Sunday, December 9, 2018

1:25 SCALE CHEVROLET EL CAMINO DERBY CHAMP PICKUP FROM AMT


THIS INTERESTING AMT RACING KIT is based on a model first released issued in 1969.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

WRC WINNER FROM 1979: 1:24 SCALE FORD ESCORT RALLY RACER FROM ITALERI


THIS IS A WELCOME ITALERI REISSUE OF what was previously an ESCI kit, Italeri having since acquired the tooling.

Monday, November 19, 2018

SECRETS OF THE NEW 1:24 SCALE AIRFIX F6F-5 HELLCAT



HERE'S A FASCINATING BEHIND THE SCENES interview with the people behind the upcoming Airfix 1:24 scale F6F Hellcat.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 1:25 SCALE WAGON CUSTOMIZING KIT FROM AMT


UNLIKE SOME RECENT AMT reissues that use more recent tooling, this 1:25 scale Lincoln Continental is based on the original annual kit, first released in 1965.

Monday, October 29, 2018

COLLECTIBLE 42-PART FLYING AUTOMOBILE KIT FROM GLADEN ENTERPRISES



IF YOU READ ALMOST ANY popular-science magazine from the 1950s, you will see that by 2018 we ought to be driving flying cars, even taking vacations on the Moon.

Monday, October 22, 2018

INCOMING KITS: NEW ROUND 2 MODELS


THE WONDERFEST SHOW IN KENTUCKY IS A MEGA-DRAW for fans of the linked genres of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. Here we look at models coming from the Round 2 company.

Monday, October 15, 2018

AMAZING WONDERFEST MEGA MODEL SHOW 2018

WONDERFEST IS THE LARGEST science-fiction/fantasy/horror model show you are likely to visit. WonderFest shows off a galaxy of talent every summer in Kentucky.

Monday, October 8, 2018

REVELL 'BLACK PEARL' GALLEON, AS SEEN IN THE MOVIE 'PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN'


IN 2017, WE REVIEWED the 895-part Revell 1:72 scale kit of the Black Pearl, as seen in the Disney movie saga Pirates of the Caribbean. The kit we show here is a smaller 1:150 scale version of the same ship, though it still comes with 112 parts.

Monday, October 1, 2018

'A WAR IN MINIATURE' - AMAZING MODEL COLLECTION AT THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT, SEATTLE


ONE OF THE BEST AEROSPACE MUSEUMS is the Museum of Flight, Seattle. And the MoF is also home to one of the best model collections you can find.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

HAN'S SPEEDER FROM THE MOVIE 'SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY'


THE STAR WARS MERCHANDISE MACHINE continues to be a massive generator of spacecraft models and kits. Han’s Speeder is a Revell 1:28 scale miniature of the vehicle seen in the 2018 Star Wars release Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

INCOMING: HURRICANE MOVIE AND AIRFIX SEA HURRICANE



DRAMA IN THE SKIES and on the ground both feature in this upcoming movie. That's good, as the Hawker Hurricane deserves a share of the limelight usually reserved for its elegant sibling fighter, the Supermarine Spitfire.

SAD LOSS OF HANNANTS MODEL STORE PROPRIETOR

WE ARE SAD TO REPORT that David Hannant died recently, aged 88. He may not be that familiar to you, but the Hannants stores have been going for many years, the UK’s largest importer and distributor of model items. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

REVELL KITS GO TO ATLANTIS MODELS


THE REVELL GROUP’S PARENT COMPANY HOBBICO ceased trading in April 2018. Since then there has been a lot of activity, and plenty of speculation. But now the situation is becoming clearer.

Monday, August 27, 2018

1:48 SCALE MiG-21 SMT FROM REVELL

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT 1:48 scale Revell kit of the MiG-21, the most-widely produced jet fighter of the former Soviet Union.

AMAZING MODELS: THE WORLD'S LARGEST MINIATURE AIRPORT



MAYBE THIS IS THE NEXT STAGE OF MODEL-MAKING beyond assembly and display at model shows and events.

Monday, August 20, 2018

ARTIST THEO JANSEN: STRANDBEEST EVOLUTION 2018



OK, THESE STRANGE CRITTERS are not exactly our usual scale model fare, but the Dutch artist Theo Jansen surely shares the care and craftsmanship we put into our own miniatures.

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

SUPERB RED BARON FOKKER TRIPLANE STOP-MOTION VIDEO




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.