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Mythbuster's Adam Savage - Modeler at Heart

I thought some of you might like to watch this video I came across. We all know what the Mythbusters are on TV. But this is a vid by Adam Savage, who is at heart, a modeler like us.

It's not surprising, since he cut his teeth working at ILM, and building models and props. Or that he teamed up with Jamie and used their own company to do Special FX for TV, movies and commercials.

But at the end of the day, Adam likes to make stuff for himself. Not only fabricating what he has in his head, such as a model or prop idea, but to also build an actual model kit that might have come in a box. Just like we would.

He's no stranger to resin, casting, making molds. That is of course, part of his profession on a daily basis. But it's fun to watch him get as excited as we do about a new model, and the assembly of the kit, as well as painting it.

He has quite the shop too, and I see us all wishing we had a shop like that to literally make anything. What I like about Adam speaking is when he talks about resin, or mold making, he seriously knows what he's talking about. If you're not familiar (I suspect most SCIFI model fans already know) they mention Industria Mechanika. That company make some great resin products that are unique, and you can check out their site here.

So take a peek at the video, it's a lot of fun.

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Scale Model Life Magazine - Pickup Trucks Issue

The new issue of Scale Model Life has hit the stands. This issue covers pickup trucks kits.

Although I knew this issue would be car modeling as far as the subjects, it just sort of morphed into being an all truck issue on it's own. But don't worry, I have plenty of car models left to build, and some new ones coming out I hope to have time to review in future issues.

In this Volume 5 issue I cover the Moebius 1970's Ford Ranger pickup truck. This is a great kit, and one that can be built so many ways. It's hard not to just buy a case of them and start building. There are two in this issue. The other truck models are an AMT 2003 Ford F150 Extra Cab, the Testors Chevy (Van Halen) Boyd Hauler, the Revell '55 Ford F100 street machine, and the AMT Dodge Deora, as well as AMT's Ford Lightning. Of course, there are some tips and ideas along the way.

With this all new issue #5, and it was for the most part, a fun magazine to write, I was finally able to assemble some kits I've had for years, some that you don't see built to often. I planned on having some cars too, but the truck kits were just screamin' to be built. So if you like trucks - this is definitely the issue for you! I hope you enjoy it.

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Original TOS Star Trek USS Enterprise Model

If you have a model of Star Trek's orginal USS Enterprise, you might find these images online interesting.

Round2 through AMT and Polar Lights have made several kits of the Enterprise over the years. AMT has since the 1960s. Chances are you have at least one in your model stash. From the smaller 1/2500 scale to the huge kit released in 2014, the 1/350 Polar Lights Enterprise.

The model itself, which was donated to the Smithsonian Museum, has been restored several times since it first arrived there. It's been on display most of the time in between restorations. The restoring process has made changes to the model, some that are popular, some not. Essentually this is a large scale model made by a TV studio, and it was never meant to last very long, or look that great over time. It's really just a bunch of wood glued together and a few bolts holding it all attached. In the end, the idea is to keep as much of the original model as possible. But only time will tell how much of that is possible. I don't know if I would use it as a reference since it's been painted over the original paint a long time ago. Production stills from the studio are probably your best bet there.

Nonetheless, you might enjoy some images of the model, and you can CLICK HERE for those. Also check out the Smithsonian's website for even more images and information. The ship should be back on display soon if you're going to visit the musem.

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Model 1/25 Scale Garage Shop Diorama

I've been poking around with this garage diorama idea. It's almost done, but if you want to check it out, CLICK HERE. I've got some images up that I took along they way, and some text talking about it. It might interest you if you build cars and trucks.

Once I am done I'll post some better shots of it. Not everythng inside is glued down yet, and I have a few more ideas in my head, but eventually it should be done (are dioramas ever really done?). I had a blast building it, and it was one of those things that just happened on it's own. 80% of it was built in 2 days on a weekend. The rest I just tinkered on as I added more details.

It's part garage, shop, and old gas station.

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Airfix Models Kickstarter Program a Success

Since sometime last year, Airfix has been using Kickstarter to give modelers a chance to see reissued kits. It's been hit or miss, many of the kits are older molds, but haven't been reissued in many decades. But that doesn't always make them a winner, or a kit people desire again.

The kits range from figures, animals, aircraft, cars and others. A wide range of model subjects. The plus side is it let's the modelers. like you or me, indicate the choices of kits we'd like to see, and some we don't.

This means Airfix gets a chance of releasing a model kit that modelers really want, rather than guessing, and throwing a dart at a dart board and hoping the model kit sells and modelers really buy it. It's a win for Airfix and for modelers.

