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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1:48 SCALE REAPER DRONE UAV FROM REVELL

THE REVELL MQ-9 REAPER Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been out for some time, but it remains a good kit of a type of aircraft that is changing the face of military aviation.

Monday, January 30, 2017

DRONE AERODYNAMICS SHOWN IN AMAZING NASA COMPUTER MODEL



FOR DECADES, NASA HAS USED computer models to simulate the airflow around aircraft, in order to test designs and especially, to improve aerodynamic performance.

Friday, January 27, 2017

FREE TRIP TO OUTER SPACE WITH THE LI’L GASSER FROM AMT


THIS IS A REISSUE OF AN AMT classic show rod, as designed by John Bogosian, in 1970. Li’l Gasser was one of four kits based on the same six-wheel chassis and running gear.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

COLD WAR V-BOMBER: CRESCENT-WING VICTOR NUCLEAR ATTACKER FROM AIRFIX



AN EXCELLENT 1:72 SCALE KIT from Airfix, the Handley Page Victor B.2 is modelled with one of its primary payloads, the supersonic Blue Steel stand-off nuclear missile.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WORLD'S BIGGEST RC SCALE MODEL HELICOPTER



IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH enthusiasm there is for radio control (RC) in all its forms. Here's a great little vid showing what's claimed as the world's largest of the breed.

Monday, January 23, 2017

HEAVY METAL IN FLIGHT: BOEING 747 FROM REVELL IN IRON MAIDEN ROCK BAND MARKINGS

REVELL HAS REISSUED ITS BOEING 747-400 with a set of special decals marking ‘The Book of Souls’ world tour by the Iron Maiden rock band.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

AMAZING LEGO TRAIN RUNS IN THE HOUSE AND OUT INTO THE GARDEN



HERE'S A NIFTY FOUR MINUTES of fun, in which YouTuber 'TrainGuy659' has mounted a video camera on a Lego train.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

GET YOUR KICKS - AND TINPLATE TRUCKS - ON ROUTE 66


A TRIP DOWN ROUTE 66, the famed 'Mother Road' highway that runs from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, reveals an unexpected home for a treasure trove of tinplate trucks.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A BIG KIT OF A SMALL MACHINE: ISETTA BUBBLE CAR FROM REVELL


A DELIGHTFUL 1:16 SCALE REVELL BMW ISETTA 250 bubble car kit. It recalls a time when such super-small cars were all the rage in Europe.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

INCOMING: NEW AIRFIX 1:48 SCALE JUNKERS JU 87 WITH MAX DETAIL

EXCELLENT NEW IMAGES of the 1:48 scale Junkers Ju 87 B-1 dive bomber arrived today. Detail shots show the kit to be a must-build for World War II aircraft fans.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE 'BLAZING BISON' 1:25 SCALE MEGA-TRACTOR FROM AMT


THIS UNUSUAL RE-RELEASE FROM AMT features a triple-engined monster machine that went to work at shows and exhibitions in the 1980s. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

AHOY THERE! HIGHLY DETAILED 1:72 SCALE LUXO-YACHT FROM REVELL


THIS STATE OF THE ART LUXURY YACHT kit is released by Revell in the model aircraft-standard 1:72 scale.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SEE INSIDE A JAPANESE HIEN FIGHTER: 1:48 SCALE KAWASAKI KIT FROM TAMIYA


THE KAWASAKI Ki-61 HIEN WAS a Japanese fighter in service during World War II. This model from Tamiya captures the aircraft’s appearance beautifully, and you can see inside it, thanks to the included transparent optional fuselage half.

Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW SPACESHIPS BOOK FEATURES PLENTY OF SCALE MODELS


SPACESHIPS IS A SUMPTIOUS new book by the space artist Ron Miller. It contains much that is interesting to space model fans.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

THE WILDEST HAULER OF ALL TIME: TOM DANIEL'S BEER WAGON KIT FROM MONOGRAM

TOM DANIEL WAS A DESIGN CONSULTANT for Monogram in the 1970s, and the Mack Beer Wagon was one of more than 85 kits he designed for the company.

Monday, January 9, 2017

SLIMLINE 1:25 SCALE BAT-MISSILE KIT FROM AMT


ANOTHER FANTASY KIT FROM AMT, THE 1:25 scale Bat-Missile depicts a machine seen briefly in a Batman movie of a quarter-century ago.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ALL-IN-ONE DIORAMA MODEL SCENE FROM TAMIYA


DIORAMA LOVERS LINE UP HERE to get your hands on this neat 1:48 scale kit from Tamiya. It combines two World War II kits, together with a simulated-grass covered rectangular base.

Monday, January 2, 2017

WELCOME TO 2017: MODELS TO LOOK FOR IN THIS NEW YEAR


EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE NAVY JET, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II from Airfix will definitely be high on the must-build list for many model makers in 2017.