fest, but what-if scenarios surely belong in the genre too. Just as well, as these aircraft models were well worth a look.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

SMALLSPACE 4 SCIENCE FICTION MODEL SHOW



SMALLSPACE 4 launched to a flying start today, and carried on to successful orbit - as I write this, the show is still going at full throttle, and looks to be the biggest so far.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NATIONAL AIRFIX AERONAUTICAL MODEL COMPETITION, SINGAPORE


PETER CHIANG RUNS runs Hobby Bounties of Singapore, and also organises the Annual Airfix Competition for schools there, or to give its full title, the National Airfix Aeronautical Model Engineering Competition.

Monday, July 6, 2015

COUNTDOWN TO SMALLSPACE 4 SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL


SCI-FI FANS GET READY for the smallspace 4 sci-fi fest this coming Sunday July 12. It should be a great day for full-size and scale model fans alike. Star of the show will be the Whomobile, the futuristic ride of the famed TV Doctor.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

TESTORS 1:48 SCALE UFO CRASH SCENE, INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1947

ON JULY 4, 68 YEARS AGO something supposedly happened near the town of Roswell, New Mexico, an event that the world has never forgotten. It was the purported crash of a UFO - an alien spacecraft - and the recovery of the crashed ship and several of its occupants.