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There have been 2 other models released by Airfix which tie-in with the Wallace and Gromit shorts, namely the airplane and the motorbike and sidecar, both from "A Close Shave". The release of the "Curse of the Wererabbit" was an obvious place for a followup. And this has been filled by the Antipesto van seen in the film.... more

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

Introduction


This has to be one of the most awaited Star Trek kits for a long time and is the first officially licensed kit to be released by Polar Lights. It was mastered by Thomas Sasser (of Thomas Models), so you can expect a high quality and well researched model.


It has been available in the US for some time and is now beginning to appear in the UK. This particular example was imported from the US, but having seen yesterday the UK version, it is identical to this one.


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The Model


I picked this large 1:350 scale NX-01 Enterprise from ModelZone in Holborn, having bought the Refit Enterprise previously. Like it's cousin it is a big kit, but not quite so large. (Note: The price for these is now significantly higher than it was at the time of this review).


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This is StarCasts 1:2500 all resin Nebula ship. It's a great model, the detail is really sharp and there's plenty of it. I got this kit from Dougie Bain's Starbase EV company (which is no longer trading). Cost was in the region of £35.


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I picked up this kit from ModelZone in Holborn who had a fairly decent stock of both these and the similarly scaled NX-01 Enterprise for £29.99. (Note: this was written some years ago and expect to pay significantly more than this now).

 

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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

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

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

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

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