Wednesday, July 8, 2020

BRAND-NEW 2021 FORD BRONCO, AND A REVELL BRONCO FROM AN EARLIER ERA



OFF-ROAD DRIVERS rejoice, for the 2021 Ford Bronco is due to be revealed next week. This will be the seventh-generation Bronco, even though the line ceased production back in 1996. For scale fans, a 1970s-era Revell Bronco is available in 1:25 scale.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

TACO TRIKE: 1:25 SCALE CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE KIT FROM MPC


THE MPC TACO TRIKE has a neatly-moulded V-8 engine, and a wedge-style body, hence its original 1974 name, Wedge Chopper.

Friday, July 3, 2020

ED 'BIG DADDY' ROTH'S MAIL BOX CHOPPER TRIKE TO 1:25 SCALE


THIS IS A CHOPPER-STYLE motorcycle trike, one of a six-strong 1:25 scale range, first issued by MPC in the 1970s. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

WORLD WAR II HENSCHEL Hs 129 TANK-BUSTER FROM ZOUKEI-MURA



ZOUKEI-MURA has some excellent kits out there, including this large-scale Henschel Hs 129, a type nicknamed the 'can opener' for its powerful weaponry.

Monday, June 15, 2020

SUPER-DETAIL BUILD OF THE EDUARD RED TAIL P-51D MUSTANG



ANOTHER FINE VIDEO FROM MASTER model maker, Tom Grigat. The kit is from the 1:48 scale Eduard Royal series, and includes resin and brass components.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

OFF-ROADING IN A 1:24 SCALE REVELL LAND ROVER


THE LAND ROVER IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S best known off-road vehicles, and is found in every country. But considering this widespread popularity, kits of the original Land Rover to 1:24/25 scale have been few and far between. In the military scales of 1:35 and 1:72/76, yes, but to the standard car scale, no.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

JUNE 2020 ROUND 2 PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT



HERE'S A LOOK AT THE CURRENT GOODIES now on sale from Round 2. It's well worth watching, even if we're not ultra-keen on the bright intro music!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

VIDEO FROM MAX: THE STORY OF TOM DANIEL, MASTER KIT DESIGNER

HERE'S ANOTHER LOOK AT the master imagineer Tom Daniel, this time from Maxsmodels. It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one of the icons of custom models.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SINGAPORE AIRFIX MUSTANG COMPETITION



LAST WEEKEND SAW A 48-HOUR GROUP build, organised by Peter Chiang, of the Hobby Bounties model store, in Singapore.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

CLASSIC TOM DANIEL CUSTOM-CAR DESIGNS TO 1:32 SCALE

IT’S TIME TO HAVE a break from the Covid-19 gloom and doom. So here we have two reissues from Atlantis Models, model cars that are light-hearted caricatures of what were basically caricatures in the first place.

Monday, May 18, 2020

VIDEOMAKER TOM GRIGAT ASKS: IS THIS THE FIRST-EVER BATMOBILE?

HERE IS ANOTHER excellent video from Tom Grigat, whose YouTube subscriber count is currently not far short of 50,000. That's pretty cool, Tom, and we hope your fanbase keeps growing!

Friday, May 15, 2020

FIST OF WAR: SCI-FI RETRO-FUTURE TANK BUILD

THIS IS NOT YOUR EVERYDAY war, instead Model Collect has a model range that's based on a version of the Luftwaffe 1946 what-if science faction scenario.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

VFX ARTIST REVEALS HOW BIG 'STAR WARS' SHIPS REALLY ARE!


STAR WARS MODEL MAKERS are used to making kits at a seriously wide range of scales. The Bandai Death Star II, for example, is made to an amazing 1:2,700,000 scale.

Monday, May 11, 2020

GERMAN BENZ THREE-WHEELER TO 1:24 SCALE, FROM ICM OF THE UKRAINE


UKRAINE MANUFACTURER ICM has released a 1:24 scale model of the world’s first car, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1886.

Friday, May 8, 2020

AMAZING 1:25 SCALE BATWING FROM THE MOVIE 'DAWN OF JUSTICE'


MOEBIUS MODELS brought us the Batmobile for the movie based on two giants of the DC Universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And now Moebius has released Batman’s other mode of transport from the movie, the Batwing.

Monday, May 4, 2020

CELEBRATING STAR WARS DAY WITH THE MILLENNIUM FALCON FROM DeAGOSTINI


IT'S MAY 4, SO TODAY IS STAR WARS DAY and here is a look at probably the biggest kit of the Millennium Falcon available.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

FICTIONAL LAND VEHICLES: SIZE COMPARISON VIDEO

HERE'S A HANDSOME piece of cgi by our friends at MetaBallStudios (MBS). Sit back and enjoy all those familiar vehicles from the worlds of fantasy and science-fiction. From Batman to Star Wars, Mad Max to the War of the Worlds, it's gorgeous stuff. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

BUILDING THE DEATH STAR: DEADLY WEAPON THAT CAN WIPE OUT AN ENTIRE PLANET

EVERYONE'S FAVOURITE KILLER weapon, the Death Star is the most powerful armament possessed by the evil Empire, and it has been shown (above) in various forms of part-built construction. But brothers Benjamin and Isaac Botkin have gone much further, to create a mesmerising build-sequence that displays their musical and cgi talents.

Monday, April 13, 2020

BUILDING THE 1:72 SCALE BANDAI PERFECT GRADE MILLENNIUM FALCON


IF THERE IS ONE spacecraft that sums up the Star Wars saga, then the Millennium Falcon belongs at the top table. Depending on your personal preference of course, the X-Wing or TIE fighter just might compete for gold! But there's no arguing that the Bandai Perfect Grade kit represents the peak where plastic kits are concerned.

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!