Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

Maschinen Krieger MK 44 Ausf.B Hammerknight

Published: March 10th, 2017     
Maschinen Krieger MK 44 Ausf.B Hammerknight
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/20
Company: Hasegawa

For a long time now I have loved the look of this range of kits and have wanted to build one, so I jumped at the opportunity to build this kit. It is an excellent kit in the Hasegawa Machinen Krieger series. The kit is very easy to build as long as you watch the instruction details carefully.

In the Box

  • 11 x red sprues
  • 1 beige sprue
  • 1 clear sprue
  • 1 dark grey vinyl sprue of polycaps
  • 1 vinyl/rubber sprue
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 painting guide / collectors card
  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 small correction sheet for the instructions

All the sprues are extremely well molded with no flash and great detail. The decals allow you to finish the Mk 44 in many different ways. The painting guide shows 4 more, and 2 more on the back of the box.

Construction

Assembly begins with the feet and legs in steps 1 thru step 11. These are moveable due to the use of the vinyl polycaps in each joint. Construction of the legs and feet was very simple with no issues, and the parts fit nicely.

British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle

Published: February 17th, 2017     
British Secret Projects 5: Britain's Space Shuttle
Author: Dan Sharp
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Company: Crecy Publishing

Dan Sharp studied history at the University of Liverpool and has worked as a writer and editor since 1998. As a hobby he began doing primary source research that has resulted in quite a few historical aviation books. These include Cold War - Sex, Spies and Nuclear Missiles (2013), Messerschmitt Me 262: Secret Projects and Experimental Prototypes (2013), Messerschmitt Bf 109: Secret Projects and Experimental Prototypes (2013), Dueling Above the Trenches - Sopwith Aircraft of the Great War (2014), D-Day Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy (2014), Luftwaffe Secret Jets of the Third Reich (2015), Spitfires Over Berlin (2015), The Hated Volksjager: Histories of the Heinkel He 162 (2015), and Luftwaffe - Secret Bombers of the Third Reich (2016). Dan Sharp currently lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children.

Star Wars Republic Star Destroyer

Published: December 31st, 2016     
Star Wars Republic Star Destroyer
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Scale: 1/2256
Company: Revell, Inc.

This is a re-issue of a first released a few years ago by Revell Germany.

This is a kit of a Republic Star Destroyer from the Clone wars era of the Star Wars saga.

In the box is:

  • 4 x light grey sprues
  • 1 Upper Hull Section
  • 1 Lower Hull Section
  • 1 Decal sheet
  • 1 Instruction booklet

All the sprues are extremely well molded and great detail; the instruction booklet is easy to follow and well-illustrated.

Construction

Stage 1, 2 and 3 is the construction of the ships upper super structure and is very detailed. I decided to paint each sub assembly as I built the kit. I used a light grey spray can primer and this was a perfect match for the paint finish I wanted for the ship.

Stage 4 and 5 is the assembly and painting of the lower hull of the ship. This needed a lot of masking etc. for the best finish to the ship. I also weathered the side details of parts 39 to 49 at this stage to allow me more access to the parts before the hull assembly later.

Atlas ICBM

Published: November 13th, 2016     
Atlas ICBM
Reviewed by: James Binder, IPMS# 49206
Scale: 1/72
Company: Horizon Models

Horizon Models of Australia has released their third kit, the Atlas ICBM in 1/72 scale. This comes after kits of the Mercury Space Capsule and Mercury-Atlas rocket both in 1/72. If you have built either of those then you know you how good Horizons kits are and if not the following review will show you.

The kit is made up of 3 sprues of gray plastic. Two of sprue A and one B. The biggest difference from this kit to the mercury atlas kit is that it is missing the mercury capsule sprue. Horizon gives you three options for payload though, option A is the first SAC launch, option b is the "New Nickle" launch from 1961 and option C is the Mk4 RV test flight from 1960. My choice was to build option C as it launched from the Cape and the other two were from Vandenberg.

The directions come in a fold out format. Steps 1-7 are build instructions and steps 8-9 are decaling. This kit has a very extensive decal sheet that is full of stencils, codes, and specific markings and shows how much research went into the design and construction of this kit.

Space Pirate Battleship Arcadia - Limited Edition

Published: August 30th, 2016     
Space Pirate Battleship Arcadia - Limited Edition
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/1500
Company: Hasegawa

Background

This is a kit of the mother ship, Arcadia flown by the space pirate, Captain Harlock from the adventure filled world of Leiji Matsumoto. Originally created in 1977 for a manga TV series, Captain Harlock has appeared in various film and TV shows, most recently a 2013 feature film, "Space Pirate Captain Harlock". This space battleship is used for his interspace travel. The Arcadia carries a number of Space Wolf fighter planes for protection and offense.

The Arcadia is equipped with heavy firepower. The main armament consists of triple-mount pulsar cannon turrets, two on the upper deck and one on the underside. When Captain Harlock's friend, Tochiro, designed the Arcadia, he must have been influenced by pirate ships of old, because the rear of the Arcadia resembles the stern of a Spanish Galleon. I am not sure of the significance of this but it looks neat.