Tuesday, October 31, 2017


OUT OF THIS WORLD MODELING features 16 builds of science fiction and fantasy subjects. I was invited to do two of these, and chose the 1966 Barris Batmobile from Polar Lights, and the Moebius Space Chariot from Lost in Space

Mat Irvine: First, the admittance that I’ve written two of the chapters in this book, but I reckon the others are even better! 

Front and back covers (above, below) feature assorted finished models from the book.

The idea for the book came from Aaron Skinner, Senior Editor with the respected Fine Scale Modeler magazine. Aaron invited various participants (including myself) to write chapters, and edited the results along with Randy Rehberg.

Step-by-step pictures (below) take you through building a USS Enterprise.

For other builds you get Batman-fan Joe Hudson tackling Moebius Models Catwoman; the more usual armour modeller Brett Avants with one of Nitto’s SF-3Ds - now Wave and Hasegawa - armoured figures into a small diorama, while admitted SF enthusiast Jeff Pollizzotto builds the Dragonfly from Jonny Quest, another offering from Moebius. 

Airbrushing a Star Wars X-Wing (below).

Building the Moebius Catwoman figure (below right).

What you get in the various chapters:
  • 1  Aaron Skinner builds a Polar Lights Star Trek Enterprise
  • 2  Aaron airbrushes the Revell Star Wars X-Wing
  • 3  Joe Hudson builds the Moebius Models Catwoman, from TV’s Batman
  • 4  Brett Avants builds SF3D subjects
  • 5  Jeff Pollizotto lights up the Moebius Dragonfly, from Jonny Quest 
  • 6  Aaron Skinner builds the Bandai Flappter, from Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • 7  Jeff Pollizotto builds a Bandai Star Wars Boba Fett
  • 8  Tim Kidwell and the Polar Lights Wolverine, from X-Men
  • 9  Mat Irvine builds the Polar Lights 1966 Batmobile
  • 10  Brad Hair and the Moebius Mk I Viper, from Battlestar Galactica
  • 11  Aaron Skinner and that beachball with feet
  • 12  Steve Pontius and the Bandai RX-78, from Mobile Suit Gundam
  • 13  Aaron Skinner with the Dragon Groot and Rocky, from Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 14  Mat Irvine and the Moebius Lost in Space Space Chariot
  • 15  Nicholas Saga builds and adds lighting to the Revell Star Wars Star Destroyer
  • 16  Ro Annis scratch-builds a Star Wars Y-Wing Fighter 

Opening page on the Jonny Quest Dragonfly (below).

A fantasy vehicle (below) with a difference, the Flappter. 

Building a Revell Star Wars Star Destroyer (below).

Aaron himself wrote five chapters, including (below) my favourite, the beachball alien (below) from the cult (perhaps the cult) science fiction movie Dark Star*

Book stats
Title: Out of This World Modeling
Edited by: Aaron Skinner
Extent: 144 pages, full colour
Publisher: Kalmbach Books, 2017

*About Dark Star
Dark Star was created initially as a college project, by a duo that became well-known movie names, Dan O’Bannon and John Carpenter. It was first shot on 16 mm film, but after going through several name changes, it finally emerged as Dark Star. Then more footage was shot on 35 mm film, to make it to a theatrical release, including the classic beachball-with-feet in the elevator sequence, with Sergeant Pinback (played by O’Bannon) trying to get it back in its cage. It’s oft rumoured that the sequence prompted O’Bannon to eventually create the creature in Alien, albeit with fewer laughs.