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Model Events - and Wonderfest 2015

Time to pop open a can of modesl show images. Especially the ones from Wonderfest. Amazing models! Wish I could have been there. But for those us who missed it, check them out !

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Model Truck Show and other Scale Model Events Mid 2015

Here are a few model shows. If you like big rig truck models, you will definately like the Jabbeke show from Europe. Enjoy!

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Aurora Sealab III Model Kit may be Reissued by Atlantis Models

If you ever wanted one of the Sealab III model kits originally produced by Aurora, then you know they cost a small fortune, if you can even find one.

But if you ever wanted one, but just couldn't mortgage the house to get the kit, now's your chance to get one for much less!

Atlantis models is taking preorders to reissue this classic and rare kit. It all depends on the pre-orders. From me, from you, and others.

The kit will be just like the original. To keep costs down, the kit looks like it will be available as a bagged kit at a lower cost as an option. I'm fine with that, I don't need the box. And it's another way to save costs and allow more of us to be able to afford to get one of these classic kits.

Jump over to Atlantis' website and see what it's all about.

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Choose a Revell scale model kit for 2015 - let your voice be heard!

It's not often you really get to have any input on what models might be produced. Sure, we all have a long list of kits we'd like to see, but the odds of that really coming to fruition is not likely.

But now's your chance to chime in!

First up, Airfix is using Kickstarter to let Customers decide what kits they want to see come to market. The kits are classic Airfix, and reissues, but you still get a say and a vote. We can all talk the talk, but can we walk the walk? Can we put our money where our mouth is? Time will only tell how it works out. CLICK HERE to choose an Airfix model you'd like to see in your collection.

I like the concept Airfix (and Revell) is doing. I think the future of modeling needs this. The leader of a similar concept was when Round2 / Polar Lights offered to produce their 1:350 Star Trek TOS Enterprise kit. Customers had to preorder, and if the demand was high enough (which it was, thank goodness), they would produce the kit. Of course, I preordered one, and the whole model procedure was a lot of fun. They sent a Tshirt if you preordered, you recieved special email updates of how the kit was progressing, from CAD files to the final test shots, it was a fantastic idea. I have no problem pre-ordering a kit if it's one I want. Why should the model company take all the risk? What's the demand for the subject? Why guess? Why not give Customers a choice? Model companies need to look at new ideas to help connect modelers with models, and trying out new ways to do that is what needs to be done.

But Airfix is not the only company testing the waters. Revell has set up a way for you to pick their next model subject, together with Chip Foose. Your choice could be a modified reissue, or an all new kit ! They actually give you 7 choices! My number 1 choice was the Ford F100. I think there are more things you can do with that kit than the others (as far as modifying, street / race / commercial apps), plus, I'm a pickup truck guy. Of course your choice might be different, but you have to get over there and vote! If this is successful, the model companies will do it more often, and we have a better chance of getting the models we all want. Lend your support!

So there you have it. The fate of the next models to be released is in YOUR hands. It's up to you to get involved and keep the hobby rolling!

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Race Car Model Kits

A quick mention of what's shaping up here at Rocketfin Hobbies.

I had an email from a Customer with a good idea, so I thought I would give it a try. I've lumped all the race car models in to their own section. There are a lot of model cars of race subjects that don't exactly fit into a Ford, Chevy or Dodge category, or say, the F1 section. An Indy Car model is a god example. Or an IMSA car model. So now these kits, and a lot of other types of race cars, have their own section. Race car models are usually a pretty good challenge, they are all somewhat different. From a DTM car to a WRC Rally model, with the exotic engines, roll cages, and racing quipement, they're not always the easiest models to build, they will test your skills But for those who like race car kits, now you can see them all at one time. I hope it makes it easy on the model race car fans who visit Rocketfin. Also, by pulling some of those from the other categories, that will allow those to be more focused, and the pages to load faster with what you want to see.

