Thursday, December 14, 2017

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - DISCOVER THE DISCOVERY FROM MOEBIUS MODELS


Mat Irvine: This is a 1:144 scale kit that many modellers reckoned would never be made.

Monday, December 11, 2017

VISIT TO THE SAC MUSEUM, NEBRASKA

DURING MY 2017 TRIP to see the US solar eclipse, I took the opportunity to visit the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and Aerospace Museum, near the city of Ashland, Nebraska.

Friday, December 8, 2017

RETRO STYLE: 1:25 SCALE MERCURY COMET CYCLONE FROM MOEBIUS


THIS KIT COULD BE IDEAL for astronomers, as the name includes a planet, a solar system phenomenon, even a weather system. But actually, it’s a car!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

USING THE SMN SLIDE SHOW FEATURE



IF YOU LIKE LOOKING AT click-to-view slideshows, especially the ones here at SMN, then it's a good idea to choose your web browser for desktop or tablet carefully.

Monday, December 4, 2017

MAKING THE CRYSTAL FOX FROM STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI



MAKING ITS DEBUT ON THE SILVER SCREEN very soon will be the Crystal Fox, an alien critter that appears in The Last Jedi, latest in the Star Wars saga.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FUNKY MUSIC ANNOUNCES 1:12 SCALE FIAT 500 FROM ITALERI

THE FIAT 500 is an icon of Italian automotive history, up there in the street-smart stakes with performance cars from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati.

Monday, November 20, 2017

IT’S A SMALL WORLD AT THE GULLIVER’S GATE VISITOR ATTRACTION


DURING A RECENT VISIT TO NEW YORK CITY, my friend Andy Yanchus and I visited a new Manhattan feature called Gulliver’s Gate. The somewhat enigmatic title covers a ‘world in miniature’ attraction, in a street just off Times Square.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

CITROEN H VAN IS REBORN AS A 1:1 SCALE CUSTOM TRUCK KIT

FANS OF THE UGLY-BUT-NICE Citroen H van have something new to look at. It’s a full-size limited edition project from Italy, which provides food for thought for anyone interested in model conversions.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

COFFEE AND CROISSANTS WITH THE EBBRO CITROEN TYPE H MOBILE KITCHEN


THE THIRD ISSUE OF THE EBBRO Citroen Type H Van has now arrived. This time, the 1:24 scale kit is fitted out in great detail as a mobile kitchen, or food van.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

VETTING THE 'VETTE: 1:25 SCALE CORVETTE ROADSTER FROM REVELL


THIS IS A REISSUE OF A 1:25 SCALE KIT that first appeared under the ProModeler name, a label used for a short time by Revell-Monogram in the USA.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

HEINKEL HE 111 BOMBER TOUR AND FLIGHT DEMO



WORLD WAR II AVIATION modellers have a huge choice of subjects. Two of the best currently available are the Revell 1:32 and Airfix 1:72 scale kits.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

GAME ON: 1:32 SCALE REVELL WARTHOG FROM THE VIDEO GAME 'HALO'

FICTION-BASED SCALE MODELS are not uncommon in the kit business. However, the 1:32 scale Revell Warthog can probably claim a first, in that it is almost certainly the first science fiction kit based on a computer game - Halo - rather than a movie, TV series, comic or book.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

ENTRY CALL FOR 2017 MODEL COMPETITION

THE NATIONAL AIRFIX AERONAUTICAL Model Engineering Competition is open once again for model makers in Singapore.

Friday, November 3, 2017

MOLOTOW COCKTAIL: LIQUID CHROME MIXES WITH A REVELL FORD RANCHERO


ONE BIG PROBLEM car modellers had back in the ‘good old days’ was chrome - or lack of it. For there was no method to properly mimic the chrome embellishments on glass surrounds, emblems, door handles and the like. Well, now there are solutions.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OUT OF THIS WORLD MODELING: STEP-BY-STEP HOW-TO BOOK


OUT OF THIS WORLD MODELING features 16 builds of science fiction and fantasy subjects. I was invited to do two of these, and chose the 1966 Barris Batmobile from Polar Lights, and the Moebius Space Chariot from Lost in Space

Saturday, October 28, 2017

CUSTOM CADILLAC ELDORADO REVEALS FOOSE FINESSE


REVELL HAS BEEN USING the Foose custom name and designs for some years, but this Cadillac Eldorado is unique. Whereas previous Foose models have been reboxed existing kits with new box-art and decals, the Eldorado is a brand-new kit.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NEWS FROM SINGAPORE: AIRFIX 1:24 SCALE MOSQUITO

LARGE SCALE MODEL MAKERS should be interested in this build of an Airfix 1:24 scale de Havilland Mosquito.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

2018 INCOMING: REVELL TECHNIK JUNKERS Ju 88

DUE FOR RELEASE IN JANUARY 2018 is a 1:32 scale Junkers Ju 88 A-4 from Revell, and it will be an '88' with a difference.