A couple of other model companies have tried doing this with Kickstarter, and some others have been thinking about using it. But now Airfix had truly had a successful campaign, and that's a very good thing for the modeling hobby. I commend Airfix for sticking with it and for keeping on trying till they hit upon a kit that meets the criteria for sales. I hope this encourages other model companies to stick with it and keep trying. This will become part of the future for model kits.

The model kit that hit the mark is the Airfix 1968 1:72 Beagle Basset kit. While I don't build many airplanes myself, it looks like an interesting model. So if you want one, there still might be time to order, GO TO THIS LINK. Bookmark their pages because they will offer other models in the coming year for possible production and to be reissued. But you have to keep up with them, they're on a roll.

Once again, congratulations Airfix on a successful Kicktarter program!

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Thinking of Model Kit Re-issues and Maybe Some New Ones

Going in to the next year, I'm thinking this might be the time to kick out some re-issues, and maybe make some new kits.

What would I like to see?

The AMT 1/16 1955 Chevy Hardtop - While I'm not so much a Chevy fan, I've always wanted to build this kit. I like the 1955-1956 cars, and I always thought building a big scale version would allow me to do more details. Sorry no, I don't want the Nomad, or a convertible. or the '57 Chevy.

Revell Lotus Esprit - Since Fujimi is releasing the James Bond submarine version, Revell (Monogram) should reissue their stock Lotus. I missed getting one when they came out years ago, and I've never built one.

AMT Black Force Slammer - I would like to see AMT alter this kit with an open hood and an engine. Any engine, from a Flathead to a V12. And add a complete interior. The body and the wheels are already perfect. There must be some way to reuse them.

Testors Chezoom - This is a good kit, the full detail one. The kits were known to be made from a brittle plastic, and the bodies usually had broken A-pillars because the boxes were to small that Testors packed them in. But if they change those two things, this kit should be reissued.

Revell (Monogram) 1966 Malibu SS - with the flip nose. I built many of those in my youth, and they're a great kit.

MPC Six Million Dollar Man - reissue the one kit where he's kicking down the wall. The Bionic Woman repair kit would also be a good companion model to make a pair. Maybe throw some new box art on both kits.

Revell - reissue the Tom Daniel Badman, with the clear red windows. I need more of them LOL

AMT needs to reissue their W100 Dodge Trucks. Unless it was modified to make the monster truck version, and then I can see why they won't do it. Its probably to expensive to change back to stock. But, it could be a good time to retool an all new W and D100 truck model. I vote for the Power Wagon version (similar to the one on Simon & Simon, only stock). And if AMT /MPC can't do it, maybe Moebius Models can do one as a companion kit to their 1970's Ford Ranger.

If there was any way, and the tooling still exists, I'd like to see the model of the Boeing Tucumcari Hydrofoil. I had one as a kid, and it's a very unique boat model. The foils can be positioned up or down. Very cool.

Revell / Monogram - I'd like to see the Poison Pinto come out again. Also, does the Tom Daniel Mean Maverick tooling still exist? I'd like to build one of those. Maybe mold it in bright orange for kids.

Revell - reissue those great 1970s big scale Trikes. Revell - reissue your big scale 1965-1966 Shelby Ford Mustang kit.

Reissues are great, but there's still a few new kits we need (or I want!).

  • 1. 1/25 scale Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie car. I'm sure with modern molding we can do much better than the impossible to find Aurora kit.
  • 2. Nemo Nautilus from the Disney movie 20,000 Leagues. It would have to have a detailed wheelhouse. I would leave space inside for Nemo's room, though not mold parts to fill it up (that would be too expensive, besides, it would be to dark to see anything in there). I would allow for an opening for modelers to detail out on their own if they wish, and an option for an open or closed iris for the window. Some replicas show two view windows, but I think in the movie, Nemo's room only has one? The kit would have to run around $ 100.00 to $ 200.00 per kit in order to make it big enough to be a kit modelers want to build. On that note, I have built the Pegasus Nautilus which is a great kit, but I wish it was much larger, and in the end, it's not the Disney version.
  • 3. I would like to see Fujimi alter their Ford Pantera kits to have an engine. Or a model company can make an all new kit of the car.

There are probably dozens of kits I forgot, these are just off the top of my head. But the future will tell.

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Scale Model Hobby News - Revell, Moebius, Round2 and More

With the new 2016 year approaching, it seems we have an interesting outlook on new kits in the future. You probably loaded up on model kits for the Holidays, and you may need a breather in your budget, but plan on saving some more coins, because the model companies are coming out of the gates strong.