Some of you may have noticed an expansion of the Military Truck Models section. I like these model kits, I have a few of my own to build. ( Watch for some of them in some future books ). I know there are a lot of 1/25 and 1/24 scale truck model fans, but those are quite large when assembled. I kind of like the smaller 1/35 kits a bit. There're also a lot of accessories for truck / military kits, so you can really pack on the supplies and cargo, and even make some cool dioramas. Military trucks don't always have to be built military, many of them have civilian uses as well, so that's an option. One I want to explore. While you're on the equipment page, check out all the new bulldozer kits! very cool models.

I've also expanded the model display cases, and the model bases. Building a model is great, but showing it off is fun too, so it's best to use a case or make a base display to bring the model to life. I think you'll see some interesting choices there. Check them out.

I hope you're enjoying what ever model kit you're building. This is summer, so normally a little less modeling gets done, since everyone is ouside taking in the sun and fresh air, and that's good. They don't call it summer break for nothing. So get outside, maybe visit some car shows and air shows, take some pictures for some winter model projects, and do some things with your family. Have a great day!

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New season of TV Series? Can't wait to see what's next!

Well, it's that time of year, sort of a middle ground type of thing. A time when some of my favorite TV shows are in hiatus, and I have to wait for a new season (hopefully soon).

I'm one of those people I don't watch TV very much. I have a lot of other things I'd rather be doing. I only have an interest to watch specific shows, maybe a movie now and then. But I don't subscribe to cable or something that cost me a hundred bucks a month for 500 channels I will never watch. That's not me. I like to pick and choose.

Anyways, I'm kinda in a landing pattern now. Grimm has ended the season with (possibly) Juliet's death. I'm guessing the show may go in the direction of Trubel helping Nick, and they needed some payroll to afford that on the series, so ... Juliet MUST DIE ! ... maybe. We'll see. Over the seasons I'm glad the show includes Rosale and Monroe as much as it does. Those two are great together and add fun to the show.

Agents of SHIELD ends with so much going on, I'm not sure what's going to happen. They already tied it into Age of Ultron, so depending on when the new season starts, it may tie into the Captain America Civil War movie. The already mentioned the Kree (ala, see Guardians of the Galaxy ) and the Inhumans (wish they had Blackbolt and Medusa - team up!). Lots of history and hints all the time, love it ! I wonder what kind of new tech Coulson's new arm will have?

The Flash ended neatly, but no real heads-up as to what may be coming next season. This first season was banging, and had a good arc. I didn't see the big ending coming, so at least it was a surprise. They did everything right with this show, from casting Barry's dad (who played the Flash in the 1990's) to inviting Dr. Mcgee and Mark Hamill as well. If you like Mark Hamill as the Joker, see his original portryal as the Trickster from the 1990's show, and you'll see how he developed the voice that makes a perfect Joker everytime.

The Arrow ends with a few doors closing, and some mysteries as to what's going to really happen. John Borrowman is great in the series as Malcolm, and makes a good (calm) foil to Oliver. He's unpredicatble. Perfect. I could do without the flashbacks, I'm getting tired of those, maybe the next season will have fewer of them. Of course, Felicity Smoak is always perfect, and a fun character. Will we get more Palmer? ( and his Ironman knockoff suit? They even use the same sound effects as Marvel's Ironman - duh!)

Agent Carter was a blast. I like all the 1940's stuff. The first season was staged as new york, and next season will be in LA, because, you know, hollywood execs have never seen a world globe before, or a map of the U.S. They think we only have two cities on the planet. But they did a great job with the show and I'm looking forward to the next season.

So, what's to look for? Soon, it will be Dr. Who. I like the new Doctor, but I'm tired of Clara. We need a new Companion. We almost got one, but Coleman changed her mind at the last minute, and now we're stuck with her. For at least one more season I guess. We'll see. More to watch for is the Walking Dead. I think there are still some wack jobs they'll have to fight (and I don't mean zombies). The 100 left the last season with a big ending, and that's an open door. But I ask you, they cleaned out Mt Weather, and then walked away! What ????? Safe underground base, food, clothes, water, electricity ... and they walked back to their crap camp in the woods? That makes no sense. So I'm not sure which direction they'll be going. If they don't clean out those dead bodies from My Weather soon, it'll stink forever in there.

