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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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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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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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In being generally reliable and up to date with the times, my local model shop had this latest kit on the shelf. A 1968 Life-Like Hobby Kits Fortress Lizard. Better known as an Ankylosaurus to dinosaur fans and Palaeontologists.


Actually, they had two, this and a Protoceratops. Judging by the cover, I went for this one as it looked more interesting to paint.... more

SFMuk Admin Jan 10 '14 · Tags: build, dinosaur, vintage
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Maker: Polar Lights... RIP =(

Type: Injection moulded snap kit

Price: £7, reduced from £13

Bought from: T K Maxx (seriously)


If 1982, for me personally, was the golden year for the amount and quality of sci fi and fantasy movies, 1984 is probably the silver year. From that years bountiful crop, there were a few surprises, a few new discoveries and names to look out for, a new odyssey, two older odysseys, aswell as a few disappointments, and the genre defining really big flop, and also the second giant leap at CGI. Amongst this crop, a big budget yet unexpectant mega hit emerged. The brainchild of Dan Aykroyd and later Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters became the surprise hit of the season, taking on the big boys and winning.... more

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


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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The Cheyenne class of Federation starships is something I know nothing about. It appeared in TNG, but only as a small fuzzy ghostly Tholian Web style interphase blur in the background of the Ent-D bridge viewscreen in The Best of Both Worlds as one of the victims of the battle of Wolf 359. I have no idea if it was ever used again in any further episodes as I was not an avid watcher of TNG & DS9.... 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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Produced by Avery Models and bought from Cult TV Man's excellent store, this cost me £18.00.


"That's cheap," you might be thinking but, really, I'd say it's a tad expensive.... more

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