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Introduction


I will start this review by clearly stating that the MIG Pigment products were supplied to me direct from MIG Productions with the express purpose of reviewing them. But I have no connection to them and all the comments below are my own. Right, now that is out of the way let me get on with the review itself.


MIG Productions have built up an excellent reputation (probably mainly within the armour modelling community) for their range of pigments and cast items. They also produce a number of instructional books and DVD to accompany these. I already had the book "Frequently Asked Questions About AFV Painting Techniques" by Miguel Jiminez and have spent many evenings flicking through the pictures of completed tanks, wondering if I will ever be able to finish anything so convincingly and accepting that probably not was the answer. Helpfully this particular book does not show the techniques using exclusively MIG Productions products, so many of the techniques should be achievable from the average modellers toolkit.... more

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Introduction


Following on from the Original Series Enterprise comes the next offering from Polar Lights, this time the Klingon D7 Battlecruiser which was seen several times during the original series but also sporadically in the later Next Generation and Deep Space Nine (or at least I believe that this was the case).


As with the Enterprise when it was release it has been available in the US for some time and is only now beginning to appear in the UK. In fact the next ship to be released by Polar Lights, the 1:350 scale NX-01 is already available in the States.... more

SFMuk Admin Jan 10 '14 · Tags: klingon, review, star trek, d-7
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This is one of six new kits developed by Revell of Germany to coincide with the new Star Wars film. Revell has decided to have a different approach with these kits, and taken a new approach like some other manufacturers, by making these kits pre-painted and of a snap-fix construction. The only exception to this new approach is the Republic Star Destroyer, which is a standard glue and paint kit.


When I bought the kit I hadn't seen the film yet so I wasn't over familiar with the ship itself and therefore didn't have a reference to the kit in my head to be objective about how it should look and how detailed it is compared to the film version (not sure if the film uses a model or just CGI).... more

SFMuk Admin Jan 10 '14 · Comments: 1 · Tags: review, star wars, jedi starfighter
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Introduction


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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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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Introduction


Let me start by making a point clear: I am generally not usually too keen on fan based designs of Star Trek ships. They tend to be from the chop and glue school of model building. What I mean by this is that the fan will take the primary hull from one ship and the secondary hull from another, sometimes with the nacelles from a third, and weld them together. This is in my opinion (and it is just my opinion) pretty lazy and generally the results don't work very well. There are natural exceptions to this but any time spent on any schematics website will reveal countless horrors inflicted by someone with Photoshop.... more

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Introduction


The Liberator model was the hardest model kit I've ever gone out to find. Even on Ebay they're rarer than a steak with a heartbeat but they do appear every so often, usually half-assembled by a sweating monkey with the crudest of tools imaginable. This one was lurking in the basement of Comet Miniatures in London, the actual home of the kit where the man who handed it over to me was the very same one who was responsible for bringing this to us modellers, via the cost of a couple of houses that he apparently enjoys moaning about a very great deal.


The Model


This ship was designed in the innocent days of 1977 long before the painstaking nit-picking of Star Trek or people who try and fit the interior of the Millennium Falcon into the exterior. With this spacecraft even utterly basic details like the length of the ship are still wide open to debate.


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SFMuk Admin Nov 22 '13 · Tags: review, blakes 7, liberator
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I don't know who runs the world per se, (as opposed to bacteria). But one look at the annual Forbes 100 often gives you a small insight at the diverse groups of power and influence to ideologies and industry regions. Okay, that's probably a heavy opening for a meagre model review, but as we know, life has an all important eco system, and the tampering of which can spell chaos to all, that, as one wide eyed young film-maker once wrote, binds the galaxy together.


Of the many public faces on the rich list, it's interesting to note that said film-maker is in a much higher placing than, say, Steven Spielberg. Curious, when considering that the latter has a huge body of work under his belt, and the former has directed only 6 films in 35 years.... more

SFMuk Admin Nov 22 '13 · Tags: review, star wars, droid
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As with the Konami Aliens Volume 1, these model kits are not your standard assembly models. Instead they are prepainted models that come in just a few parts (typically 3 or 4) that were sold exclusively in Japan as trading kits. The original retail price was 300 yen for a single randomly packaged models. These figures are from Aliens and Alien Resurrection.There were 8 kits released in Volume 2. Each is contained in a sealed box and it is not possible to identify the contents from the outside. 7 are regular kits and freely available, and are shown below. The 8th one was a rarer kit and was included in lower numbers and is consequently much rarer. The chase figure is the Sulaco from Aliens, which I did not manage to get in my sets, and so is not reviewed here.


Aliens Warrior


This (for me) is probably the oddest one in the whole set. The colours are rather metallic and bright, and seem to have been sprayed on it blotches. I like the overall look but the colours don't look quite right to me anyway.  This one doesn't have a clear dome on the head but this is accurate to the alien as it appeared in Aliens.



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As with the Futura Star Trek models reviewed elsewhere, these model kits are not your standard assembly models. Instead they are prepainted models that come in just a few parts (typically 3 or 4) that were sold exclusively in Japan as trading kits. The original retail price was 300 yen for a single randomly packaged models. These figures are from Alien and Alien3 only, but as this is described as Volume 1 it is likely that futher items will appear from Aliens and Alien Resurrection.


There were 8 kits released in Volume 1. Each is contained in a sealed box and it is not possible to identify the contents from the outside. 7 are regular kits and freely available, and are shown below. The 8th one was a rarer kit and was included in lower numbers and is consequently much rarer. The chase figure is the Space Jockey from the original movie, which I did not manage to get in my sets, and so is not reviewed here.


Original Alien


Very nicely done with a clear section for the top of the head. Under this a pattern has been applied to show shapes when it is snapped into place. Looks accurate (at this scale), although I would have preferred to see the tall above it rather than tucked between the legs like a naughty dog, although this  is actually accurate. This was a consistant part of the Aliens' "attack posture" in many of the films. They make a visual point of it in the first film when Lambert is attacked (and then cut away to her screams, implying some truely disturbing ways to die. Much more effective than an easy gore shot). "Overhand" attacks with the tail barb were only consistantly used by the Queen. Athough I think the Alien3 creature did use it's tail for a fiegning attack at one point, the tail has primarily been a "sneaky weapon" and an anchor when dangling from above to grab people. This model stands approximately 3.75" tall.



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