I also liked Haven, Falling Skies, and Defiance, but I don't think those shows are coming back, unfortunately. (Editors note: Defiance and Falling Skies is back!)

Who's got the popcorn?

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2015 NNL Model Shows and Model Contests - May

Time to share some Model Shows. Summer is coming up, and I expect there will be a lot more of them. But so far this year, the events have been pretty strong with entries and visitors. Of course there's nothing like being at one live, especially when you consider the vendors, where you can score hundreds of products that are not sold online. And get some great bargains and deals.

But for those who can't attend, kick back and enjoy some models for inspiration, and a possible project in your future.

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New 2015 Model Kits Update News

Some new kits have been coming out, thought there are some still lurking in the shadows, and be issued later in the year. Let's mention some that have just hit the market.

The new Revell Ford Crown Victoria is a snap kit, but being a Police car, should be fun for kids looking to build a quick car project. Even the wheels roll. For glue modelers, it's one of the few 4-door models out, so with some updates, it could be a taxi, FBI, or MIB car. ICM continues their 1/24 car streak with an Admiral Saloon car model. This kit is a full detail model, including a detailed chassis, interior, and even an engine. Because it's modern tooling, it should be way ahead of the older 1960's kits you may be used to. Don't get boxed in by the art on the carton. With some mods, this could be just as much fun as any hot rod model. It's a 1930's era car, just like a 1932 Ford. Paint it hot rod red and add some custom chrome parts. It's a 4-door, but the rears, if you opened them, would be suicide style. Just to round out another snap kit, Revell issued their Ferrari Enzo. It has a screw on chassis, rolling wheels, engine insert, and chrome parts. Revell says the parts are painted, so I imagine that means the body parts are in red.

Several Porsche models have just come out recently. First up is Revell's snap-kit Porsche Boxter. The kit is molded in colors, but it doesn't include an engine. This only means fewer parts (only 37 to be exact) so it should be even easier for a youngster to assemble. Revell also caters to the glue model builders with two cars, a Porsche 911 Carrera and a Carrera RS 3.0. I prefer the older 911's myself, and the 3.0 car has some great older style factory Porsche wheels. Revell popped out their Acura Integra Type R. This kit is a gold mine, with several extra parts, DOHC engine, 4 sets of wheels, and choices on the rear spoiler. This kit easily rivals anything that Tamiya or Aoshima would offer.

AMT and Round2 have dug deep in their vaults and have pulled out some kits that have been popular in the past. Their "Street Shaker" 1964 Impala is ready to burn up the streets with it's 409 V8. AMT includes their pad printed Goodyear Polyglas GT Tires to mke this kit look even better previous releases. As a side note, it's molded in white (not pink like on the box), so the paint color is up to you. Lindberg has a Chevy of their own, the 1966 Chevelle. This is one of Lindberg's best car models that I know of as far as the molding, which was done sometime on the 1990's I believe, so it's somewhat modern. This model has a 396 BB. To be honest. I'm digging the summer beach style box art. Revell came out with their 2014 Mustang GT. The car includes a modern 5.0 V8 engine. The kit is sort of a hybrid, with some aspects of a glue kit (detail parts) but the body is prepainted and the wheels use metal axles. (the parts count is only 49 pieces). Though it's still a level 3 kit, so it's right about in the middle for all kinds of builders.

One Big scale kit this year is Italeri's Fiat Mefistofele. This 1:8 kit represents a dramatic adventure of noise, oil, and fumes to drive, as far as the real car. The kit is very detailed. the engine is a work of art, and no detail has been spared. Click here to see a video of the real car. It's quite impressive once assembled.

