Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

Mercury Atlas

Published: April 8th, 2016     
Mercury Atlas
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/72
Company: Horizon Models

Following on the heels of the release of the Mercury Capsule model, Horizon Models is breaking ground with the release of a 1/72nd scale model of the Mercury-Atlas. This release includes parts to construct one Mercury capsule with the addition of the parts needed to build the Atlas launch vehicle. In the way of a preview of things to come, Horizon has also announced the release of an Atlas ICBM version in the near future. It will use the same basic parts as the launch vehicle in the Mercury-Atlas kit.

Something of historical note, Horizon Models shared that while (or "whilst") if you speak "Aussie", the previously released Mercury Capsule kit, 2003, was designed in Australia, it was tooled in China. However, we are informed that the Convair Atlas rocket itself, was designed, tooled and molded in Australia. It is thought that it may the first "full production" model kit tooled in Australia, with the exception of some limited run models. That truly represents "Thunder from Down-Under"!

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.

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