Friday, October 13, 2017

2018 NEW KIT INCOMING: 1:48 SCALE BRISTOL BLENHEIM


THE  NEW-TOOL BRISTOL BLENHEIM FROM AIRFIX looks like it will be a must-build kit for 1:48 scale air fans. The Blenheim is under development for release in 2018, and should be another winner for this long-established kit company.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

GMC DESERTER OFF-ROAD PICKUP TO 1:25 SCALE FROM MPC


Mat Irvine: The 1:25 scale Deserter is a reissue of an earlier MPC kit from the mid-1980s. To give the pickup its full title, it’s a GMC Rounded-Line K-2500 Wideside, equipped with the Sierra Grande package.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

FUTURISTIC CUSTOM PICKUP TRUCK: 1:25 SCALE AMT DODGE DEORA


THE DODGE DEORA is an original concept from the 1960s, available now as a 1:25 scale AMT kit reissue.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

MOONLANDER: SPACE EXPLORATION THE WAY IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN


WITH THE LATEST PLANS OF ELON MUSK HITTING THE HEADLINES it seems a good moment to revisit what I have dubbed 'factual futuristic' spacecraft, designs that seemed a good idea at the time, but which were never built.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

VICTORY FOR VIC TORRY: FLYING SAUCER FROM ATLANTIS MODELS


THE VIC TORRY FLYING SAUCER is the latest in the Atlantis Models five-inch saucer range, and comes with the usual accompaniment of a flashing LED.

Monday, September 18, 2017

FORD CLUB COUPE 'GAS MAN' RACER IN 1:25 SCALE


THIS RETRO DELUXE KIT IS A reissue of one of AMT’s very first Trophy Series kits, retaining the classic ‘three-in-one’ build options.

Friday, September 15, 2017

CASSINI SPACE PROBE'S FINAL PLUNGE TO A FIERY END

ONE OF THE LONGEST-SERVING and most adventurous space probes met a fiery end today, when it plunged into the atmosphere of the ringed gas-giant planet, Saturn.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BATBOAT IN BLACK: 1:25 SCALE FROM AMT


THE ROUND 2 COMPANY continues to delve into the tooling of its kit company acquisitions, in this case, AMT. So here is another in the Batman series, the Batboat, produced in 1:25 scale. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

1:24 SCALE McLAREN 570S SUPERCAR KIT FROM REVELL


THIS FULLY DETAILED 1:24 SCALE MCLAREN 570S kit from Revell is a new-tool production, definitely not a reissue of the Aoshima release, the only other available kit to a similar scale.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

INCOMING: CITROEN TYPE H STREET FOOD VAN


TO MOST OF US it's a French street food van, but the Japanese Ebbro company reckons the Citroen Type H is a Mobile Kitchen. Either description is fine, as our recent look at the Ebbro Crepe Mobile version shows that the basic kit is really worth building.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PROTEUS SUBMARINE DIVES IN FROM FANTASTIC VOYAGE


CERTAIN SUBJECTS just cry out to be made as model kits, and sometimes you wonder why it takes so long. This is certainly the case with the Proteus, submarine star of the 1966 science-fiction movie Fantastic Voyage.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

FLIPPING PANCAKES WITH THE 1:24 SCALE CITROEN TYPE H VAN FROM EBBRO


MODEL KITS OF THE CLASSIC Citroen H-Type van have been a bit like waiting for the proverbial bus. You wait ages when nothing appears, then several turn up at once, or in this case two Citroen Type H panel vans.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

LITTLE GREY FERGIE TRACTOR FROM HELLER


THE SURPRISE is not that Heller features a piece of farm machinery - Ertl has been specialising in such for years - but that this French company has released an archetypal British tractor.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

PRETTY IN PURPLE: CLASSIC DC-9 JETLINER KIT FROM ATLANTIS MODELS

THIS IS A REISSUE OF an original Aurora model that first appeared in 1965. It’s a very simple kit, with none of the options you could find on more modern equivalents, so there are no poseable flaps, opening engine covers or similar, but frankly that makes a far more robust model. The box-art reproduces a classic painting by illustrator John Amendola.