AMT finally released it's grip on a car model rarely seen today, but many have desired for decades. The Man from UNCLE car. Based on the Piranha CRV (a real car), it was quite popular on TV at the time in the 1960's. The original art Series version has Pad-printed tires, optional smoke timted windows, and is molded in a metallic blue. Round2 has even included a 12 page booklet on the real car so you can built it as accurate as possible. Lindberg just released their 1938 Custom Ford Van. This is based on the Boyd Coddington chassis from another kit, but that doesn't make it's any less of a great model to build. With it's tubular chassis, Corvette suspension and Chevy LT1 V8, it's a fun kit to have on your shelf.

It took a while, but the Moebius Smooth Side Trailer is also out for the model truck builders. It's the same high quality as their previous trailer. I'm guessing it will be easier to paint and / or apply side decals to if you want to customize it. Revell has reissued their Marmon Conventional Truck, Stars & Stripes, and it's been a long many years since that's been on store shelves. On the opposite end of that coin, MPC has reissued their DM800 Mack Truck. I think that continues to be a popular kit because those trucks were everywhere as workhorses. Even though the kit doesn't use a sleeper, it's a great tractor to attach to a local dumper or flatbed trailer.

Lindberg has annouced they'll be reissuing their Dodge L-700 Cab with their (originally an IMC) tanker trailer. This time, Shell Oil decals are included. Italeri will be coming out with a Peterbilt 378 kit, with the shorter 119 chassis. Not to be left out, Revell has come out with their Auto Transport Trailer. It's been decades since'this trailer model has been out, so it should be quite populer when it hits the stores.

AMT has decided to reissue the TeeVee Dune Buggy. It looks ike a basic older kit, but I expect Round 2 to add some new xtras to make the kit even more fun than the nostalgia trip it will bring to modelers.

From the Science Fiction model front, there are some models coming out soon, and some that have just come in recently. As far as Star Trek goes, AMT and Polar Lights have issued a few kits. Polar Lights additions are mainly smaller snap kits, while AMT is reissuing the Cutaway Enterprise. It has new decals, and has been modified to accept the Round2 large display stand. To those who might not know, this kit is larger than the standard 18" Enterprise kit, this one is 22". So far there is not much more mentoned, except for the planned Shuttle kit, but no details have come out on that kit so far this year, and Round2 hasn't shown their hand on how they plan to execute the release of the kit, if they ever do.

Not to be left behind, the Star Wars licensing has changed hands to Bandai (though Revell seems to be still making some) , and they've been making kits as fast as they can. From Astrometric Droids to the T65 X-Wing fighters, they've brough quite a few kits out in a short span of time. They all seem to be snap together kits so far, but I don't have any of them yet, so it's hard to say what they are like quality wise. Though Bandai has a pretty good reputation, I expect them to be very good kits.

On the Scifi front for models, it's a golden era for new kits. Moebius has come out with their Jonny Quest Dragonfly SST. While a small kit, it's a great addition to your collection, no matter if you are a plane modeler or a sci-fi fan. Moebius will soon have the Ranger spaceship from the movie Interstellar in our hands as well. Moebius jumped on that even before the movie came out, so they're right on top of it all with that kit. Their Alien Officer Kane kit will be out any day now. This figure is a large scale 1:9 offering. It's a resin kit, and that may bother some modelers, but more and more of us are learning about resin and vinyl kits, and I don't see it as an issue like it might have been 20 years ago. The spacesuits (designed by the artist known as MOEBIUS) almost have a Steampunk feel to them. They are very unique.

