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Building The MasterBlaster From Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Back in 1985 I committed a crime, nothing major but a crime nonetheless. Along with a friend from school I sneaked in underage to the local cinema to see the final part of the Mad Max trilogy, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. I was 14 at the time and the film carried a 15 certificate and I remember trying desperately to look older than I was so I could get in and see one of my all time favorite cinema characters bang some more post-apocalyptic heads together. Cool.

The movie is filled with great characters and one of the best is the two-person entity that is the MasterBlaster. Master is the brains of the outfit, Blaster is the muscle. Together a formidable partnership not to be crossed, as Auntie Entity (portrayed brilliantly by Tina Turner) has found out on numerous occasions.... more

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This is the 1:6 scale vinyl model that Geometric Designs put out a few years ago. It's no longer available, having been discontinued with the rest of the Start Trek series of figures, but it often comes up on ebay and is reasonably priced.

There are a number of parts with this kit, more than a standard vinyl kit, but not an excessive amount of constuction will be required. The gun and holster is provided as a whit metal piece, which I found needed quite a bit of cleanup, as it had some bad seam lines on it. The knife is also white metal, but was a much cleaner moulding. There are also a number of fiddly vinyl bits (mounted on the large piece just underneath the left hand) which form the spikes common of Klingon uniforms. You might be able to tell from this picture that the head was quite deformed. This is not unusual with vinyl kits and can be rectified with some warm water. Warm the part up and the vinyl will soften. When you're happy with the shape drip in cold water and the vinyl will harden into the new shape.... more

SFMuk Admin Jan 10 '14 · Comments: 4 · Tags: figure, star trek, klingon, gowron
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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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