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In being generally reliable and up to date with the times, my local model shop had this latest kit on the shelf. A 1968 Life-Like Hobby Kits Fortress Lizard. Better known as an Ankylosaurus to dinosaur fans and Palaeontologists.

Actually, they had two, this and a Protoceratops. Judging by the cover, I went for this one as it looked more interesting to paint.... more

SFMuk Admin Jan 10 '14 · Tags: build, dinosaur, vintage
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Maker: Polar Lights... RIP =(

Type: Injection moulded snap kit

Price: £7, reduced from £13

Bought from: T K Maxx (seriously)

If 1982, for me personally, was the golden year for the amount and quality of sci fi and fantasy movies, 1984 is probably the silver year. From that years bountiful crop, there were a few surprises, a few new discoveries and names to look out for, a new odyssey, two older odysseys, aswell as a few disappointments, and the genre defining really big flop, and also the second giant leap at CGI. Amongst this crop, a big budget yet unexpectant mega hit emerged. The brainchild of Dan Aykroyd and later Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters became the surprise hit of the season, taking on the big boys and winning.... more

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(Please note that this item is no longer available).


A few months agao Starship Creations released a couple of new Romulan ships which had been mastered by Alfred Wong, a well known scratchbuilder and kitbasher, who has mastered many of the best garage kits on sale today. I decided to get a couple of them and the D'Korva is the first one I have finished.... more

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The Cheyenne class of Federation starships is something I know nothing about. It appeared in TNG, but only as a small fuzzy ghostly Tholian Web style interphase blur in the background of the Ent-D bridge viewscreen in The Best of Both Worlds as one of the victims of the battle of Wolf 359. I have no idea if it was ever used again in any further episodes as I was not an avid watcher of TNG & DS9.... more

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From the first time I saw it, the Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica has remained a highlight of design to me and is possibly my second favourite space craft of all time. There is very little I can add in words that can't be felt just by viewing the craft itself. It's just a masterpiece.

The bulk of the design credit goes to Ralph MaQuarrie, the production illustrator for many films.... more

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Produced by Avery Models and bought from Cult TV Man's excellent store, this cost me £18.00.

"That's cheap," you might be thinking but, really, I'd say it's a tad expensive.... more

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Many Yarhens ago, a bunch of talanted techno hippies were collected together and given the opportunity to work on some space movie. They pretty much achieved the Woodstock of spaceships and special effects.

After finishing the gig, they went home and thought they would probably never do anything like that again and looked forward to becoming session techno hippies here and there.

As it happens, something did come along, rumours abound that a sequel was in the pipelines, but that would not happen for a while. Instead, their leader got a gig on a TV series for Universal.... more

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And it started so well...

Following on from my Orion purchase while on a 2001 bent, this was my next addition. This is my favourite design from the film and I've always wanted one. Monsters In Motion had one on their site but it was out of stock. Finally it was back and I could order. It cost £60 delivered and took two weeks to arrive.... more

SFMuk Admin Nov 22 '13 · Tags: build, 2001, aries, mangamax
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These builds are really a follow-up from the Halcyon Judge Dredd kit that was featured in this year's SFM:uk Yearbook 2008, so if you haven't got one yet and want to see how I did it, and Dredd in all his mean and menacing glory, you'd best pop into the site shop and order a copy!

Judge Anderson

This kit is again a Halcyon release from the early nineties. It depicts the female telepathic Judge Anderson from the PSI Division, resplendent in a rather skin tight leather uniform and Judge regalia.

Considering that this kit came from the same manufacturer as the previous Dredd build I was a little disappointed with the quality. The vinyl had airholes, and poor castings in several places. Nothing some filler and Milliput would not sort out, but after the excellent quality of the Dredd kit a small letdown nonetheless.

The build technique is virtually identical to that of Dredd. All pieces are trimmed of excess vinyl then super-glued together. Her legs and boots are filled with plaster to weigh her down and provide some stability.

Seeing as they are in the same "police" force I use the exact same colours for her uniform, the only real difference is in the skin tones. I keep her skin a fairer complexion and once again use a Mark Wilkinson picture as reference.

The base is identical to Dredd's.

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There are some designs that are instant classics, and in my view the ABC War Robot from the Judge Dredd movie hit the bulls-eye. I'd been meaning to get this kit for ages but after seeing some online shots I thought "right here goes".

On opening the box first thing that struck me was lack of instructions, just a small photo. So deep breath and out came my trusty scalpel and the wife's hairdryer. It took a while to trim all the parts and re-writing the numbers on the parts(there's quite a few). I still had some parts left over and have no idea where they go, still it looked ok.

I roughly assembled the kit to find the stance is way off even allowing for the vinyll warping. So I had to adjust the left leg. At this stage holes were cut for the wiring and LED's.

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