Monday, March 31, 2014

OUT OF THE BOX BARNSTORMER: READY2FLY YAK-130



Here's something amazing to think about as the days lengthen and life goes outside, a truly excellent flying scale Yakovlev machine.

SLEEK RETRO MARSLINER FROM GLENCOE MODELS BRINGS BACK A TASTE OF THE FUTURE PAST


This elegant spacecraft model is a reissue of the Glencoe Models Marsliner, itself a reissue of the original Strombecker kit of the TWA Moonliner that stood in Disneyland from 1955-1962.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEW LOOK FOR SCALE MODEL NEWS


Watch out for a fresh new look at Scale Model News, due very soon.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - DANGER HEADING OUR WAY



The new and upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie gives science-fiction model makers another chance to get into robots and robotics. The scale model kit makers mostly steer clear of movie tie-ins, not so the toy manufacturers, giving us a chance for some excellent kit-bash projects.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BIGGER THAN YOUR AVERAGE MODEL KIT: BUILDING A GOODYEAR AIRSHIP




Goodyear blimps are flown by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for aerial advertising, and as airborne camera platforms for sports events. Goodyear introduced its first blimp The Pilgrim in 1925, and now here's a video look at the latest one, shot in speeded-up action during assembly in the Goodyear hangar.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CLASSIC SPACE COLLECTIBLES: CHOOSE FROM SCALE KITS TO TIN TOYS, ALL HIGHLY DESIRABLE AND APPRECIATING IN VALUE


The International Space Station is the size of a football field and circles the Earth more than 15 times a day. But before the ISS came a range of space station concepts, many of them featured in miniature form.

Monday, March 24, 2014

THE THREE STOOGES COMEDY TRIO RETURN IN A 1:25 SCALE SEDAN DELIVERY VAN KIT FROM AMT


Here’s a 1:25 scale auto kit that doesn’t quite fit under the AMT ‘Silver Screen Machine’ series, but does have a movie connection.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

MASTER MODELLER HELPS CLIENTS MAKE MONEY WITH HIS ARCHITECTURAL VISIONS


Want a custom-built architectural grade model of the Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Brmingham, UK? Or maybe Heron City, in Barcelona, Spain? Or anything else that strikes your fancy? Then it’s time to look at the precise model work of a Suffolk master of precision miniatures, Nigel Purdy.

Friday, March 21, 2014

THE PHINAL PHLIGHT OF THE PHAREWELL PHANTOM


Here is a reissue of Revell’s standard 1:72 scale McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom, but this time the moulding is in a rich blue, with markings that represent a special scheme used to celebrate the Phantom’s final flight in Luftwaffe service, carried out on June 29, 2013.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

INDUSTRIA MECHANIKA: HOME OF SCI-FI'S FINEST CONCEPT KITS WITH A DIFFERENCE



It's good to return to our friends at Industria Mechanika, purveyors of original science-fiction models that are a world away from standard-issue Star Wars and Star Trek.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BOMBER ALERT: AIRFIX 1:72 SCALE LANCASTER INCOMING


A welcome return to form for the famed World War II Avro Lancaster from Airfix, this version comes in two marking schemes and has plenty of welcome detail. Once upon a time, the Lancaster was the ‘first of the many’ big kits from Airfix - now it’s a ‘return of the first.’

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

ANOTHER BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROUND 2 RE-RELEASE SOVIET-ERA VOSTOK SPACE LAUNCHER TO 1:100 SCALE


This is a 1:100 scale model of the classic Soviet A-Type launcher in its best-known Vostok version, as used to launch Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, on April 4, 1961. This time, the MPC kit comes as a Round 2 re-release.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

RENWAL CLASSIC 'VISIBLE MAN' KIT: INVISIBLE SECRETS REVEALED


The Renwal Visible Man is one of the best-known model kits ever made. Here are details of how it came to be, as told by Adam Rosenbloom, grandson of the Visible Man’s inventor, Irving Rosenbloom.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

INCOMING FROM THE EAST: TRUMPETER KITS FOR APRIL


Now established as a mainstream manufacturer, China's Trumpeter has a fascinating range of kits, and here’s a ‘Lucky Seven’ listing of April 2014 releases.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FANS OF TINTIN START COLLECTING HERE: FINELY ENGINEERED 1:43 SCALE DIECAST VEHICLES BASED ON ART IN THE ORIGINAL BOOKS


We don’t cover a great many diecasts at SMN, as this is primarily a model making site, rather than one designed for collectors. But there are justifiable exceptions, and the Moulinsart Tintin collection from France is one of them.

Monday, March 10, 2014

CAPTAIN AMERICA: PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR KITS AND COLLECTIBLES





Watch Captain America and Black Widow infiltrate an ocean liner, taken over by the dreaded Batroc in this special extended, four-minute look at Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier due for release on April 4, 2014.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

LIVE FIRING: TARGET SHOOT WITH A SIDEWINDER MISSILE



You keen on modelling the F-16? Ever spent time painting and positioning the wingtip missiles? Well, here's a chance to see what one looks like for real as it flies 'off the rail' at a target.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: ‘RED BARON’ VON RICHTHOFEN FLIES BACK TO THE MODEL BENCH IN HASEGAWA’S BIG-SCALE BEAUTY



First produced by Hasegawa decades ago, the 1:8 scale structural-build Fokker Dr1 Triplane now earns the title ‘Hot Product’ from Hasegawa USA.

Friday, March 7, 2014

A TALE OF TWO BEETLE KITS: WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUILD ONE IN PLASTIC OR METAL?


Here we have two 1:24 scale Beetle kits, the Revell item a traditional plastic injection kit, the other a Maisto offering in a mixture of diecast metal and moulded plastic. Which one is best?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

MASSIVE SCI-FI AIR POWER BASE: S.H.I.E.L.D. HELICARRIER TO 1:1400 SCALE FROM FANTASTIC PLASTIC


Good news for sci-fi and movie buffs, the huge Helicarrier from the 2012 Disney movie The Avengers is the latest release from the fiction and what-if specialist, Fantastic Plastic.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MODEL MAKER HEADS-UP: CLANGERS TV SERIES COMING BACK TO THE SCREEN, STARRING PINK, MOUSE-LIKE ALIENS


The Clangers, a cult-classic animated children's show is due to return to TV screens after - wait for it - more than 40 years absence, after the original series from 1969-72. The series should see a return to classic model-making, with old-fashioned model skills replacing smooth as silk, but perhaps rather characterless, computer graphics.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

HASEGAWA BLOWS IN WITH 1:72 SCALE F-35A MULTIROLE STRIKE FIGHTER



In a year or two’s time, we may be inundated in Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II model kits; for now though, they are hardly two a penny, so a new 1:72 scale Hasegawa kit is more than welcome.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

VAN DAMME: ZERO GRAVITY SPLIT REVEALS LINK TO SCALE MODEL DIORAMAS



Aaah… the 'Little Belgian' aka 'The Muscles from Brussels' strikes the Internet again with this oh-so-fun CGI splits-in-space. Last time we looked, it was heading toward the million-hits mark, with no end in sight.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

DIORAMAS ON DISPLAY: ARTISTS SHOW OFF MINIATURE WORLDS, BUT ARE THEY ANY MORE ‘ARTY’ THAN A WELL-MADE SCALE MODEL?


These small artistic pieces were shown at the Ronchini Gallery, London, and use figures and materials that you can pick up at most hobby stores. With creative imagination, the microscopic scenes are taken well beyond scenic representation, and into new worlds of expressive thought. Or are they? Are they really art, or just artistic woffle?