Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

Hubble Space Telescope with Space Shuttle Orbiter and Astronauts Limited Edition

Published: October 15th, 2017     
Hubble Space Telescope with Space Shuttle Orbiter and Astronauts Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/200
Company: Hasegawa

This is a re-issue of an older kit, with this being a Limited edition kit featuring a new display stand, Hubble, Shuttle, and three resin astronauts. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa range and is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the box is:

  • 2 x black sprues
  • 2 x white sprues
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 clear blue stand
  • 1 grey sprue
  • 1 chrome
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 wire
  • 1 stand thick curved wire
  • 1 instruction booklet

The sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The decals allow you to finish the shuttle in three different shuttles.

Construction

Stage 1 Assembly begins with the fuselage and cargo bay. This is very easy, I would suggest adding hatches to the Docking block as it looks wrong without them as they are not included in the kit. There are some ejector pin marks inside the cargo bay which need removing. Also you need to paint the interior of the cockpit black at this stage as this makes the completed kit look better.

P.K.H. Nutcracker "Kampfgruppe BALCK"

Published: October 12th, 2017     
P.K.H. Nutcracker "Kampfgruppe BALCK"
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hasegawa

The Maschinen Krueger universe was created by artist Kow Yokoyama in the 1980's in a series of cartoons about the repopulation of planet earth after nuclear war, and subsequent battles for control of the planet in the year 2882. The Earth's Independent Provisional Government was formed by the colonists resettling Earth, and they were challenged by the Strahl Demoktatische Republic, who were sent to quell the colonists. The colonist's Independent Mercenary Army used Armoured Fighting Suits to devastating effect, and the Strahl's Defence Force developed the unmanned Nutcracker to counter the fighting suits.

Hasegawa originally issued the Nutcracker in 2011, including two figures. This new release of the Nutcracker is the same kit without the additional fighting suit figures. Four marking and painting options are provided, including the rectangular camouflage scheme on the box cover.

SM.03 Sazabi Custom

Published: September 4th, 2017     
SM.03 Sazabi Custom
Author: Mike Rinaldi
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Rinaldi Studio Press

This is Michael Rinaldi's third book in this series, the first being on the Industria Mechanika 1/35 FichtenFoo's Fantastical Fish-shaped Submersible resin kit with the second being the Trumpeter 1/35 Stalinetz S.65 Russian Army tractor kit. This issue focuses on the Bandai 1/100 Sazabi Gundam Mecha that has been customized. The Single Model (SM) series represents a focus on a specific kit and as such is a limited edition (i.e. Only One Print Run!). This singular focus permits Michael Rinaldi to tackle topics outside of his successful TankArt series and allows him to address finishes that he has not attempted before. A core premise of the new book series is to explore and redefine artistic and creative finishes for each subject.

Out of This World Modeling

Published: August 27th, 2017     
Out of This World Modeling
Author: Aaron Skinner
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Kalmbach Publishing Company

Aaron Skinner started out early in publishing, founding his High School student newspaper in the early eighties. He has been an avid modeler since the age of six (supported by his grandfather). He graduated from The University of Queensland in 1992 with his degree in Journalism and History. He has worked with several newspapers in Arkansas and Texas as a photographer and reporter from 1994 until in joined Fine Scale Modeler in 2006. He was promoted from Associate Editor to Senior Editor in 2015 and has authored several modeling books, including: Essential Skills for Scale Modelers (2011), Modeling Airliners (2012), and Airbrushing for Scale Modelers (2015). He is active representing Fine Scale Modeler and providing presentations at contests and shows, recently returning to Dallas for Squadron's EagleQuest in June 2017. He has a regular video kit review with Elizabeth Nash that I wholeheartedly endorse that you can receive through email or at the www.finescale.com website.

North American X-15

Published: June 6th, 2017