If you're a science fiction Scifi fan, this is the best time to build those model subjects. The Star Wars model kit market has exploded. Dozens of new Star Wars kits have come out in the last few months, from Bandai, Revell, and soon to be, Dragon Models. Dragon will be releasing several new kits in the months (year) to come. But their biggest news is that the AT-AT kit will be 1/35 scale. This is important because there are THOUSANDS of military accessories, figures, and models in that scale, and these can be combined with the kit to make a hundred different scenarios as far as a diorama. If you thought you might want to collect every Star Wars model there is, you've got your work cut out for you. I've built many of the older AMT Star Wars kits, and I have a couple of X-Wings from Fine Molds and Revell, but I haven't built them yet, so I can't attest to their buildability (is that a word?). The Fine Molds kits are very detailed by looking at the sprues. My only bother with the Revell kits is that they are all snap models, and in my view, lack a bit of detail. But if they get kids into modeling, I'm all for it.

I might as well give a shout out to Moebius Models, as they'll be producing a 1:32 scale kit of the Proteus from Fantastic Voyage. It's a model kit folks have wanted for decades. Lunar Models made a resin one back in the 1990s, and I think a few larger resin kits of the submarine came around as well, but this kit should be more affordable, so we can all enjoy the model and get our hands on one. The Moebius Models example has an interior, and that's a serious plus for this kit. Sadly, it doesn't include any figures. But being 1/32 scale, there are some options. Even if you modify some 1:35 scale figures to get by. The original film starred Raquel Welch. Now that's a figure I need to add to this model!

The Round2 Space 1999 Eagle should be out any day now. I suspect Round2 will run out of kits in the U.S. on their first run. There's going to be a long line for them. It's another kit that's been on Scifi fans hot list for a long time. It's not 44" (rather, it's half that, 22"), but that's ok. It's more affordable, and will be easier to find a place for in the hobby room / office. Hopefully. Either way, I'm looking forward to building one myself (at least one ... maybe more).

Atlantis models has two kits coming out in 2016. One a small UFO model in keeping with their other kits. This one depicting a Monument Valley saucer, so to speak. Since you don't have to pay royalties to Alien Overlords and their UFOs, Atlantis can prtty much make as many of the small cool kits as they want to. Another fun kit coming out is their Flash Gordon figure kit, with a smaller Martian. This is an old Aurora model that hasn't seen the light of day since the 1960's. I'm looking forward to building one of them, it looks like it would be fun to do.

There doesn't seem to be much in the way of Star Trek models. Round2 still hints at a 1:32 Shuttle, but there's no real updates on if they wil or won't release one. I want one myself, so all we can do is hope it will happen. With the 1:350 TOS Enterprise released a few years ago (awesome kit, I have one). And now the Space 1999 Eagle, Round2 has already brought some kits to the market that are popular, and I believe, big sellers. Let's hope they can continue that with a large scale Shuttle (with an interior of course, maybe an engine if they can swing it).

On the car side of things, there are a few kits of interest. Aside from the usual models that are released over and over, there are some gems in an otherwise busy crowd of common kits. Fujimi will be releasing a James Bond "The Spy Who Loved Me" Lotus Esprit, the submarine version. While it doesn't look like you could build it stock (if Revell was smart, this would be a good time to reissue their Monogram kit of the stock Lotus for a kit bash), it should be fun to build the sub example.

Round2 always has some reissues, many that have not been out but maybe once, or not in decades. They will be reissuing the 1989 Batman movie kits. The Batmobile is already out, but the Batmissile and Batwing (which is 1:25 scale by the way) will be out later in the year. These are good kits. The Batwings are hard to find, and the prices are a bit high, so it's good to see this one out again. Also coming out will be MPC's Ford Pinto Station Wagon. Personally, I would rather have the fastback / runabout two door models, rather than the wagon, but let's hope they reissue those as well (eventually). I will probably still get the wagon, but it's not my preference.

Mopar builders can rejoice, because Round2 will be releasing the MPC Plymouth Volare'. The version coming out is the "Fuzz Duster" kit, which includes custom parts and the T-Tops. So there will be a lot in the box to build multiple versions, including a Plymouth Road Runner. (special thanks to John Greczula at Round2 for confirming this for me!). It's not so much that Volare's are popular, it's just that the kit hasn't been out in decades, and now many of us can build the kits we did as kids, but much better. I'm looking foward to this one. (I owned a real Dodge SE myself, which is the same body / car). I'm also looking forward to Round2's / AMT Flying Wedge Dragster. I built a couple of those kits when I was a kid in my basement, and that wedge shape is just cool. For years I hoped the kit would come out again, and here it is for 2016. Awesome!

