OUR VERY BEST WISHES FOR a truly excellent festive break. Here's hoping too that there'll be enough time off to get that box opened up and end the year with a satisfying model build.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
IS THE UPCOMING 1:6 SCALE 2016 RELEASE from Hot Toys the largest Batmobile miniature yet released? Could be, and when you consider that for many of us, the Batmobile in its many forms is perhaps a bigger star than the Batman himself, it looks like the ultra-tech new version will be well worth waiting for.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
THE LATEST AIRFIX 2016 YEARBOOK (aka ‘kit catalogue’) has hit the streets, and it’s packed with new kits. If you're into aircraft, then Airfix have a particularly interesting 2016 in store for you.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
NO EXCUSES for showing this neat video, as there are so many ideas for modellers. The crashed TIE fighter rather takes our fancy for a fresh take on this old sic-fi story. Hopefully we'll see a few appearing in model shows soon.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
THE FORCE AWAKENS is the latest in a long-running movie franchise that first hit the silver screen in 1977. Along with the new movie comes an invasion of merchandise, of which this 1:50 scale Revell X-Wing is just one.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
ACCORDING TO REPORTS, AIRFIX is plotting new stuff 'for the girls' as the 60-year-old model kit maker targets a new generation of female scientists. Not forgetting that Hasegawa (above) is already in the female model maker market.
Monday, December 7, 2015
WE’VE BEEN CATCHING UP ON the multi-award winning TV series Band of Brothers recently, so the newly-released Tamiya 1:35 scale M4A3E8 Sherman tank is particularly interesting.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
THERE ARE PLENTY of companies making aftermarket parts for model cars, but few offer a range as comprehensive as that available from The Modelhaus.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
MODEL CAR HISTORIAN Bill Coulter has written three excellent colour books for anyone who loves retro-style Americana, and the greatest pony car of them all, the Ford Mustang.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
THE HOLLYWOOD HIT Guardians of the Galaxy was a rip-roaring space opera that punched its way to popularity, and now stands in third place on the Marvel Studios all-time hit list. And now Fantastic Plastic has released a 1:144 scale kit of the Milano, a ship that plays a similar sort of role in Guardians to the Millennium Falcon in the various Star Wars movies.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
ANOTHER AIRCRAFT KIT TO LOOK FORWARD to in 2016, the upcoming 1:72 scale Airfix Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress looks to be well waiting for. And that’s just as well, because release isn’t slated until Q3 2016, so it’ll probably be October 2016 before we see the kit in stores.
Labels: Airfix B-17G
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
LOVERS OF WEIRD and wonderful aircraft of the past will be delighted that Kitty Hawk Model has made an excellent 1:48 scale kit of a 1940s rarity, the Vought XF5U-1, tastily nicknamed the 'Flying Flapjack.'
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
THE TOLEDO COLLECTORS TOY FAIR was held earlier this month in Sylvania, Ohio. Today we look at the new models that were shown on the Round 2 stand.
Labels: Toledo Collectors Fair
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
THE HORTEN Go 229 WAS A WORLD WAR II German jet that could have made a difference in the air, had it been operational in time. And now here is the Revell 1:72 scale kit, back as a reissue once again.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
STELLAR NEWS FOR SCIENCE FICTION FANS comes with the latest Revell Snaptite kit of the famed Millennium Falcon starship. Released to coincide with the latest Star Wars movie, the kit has some significant mods to bring it up to date.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
WORLD WAR II BUFFS will be delighted by the Airfix 1:24 scale Typhoon, due for release next year. No, it's not a Groundhog Day release, it's actually the 'car door' version of the Hawker Typhoon that preceded the teardrop canopy design already in the Airfix list.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
HERE'S A TASTY KIT that's coming up very soon. The new-tool de Havilland Mosquito FB VI looks a most exciting Christmas kit for World War II enthusiasts.
Labels: 1:24 de Havilland Mosquito
Friday, September 25, 2015
WE HAD A QUICK LOOK at the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1:24 scale Tamiya kit six months ago, and now here’s how we got on with building and finishing the model.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
THE RANGER TRANSGALACTIC Survey Craft featured in the 2014 science fiction movie, Interstellar. And now here is a 1:72 scale kit of this spacecraft, from Moebius Models.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
SMALLEST MODEL KIT EVER MADE? A NEW CONTENDER WITH THE 1:144 SCALE SPACE CRUISER FROM FREIGHTDOG MODELS
SOME TIME AGO WE POSED the question, “What is the smallest model kit ever made?” We came up with an answer in the form of the tiny two-part Nike Hercules missile included as a ‘Revell kit’ in the My Merry Hobby Shop children's play set.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
PROJECT VANGUARD WAS THE FIRST US space launch programme. Now Round 2 has released the 1958 Hawk kit of this most important pioneer of spaceflight’s early years.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
ROUND 2 MODELS HAS REISSUED A 1:25 SCALE AMT Piranha Super Spy car, though the box omits its heritage as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. car, with no mention either of the latest movie of the same name.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
MASCHINEN KRIEGER, Ma.K FOR SHORT, IS A LONG running Japanese sci-fi saga of the future. Hasegawa regularly releases kits based on the Ma.K combat universe, such as this Type MK44 robotic power suit to 1:20 scale.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
THE SURFITE IS A REISSUE OF one of Ed Roth’s smallest custom vehicles. Revell originally issued the 1:25 scale Surfite in the 1960s, and it has had just one reissue since. This was part of the SSP (Selected Subjects Program) Phase 4, Fall 1993, so even that was more than 20 years ago.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
HERE'S AN OLD IDEA that might just be ready for a 21st century revamp. The strip-style advert (above) portrayed grizzled old Captain Billy asking grandson Kid about a novel Renwal product, pre-painted Aeroskins, an interesting idea that didn't last long.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
IT TOOK NEARLY TEN YEARS and a journey of three billion miles, but the space probe New Horizons finally flew close by the sub-zero world of Pluto on July 14, 2015. And here is Mat Irvine’s account of scratch-building a 1:8 scale model of the probe for a BBC TV show.
Friday, July 24, 2015
A NICE VIDEO courtesy Airfix and Corgi of the UK's premier air display, the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015, held at RAF Fairford earlier this month. It makes good viewing, especially the camouflage-finish EFA Typhoon and bat-like Avro Vulcan. Click for full-screen mode, to max out on those all too brief glimpses of the modelling side of things.
Labels: RIAT 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A BATTLE OF BRITAIN anniversary special from Airfix offers four 1:72 kits at less than half price. Three of the kits are aircraft: a Spitfire, Hurricane, and Bf 109. The fourth is an unusually good choice, in the form of the Airfix RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch.
Labels: Airfix Conflict Bundle
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
HERE'S THE FINAL SMALLSPACE 4 report, delayed due to some technical issues. The show was devoted mostly to UK space and science fiction, but the big movie franchises also got a look in. Ironman (above) has a neat metallic sheen and lighting display.
Labels: smallspace 4
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
THE STEAMPUNK DISPLAY at Smallspace 4 took the 'Best in Solar System' Prize, and deservedly so. Modelmaker Ian Crichton's display showed a range of beautifully finished models.