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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

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

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.


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The base is identical to Dredd's.


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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

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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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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Introduction


For your money you get 16 pieces of just slightly off-white resin, which together make up the additional parts of the Enterprise D as it was seen in the final Next Generation episode 'All Good Things'. You will need the 1:1400 ERTL Enterprise D kit to complete the model. Any version of the ERTL kit should be fine (original TNG, Generations and fibre optic versions) as I believe they are the same apart from the coloured clear parts in the fibre optic version. The parts have some flash on them, but this is not excessive and will not require considerable time and effort to remove. The edges appear a little ragged but it is difficult to tell whether this is due to resin missing along the edge or the flash. Casting quality appears good, and certainly compares with the few other resin kits I have.


What You Get


The parts come in the standard StarCrafts packaging and were well protected with styrofoam peanuts (mine came all the way to the UK without any damage).




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


Introduction


The Archer Class is a small ship, designed for border patrol, escort and scouting duties. It fits nicely into the post-Voyager era.


The kit I originally obtained my Archers from Ravenstar, although now the moulds are in the possession of Starship Creations. What you get for your £7.50 are three full ships – one-piece kits of the main body and pylons and two nacelles each. The flash was minimal and little clean up was needed, except on the nacelles which needed some work. Because it is an original design there is little reference on how the ship goes together, except for a few pictures online, but it is pretty simple to figure out that the nacelles go on the end of the pylons!


Construction, painting, and finishing


Once the ship is built, it is quite simple to paint – the fine detailing means that a simple paint scheme is best, I primed with a dark grey (Halfords Grey Primer) and then drybrushed the base coat (Games Workshop’s Fortress Grey) – this left all the panel lines and windows intact, eliminating the need to go back over them with a fine-lining pen. Because I was looking to match the paint scheme with other ships, I highlighted some of the panels in different blues/greys, added the blue for the nacelles and deflector (Games Workshop’s Ice Blue) and then proceeded onto decaling.... more

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