Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

Lost in Space Derelict and Jupiter

Published: April 5th, 2016     
Lost in Space Derelict and Jupiter
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/350
Company: Moebius Models

Before I begin, one quick confession: I never watched this show much when it first came out.  It was in direct competition with the original Star Trek and as a kid, I only go so much time in front of the idiot box. 

That being said, what we have here is one fascinating vehicle.  Featured in the second episode of Lost in Space, it was part of a real attempt at science fiction story telling before the gradual descent into satire.  It's in 1/350th scale, which makes both it and the Jupiter included in the same scale as the series of large-scale Enterprise kits currently available.  For that matter, you could have the Jupiter docked on an aircraft carrier deck.

Battlestar Gallactica SD (Super-Deformed) Viper Mark 2

Published: March 31st, 2016     
Battlestar Gallactica SD (Super-Deformed) Viper Mark 2
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/32
Company: Moebius Models

Background

This is the latest release from Moebius Models based on the Battlestar Galactica series aired on SyFy. It is their first in the SD (Super-Deformed) series, sometimes referred to as an 'egg plane' version of the Viper Mark 2. Please keep in mind, that at roughly 1/32, this kit is much larger than your standard 'egg plane'. The kit is designed as a snap together model and comes with both water slide decals and stickers.

Interstellar Ranger

Published: March 20th, 2016     
Interstellar Ranger
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Moebius Models

Interstellar came out in 2014 and was a decent movie about team of explorers who travel through a wormhole looking to find a new world to ensure humanity's survival. The ship the stars used was the Transgalactic Survey Craft, Ranger which was launched on top of a secret Saturn V rocket.

Moebius recently released a 72nd scale kit of the Ranger based on the full scale prop, miniatures and CGI files used in the movie. As 72nd is my preferred scale, I was interested. The kit has 42 parts molded in white plastic which include 38 for the 72nd scale ship and 4 bonus parts to make the top of the Saturn launch vehicle with 2 Rangers. The parts for this should fit either the Airfix or Revell 1/144th scale rockets.

The molding is Moebius' usual with crisp details, and the small number of parts insure the kit builds fairly quickly. The finished model is just over 10 inches long. A very small amount of flash is visible, but nothing to worry about.

Viper Mark VII

Published: February 14th, 2016     
Viper Mark VII
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson, IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Company: Moebius Models

When they revamped Battlestar Galactica in 2003 they revamped many of the ships including the Viper fighters. They were retiring the Mk II as the new Mk VII was in service. Unfortunately, the Cylons had a way to disrupt the newer fighters rendering them powerless so the Mk II fighters had to be brought back into service to carry the fight. Later in the series the Mk VIIs were able to rejoin their earlier cousins and combat the Cylon tyranny.

Moebius brought out very nicely detailed 1/32nd scale kits of both Viper versions as well as the new Cylon Raider but these kits didn't really fit in with my collection of 72nd scale fighters so I was very excited to see them release new kits of all 3 of these fighters in my scale and to make things better, you get 2 kits in each box. This review focus' on the newest kit, the Viper Mark VIIs.

The new kit comes with 52 white plastic parts and 6 clear parts which includes the 2-piece standard Moebius stand, enough for two complete fighters. The finished models are just over 5 inches long. There is a very tiny bit of flash but nothing to worry about.

Rinaldi SM Series SM.01 - Fish Submarine

Published: February 6th, 2016     
Rinaldi SM Series SM.01 - Fish Submarine
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Rinaldi Studio Press

I have several of the Rinaldis Tank Art books and they are great guide books so I was looking forward to this one on the Industria Mechanika Fichten Foo's Fantastical Fish Shaped Submarine. I love the Industria Mechanika products and all things Steam Punk/ Diesel Punk.

Unlike the standard Tank Art book format and size this book is small and compact only 6.5" x 7.5", which is a great way to show it's for a single subject. I love this concept and look forward to more of these from Rinaldi. Even the look and feel of the paper in the book gives it a vintage feel!

As soon as I open the book I was impressed. This book has all the great methods and style that Rinaldi has put into the great Tank Art books. The graphics are perfect and enhance the whole enjoyment of the book.

This book is well written and includes the step by step method of building this fantastic little model and brings it to life to a way only Rinaldi work does. The processes and techniques are clearly explained and demonstrated. You can really feel from the book the author loves what he does and enjoys sharing his skills with the readers.