If you're a heavy truck fan, the AMT Aero Chief Fire Truck and Tyrone Malone Papa Truck will make their debuts after many years. The kits have risen in price on the collectors market, hopefully the reissues will be much more affordable. There are dozens of other kits coming out from AMT, MPC, Polar Lights and Lindberg, most kits that have been out recently not to long ago, but the forementioned ones are some highlights.

Revell will be coming out with a few new models, primarily the Foose kits, the Eldorod and the Foose Ford Pickup truck. Revell is usually very secretive about what new products are coming out, so we won't know much until they actually release a flyer or some other information. Personally, I think this is detrimental, as you can't really create a buzz about an upcoming product if no one knows aboaut it. But that's their way. (they make good kits, so there's no problem there).

That's the roundup of the models I know about, and I'm only mentioning some of the more interesting kits. It's too much to list them all (especially from Round2 .. do those guys ever sleep? LOL ). Let's hope there's a few surprise along the way for 2016!

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Model Hobby News - Kits, Photoetch and Model Shows

I hope everyone had a chance to spend some time with their family this long weekend and for the Holidays. I'm guessing we all put on a few pounds for sure. Of course, doing some hobby shopping is always fun with the down time, but the model companies have a lot to get out the door before 2016 rolls around.

Let's start today with some news. Miniart and TrackLink are having an online model contest. The contest runs from 1st December 2015 through to 31st March 2016. The entererd mdel must be a Miniart kit, but that shouldn't be an issue. They make kits of figures, diorama subjects, trucks, tanks, motorcycles, electric Trams, Jeeps, and more. You get 4 months till the deadline, plenty of time to come up with something interesting.

If you want to voice your opinion about some of the next models from Round2, now's your chance. Jump over to their online Survey and let them know. I'm not sure how long it will stay active, so the sooner the better. This will support them and help them decide what to do in the future, so give them a hand and do the Survey.

The Model Car Garage has just released some new photo-etch detail sheets. Including sheets for the MENG F350 SD, the Moebius Chrysler 300, and the Revell Oldsmobile 442 (with the Linda Vaghn figure, but works on previous issues as well). They also now make a sheet for the Moebius F100. Note that the MENG F350 set includes markings to make a Harley Davidson Edition version of the truck. The side emblems also include F250 and F350 badges. The Moebius pickup truck badges allow you to make an F100, F250, or F350 (though, an F250 / F350 would have a Dana 60 rear end, if you want to replace the Moebius 9-inch rear). It also includes the badges for the Ranger, Custom, Sport Custom, Camper Special, and XLT versions. These should work as well on the AMT 1970's Ford trucks.

To round out this morning, how about some model contests images? Maybe you'll see some inspiration for your 2016 model building projects!

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Revell 2016 Model Kits 1st Quarter

Revell releases 2016 model kit lineup for 1st quarter

Revell has released some news about the coming model kits for 2016, in the first quarter. So far the printed / PDF flyer only mentions car kits, but I expect there will be others as we get closer to January, 2016. Revell USA is traditionally heavy on car subjects, while Revell Germany releases a lot of military and other varied subjects as models.

  • 2017 Ford GT - This will be an all new mold. It's marked as a Snap-Tite kit, but that shouldn't be a problem. Many of Revell's newer car kits are made that way, but still include an opening hood and an engine. Many are prepainted, which save a little money right there for young builders. Adults can primer and paint them like any other kit if they wish to.
  • 2013 FOOSE Dodge Challenger SRT8 - This should be like Revell's previous issues of this car, but with FOOSE wheels and new decals. Possibly some minor cosmetic changes or parts. The flyer mentions that it will be pre-painted. (like some of their other more current kits).
  • 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray - Revell just issued a similar kit of this car last month, so I believe this may be similar. This version will have FOOSE wheels, and possibly new decals and minor cosmetic changes or parts. The flyer mentions that it will be pre-painted.
  • 1966 Chevy Fleetside Pickup - This should be a welcome model kit for truck and Chevy builders. The styleside kit has been out for a while, they're easy to get, but it's been a few years since the fleetside kit has been available. I imagine this kit will be unchanged, except for new decals.
  • 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 - I think this will be similar to Revell's previous Camaro kits, possibly the police package version. It looks like it will include new wheels, new decals, and an "outlaw" style hood. (the wheels look hideous to me though).
  • 2014 Ford Mustang - I think this will be similar to Revells previous Mustang kits. Like the Camaro, it appears to get new wheels, new decals, and an "Outlaw" style hood as well. The hoods make sense, since there are a lot of resin cast cowl hoods out there, and now, with the hood included in the kit, it's one less part to buy aftermarket.
  • Porsche 918 Spyder - I'm sure this is based off the current Revell German 918 kit. Basically, a stock relica kit.
  • 1967 Chevy Camaro - This is a reissue, but with new decals maybe, new wheels, and possibly a new hood. It's to replicate the famous Nickey Chevrolet dealer built musclecars from the 1960's.
  • Lacrosse Missile and Truck - This is an old Renwal kit. Revell has reissued several Renwal military kits over the recent years, and I guess they're selling well, as they keep on re-issuing different ones each year. Some that haven't been available since the 1960's. This one is a 1/32 scale kit.

