Friday, April 29, 2016

1:48 SCALE STEARMAN PT-17 BIPLANE TRAINER FROM REVELL


NEARLY 11,000 STEARMAN PT-17 TRAINERS were built, from 1934 until 1945. The new Revell kit should satisfy scale builders of aircraft from this era, or model makers who prefer civil versions, many of which are still flying today.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MORE FROM THE 2016 CHICAGO TOY SHOW

THE 2016 CHICAGO TOY SHOW was held on April 24, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, west of Chicago. Here is the second part of the Mat Irvine’s visit for SMN.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WE VISIT THE 2016 CHICAGO TOY SHOW


THE 2016 CHICAGO TOY SHOW was held on April 24, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, west of Chicago.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

FLOWER POWER RETURNS WITH 1:25 SCALE AMT FORD ’71 FORD THUNDERBIRD

BACK IN 1971, FLOWER-POWER WAS STILL the thing. So branding the 1:25 scale AMT 1971 Ford Thunderbird as a ‘Bird of Paradise’ was obviously thought a good idea by the marketing gurus of the time. Now Round 2 have brought back the kit as a Retro De Luxe Edition ‘Enhanced Reissue,’ using the original box-art and ‘Giant Original Decal Sheet.’

Monday, April 18, 2016

TOYODA MODEL AA - 1:24 SCALE KIT FROM TAMIYA

TAMIYA HAS PRODUCED MORE THAN 300 subjects in its 1:24 ‘Sports Cars of the World’ series. This time though, the Toyoda Model AA of 1935 isn’t actually a sports car, but it certainly has a highly significant history.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

AK INTERACTIVE CATALOGUE - GUIDE TO THE BEST IN MODEL FINISHES


ONCE UPON A TIME you bought a kit, glued it together, maybe added a touch of paint… and that was it. These days assembly is usually just the start, as many modellers now want to add a wide variety of finishes for more realism. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2001 MONOLITH RETURNS - AS A COFFEE TABLE BOOK


2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is now approaching half a century old, and even the title is dated 15 years in the past. Yet this space movie to end all space movies still holds a fascination for many, and new facts about the movie and its creators are still being unearthed.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

INCOMING - 1:32 SCALE RENWAL M-50 ONTOS RECOILLESS RIFLE AFV FROM REVELL


REVELL ACQUIRED THE RENWAL name and most of its tooling in 1976. A number of kits have been re-released, the latest being the M-50 Ontos, which uses the original Renwal logo, box-style, and Blueprint Models series title.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

SMALL WONDER - 1:24 SCALE RALLY-WINNING MINI FROM REVELL

COMPARED TO THE CURRENT BMW MINI, the original (and many would say best) Mini is tiny, but that didn’t stop driver Paddy Hopkirk and navigator Henry Liddon achieving victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

LINDBERG FORD ROADSTER RAT ROD FROM ROUND 2 MODELS


HAVING ACQUIRED THE LINDBERG AND HAWK BRANDS, new owner Round 2 has been taking a look at the whole back catalogue to see what can be done, especially with some of the older kits.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

VIDEO BUILD OF GLENCOE RESCUE BOAT FROM 'THE FINEST HOURS' MOVIE

THE FINEST HOURS is a Disney action-thriller, based on a true sea rescue mission. And the Glencoe 1:48 scale US Coast Guard rescue boat features the type of vessel used in the movie. Click below to see Mat Irvine's video build of the kit. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

NEW MORGAN EV3 ELECTRIC TRIKE



THE FUTURE OF DRIVING IS ELECTRIC, or at least that's how companies like Tesla and BMW see it. And now they are joined by this droolworthy delight from Morgan in the UK.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

'LADY PENELOPE' OF THUNDERBIRDS TV SERIES, SYLVIA ANDERSON DIES


SYLVIA ANDERSON, CO-CREATOR OF THE famed Thunderbirds puppet series, has died aged 88. She was best known for being the voice of Lady Penelope, one of the show’s star names.

Monday, March 14, 2016

MODELLING THE EAGLE SPACECRAFT FROM SPACE: 1999

SCI-FI AND FANTASY MODELLER magazine has been going for ten years, with Volume 40 now in print. However, a first for the mag is Modelling the Eagle, a one-off special that celebrates the Eagle spacecraft from Gerry Anderson’s best-known live-action TV series, Space: 1999.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

1:24 SCALE BMW i8 HYBRID-ELECTRIC CAR FROM REVELL

REVELL GERMANY HAS PRODUCED THE FIRST model kit of the BMW i8 hybrid petrol-electric car. The kit includes both drive motors and drivetrain in detail.