Moebius continues with their Battlestar Galactica series of models, with Colonial One. It seems like an off choice, but the series of kits seem to be popular, and Moebius is bringing these kits to modelers who enjoy them, so I can't fault them for it. I'm more of a classic BSG fan, and I have all those kits from them, but they continue to expand the model line with new kits. If you're a Space 1999 fan, don't forget to get one (or more) of the Eagle One kits with the boster pack, and the science pod. The high quality of the resin conversion parts that are included with blow your mind. They are amazing. Atlantis models will be reissuing the Invaders UFO kit. Previously this has been out with Monogram-Revell at the helm, but it appears Atlantis is going to issue it this time. It's a classic kit, and even includes an interior. The original model mold dates all the way back to Aurora. I expect this to be a hot kit.

There are other model kits coming out that I missed, but check back with us to see what's new. The site is updated daily, so stay tuned for more great model kits!

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New NNL, IPMS 2015 Scale Model Shows & Events

Who's looking for new model ideas? There's more than a few in these glorious images from some recent model shows.

So kick back and check them out !

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More 2015 Scale Model Shows & Events NNL

Here are some more shows and event links to see some fantastic modelling.

I'm sure you will see many ideas and maybe even something that will spark your next model project ! Enjoy !

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2015 Scale Model Shows & Events

It's been a while since I've posted some model shows.

But this seems like a good time this morning, to sit down with some coffee and check out some great models and builds from around the world. Enjoy!

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Resin Model Cars Online Database with Search - it's back!

Actually, it never really went anywhere. Those of you who use it and visit it regularly already know this. But I've negelected it for a couple of years. Yeah, it's been that long. But it needed some serious updating, and I've taken care of that. Updated web links and new information should make the product pages a little better.

I started the resin car database as a base point, as a hub, as a place where no matter how much time went by or what happened in hte modeling world, there would be a record of some of the greatest resin model cars and trucks ever produced. It's the single most expensive and time consuming part of the entire Rocketfin webste. But I feel it's important, and it needs to be done.

Over the years, (and I've been buying resin models since the late 1980's), there have been dozens of companies, and individuals, that are gone from the business of casting resin car bodies and kits. This happens for several reasons. Many times resin models are made by a person who is a craftsman, and is able to form a car model that is typically not available in plastic kit form. This person has a certain kind of skill that's not very common. They make products that are desirable, of high quality, and are literally hand made, one at a time.

Is it profitable? Probably not. And many resin casters may not be the best business minded. They do it more for their own personal satisfaction than anything, but that doesn't always mean the cash comes flowing in. No matter how well the final resin casting is, a small business can fail. So in many cases, eventually, through loss of money or time, the business closes and that's the end of the line. Another great resin car body is no more.

Sometimes, the folks who cast these products may be older than most of us. They might suffer from an unexpected life or heath problem, and that ends their resin casting days. In some cases, unfortunately, they pass on and die, then their knowledge and highly cultivated skills are gone ... forever. So once again, great resin products are no longer available. But as modelers, we remember their names, and we remember their resinproducts.

Many of the models you will see in the databse are no longer available. But the images and information is a tribute to the skilled masters who may have passed on, or just no longer make resin car models. If you come across such a resin kit, think about the craftsman, of his / her skills and abilities, making such a great casting that, at least in this database, lives on. The database is a living history for all to see and use, a history of resin cars and truck models, going back decades. Even after past Masters are gone, we will never forget their work.

At this time, there are over 1500 resin models in the database. But more are being added. Several generous people have contributed their own images, to preserve them, such as Dave from SoCalCarCulture and Tom at Spotlight Hobbies. Others have contributed as well, to help make it grow, and keep a record of the great resin cars and truck models that have been produced. Do you have a resin model that's not included yet? Have some good images and info? Feel free to share them with me to add to the database.

While the resin database preserves model kits that may not be in production any more, it also has current and new products. Those products have links to where they can be purchased, and I hope you will support those small business' that make these models, ONE BY ONE, BY HAND, so that they can continue to make the cars and trucks we all look forward to building.

Want to support the Database and spread the word? Here are some web banners for your site. Or just link to the Database Search page. Let's keep the current resin casters going, and preserve the heritage of those who went before.

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Scale Model Life Magazine Volume 2 - Sci-fi Issue

It's been a long journey, and now my 11th book is available.