Revell Germany planned model kits for 2016

Revell Germany has also released news of their upcoming kits for early 2016 in the first quarter. As usual, the kits are heavy on military subjects (which are popular in Europe). But there are a few cars, and I'll list those first:

  • Porsche Boxter - I believe this is based off a previous issue. This one is a cabrio version.
  • Ferrari F40 - It's a 1/32 scale kit. It's hard to say how popular it will be.
  • Volkswagen Samba Bus / Van - This is a reissue, but it now includes decals for Lufthansa.
  • Citroen 2CV - I think this is a reissue, with new decals.
  • Ferrari 250 SWB - a reissue, in 1/24 scale. I think this was previously an Italeri kit, which means it should be a pretty good car model.
  • VW Bug - 1:35 scale, with military style parts.
  • LSM "Eidechse" - a model ship.
  • U-Boat Submarine Type XXII - this kit is in 1:144 scale.
  • Russian Typhoon Class Submarine - this is a reissue of the submarine from the movie "Red October". It's 1:400 scale.
  • EC 135 Swiss Air Glacier Rescue Helicopter - this kit is in 1:72 scale.
  • Bell UH-1D - helicopter model in 1:100 scale.
  • Boeing Triple-Seven 777-300ER - this aircraft comes to us in 1:144 scale with Boeing decals.
  • Glider Plane - I think this is a reissue. This one is in 1:32 scale.
  • Spitfire Mk II - a reissue of the 1:48 kit.
  • Stearman "Cadet" - this should be a reissue, with military training decals.
  • Corsair F4U4 - a reissued kit in 1:72 scale
  • De DeHavilland "Twin Otter" - aircraft kit, in 1:72 scale. I'm not sure if this is a reissue or not. The markings (decals) appear to be Swiss.
  • Soviet SS-25 "TOPOL" - military missile carrier / launcher. This is produced in 1:72 scale. I think it was previously a Zvezda kit
  • Rissian T34/85 Tank - another military kit, coming in at 1:72 scale.
  • Opel LKW 1.5 Ton Military Truck - a 1:35 scale model. Possibly a previous ICM kit?
  • Mi-28 "Havoc" Helicopter - this one is in 1:72 scale.
  • MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor - in 1:72 scale. Possibly includes decal markings for both the Navy and Marines.
  • Roland C.II "Walfisch" - a biplane kit. This is made with (or from) an Eduard mold.
  • Heinkel He 70 - This kit will be 1:72 scale. I think this is an all new mold, to depict one of Germany's "Secret Weapons" from WWII (that probably never saw production).
  • Polikarpov I-153 - another biplane, in 1"72 scale.
  • C-45 Twin Engine - Possibly a previous ICM kit. It will probably have new decals at least. The kit is 1:48 scale.
  • USS Dallas - submarine model, in 1:400 scale. It's the same scale as the Red October Typhoon kit.

Like many other model companies, some of the kits that come out are originally produced by other brands. Model companies of today like to share and use each others molds, and I think this is a smart thing to do. Why re-invent the wheel? Most of it has to do with distribution. Making and packaging a kit in a certain area of the world can bring the price down locally, and that's a good thing for modelers. Revell is extremely well known, but they halso have a vast distributor network world wide. I wish more model companies would share molds and products. Not that it's new, model companies did this back in the 1960's and '70's. But it seems more common today, and it sure helps with lower prices.

So that's the new model kits coming out for 2016 so far from Revell. Nothing really grabs me as far as what I would build (maybe tbe 250 SWB, or the Outlaw Mustang), but nothing spectacular. Of course, there are 100 other model companies that will have more kits in 2016, so we can all expect another great year of fresh kits and new model subjects from all of them. And this is only the first quarter for Revell. They have 3 other quarters of the year to surprise us with new kits!

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Scale Models - October

October already! The end of the year is creeping up on us all. That means the model companies will be having a mad rush to get every (new) product they can out the door and ready for the Holidays. Which is ok with me, there are some model kits I'm just itching to get.

Recent kits have been coming out already, and Revell has finally popped out the Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino. Even if you're not a fan of the show, you may want to grab a couple just to build it because it's a 1970's car, and it's a Ford. I'm not sure air shocks, and big & little tires will make a come back, but back in the day, that's what we rolled with in the 70's.

