Friday, May 30, 2014

ROD STEVENSON'S 1:5 SCALE V-2 ROCKET



A lesson for us all here in how to make a BIG model. Rod Stevenson's V-2 rocket is 1:5 scale, and as you can see from the video, it can fly high too.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BEAUTIFULLY CONSTRUCTED STEAMPUNK BATTLESHIP: 'BARNUM'S DREAM'


Model maker Ed Ross mixed live steam and Victoriana, to produce a working steampunk aerial battleship. The result is a superb piece of craftsmanship. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

AIRFIX 'MAKING HISTORY' EXHIBITION AT THE RAF MUSEUM, LONDON


You’ve only got this week to get along to the Royal Air Force Museum in London, to see a fascinating exhibition. It closes at the end of May, so for a close look at Airfix kit history, it’s the place to be.

Monday, May 26, 2014

CAR MODELLERS DRIVE STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR AUTOMODELLISMO 2014


The UK Automodellismo model car show put on a fourth outing last weekend, with hundreds of beautifully constructed miniatures on display, making the show more than worth the effort for visitors and exhibitors alike.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

SCALE MODELS: ARE YOU A BUILDER OR A COLLECTOR? OR SOMETHING ELSE?


Much of the scale model passion divides pretty neatly into two worlds - the craft-driven hobby of scale modelling, and the collector-driven desire for a ready-built collection.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

TASTER READ: THE AIRFIX BOOK OF SCALE MODELLING


Here's a chance to preview an interesting model book for the weekend - and maybe even buy a copy. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW 2014: HASEGAWA SU-35 FEATURES IN VIDEO ROUNDUP FROM HOBBYLINK JAPAN


The Shizuoka Hobby Show 2014 was packed with new-tool and upgraded models and accessories. And Scott Hards and Brian Keaney of HobbyLink Japan captured much of the military kit action on this excellent video.

Monday, May 19, 2014

ONLINE MAGAZINE TO READ: AIR MODELLER ISSUE 46


Air Modeller is a favourite SMN hardcopy read, and here it is available to view online.

Friday, May 16, 2014

NOSTALGIA CORNER: FINE OLD DINKY TOYS BROCHURE TO READ


Dinky Toys are an ever-popular diecast collector's choice, whether you are a serious collector or would simply like a few to decorate your shelves as a reminder of childhood days.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RUSSIAN PILOTS FLY CAPTURED US FIGHTER JETS



For aircraft modellers, here's fascinating footage from the Vietnam War era, showing US F-5Es repainted in opposition markings.

Monday, May 12, 2014

DIARY DATE: AUTOMODELLISMO 4 NEXT SUNDAY MAY 18



For UK model car fans, the Automodellismo 4 show day is an unmissable day out. There will be the usual mix of display and sale items inside the hall, and outside real cars will be parked to drool over.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

WILL CHINESE STEALTH MISSILE BOATS RULE THE PACIFIC OCEAN - US NAVY INCLUDED?



The headline above echoes alarmist headlines after military experts discovered that China built 80-plus missile-armed 022-class gunboats in roughly the same time that just two US Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) were completed.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

RETRO FUTURE BUS - THE GM FUTURLINER

Designing futuristic vehicles - trucks and buses, as well as cars - is in every transportation designer’s genes, and sometimes a concept vehicle does hit the highway almost unchanged.

Monday, May 5, 2014

FUTURE COMBAT SOLDIER - 1:20 SCALE Ma. K Mk 44 MECHA-TROOPER FROM HASEGAWA


Hasegawa’s take on the Ma. K (Maschinen Krieger) sci-fi universe, first created back in the 1980s by Japanese artist Kow Yokoyama, is steadily growing, with new figure sets now available to 1:20 scale.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

HOT WHEELS - INTO MIDDLE AGE, YET STILL AS FRESH AND TASTY AS EVER


In a few months time, Hot Wheels will be 46 years old, yet the 1:64 scale line is still going strong, with cars like the Chevrolet Camaro above helping to keep the range fresh, fast, and up to date.

Friday, May 2, 2014

CORGI TOYS YELLOW SUBMARINE - VALUABLE SURVIVOR FROM THE DAYS OF FLOWER POWER AND THE BEATLES


Older readers may recall the smash-hit animated movie Yellow Submarine, released in 1968. Here’s a collectible from that hippy era, a Corgi Toys diecast model of the sub, complete with a ‘Fab Four’ crew, who travel under two folding hatches.