Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

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.

Space Wolf SW-190

Published: May 31st, 2016     
Space Wolf SW-190
Reviewed by: Clare Wentzel, IPMS# 1096
Scale: 1/72
Company: Hasegawa

Background

This is a kit of the fighter plane "Space Wolf" 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". For his interspace travel, Captain uses a mother ship named Arcadia. A number of these Space Wolf fighter planes are carried by the Arcadia for protection and offense.

The Space Wolf is a space fighter plane capable of operating in either atmosphere or space conditions. It is armed by two 75 mm pulse laser cannons mounted in the front cowling and two Vulcan cannons in each wing. It appears that jet or rocket thrust can be directed to the tips of the wings and canards to provide control in high altitude or space conditions. The ventral fin is extended during flight but folds forward for storage during landing.

Klingon Bird of Prey

Published: May 5th, 2016     
Klingon Bird of Prey
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/350
Company: Round 2 Models

The phenomenon that began with the TV Series Star Trek has permeated American culture since the inimitable sixties when our favorite villains, the Klingon's, invaded our space. This kit has been issued a number of times since then attesting to the popularity of the show and delighting the Sci-Fi hobbyist as well!

The Kit

This review covers the AMT Klingon Bird of Prey (BoP) 1:350 Scale AMT Model Kit #949. This kit is molded in light green styrene which is a close approximation of the final color and could be built as such. On the other hand, for the best look, painting and highlighting the model is needed.

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"!