It's been a few years (1980s ?) since MPC issued "The General" locomotive. Lucky for us, it's 1/25 scale, so you can find ways to mix and match with some other model parts and pieces. Mat Irvine once use the kit to make a scene like in the Back to the Future movie". So if you feel ambitious, have a go at it. There are certainly plenty of BTTF Delorian kits around. Hopefully the MPC train kit will be out before the end of the year.

Of course, with the new Star Wars movie coming out in December, there's a whole stable of new Star Wars model kits. So far, they're all from Revell. Four of the smaller (kids) versions are out now, and later, four larger scale kits will be issued. Some time before the end of the year I'm sure. In case you didn't notice, the Millennium Falcon now has a hew rectangular antenna (deflector?) on top.

There really hasn't been anything super exciting with the AMT Star Trek kits. Since the Polar Lights 1:350 Enterprise, there's just been a few smaller kits coming, and a reissue of the cutaway Enterprise. Granted, that Polar Lights kit is a very hard act to follow.

That doesn't mean Round won't be giving Scifi fans what they want. With their 22-inch Space 1999 Eagle coming out, they'll have model fans standing in line for that kit, and then some. It's much anticipated. It's at the top of my list this year for sure.

Moebius should be kicking their all new tool of the Mercury Comet out the door soon, and the Pontiac Ventura is just behind it. They've had quite the success with their car and truck models, which is a very good thing, because they don't seem to fear making an all new kit if they think the demand is there. Anyone who's met Frank at a model show knows he's on fire about model kits. And really, how often do you meet someone from any model company in person? Moebius and Frank do it right. And their kits are top notch items.

Hopefully the year will end with a lot of new and interesting kits. But there's always 2016. Maybe someone will give us some hints as to what's coming in the future.

If you're wondering what I'm working on, I am building a few kits. Some for the next issue of Scale Model Life, but also, for me personally, an Italeri PT Boat. I haven't had the time I wish I had lately, but things are going well with them, and I am having some fun with the kits.

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On the Scifi front:

There were two shows that came out banging, which were Killjoys, and Dark Matter. I liked both shows. They're a bit gritty, high on action, and lot's of mystery and secrets. Probably the most notable thing is that there is very little techno babble. Which is ok once in a while, I don't have a problem with it. Both shows left us with a cliffhanger so to speak, so I'm hoping both will get renewed.

On Dark Matter, I think Number One is next to useless the way the character is written. But we'll have to see what the next season brings. All I know is that he talks too much, and doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the crew. Even the teenage girl Five is far more interesting story wise, and it makes sense why she might not want to go berserker in a tight situation.

On Killjoys, making the team a threesome with Johns brother just threw a wrench in the whole flow of the show. I do think that John should hook up with the Doctor Simms, she seems to like him (as written) and that could add a dynamic to the show. I don't care if we never see Johns brother again, he slows up the show.

Agents of SHIELD is back. Daisy has matured more, and it fits in with the changes to the show. Coulsan has lost his suit, and I HATE THAT. That was his super power. His authority. That's what made him different from the rest of the team. He was the leader. Now he dresses like everyone else, and is virtually un-noticed. I don't feel he represents SHIELD anymore, just a band of people doing what they want.

The show is still good, that's a nit pick from me. And Ward? Why can't this guy just die. This show needs to move on from him. They had to many opportunities to kill him and didn't in the show, which is just clumsy. Ugh.

Just caught the Flash, and that again looks like it's off to a good start. The bad guys are lame, but I get that, it's in line with the comics. The Flash always had low key villains. The Flash beats bad guys more with his wits than using brute force. Again, that fits with the comics. Regardless, it's a fun show to watch.

Dr. Who. *Sigh*. Peter makes a great Doctor, but Clara just never seems to jive with him. If only she was gone, gone, gone. We almost got that wish at the end of the last season, but she chose to stay on. Ever since the very first episode with her and Matt Smith, she has no wonderment in her soul, no imagination. Even the Doctor has that, he still likes to explore and see new things. She just seems to be what has been described, a cold empty shell who wants to get her way.

Eventually she'll be gone, and we can see how Peter C. does with a new companion. Now that would be a new season to watch.

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Scale Model Life: Building Scale Model Kits Magazine (Volume 4)

Issue 4 of the Scale Model Life is out now. This issue has a focus on diecast cars. I know what you're thinking, it should be about plastic model car kits. And maybe you would be right. But a lot of car modelers I know do buy diecast, for several reasons. One, they usually buy a car that's probably not available in plastic. Two, what I see happen is that they buy them for parts. Tires, wheels, bodies. Diecast cars are good for stripping off the parts you need to build the car you want.

