Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

Reviews of products for scale space and science fiction vehicle models.

Building Gemini: A Guide for Scale Model Builders (Space in Miniature #9)

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Building Gemini: A Guide for Scale Model Builders (Space in Miniature #9)
Author: Mike Mackowski
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Space in Miniature

Mike Mackowski has made something of a name for himself by his relentless pursuit of All Things Real Space in Miniature. This, his ninth publication along these lines, continues the saga as he delves into a number of models both real and speculative regarding the infamous Gemini space program from the 1960's.

Redstone Launcher

Published: April 21st, 2019     
Redstone Launcher
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/72
Company: Horizon Models

Be aware that ordering the kit direct from Horizon will entail a postage fee. Horizon is located in Australia. Also note that Horizon is offering reduced pricing for their other 1/72nd scale spacecraft kits.

The kit instructions can be downloaded at https://www.horizon-models.com/1-72-redstone-launcher

Horizon Models has, in the last few years, has established itself as a source of superior models of launch vehicles for both unmanned and manned space flight.

The Redstone Launcher will be my third Horizon model and hopefully, it will not be my last. This, kit, however, is the final release in the Redstone series according to Tony Radosevic, the Managing Director or Horizon Models.

This kit contains parts for three subjects, two are launch vehicles for satellites and one as the launch vehicle configured as an IRBM.  All three options are similar in that the Redstone vehicle, or a derivative serves as the launch vehicle with only the payload being different.

Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX

Published: September 24th, 2018     
Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Round 2 Models

This is an all-new tooled version of the Hawk and is far superior to the original Airfix version.

This is a kit of the Hawk MIX from Space 1999, this spacecraft appeared in the episode "Wargames", the kits allows you to build two versions one used in the show and a pre-production version which is the one I opted for.

In the box is:

  • 4 x light grey sprues
  • 1 base mounting wire
  • 1 round dome base
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet (Note decal installation instructions are on the box sides)

All the sprues are extremely well molded and great detail; the instruction booklet is easy to follow and well-illustrated. The decal sheet is very large with lots of detail.

Construction

Stage 1, 2 and 3 is the construction of the two side mounted engine pods which had no issues and assembled very well.

Stage 4 and 5 is the assembly of part of the rear main engine and the two side mounted rocket launchers and once again the build was super easy.

Stage 6 and 7 is the assembly of the main hull of the spaceship. Once again a great fit and easy assembly.

XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery Scout - C.R.A.B.S.

Published: August 11th, 2018     
XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery Scout - C.R.A.B.S.
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

From Masterpiece Models Web Site, the back story is:

XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance - In 2115 World War IV broke out over the last natural resources. The Earth was divided into three major Confederations: The United Alliance of the Americas, the Euro/Siberian Alliance, and the Middle Asian/African Consortium.

2121 marked a turning point in the War when shoreline installations across the globe, both military and civilian, fell under an onslaught of terrifying proportions. From out of the sea came machines so unearthly in their aspect that even the brightest scientists could only guess that they must be extraterrestrial in origin. They were wrong. The XP-1937 Naval CRABS were the front runners of a New Faction that would bring the Confederations to their knees.

XP-1937 Coastal Reconnaissance, Attack and Battery, Scout Specifications

Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat

Published: July 31st, 2018     
Masterpiece Models Mark 49 Hellcat
Reviewed by: William O'Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Masterpiece Models

Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells resin assembly kits at their Vancouver, Washington fabrication and casting shop. Their kits include Dinosaurs, WWII, Vietnam, Scifi, and aircraft bases. Each kit is cast to order.

Background on the Hellcat

From Masterpiece Models website: The Mark 49 Hellcat Armored Walker was developed after the 3rd World War in 2046 as a forward attack and reconnaissance Vehicle. The need for walkers after the War was due to the amount of rubble strewn thru the landscape, tracked vehicles tended to bog down in the rubble making maintenance and mobility an issue. The first Walkers developed in 2099 were quite ungainly and had limited range and power. Later on in 2112 after advanced fusion drives were developed and fitted to the walkers did they become a more practical weapons system with more power and almost unlimited range.

In 2115 war again broke out over natural resources. The latest in the series of MK walkers is the MK49 Hellcat manufactured by Yutani/Grumman Corporation. The Hellcat is currently deployed in several hot spots all over the world.

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