Monday, August 13, 2018

CARL CASPER'S COSMIC CHARGER FUEL DRAGSTER


DRAGSTERS ARE BUILT TO do just one thing, and that’s to cover the quarter-mile in the lowest elapsed time (ET). But there’s no reason why they can’t look good as well, and that’s what auto customiser Carl Casper did with his Cosmic Charger fuel dragster.

Monday, August 6, 2018

SMALLSPACE GETS BIGGER EACH YEAR


THE SEVENTH ANNUAL smallspace model show was held on July 1, in Hanslope village, UK.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

BANDAI WORKS WONDERS: 1:48 SCALE AT-ST SCOUT WALKER FROM STAR WARS


WE HAVE JUST STARTED BUILDING this 1:48 scale Bandai Star Wars walker, and what a delightful kit it's proving to be.

Monday, July 2, 2018

BIGGER THAN YOUR AVERAGE MODEL CAR: THESE ARE 'DWARF' CARS

THESE SMALLER THAN LIFE-SIZE cars are weird but rather wonderful. They are hand-built replicas of retro machines from times past.

Friday, June 29, 2018


THE ANNUAL SHOW for lovers of space, science fiction and fantasy touches down this Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

AMT 1:25 SCALE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS454


AT FIRST GLANCE this attractive model could be a reissue of the 1:25 scale Chevrolet Monte Carlo kit released by AMT in 1970.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

HOBBICO AND REVELL: WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?


HOBBICO, WHICH OWNS REVELL filed for bankruptcy early in 2018. So what is happening with the Hobbico plastic kit brands?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Thursday, June 7, 2018

HITLER'S FLYING SAUCERS FIGHT ON IN A POST-WAR FICTIONAL WORLD

NOT CONTENT WITH making Star Wars kits from 'a long time ago', Revell now journeys to another fictional past with the 1:72 scale Haunebu II. The kit is an absolute must for all Luftwaffe 1946 fans.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A CRAPPY COMMIE CAR PERHAPS, BUT AT LEAST IT PASSED THE MOOSE TEST



A FEW MONTHS BACK, REVELL REISSUED a 1:24 scale kit of the Trabant 601S, to celebrate 60 years since the boxy little East German car was first built, in 1957.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FORD AIMS TO LEAVE CAR PRODUCTION, BUT HAS A GLORIOUS RETRO PAST, REFLECTED IN THESE TWO KITS



NEWS THIS WEEK reveals that Ford will be selling mostly SUVs and trucks in a few years time. The plans make two recent car kits of special interest.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

HOT WHEELS FIFTY YEARS OLD - FIVE 'SWEET SIXTEEN' CARS RELEASED TO CELEBRATE

THE FIRST HOT WHEELS CARS were released in May, 1968. Known as the ‘Original Sweet Sixteen,’ those cars all had redline wheels, and original paintwork and style that directly challenged existing diecast toys such as Matchbox cars.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

THE RED BARON STILL FLIES HIGH IN A REVELL FOKKER TRIPLANE KIT


MORE THAN 60 YEARS OLD, this Revell kit still makes a decent aviation project for World War I buffs.

Friday, May 4, 2018

MEDIA MODEL MADNESS HITS THE STREETS THIS WEEKEND


LIKE THE MODELS THAT STAR IN MOVIES? THEN MAKE IT TO THE HAMEX ZONE this coming Sunday, May 6, 2018!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SINGAPORE STRIKES AGAIN WITH A 2018 AERO MODEL SHOW


HERE'S THE INFO on Singapore's 2018 National Airfix Aeronautical Model Engineering Competition.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

ARTIST HEROES WHO PAINTED MODEL KIT BOXES


THE VISUALS ON MODEL KIT BOXES are what the marketing men call ‘primary sales tools.’ Simply put, if you can spot an attractive box in a store or on screen, the odds are that you’ll want to home in for a closer look. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

1:144 SCALE CONVAIR NUCLEAR EXPLORATORY VEHICLE FROM MOEBIUS



IF YOU KNOW YOUR 1950s spacecraft kits, this new Moebius model of the NEV (Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle) might look familiar as a kit that Strombecker produced - except that it isn’t.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

X-32 AND X-35B KITS FROM ITALERI

ITALERI HAS RELEASED AN INTERESTING double-kit, with two 1:72 scale experimental aircraft of the 1990s, issued together in a single box.

Friday, April 6, 2018

OFF-ROAD RACING STYLE: FORD BAJA BRONCO FROM REVELL

THIS IS THE second issue of a recent 1:25 scale Revell kit, which was created in response to buyers’ requests. And that proves that sometimes the model companies do listen to us!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

STARSKY AND HUTCH FORD TORINO: REVISED 1:25 SCALE KIT FROM REVELL


WHEN THIS KIT WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED we expected it would be a stock Ford Torino, with no real connection to the TV stars, Starsky and Hutch.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

TIANGONG-1 SPACE STATION HURTLES BACK TO EARTH: AND THERE'S A 1:48 SCALE MODEL TO MATCH IT


TIANGONG-1 IS THE NAME OF THE Chinese prototype space station, launched in September 2011. It was visited by several taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) up to 2013, but in 2016, ground controllers lost contact with the craft - and now it has plunged back to Earth. Most of Tiangong-1 burnt up during a fiery, uncontrolled re-entry, with surviving parts splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.  

Thursday, March 29, 2018

WHERE’S THE FIRE?! FLAMEOUT CUSTOM SHOW ROD FROM AMT


THIS KIT REPRESENTS an AMT show rod that was designed as a custom concept. First released in the 1970s, this new version includes a number of useful extras.

