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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

STAR WARS 'THE LAST JEDI' FIRST OFFICIAL TRAILER

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY IN HOLLYWOOD and the new Star Wars teaser-trailer is already here. The countdown begins for the latest movie in the long-running saga, called The Last Jedi.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ORIGAMI ARTIST: SCIENTIST TURNS PAPER MODEL CREATOR



A QUARTER CENTURY AGO, physicist Robert Lang worked on laser technology at the US space agency, NASA. Things changed in 2001, when Lang left his job in order to follow his childhood interest, the paper-folding art of origami.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

VISIT TO THE PEGASUS HOBBIES MEGASTORE

PEGASUS HOBBIES is billed as the largest hobby store in southern California (SoCal), and having walked all the aisles, I can confirm the statement is true.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

CLASSIC SABRE JET FROM AIRFIX


YOUTUBER TOM GRIGAT"S stop-frame video builds are hypnotically excellent. And here's another one for you, of the Airfix 1:72 scale F-86F Sabre.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MINIATURE WINDMILL ADDS REALISM TO SCALE MODEL DIORAMAS



WE RAN ACROSS an old Airfix windmill kit in an antique shop recently. The kit was one of the Trackside Series range, all produced to model rail 00/H0 scale.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1:72 SCALE RED PELICAN AEROBATIC JET TRAINER FROM AIRFIX


THIS IS A NEAT VARIATION ON THE existing Jet Provost T3 kit from Airfix. The kit is boxed with four pots of paint, a brush, and a mini-tube of cement, all in the familiar Starter Set format.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

THE MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE RETURNS

AIRFIX IS ON A BUSY release schedule at the moment. Here's a fine 1:72 scale kit for World War II aviation buffs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

INCOMING: 1:72 SCALE BLACK-AND-WHITE BIPLANE FROM AIRFIX



PRE-ORDERS ARE BEING TAKEN for this new version of the 1:72 scale Airfix BE2c, a new-tool kit released late 2016.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ROCKETSHIP X-M RETURNS FROM RETRO-SPACE


SCIENCE FICTION B-MOVIES WERE A STAPLE OF CINEMAS in the 1950s. Many were appalling, such as Plan 9 from Outer Space. A few were extremely good, such Forbidden Planet, and Destination Moon. Others sat in the middle, the so-so zone occupied by the likes of Rocketship X-M.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

COLD WAR ALT-HISTORY: SOVIET CUSTOM CARS AS THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN


ARTIST ANDREI TKACHENKO has created his own alternative Soviet automotive history. Andrei's handsome artwork reveals a custom style that didn't exist in the real-life Soviet Union.

Monday, March 13, 2017

INCOMING: '49 MERCURY 2-DOOR CLUB COUPE FROM AMT


THIS IS AN ALL-TIME FAVE AMT customizing kit. Originally issued in the 1960s Trophy Series, the ’49 Mercury was popular in both full-size and model form as a basis for many build variations.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WHY YOU CANNOT MAKE STAR TREK MODELS ALL TO THE SAME SCALE



WE'RE HUGE FANS OF CONSTANT SCALE MODELLING. It's the only way to be able to accurately compare different subjects.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

WIN A 1:48 SCALE CANBERRA JET


WIN AN AIRFIX ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA by answering a simple multiple choice question.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2: TRAILER FOR MORE SCI-FI SCALE MODELS?



THIS IS THE NEW TRAILER for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and others. It's set for release from May 5, 2017.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CLASSIC 1:24 SCALE FORD TRANSIT PANEL VAN FROM ITALERI


THIS KIT IS A WELCOME REISSUE of a 1:24 scale ESCI kit by Italeri, which has acquired most of the old ESCI company’s tooling. This particular kit models the classic Ford Transit van in its original rear-wheel drive form.

Monday, February 27, 2017

UBER TAXI OR JETSONS FLYING CAR? YOUR CHOICE - OR BOTH

THE UBER TRANSPORTATION COMPANY HAS ANNOUNCED plans for an airborne taxi fleet. And that made us think of the flying car used by the Jetsons, a futuristic family that featured in their own cartoon series.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

TINPLATE ROBOTS: SCI-FI INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE


MANUFACTURED IN CHINA, THE ELEKTRA ROBOT is an unusual collectible mechanical that seems to be a *sorta* female.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

INCOMING: 1:32 SCALE F-35A FROM ITALERI


THE F-35 LIGHTNING II IS FAR AND AWAY the most expensive military weapon system ever conceived. And here is a 1:32 scale kit of the F-35A version, aimed at model makers who enjoy building state of the art jets.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DOWN IN THE PIT, A GHASTLY CREATURE STIRS...


IT’S NOT OFTEN YOU CAN ANNOUNCE a kit that was created in the 1970s, but that has not been issued until now. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

QUARTER-MILE CONTENDER: DODGE FEVER DRAGSTER PICKUP FROM LINDBERG


EXPERIENCED AUTO modellers may recognise this 1:25 scale kit as a reissue of the classic Dodge A-100, first released by IMC as the Little Red Wagon drag pickup. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

BLAST FROM THE PAST: V-2 TERROR WEAPON FROM TAKOM


THIS TAKOM KIT OF THE V-2 MISSILE is not the first in 1:35 scale, but is one of the most-detailed models yet released.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CAR CULTURE: AMT TEAMS UP WITH LUCINDA LEWIS, AUTO PHOTOGRAPHER


LUCINDA ‘CINDY’ LEWIS is an American photographer, well known for her dramatic pictures of auto-Americana, especially cars pictured against classic roadside scenes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HORNBY ON TRACK TO FUTURE FINANCIAL SUCCESS

SOLID PROGRESS ON THE Hornby Group turnaround plan is proceeding well, according to the company’s latest report.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MODEL RAIL NOSTALGIA-FEST AND CITY OF THE FUTURE



HERE'S A ROSE-TINTED LOOK at a rail layout of times past. There's also a vision of yesteryear's ideas about the world of the future.

Monday, February 13, 2017

MASCHINEN KRIEGER SCI-FI SOLDIERS STORM IN AS SCI-FI CAPSULE COLLECTIBLES



A NEAT TWIST ON THE MA.K science fiction line, these so-called ‘capsule’ models are packed randomly in boxes of twelve.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

OILY'S GARAGE AND FORD MODEL T DIORAMA KIT FROM AMT


THIS IS THE THIRD AMT Three Stooges car kit, but it’s the first that really fits with the famed US vaudeville knockabout comedy act.

Friday, February 3, 2017

HUMBROL TWO-TONE EFFECTS WITH THE ITALERI 1:24 SCALE VW BEETLE


THIS ITALERI KIT OF THE VW 1303s Beetle goes to prove the old saying, never take anything for granted.