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The last episode of the Next Generation was shown on 23rd May 1994 so we will be marking the 20th anniversary of this event next year and there will be a group build to mark this.


Remit


All entries must fit into the Next Generation era and can be anything from the TV series or movie period (Enterprise D and E) which was seen on screen or is an official and unseen design as long as it fits the period.  Entries can be ships, figures or hardware.  So one of the many plastic and resin ships, out of the box, kit-bash, a figure or a weapon are all eligible. Any race is acceptable, so Federation, Klingon, Ferengi, Cardassian etc are all eligible.... more

Maker: Polar Lights (re-issue from Aurora)


Type: Injection moulded kit


Price: Approx. £18


Availability: Getting hard to find




Many people consider The Bride of Frankenstein to be both the best horror film ever made and the best sequel of all time. Released in 1936, four years after the success of Universals original Frankenstein, and once more helmed by the eccentric Brit director James Whale, and starring Boris Karloff who's immortally was assured both for his underrated performance and the unsurpassable make up job provided for his monster. This sequel would also iconogrophise Elsa Lanchester into pop culture with her uber-electrified hairdo as the monsters would be, hissy fitted mate.... more

(Please note that this item is not currently available).


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

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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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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