Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

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 Morrisette, 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.

Hubble Space Telescope with Space Shuttle Orbiter and Astronauts Limited Edition

Published: October 16th, 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.


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.