Tuesday, April 7, 2020

GORGEOUS BUICK 'VILLA RIVIERA' FROM GEORGE BARRIS, THE AUTOMOTIVE 'KUSTOM KING'


THIS 1:25 SCALE BUICK RIVIERA CUSTOM is a reissue of a kit first released by AMT in 1965.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

AFTER LOCKDOWN: SINGAPORE UPS ITS COMPETITION GAME IN 2020


THE MODEL ENTHUSIASTS in Singapore are hard at work, preparing the National Airfix Aeronautical Model Engineering Competition. It's scheduled for November 2020, when the pandemic caused by Covid-19 will hopefully be in the past.

Friday, April 3, 2020

SOPWITH CAMEL IN MOTION: 1:16 SCALE BIPLANE KIT WITH MULTI-MEDIA COMPONENTS

HERE'S ANOTHER VIDEO TREAT from the master of stop-motion videos, Tom Grigat. This time he assembles a 1:16 scale model from the Spanish manufacturer, Artisania Latina.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A VIDEO HISTORY OF THE MPC MODELS COMPANY



HERE’S A CLOSE LOOK AT MPC, short for the Model Products Corporation, an American manufacturer of plastic scale model kits and promotional models that were especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

STEAMPUNK COMES TO MODEL RAIL WITH A NEW BASSETT-LOWKE RANGE


THE BASSETT-LOWKE BRAND DATES BACK to the late 1890s. So it's appropriate that the Hornby-owned company is now trailblazing a path back to that era with a dedicated range of steampunk-inspired locomotives, rolling stock, and accessories.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

FROM PHANTOM MUSTANG TO DELTA DAGGER AND MORE: THE REVELL MODELS STORY

REVELL HAS REMAINED A TOP NAME in the model kit world for decades, and continues to turn out excellent kits.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

SCALE MODELLERS AND SELF-ISOLATION

THE WORLD CURRENTLY FACES the deadly coronavirus on the rampage. But – and so we can maybe escape some of the gloom and doom – modellers can use some of the anti-virus measures to our advantage. And that includes the all-important isolation from others.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

MEDIA MODELLING SHOW, ESPECIALLY FOR STEAMPUNK FANS


WE'D LOVE TO SAY THE SHOW GOES ON but Media Modelling 3 is another casualty of the war against the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A VIDEO HISTORY OF HAWK MODELS


THANKS TO MAX KOHNKE on YouTube we can show you this excellent video history of the Hawk Model Company.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

1:24 SCALE DEUTZ D30 FARM TRACTOR MODEL KIT FROM REVELL


THIS IS THE second tractor kit in Revell’s new 1:24 scale series, this time featuring one of the most popular small tractors of the early 1960s, the D30 from the German manufacturer Deutz.

Friday, February 28, 2020

LIKE NOTHING ON EARTH: PLAN 9 FLYING SAUCER LANDS ON THIS WORLD



FOR THOSE WHO don’t know their science-fiction, this kit from Polar Lights represents one of the ‘flying hubcap’ UFOs that featured in a 1959 B-movie called Plan 9 from Outer Space.

BERLIN WALL-BUSTER REVELL TRABANT ESCAPES TO THE WEST


LAST YEAR MARKED the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, when Germany united from its Cold War-era ‘East’ and ‘West’ halves. So in 2019 Revell Germany celebrated the event by reissuing a Trabant kit with a large diorama base. This depicts a ‘Trabi’ breaking through the wall, into the West.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

DIECAST COLLECTIONS AND THE DINKY TOYS STORY


DIECAST SCALE MODELS are traditionally a collector's market, rather than one for builders. But there are plenty of times when ready-built models make perfectly good sense.

Monday, February 10, 2020

BUILDING A BANDAI DEATH STAR II MODEL KIT


BANDAI HAS WHAT IS probably the best selection of Star Wars kits today, even if there are plenty of competitors out there.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1:25 SCALE JEEP vs GIANT GODZILLA IN 'INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER'

IF YOU LOOK HARD enough, you can usually find an interesting anniversary. And in 2019, Round 2 used the 65th Anniversary of Godzilla, perhaps the most famous of all movie monsters, to add a creature-feature to its list.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020: AND A LOOK AT YESTERYEAR'S SCI-FI FUTURES


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL and we hope 2020 brings you as many models and kits as you might wish for. And if you enter model competitions, well, we hope you win a few prizes!