Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

“Last Exile” Vanship w/Torpedo

Published: February 1st, 2015     
“Last Exile” Vanship w/Torpedo
Reviewed by: David Wrinkle, IPMS# 45869
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

I will not hide the fact I enjoy watching Japanese anime and the original "Last Exile" anime is one of my favorites. (No kidding). It represents a wonderful fusion of Sci-fi and the golden age of flight. The show centers around the orphaned brother & sister pair of Lavie Head and Claus Valcaat and their fathers old Vanship.  Claus and Lavie work as commercial pilots who deliver messages, cargo and whatnot up until they are dragged into a war. The series is available to watch for free on Hulu.com and can be viewed in either the original Japanese (with subtitles) or it is also available dubbed in English.

This kit has been released previously with no bonus resin parts and the pilot and co-pilots were molded in polystyrene representing Tatiana and Alister (long story but they are military pilots also starring in the show).   This limited release includes an extremely well molded pair of resin pilots (Claus & his antagonist Dio) as well as a resin torpedo that hangs in place of the belly skid.  Not to worry, the original polystyrene pilots and skid are included and can be utilized if you choose.

Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set

Published: February 1st, 2015     
Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/4105
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius Models continues to add to their excellent line of Battlestar Galactica kits. This time with a detail set for the Galactica. This set is designed to be used with the Moebius Models kit #915 1/4105 Battlestar Galactica

Included in this set are three sprues of detailed rail guns, two photo-etched museum windows, and an enhanced decal sheet.

Because there is some minor surgery required to make these parts work, Moebius recommends this set for the more experienced modeler. However, I don't think this set will be difficult to use for anyone with a little modeling skill.

The set comes with a heavy cardboard backing which doubles as the directions for the upgrade set. This backing folds down to reveal detailed directions on painting and applying decals. Note that several of these new parts will need to be added during the assembly process, so take a few minutes and read through everything before you begin. Stapled to the backing is a single bag with three sprues of upgraded guns, two PE window frames, and a large decal sheet.

Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set

Published: January 21st, 2015     
Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Background

As featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Federation starship USS Reliant was the vessel commandeered by the despotic Khan Noonien Singh, a late 20th century superhuman product of genetic engineering. Khan first appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, "Space Seed," where he and his crew were discovered in cryogenic stasis while drifting through space aboard the SS Botany Bay. Revived by USS Enterprise's crew, Khan and his followers were permanently exiled on a remote planet by Captain James T. Kirk after a failed attempt to seize Enterprise.

As with most twice-deposed despots, Khan had quite the axe to grind with Kirk. The Wrath of Khan follows the titular character as he seizes upon the opportunity to avenge his exile and reign havoc on the Federation with the newly-created Genesis Device. A favorite of many Trek fans, Wrath of Khan was a throwback to the classic TV series, and it is punctuated with eye-popping special effects, many featuring the hot-rod Miranda-class starship Reliant.

Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864

Published: January 21st, 2015     
Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Background

As featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Federation starship USS Reliant was the vessel commandeered by the despotic Khan Noonien Singh, a late 20th century superhuman product of genetic engineering. Khan first appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, "Space Seed," where he and his crew were discovered in cryogenic stasis while drifting through space aboard the SS Botany Bay. Revived by USS Enterprise's crew, Khan and his followers were permanently exiled on a remote planet by Captain James T. Kirk after a failed attempt to seize Enterprise.

As with most twice-deposed despots, Khan had quite the axe to grind with Kirk. The Wrath of Khan follows the titular character as he seizes upon the opportunity to avenge his exile and reign havoc on the Federation with the newly-created Genesis Device. A favorite of many Trek fans, Wrath of Khan was a throwback to the classic TV series, and it is punctuated with eye-popping special effects, many featuring the hot-rod Miranda-class starship Reliant.

Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly

Published: January 4th, 2015     
Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: Undetermined
Company: Moebius Models

History Brief

The Adventures of Jonny Quest was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems. An animated television series, it ran on ABC in prime time on Friday nights for one season from 1964 to 1965.  A true original for the 1960s, it was created and designed by comic-book artist Doug Wildey and was inspired by American radio serials, American action-adventure comics and American science fiction genre. Ground breaking for it's time it featured unmatched realistic art, interesting characters, and a better story line than any previous cartoon seen on television.

The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Aircraft known as The Dragonfly is the iconic Jonny Quest aircraft featured in the episode introductions. It was also featured in some of the best episodes.

The Product

The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Dragonfly is a 12 inch long desk top model with a base reminiscent of the old Aurora kits and comes well packed

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