Monday, August 7, 2017

FANTASTIC PHANTOM FROM AIRFIX



THE AIRFIX 1:72 SCALE PHANTOM II KIT is an excellent example of the improvements that computers have brought to the model building scene.

Monday, July 31, 2017

HAUNEBU FLYING DISC: REAL FOO FIGHTER OR PLASTIC PEGASUS SAUCER?


WEIRD DESIGNS ARE A FEATURE OF Luftwaffe 1946, aircraft designs that were being worked on toward the end of World War II. And perhaps the oddest Luft 46 project, and frankly least likely, was the Haunebu II Saucer, as featured in this 1:144 scale Pegasus kit.

Monday, July 24, 2017

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SALAZAR'S REVENGE: 1:72 SCALE KIT FROM REVELL

PIRATE KITS HAVE ALWAYS done well for model companies, both as figures and ships, so issuing the star vessel from Pirates of the Caribbean, the most successful pirate movie franchise ever, has to be a good move.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SCIENCE FICTION EXTRAVAGANZA: SMALLSPACE 6 LANDS IN THE UK

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF the exhibits at smallspace 6, the ‘Big Little Show’ held in the village of Hanslope, UK, last Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A US NAVY STARSHIP PROJECT FOR SCI-FI KIT-BASHERS





Mat Irvine's Smallspace 6 model show blew the weeds off similar events yesterday. Until next year, how about a look at this concept. We're looking at our existing Star Trek miniatures, thinking of ways to customise them!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A SUPERSONIC TRIDENT FROM FRANCE


THE TRIDENT SINGLE-SEAT RESEARCH PLANE is the subject of Jean-Christophe ‘JC’ Carbonel’s second book exploring French aviation projects.

Monday, July 3, 2017

IWOOT: WALRUS BIPLANE RENDER ANIMATION



NICE STUFF from Airfix, in the form of this tasty cgi animation of the 1:48 scale Supermarine Walrus kit.

Monday, June 26, 2017

MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT: THIS IS A DINOSAUR SKELETON KIT

THIS IS A REISSUE OF A KIT THAT GLENCOE issued way back when the company was new, in the late 1980s.

Friday, June 16, 2017

MAKING MATCHBOX TOYS HALF A CENTURY AGO



COURTESY PATHE FILMS here’s a look at the early years of this famous brand.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

INCOMING: SMALLSPACE 6: 40 YEARS OF K-9, THE ROBODOG



HEADSUP TIME for your diary. Stardate: Sunday July 16 is the countdown date for the sixth Smallspace Show.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

SCALE MODELS: ARE YOU A BUILDER OR A COLLECTOR? OR IS THERE A THIRD WAY?

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. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

SCALE MODEL NEWS AT THE SHIZUOKA HOBBY SHOW 2017, JAPAN



FROM THE EXCELLENT folks at Hobby Link Japan, here's a report from the Shizuoka Hobby Show 2017. Lots of build-worthy stuff to see - enjoy.

Monday, May 8, 2017

STARSKY AND HUTCH ‘STRIPED TOMATO’ FORD GRAN TORINO SPORT: AN ALTERNATIVE SET OF WHEELS?

WHEN THE ORIGINAL TV SERIES STARSKY AND HUTCH was being made, the producers needed suitable wheels for David Starsky (Paul Michael Glazer), who drove the car. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

SPECTACULAR WORKING MODEL ROLLER COASTER



THIS FULLY FUNCTIONAL scale model of a classic wooden roller coaster was made by YouTuber Adam Throgmorton.


Monday, April 24, 2017

CITROEN DS 19: A FRENCH GODDESS FROM EBBRO OF JAPAN


AND ABOUT TIME TOO!  It’s taken 60 years for a 1:24 scale Citroen DS 19 to be released - and it’s not from Heller of France, but from Ebbro of Japan.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1:25 SCALE BATMOBILE, AS FEATURED IN ‘SUICIDE SQUAD’ MOVIE

THE SUICIDE SQUAD BATMOBILE KIT comes from the 2016 movie, and is a repackaged version of the existing Moebius Models 1:25 scale Batmobile, as issued for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.