But there are also car model kits that are all diecast, but more often, a hybrid. Part plastic, but with a metal body. Sometimes they're even prepainted. But you can still strip them, paint them, detail them, redo them. Many times diecast cars cost less than a plastic model. So you can still have a great time building (or RE-building) them.

This book discusses how to do all these things. How to make a diecast car (or truck) model you build, even better, than stock out of the box. Don't fear diecast cars , embrace them. Make them into the cars of your dreams.

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Models, Kits, and Hobby News

First off, if you like Scifi models, then you probably already know about Round2's upcoming Space 1999 Eagle model. It's a bit of a surprise, but their workinging hard at getting it out soon. If we're lucky, we might even see it before the end of the year. This is a kit modellers have wanted for decades. I can't wait till they come out. You can find out more about the new kit, and the progress on how it's coming along at the links below:

I want to mention that I've added many more Japanese car kits to the selection online. There are so many, I separated them, and also put the Aoshima cars on a page of their own. Aoshima make so many car kits, it's amazing. They also have very popular lines, such as their VIP series, KenMary Works, K-Break, Grand Champions, Top Secret, Rocket Bunny, C-West, and so many others. All these cars have great sets of Aoshima wheels. Many of the kits have engines. I have quite a few of their kits myself, and I look forward to building them. They certainly make something for everyone! Whatever your style.

Last, but not least, check out the pictures from the CKM's Summer Classic model show. It looks like it was quite a show!

Catch ya later !

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aoshima model car kits

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Scale Model Kits and Plastic News Update

Finescale Modeler has their latest video up of reviews and close looks at some kits. Models covered are several Aircraft, Armor, and my favorite, the MiniArts's GAZ Truck. See what you think. A GAZ is pretty much a Ford truck, in that they were made with Ford tooling, so just think of them as a Ford truck cousin.

Scale Auto DC has a nice, but short, online digital magazine for diecast car enthusiasts. CLICK HERE to check it out. Obviously most of us like plastic models more, but if you like cars in general, it's still fun to look at. And it's FREE !

Check out some model images from a recent HAMS Model show in 2015. These are always good for inspiration, and ideas to build your own model projects.

You might also find this interesting. Some pictures of some upcoming Revell releases. These were on display at the GTR NNL, and are brought to you by Gerry Paquette. The Revell 29 Ford, Starsky & Hutch Torino, Porsche 918, BMW, Hurst Oldsmobile, and more.

Catch ya later !

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HAMS model hobby show

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Revell-Monogarm Models Ford F150 Time Machine

Good morning all. I've had a bit of coffee in me to start this day. Even a couple of Donuts from DD ... with sugar on top. So if I ramble a bit, you'll know why. LOL

I work pretty much 7 days a week. because just like you, I have bills to pay, and things to get done. I try and get as such model / hobby stuff crammed in there as I can. Sometimes this works out, sometimes not. But it's always on my mind. I really do love the model hobby. Those of you who know me personally (locally and across the various countries) know I can talk models for hours, all day, and usually long into the night (a cold beer and pizza helps :-)

I don't usually go into personal stuff online, but I recently came across this picture from my past, and I thought it would be fun to post. I'm guessing it takes place around 1975-1980, somewhere in there. But I was building models long before this, since about 1970.

I believe this is a Monogram 1980-1985 Ford F150. In fact, the one that has just been reissued (finally!). Monogram usually molds their kits in colored plastic, so I'm guessing that's why it's red like on the box. Though I was using spray paint by this time, as a family, we didn't have much money, so I probably didn't have the funds to buy red paint anyway.

Luckily my mother allowed me to build models on the kitchen table when needed. My other choice was to build them on my bedroom floor (shag carpet! the devourer of small model parts!). It looks like I'm at the decal stage here, so the truck must be almost done.

I'm going to disown the Shaun Cassidy shirt, because we wore hand me downs a lot or bargain clothes. I never owned any of his records, so that's my best guess. (and I'm sticking to it! LOL).

It's fun to reflect back to the days when we had endless time to build models for hours. I'm hoping when I retire, I can once again enjoy model building with no watchful eyes on the hours of the day. And at that point, the hobby in my life will have come full circle.

So here's to hoping that your model hobby keeps chugging along, and being a large part of your life. So many models, so little time :-)

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monogram ford f150 models

Roger H. comments: Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I'm a bit older than you, so most of my memories of modeling are circa 1965 - 1970, but oh what great memories! Raised 3 boys and a girl, none of who ever really got into models (video games....grrrr!). Now at empty nest phase (60) and finally getting back to the hobby. Just finished 1:24 Monogram NOS 1970 Dodge Challenger, and am in progress on a 1:16 AMT 1955 Chevy Coupe and a 1:24 ERTL 1953 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Hand's maybe not as steady as I remember when painting trim, but I sure can afford more paint and better brushes! Cheers!

