Saturday, January 24, 2015

LONDON TOY FAIR 2015 - CLOSEUP LOOK AT THE NEW AIRFIX KITS

THE LONDON TOY FAIR was held from January 20-22, and although the event is not primarily a scale model show, the bigger kit manufacturers and distributors mount stands there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

THE RETURN OF MR SPEED - 1:25 SCALE 1953 STUDEBAKER CUSTOMISING KIT FROM AMT


THIS IS A VERY WELCOME REISSUE of one of AMT’s classic Trophy Series kits from the 1960s. The kit has seen several releases in a variety of forms over the years, but this issue returns the kit to the original parts layout, allowing a modeller to build one of three versions - stock, custom or competition.  Our header pic shows the original box (top) with the bigger new release (bottom).

Monday, January 19, 2015

MOVIE STAR STANLEY BAKER PROMOTES REVELL HARBOR TUG



THERE WAS A TIME WHEN model kit companies weren’t averse to bringing in some star names to help push sales, which we saw in an old bound volume of RAF Flying Review magazine, which was loaded with ads for kits old and new.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

OLD TIMES REVISITED - VAPOUR TRAILS MINI-JETS FROM HALF A CENTURY AGO




GRAZING THROUGH A BOUND VOLUME of old aviation magazines recently, we came across rare treasure in the form of ads for some barely remembered models and kits. With some scratching of memory cells, some did seem familiar, but we had to work hard to track down the story behind a full-page advert for the 'Vapour Trails' range of model aircraft.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

RENAULT R4L AND FOURGONETTE KITS TO 1:24 SCALE FROM EBBRO


FOLLOWING THE EXCELLENT CITROEN 2CV VAN KIT released recently, Ebbro has now come up with two 1:24 scale kits, representing that other icon of 20th Century French motoring, the Renault 4, first introduced in 1961.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MOEBIUS MODELS RELEASE GRANDPA MUNSTER TO 1:9 SCALE - MATCHES EXISTING HERMAN MUNSTER KIT


GRANDPA MUNSTER HAS FINALLY stirred out of his coffin long enough to allow Moebius to finish his likeness in 1:9 scale model form. The box top (above) features Al Lewis, the actor who played Grandpa Munster.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

MPC MOONSCOPE LUNAR ROVER POSTSCRIPT - WHY DID THE ORIGINAL BARRIS DESIGN FEATURE SIX WHEELS INSTEAD OF FOUR?

A QUESTION WAS ASKED THIS WEEK: Why did the first Space: 1999 George Barris Moonscope have six wheels? The real-life machine (above) was built by Barris Kustom, and made an excellent basis for MPC kits that have featured both six and four wheels.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SPACE 1999: EFFECTS DIRECTOR BRIAN JOHNSON WALK-THRU ON MAKING THE TV SERIES



HERE'S A BRILLIANT piece of video on the making of Space: 1999.

It's just loaded with fascinating footage, including a righteous concentration on getting rid of the shine on those pesky suspension wires. Enjoy.

Monday, January 5, 2015

THE ALIEN LUNAR ROVER - A 'SPACE: 1999' VEHICLE THAT WASN'T


After Thunderbirds, arguably the second most popular Gerry Anderson production was the live-action TV series Space: 1999, originally aired from 1975-77. The series was based around the unlikely premise that the Moon was knocked out of its orbit round the Earth, to become a wanderer in space.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

THE COSMOSTRATOR - FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS, 1960-STYLE


HERE’S A PUZZLE - WHICH SPACESHIP TAKES THE PRIZE for the most distinctive science-fiction craft ever designed? Star Trek's USS Enterprise or the Blake’s 7 Liberator? Star Wars X-Wing or the Millennium Falcon? A strong quartet for sure, but here’s another, lesser-known design, the sleek multi-finned Cosmostrator which starred in the 1960 movie First Spaceship on Venus.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL


AND HERE'S TO MANY EXCELLENT models to build this coming year.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TREEMENDUS TREES AND OTHER MODEL-MAKING PRODUCTS BRING DIORAMAS TO LIFE


The wonderfully named Treemendus is a company run by Anthony Reeves that really does do 'what it says on the tin', as it is a supplier of all types of foliage, vegetation, and trees for modelling projects.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

1914 RENAULT TAXI TO 1:35 SCALE FROM MACH 2 MODELS OF FRANCE


Here’s a neat little item that was first displayed at the 2014 Scale Model World show in Telford, UK. The 1:35 scale Taxi de la Marne was released by French manufacturer Mach 2, to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

AIRFIX 2015 - 1:48 SCALE ALBION REFUELLER TRUCK


HERE'S AN UNUSUAL and delightful kit to look forward to, a 1:48 scale Albion AM463 refueller truck. When assembled, the Albion should be suitable for any diorama featuring British warplanes of World War II.