I've long wanted to write books, but with the busy life I've led, it just never rose to the top of the list. But the desire was always there. Fortunately, with the option of "on demand printing", the world has changed, and virtually anyone can write, and publish whatever book they want to. I find this very important. Think of all the knowledge, valuable knowledge and insights that were never recorded, and lost to time.

Think of the people today who are experts in what they do, whether it's a carpenter, an engaver, a craftsman. Think of the knowledge that disappears when they eventually move on and pass away. Is it morbid? Not at all. With anyone being able to publish a book, the knowledge in their head, which comes from decades of experiance, can now be put down in writing. Preserved. Passed on. It's an opportunity that's now available to anyone. Not that my knowledge is exceptional. Maybe it's not even important. But it's who I am. I've always had the desire to teach, and writing my books allows me to express information about one of my favorite hobbys, and teach some along the way. It's a good combination.

This new book, Scale Model Life Magazine Volume 2 - the Sci-fi Issue, is the latest so far. All my previous model books were about cars, which seems odd, since I've been building Sci-fi kits since I was young. But till now, I haven't written anything about them. Now it's time to delve into other kinds of models, and build some I've been itching to assemble for quite a while. Plus lately, there have been a lot of new kits that I've never built before, and I really want to tackle them. So I expect there will be more model books written on subjects (or at least kits) other than cars. That doesn't mean you won't see any more car books, I have plenty of cars and truck model kits, ready to be opened and built, but maybe a break is in order. So don't stray to far, there will be another car book before long.

So if you like Sci-fi models, I think you will like this newest edition. Check it out. Inside you'll find articles on the Classic AMT X-Wing, the Moebius Ironman figure, AMT's 12-inch Mr. Scott (a vinyl kit), how to build a Zombie diorama, the Moebius Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider (including lighting it up with LEDS!), a B-Movie scratch built Space Pod Lander, the Polar Lights 1966 Batmobile, the AMT UFO Mystery Pirate Ship, and much more!

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New Scale Model Kits

With March 1st just around the corner, we're already two months into the year of 2015. So far, it looks a little slow out of the gates as far as the model kits trickling through. There's a union strike in California, and many of the models we're waiting on are probably floating out in the ocean just off the coast. So as soon as that nonsense is over, eventually, and it will take some serious time to catch up, eventually we will get some models coming in.

AMT has issued the Man From UNCLE Spy Car kit. It doesn't have the TV show tie in artwork logo on the box, but we all know what it is. The kit hasn't been out in decades, so I'm sure some modelers are glad to see that hit the shelves. As long as we're talking TV and movie models, the Lindberg Flintstones car will be out again. This is a fun kit, well done, and the "stone" roller wheels roll. I built one, and I still have it from when it first came out. Like I said, it's a fun kit to build. The big hit this year will be the Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino. That's on my list for sure. But folks have been wanting that kit for years, so it's a given that it will be popular. Dragon models plans on launching a 1/6 scale Tumbler Batmobile, to go with their 1/6 super hero line (which are pretty much Marvel chracters so far). It will be huge (and I'm sure a little bit expensive), we'll have to wait and see.

As I write this, the Revell Ford Raptor truck model should be out any day. It's a snap kit, but hey, it's the only Raptor kit in town, so you'll have to live wth the snap aspect, or cut the hood open and install your own engine. The 2017 Raptors are already on the show circut, and that truck uses a 3.5 engine. The 2014 Raptors (which is probably Revell's model kit) used a 5.4 or 6.2L engine. You can get those 5.4L engines out of some of the 1997-2003 Ford F150 kits floating around still. Mustangs also use a 5.4L, starting in 1996. So a conversion is possible.

Atlantis models mentioned they will be releasing a model of the Invaders UFO Flying Saucer from the 1960's TV show. It looks like it might be the old Aurora / Monogram kit, but that's fine. That's a good kit. It even has an interior. I'll buy one for sure. Can't wait to see it.