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Scale Model Life Magazine - Figures Edition

The third issue of Scale Model Life magazine is now out!

This issue focuses on figure models. Iv'e been building figure models now and then for many years. They normally involve different materials, from resin, to vinyl, to plastic. But often times, even today, I still here modelers groan when a new figure kit is released, and they say, "Oh, to bad it's vinyl instead of plastic, otherwise I would buy one .......".

Sometimes the comments, are "...you have to paint it with acrylics...", or you have to use special glue, or "..they're too hard to put together..."

So I resolved in this issue to crack open some old and new figure kits and hopefully show others that, while a little different, resin and vinyl kits can be built almost like any plastic kit. The book includes modifications, making bases for them so they can stand up, plenty of putty and sanding, and many general tips to get you started building your own figure model kits.

I believe after you read this book, you'll have no fear building any resin, vinyl or plastic figure kit. You can do it!

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scale model life magazine figure models

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The Votes are in : Revell's New Chip Foose Models are Selected!

Revell and model fans have voted and the counts are in: Two new kits will be produced to replicate Chip Foose's "Eldorod" Cadillac Custom and his 1956 Ford F100.

Over 10,000+ modelers voted to pick these two subjects out of seven choices. Most were a hot rod of some kind, but the Ford F100 and full size ride Eldorado won out. (I personally voted for the F100 and Eldorod myself, so that's a plus for me!).

The kits won't be issued until 2016, so we have a bit of a wait, but I suspect it will be worth it. The 1956 Ford F100 is a classic pickup truck and well known with enthusiests all over the world. This truck is actually been in the Foose family for years, and that makes it more of a personal ride for Chip. It was "restored" and rebuilt in 2005. The Eldorod incorporates everything a sleek custom car should be: stylish, smooth, big, long and low.

The real 1956 Ford F100 features a Ford 4-link and 9-inch rear suspension, Roush Aluminum 451 cid Ford V8 with a C6, and rack and pinion steering. If you plan on buying and building the Eldorod, there are some great images of the car inside and out located here. Note the original color from Boyd's was a maroone color, but the owner of the car had Chip Foose restore the car and paint it his preferred color of a deep metallic blue.

I hope Revell, and other model companies, do surveys to find out what customers want in the future. It seems a lot easier and better than guessing. And a lot more fun!

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revell chip foose model kits

3D Printed Parts for Detailing Your Scale Model Kits

Shapeways has been around for a short time, but it's growing more and more every day.

It's been a while since I visited the site, but it looks like their inventory is growing quickly for parts that will appeal for modelers like you and me. 3D printing is in the news lately big time, and modelers are looking for the days when a machine will be cheap enough for doing models at home. I don't really see that happening myself. Anyone can buy a machine, but it's the software that's not very friendly, that has a very high learning curve. Most people won't have any interest in learning any of that. They just want the machine to print models.

Fortunately there are some software 3D wizards out there that are modelers too, so we may get what we need without ever having to actually buy a machine. If the demand is high enough. Want to see what they have? How about dozens of parts for upgrading the MPC Eagle. Or maybe you want to add something to your Alpha diorama with a moon buggy or Delta Probe. Maybe you're a Star Wars fan? How about some parts to upgrade a Millenium Falcon? It looks like there's a whole batch of those in the line. The 1/6 scale Drone Louie from Silent Running looks pretty awesome.

Are you a model car builder? Maybe your thing is Hot Rods? Check out these bomber seats. Maybe you like to build trucks? How about a Dodge Cummins 5.7 Diesel engine? Maybe you'd like to get a whole body for a model projects, such as a Chevy Corvair Rampide body, or a Ferrari Barchetta? Maybe even a Jeep CJ8 Scrambler? Of course, you can't go wrong with some scale figures to display with your model.

You may want to visit Shapeways and poke around. Just use the search feature and see what you can find for model goodies!

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shapeways 3d scale model parts

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Voice you opinion for new model kits at Round2 !

Round2 is running a survey over at their Collectormodel.com blog. Do a quick sign up to post, and let them know what you like. There are some sweet model projects in there ! Some that modelers have wanted for years.

Here's the link : http://www.collectormodel.com/round2-models/2314-round-2-models-wonderfest-2015-survey/

They can't make any promises, but they're asking for your input, so go ahead and tell them what you think. Oh, and give their crazy monster figure a name too!

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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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scale model shows and events 2015, including Wonderfest

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