Monday, March 26, 2018

TWO MODEL KIT NAMES HOLD HANDS: MOEBIUS JOINS PEGASUS


KIT-MAKER MOEBIUS MODELS has linked with Pegasus Hobbies, another company that releases many science fiction and fantasy subjects.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

1:35 SCALE TACOM V-2 KIT: FINISHED AT LAST!

HERE IS PART THREE OF BUILDING this highly complex triple-kit from Hong Kong-based Takom.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ROCK ’N’ ROLL ERA RACER: 1:25 SCALE FORD ANGLIA DRAG COUPE FROM REVELL

THE 1:25 SCALE REVELL ANGLIA DRAG COUPE is a neatly presented blast from the past, for the kit goes back many years.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

INCOMING: CLASSIC 'LOST IN SPACE' SCI-FI SERIES REBOOT FROM NETFLIX



LOVERS OF THE OLD 'LOST IN SPACE' TV SERIES have something new to watch. It's the upcoming reboot, due to premiere online in ten episodes from Netflix on April 13, 2018.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1:16 SCALE MODEL OF THE RED BARON'S INFAMOUS FOKKER TRIPLANE




HERE'S A BEAUTIFULLY MADE Fokker Triplane, made by Tom Grigat, a master of building scale models, and of creating stop-motion mini-movies that show how they are assembled.

Friday, March 9, 2018

1:24 SCALE ZZ TOP ELIMINATOR FORD COUPE FROM REVELL

ROCK BAND ZZ TOP MEETS the world of scale models with this 1:24 scale kit release from Revell.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

FROM RAGNAROK INTERCEPTOR TO STAR WARS ROBOTS: A SALUTE TO TOM WEST, THE KIT KING

TOM WEST IS A FAMILIAR NAME to many movers and shakers of the US model kit industry, though he is less well known to the general public.

Monday, March 5, 2018

RADIO CONTROL SCHOOL BUS WITH THE TAMIYA KING YELLOW


THIS NIFTY TAKE on a radio control theme from Tamiya offers a bright yellow school bus, riding high on a six-wheel chassis.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SINGAPORE MODEL COMPETITION

FROG KITS OF THE BRITISH ships HMS Repulse and Prince of Wales were recently modelled by entrants for a competition held in Singapore.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

NAVAL MODELS FROM SINGAPORE


WE'VE BEEN SENT SOME attractive model competition entries from Hobby Bounties in Singapore.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

BUILDING THE SPACESHIP 'DISCOVERY' FROM 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 500 PARTS distinguishes this 1:144 scale Moebius kit. The subject is the Discovery, spacecraft star of the classic science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

ANOTHER MODELLFAN ACCOLADE - THIS TIME FOR THE TAMIYA 1:48 SCALE MESSERSCHMITT Bf109 G-6

CONGRATULATIONS TO TAMIYA for collecting a ModellFan Model of the Year 2018 Award for the 1:48 scale Messerschmitt Bf109 G-6.

Monday, February 19, 2018

DID HEAVY METAL INSPIRE ELON MUSK'S TESLA IN SPACE?


ANYONE WHO SAW the SpaceX Falcon Heavy lift off on February 6, 2018, must have enjoyed the sight of Elon Musk's old Tesla Roadster in orbit, complete with its Starman passenger.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

GARBAGE MUSIC BAND IN THE BACK OF A 1:24 SCALE MONOGRAM CUSTOM TRUCK KIT

THIS 1:24 SCALE GARBAGE TRUCK KIT FROM MONOGRAM is a custom design that only ever existed as a model kit, never being built as a full-size machine. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

RICHARD PETTY'S PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE DAYTONA 500 WINNER

A CLASSIC NASCAR RACER FROM 1964 is released by AMT.

1:32 SCALE BUCHER Bu 131D BIPLANE FROM ICM OF UKRAINE


THE BUCHER BU 131D JUNGMANN IS ANOTHER LARGE SCALE kit of an aircraft dating from the mid-1930s. It would sit nicely next to the recently-released Polikarpov I-16 to the same scale.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SCIENCE-FACT OUTPERFORMS SCIENCE-FICTION, AS FALCON HEAVY BLASTS INTO DEEP SPACE



CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AT SPACEX for successfully launching the Falcon Heavy rocket on its first test flight. And seeing those two Falcon boosters make a near-simultaneous landing after their mission was amazing.

Monday, February 5, 2018

STAR WARS MODEL FANS HEADS-UP: TRAILER FOR 'SOLO' SHOWS NEW SPACESHIP DESIGNS



SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY LOOKS LIKE A MUST-SEE movie this summer. And for sci-fi model makers, it'll be another cornucopia filled with fantasy techno to keep us busy nights.

'PACIFIC RIM UPRISING' OPENS DOOR FOR SCI-FI SCENES USING BANDAI JAEGER ROBOTS

ROBOT LOVERS REJOICE because Pacific Rim Uprising, the second movie in the monsters from the deep franchise is due for release soon.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

EXPLORER 1: THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL UNITED STATES SATELLITE, LAUNCHED INTO SPACE 60 YEARS AGO


THE US LAUNCHED ITS FIRST successful artificial satellite, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958. By February 1, it was in orbit, becoming the third satellite, after the Soviet Sputnik 1 and Sputnik 2.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

DOUGLAS A-26B INVADER: 1:48 SCALE LIGHT ATTACKER FROM REVELL



THE DOUGLAS A-26B INVADER FROM REVELL makes a good addition to a 1:48 scale combat aircraft collection.