THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY GREAT KITS released in 2016 that we can't really point to the best or the worst. So, to kick off, we'll start with our love of science fiction.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
SIKU IS PERHAPS LESS OF A HOUSEHOLD NAME than classic brands like Dinky and Corgi Toys. Even so, Siku is a thriving company that dates back to 1921.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
THE 1:72 SCALE RETRIEVER ROCKET is a reissued and reboxed Glencoe Models kit, itself based on one of the Strombecker classic ‘Man in Space’ series.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
BLADE RUNNER 2049 is the long awaited sequel to the all-time classic science fiction movie Blade Runner, directed in 1982 by Ridley Scott, of Alien fame.
Monday, December 19, 2016
THIS TAMIYA KIT COULD MAKE A HUGELY USEFUL addition to a military display. Produced to Tamiya’s usual high standards, the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) makes an Asian-sourced counterpoint to 1:48 scale machines from other kit makers, such as Airfix.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
THIS IS AN INTRIGUING REISSUE of a 1:25 scale kit that has not seen the light of day since its original release in 1960.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
WHERE TO KEEP hobby stuff is always an issue. So if its creator can raise enough money, the Gamein5D foldable baseboard system might become a must-buy for all modellers.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
THE COLD WAR NUCLEAR MISSILE AGE arrives from Australia with this Horizon Models Convair SM-65D Atlas, to 1:72 scale.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
NEARLY 4600 F-16 FIGHTING FALCONS have been built since 1973. Today the US Air Force still flies the F-16, as do 25 other air arms. And that ubiquity is matched by model manufacturers, including Hasegawa.
Monday, November 28, 2016
KIT FORM SERVICES (KFS) IS UNUSUAL for offering military kits in 1:24 scale, rather than the standard 1:35. And that includes the big news for 2017, a model kit of the English Electric Thunderbird missile from the 1960s.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
RON THORNTON (1957-2016) WAS WELL KNOWN for his CGI effects work on classic science fiction shows like Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
THE MAIN EUROPEAN KIT COMPANIES show us what’s up-and-coming at Scale ModelWorld. At the 2016 show, Revell served up a feast for the year to come.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
ITALIAN MODEL MAKER STEFANO MARCHETTI entered this blood-red alt-history Ferrari at the recent Scale ModelWorld show.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
RARE AND COLLECTIBLE MODEL KITS are a popular subject with model builders. Here, Mat Irvine answers some questions about a North American Mach 3 bomber from the 1960s, the B-70 Valkyrie.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
WE'RE PLEASED TO SAY that the new Airfix Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress is now available, and very good it looks, too.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
THERE AREN'T MANY OF US WHO didn't have a few diecast vehicles as children. Dinky Toys were one of the premier brands, so it's fascinating to see how they were made, as the video clip shows.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
OUR COLLEAGUES AT HOBBY BOUNTIES in Singapore ran a kit competition recently, to commemorate a recent visit by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic team.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
IS THIS JUST AN EXCUSE TO SHOW A GOOD-LOOKING gal on a scale model website? Maybe... but it's also a salute to three talented individuals and a plea to model kit manufacturers.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
MORE MOUTHWATERING STUFF FROM AIRFIX with a pre-announcement of a 1:48 scale P-51D Mustang kit, due for release in July 2017.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
A DETAILED KIT OF AN UNUSUAL FRENCH MODEL describes the Citroen 2CV Pickup, a 1:24 scale release from Ebbro of Japan.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
IN THIS SHORT VIDEO, JAMES MAY INTRODUCES AIRFIX and talks to the Airfix box illustrator Roy Cross about his art and how it came about.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
A NEAT LITTLE DASH-CAM mini-mov here, depicting a crashed TIE fighter, complete with unharmed crew, waiting for a pickup from the space equivalent of a local garage to tow them home.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
THE KAI T-50B GOLDEN EAGLE is a single-engine supersonic jet trainer, produced in South Korea. The T-50 is a handsome design, the looks of which are captured nicely to 1:48 scale by Academy Models.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
HERE’S ANOTHER TASTER FROM Airfix for new kits due in 2017. This time it’s a biplane, the ugly-but-useful Supermarine Walrus, designed by RJ Mitchell, the mastermind responsible for the famed Spitfire.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
IF YOU'VE FLOWN MORE THAN A FEW TIMES the chances are that at least one trip was aboard a Boeing 737. And here's how Boeing makes this most successful machine.
Labels: Boeing 737
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
THIS IS ANOTHER ISSUE OF REVELL’S 1:24 SCALE KIT OF THE ICONIC Volkswagen Samba, also known as the Combi, Microbus, T1, or just plain ‘Bus.’
Monday, September 26, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
COURTESY THE BUSY VIDEO CREW AT HOBBY LINK JAPAN, here is a close look at the All Japan Model and Hobby Show 2016.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
A GRINNING SHARK'S-MOUTH GRILLE marks out the latest Honda NSX to hit the streets. And Tamiya marks the entry of this Japanese supercar with a 1:24 scale replica.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
WORLD AIRLINES ARE FAMED FOR their glossy and inventive marking schemes. Whether it's a simple cheat line, or an overall finish like the Braniff jetliner (above) every airline strives for its aircraft to look different from the others at an airport.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
BRITISH SPACE HERO DAN DARE has been ignored by the mainstream model kit manufacturers. It has been down to individuals like special-effects model maker Martin Bower to produce one-off miniatures of the galaxy of spacecraft that filled author-illustrator Frank Hampson’s universe.