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Scale Model Life: Building Scale Model Kits Magazine (Volume 1)

The all new Premiere Issue of Scale Model Life Magazine is out.

This issue covers several model car builds. Including the 1/8 scale Revell 1932 Ford Hot Rod. There's plenty of chrome on that kit, and a modified Ford 302 V8. Along with the car, you can see how the Moebius Models Black Widow kit can be modified to represent a great 1/8 scale Show Girl to go with your Hot Rod.

The magazine also features a build of Aoshima's Toyota Twin Turbo GT. This model includes the engine, so it makes a perfect sleeper car kit, but has plenty of engine detail to make a great model build. Also along those lines, there's a build of Monogram's Mazda RX7, featuring the famous 13B Rotary engine.

Moebius Models makes another entry with their Wayne Industries Tumbler Batmobile. See how this unusual kit is assembled, and why it's different than any car kit you've ever built before. Of couse, you can never have enough Hot Rods, so we've thrown in an older kit, Revell's 1/16 Street Rod. This kit represents a modern 1934 Rod with modern disc brakes, a small block Chevy 350, and custom chassis.

So be sure get your issue today!

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FX Guide Interstellar Movie Miniature Models

Model making for movies is not used as much as in the past, with CGI 3D effects taking over the TV and movie industries. But there are still some models being made. This is a good article on using models in the latest Interstellar Scifi movie..

For me personally, models for movies has been a big influence on me. In the 1970's I couldn't wait to get the latest issue of Starlog to see what models may be in it. While I would build a model of almost anything (much like today), Scifi models have always been some of my favorites. I honed a lot of modeling skills building AMT Star Trek kits, Aurora Irwin Allen kits, and many others.

I don't think models for movies will ever completely go away. Cost wise, there will always be times when it's more practical and less money than doing the scene in CGI on a movie. And I am sure'there are times when a model will look better on screen.

Check out the article, I think you will enjoy it. By the way, Moebius Models will be producing a model of the Interstellar Ranger Shuttle in 2015, so watch for that too!

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MPC Model Car TV Commercial - 1970's

How about a rare TV commercial for MPC Model kits? Check it out for a nostalgic trip back in time.

What's interesting too is that the model in the commercial, the MPC 1970 AMC AMX car model is still available today, 40+ years later!!

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Speedhunters History of Drag Racing Models

Speedhunters has a good article about drag racing model kits. There are plenty of models you will recognize, and some custom ones you will want to see.

The models are on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. The have a great level of detail. The photos in the article are well done, so you get every bright color and nuance to the builds. Check them out.

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Building a Dodge M37 Truck Video

Building a Dodge M37 Truck video.

Yes, this is for an RC chassis. But there are plenty of good ideas that a plastic modeler can learn from. So break out your Evergreen and Plastruct !

(Hit the link - Building a Dodge M37 Truck

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Heavy Equipment World Machinery Models

This is an interesting article by Equipment World. Featuring production and scratchbuilt machine models.

As plastic modelers, we don't get to many kits of heavy construction equipment for some reason. AMT used to have several farm tractors kits, but most have not been released since the 1970's. One exception being the John Deere 4430 kit, which started out only being available at John Deere stores. Later it trickled out to other model distributers once the demand for the kits had risen, and AMT attempted to keep up with the sales. Later, in the 1990s, about the same time, they did a similar sale on the CAT Bulldozer kits. But they sold out quickly, and are very hard to find these days. Not to mention being somewhat expensive.

Today there are a few resin and plastic equipment kits out there, such as the MENG D9R Bulldozer, or the Stalinetz S65. But that's a very short list. Is there a demand for contruction kits? Backhoes, bulldozers, bucket loaders? I guess it's hard to say. I would like to see AMT release all their tractors again, I haven't built any of them myself. They would be new subjects to me.

Check out the link and see what you think of the article, and the modelers presented there. I think you will find it interesting.

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