Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

Mechatro WeGo Aka and Kiiro (2 Kits)

Published: July 10th, 2015     
Mechatro WeGo Aka and Kiiro (2 Kits)
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/35
Company: Hasegawa

Mechatro WeGo robots are not as well known here as they are in Japan where the series has been a hit for a while now and their world continues to grow. Simply put, they are personal robots meant to carry children anywhere and everywhere. Here's the detail from the web site:

"Direct from Japan's Chubu Mechatronics, Mechatro WeGo mechatrobots have taken the world by storm! These innovative, child-sized transports are the world's smallest mechatrobots, built for carrying kids to school, soccer practice - and everywhere else in between. Mechatrobots have made carpooling obsolete, leaving parents with more time to take care of everyday errands. The only thing mechatrobots are missing? An alarm that ensures the kids are home in time for dinner!"

Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack)

Published: July 10th, 2015     
Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack)
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/72
Company: Moebius Models

The Kit

This review covers the Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack) 1:72 Scale Moebius Model Kit #957. A new release, this model should be readily available at most outlets. These are resized versions of the original 1:32 scale model. Moebius designates this as a Skill Level 3 kit for modelers 12 years and older. It includes two main trees containing most of parts for each craft. It is molded in white styrene with a transparent canopy, display stand, waterslide decals and an extensive instruction manual.

There are markings for different craft in the decal sheet. I have to give Moebius Models credit for releasing this model and to IPMS for providing the review sample.

Space Shuttle Discovery

Published: July 9th, 2015     
Space Shuttle Discovery
Reviewed by: Jim Pearsall, IPMS# 2209
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

The Space Shuttle (actual name "Space Transportation System) was a reusable manned low Earth orbit vehicle.  It consisted of the space plane which went into orbit and glided back to Earth, two Solid Rocket Boosters and the expendable fuel tank. 

Shuttles were operated by NASA from 1981 to 2011, flying a total of 135 missions. 

The missions ranged from launching satellites and interplanetary probes to delivering components for the International Space Station, and later delivering supplies and crew for the ISS.

There were originally 5 shuttles built, Enterprise, which had no orbital capability, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery and Atlantis.  After Challenger was destroyed, Endeavour was built. 

The Kit

Dragon's kit of Discovery can be built as a "cutaway", using the clear parts to show the interiors, or as a standard display model.  This model is also available in Dragon kit DRA 14705, which includes the 747 used to transport the shuttle from the landing area at Edwards AFB to the Kennedy Space Center.  

Star Trek Romulan Bird of Prey

Published: July 6th, 2015     
Star Trek Romulan Bird of Prey
Reviewed by: Tom Pope, IPMS# 47261
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Round 2 Models

Introduction

The original Star Trek TV series, in the 1960s, set the stage for TV science fiction drama in many, many ways - too many to go into here. Suffice it to say, that TV show, while great science fiction on the surface, hit all of the major political topics of the time including the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. In one particular episode "The Balance of Terror", the crew of the Enterprise was forced to respond to attacks on Federation outposts along the Romulan neutral zone, made by a new and unseen enemy with sophisticated, as yet unknown weaponry. The enemy ship could electronically cloak itself from sensors and from being visibly seen. Because of the power required by the plasma weapon however, the ship had to un-cloak before they could fire. When the ship became visible, the image of a great orange bird of prey could be seen on the lower hull of the ship. Once the weapons fired, the great bird of prey disappeared again leaving only the image of a predatory bird that could attack and then retreat into the darkness.

Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack)

Published: July 3rd, 2015     
Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack)
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/72
Company: Moebius Models

The Kit

This review covers the Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark II (2 Pack) 1:72 Scale Moebius Model Kit #957. A new release, this model should be readily available at most outlets. These are resized versions of the original 1:32 scale model. Moebius designates this as a Skill Level 3 kit for modelers 12 years and older. It includes two main trees containing most of parts for each craft. It is molded in white styrene with a transparent canopy, display stand, waterslide decals and an extensive instruction manual.

There are markings for different craft in the decal sheet. I have to give Moebius Models credit for releasing this model and to IPMS for providing the review sample.