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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BALLAST MAGIC HELPS A CALIFORNIA DIORAMA LOOK PERFECT



SOLVING A MODELLING PROBLEM sometimes comes from a different direction. In this case, with a product called Ballast Magic.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

MEL'S CLASSIC DRIVE-IN DINER FROM THE MOVIE 'AMERICAN GRAFFITI'


THIS 1:87 SCALE MEL’S DRIVE-IN KIT will please model makers and movie buffs alike, as it features the famed restaurant seen in the classic 1973 movie American Graffiti.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

HANDSOME 1:35 SCALE S-BOAT FROM ITALERI

NAVAL MODEL FANS will be pleased to see the latest Italeri update of the 1:35 scale Schnellboot of the World War II German Navy.

Friday, January 12, 2018

1:24 SCALE FIGURES FROM MASTER BOX: PIN-UPS FROM THE WILD WEST



RETRO-ERA SUBJECTS ARE A POPULAR FASHION STATEMENT and these 1950s-style figures from Master Box should be popular with nostalgia fans.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

HOBBICO CRASHES INTO CHAPTER 11

IT WAS ANNOUNCED on January 10 that Hobbico, the largest US hobby distributor, based in Champaign, Illinois, has filed for bankruptcy protection, otherwise known as ‘Chapter 11.’

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

INCOMING KIT 2018: AIRFIX HAWKER HUNTER F6 TO 1:48 SCALE

DEFINITELY ‘THE’ CLASSIC BRITISH FIGHTER JET, the Hawker Hunter is now on release countdown from Airfix, later in 2018.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

SCALE MODELS ON SHOW AT THE SAC MUSEUM IN NEBRASKA


TO CONCLUDE OUR SERIES on the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, this time we show some of the many models on display.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

MORE AIRCRAFT AT THE SAC AND AEROSPACE MUSEUM IN NEBRASKA

AS PROMISED, here are more of the aircraft I saw on display at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, Ashland, Nebraska.