Thursday, February 28, 2013

FUTURE FANTASY RACE CAR - 1:18 SCALE X2010 SPEEDSTER FROM AUTOART



Sony PlayStation drivers will love this diecast future-machine, one of the star cars in the record-breaking Gran Turismo 5 video game. This one is now leaving the screen, to arrive as a real-life 1:18 scale diecast model from Hong Kong-based Autoart.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

“MOVE OVER RAPTOR - YOU’RE TOAST!” SUKHOI JET REBORN AS ASF-X SHINDEN II BLOWS IN FROM HASEGAWA



For video-game fans, the Hasegawa 1:72 scale Ace Combat ASF-X Shinden II assembles to make an excellent fantasy model. For aviation freaks, the kit provides a chance to build a ‘what-if’ design, based loosely on the Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (Golden Eagle).

Monday, February 25, 2013

SALUTE TO RAY CUSICK, CREATOR OF THE DOCTOR WHO DALEKS



Raymond Cusick, the production designer behind Doctor Who’s Dalek enemies, has died aged 84. He worked on the BBC TV science-fiction series from 1963 to 1966.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

1:24 SCALE RENAULT TN6 AUTOBUS KIT FROM HELLER



Bus modellers should be pleased to see this latest addition to the French Heller line. It’s a classic 1930s-era single-decker, a Renault design that gave reliable service for decades.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

TAMIYA YAMATO, MUSASHI BATTLESHIPS - IMPERIAL JAPANESE SEAPOWER IN MINIATURE



SMN REPORT
1:350 scale seapower fans can model the most powerful ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II, the famed Yamato, and her less-well known sister ship, the Musashi.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

1:72 SCALE APOLLO 10 KIT FROM DRAGON



MAT IRVINE REPORTS
Here’s another space-history kit from Hong Kong’s Dragon, utilising the company’s interest in all things astronautical, especially the Moon landing missions of Project Apollo.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

“WHO YA GONNA CALL?” AMT 1:25 SCALE GHOSTBUSTERS CADILLAC ECTO-1A



MAT IRVINE
Take one 1959 Miller-Meteor bodied Cadillac Ambulance, add an overloaded roof-rack, flashing lights and signs, and what ya gonna call it? The famed Ectomobile from the movie Ghostbusters II, that’s what. And now it's back again.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TAMIYA MAZDA 787B 1991 LE MANS RACER



MAT IRVINE REPORTS
It’s been a while - like 22 years - but Tamiya has now taken a 1:24 scale kit of a sports racing car it issued in 1991, reissuing it as a different car from the same race.

Monday, February 11, 2013

INCOMING - HOT STUFF FROM ITALERI


There's a good variety of kits coming from Italeri this month, ranging from World War II AFVs to pan-Euro highway trucks.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

VOLKSWAGEN BUS - HERE'S A KITBASH CHALLENGE FOR THE NEW REVELL KIT


SMN HIPPY WORLD
News that the 1:24 scale Volkswagen Microbus kit is now being released as a delivery van gave us food for thought when we saw some pix of a snowmobile-style VW bus.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

1:25 SCALE AMC GREMLIN KIT FEATURES ‘ORIGINAL-ART’ PRINT IN THE BOX


MAT IRVINE REPORTS
This is an updated version of an original AMT kit. In the metal, the Gremlin - and 1:25 scale finished model - is a smallish vehicle, though this new kit has a box that’s definitely on the big side.

Monday, February 4, 2013

INCOMING FIGHTING FRENCH BEAUTY - 1:48 SCALE MIRAGE F1B FROM KITTY HAWK



SMN REPORT
It’s taken a while, but at last the latest Kitty Hawk Models 1:48 aircraft kit is coming. It’s another tasty and unusual choice from this US manufacturer, a Dassault Mirage F1 swept-wing attack jet.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

PAPER PAGANI ZONDA KIT FROM VISUAL SPICER




Seattle-based Taras Lesko’s amazing paper creations have already featured in the top automotive magazines Top Gear and Motor Trend, and on websites such as Auto Blog and Jalopnik. So what’s he up to now?