Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set

Published: January 31st, 2015     
Battlestar Galactica Upgrade Set
Reviewed by: Tim Hortman, IPMS# 19789
Scale: 1/4105
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius Models continues to add to their excellent line of Battlestar Galactica kits. This time with a detail set for the Galactica. This set is designed to be used with the Moebius Models kit #915 1/4105 Battlestar Galactica

Included in this set are three sprues of detailed rail guns, two photo-etched museum windows, and an enhanced decal sheet.

Because there is some minor surgery required to make these parts work, Moebius recommends this set for the more experienced modeler. However, I don't think this set will be difficult to use for anyone with a little modeling skill.

The set comes with a heavy cardboard backing which doubles as the directions for the upgrade set. This backing folds down to reveal detailed directions on painting and applying decals. Note that several of these new parts will need to be added during the assembly process, so take a few minutes and read through everything before you begin. Stapled to the backing is a single bag with three sprues of upgraded guns, two PE window frames, and a large decal sheet.

Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set

Published: January 21st, 2015     
Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 Aztec Decal Set
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Background

As featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Federation starship USS Reliant was the vessel commandeered by the despotic Khan Noonien Singh, a late 20th century superhuman product of genetic engineering. Khan first appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, "Space Seed," where he and his crew were discovered in cryogenic stasis while drifting through space aboard the SS Botany Bay. Revived by USS Enterprise's crew, Khan and his followers were permanently exiled on a remote planet by Captain James T. Kirk after a failed attempt to seize Enterprise.

As with most twice-deposed despots, Khan had quite the axe to grind with Kirk. The Wrath of Khan follows the titular character as he seizes upon the opportunity to avenge his exile and reign havoc on the Federation with the newly-created Genesis Device. A favorite of many Trek fans, Wrath of Khan was a throwback to the classic TV series, and it is punctuated with eye-popping special effects, many featuring the hot-rod Miranda-class starship Reliant.

Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864

Published: January 21st, 2015     
Star Trek U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864
Reviewed by: Dave and Camden Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Background

As featured in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Federation starship USS Reliant was the vessel commandeered by the despotic Khan Noonien Singh, a late 20th century superhuman product of genetic engineering. Khan first appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek TV series, "Space Seed," where he and his crew were discovered in cryogenic stasis while drifting through space aboard the SS Botany Bay. Revived by USS Enterprise's crew, Khan and his followers were permanently exiled on a remote planet by Captain James T. Kirk after a failed attempt to seize Enterprise.

As with most twice-deposed despots, Khan had quite the axe to grind with Kirk. The Wrath of Khan follows the titular character as he seizes upon the opportunity to avenge his exile and reign havoc on the Federation with the newly-created Genesis Device. A favorite of many Trek fans, Wrath of Khan was a throwback to the classic TV series, and it is punctuated with eye-popping special effects, many featuring the hot-rod Miranda-class starship Reliant.

Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly

Published: January 4th, 2015     
Jonny Quest: The Dragonfly
Reviewed by: Greg Wise, IPMS# 44378
Scale: Undetermined
Company: Moebius Models

History Brief

The Adventures of Jonny Quest was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for Screen Gems. An animated television series, it ran on ABC in prime time on Friday nights for one season from 1964 to 1965.  A true original for the 1960s, it was created and designed by comic-book artist Doug Wildey and was inspired by American radio serials, American action-adventure comics and American science fiction genre. Ground breaking for it's time it featured unmatched realistic art, interesting characters, and a better story line than any previous cartoon seen on television.

The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Aircraft known as The Dragonfly is the iconic Jonny Quest aircraft featured in the episode introductions. It was also featured in some of the best episodes.

The Product

The Quest Labs Supersonic Suborbital Dragonfly is a 12 inch long desk top model with a base reminiscent of the old Aurora kits and comes well packed

NASA Space Shuttle "Discovery" w/747-100 SCA

Published: October 8th, 2014     
NASA Space Shuttle "Discovery" w/747-100 SCA
Reviewed by: Matthew Cottrell, IPMS# 48174
Scale: 1/144
Company: Dragon Models

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) fleet consisted of two modified Boeing 747s. The iconic N905NA, a retired American Airlines 747-100, conducted the Approach and Landing Tests with the Space Shuttle Enterprise in the late 70s, still sporting its natural metal finish with an American Airlines red, white, and blue cheatline. N905NA had a long second career with NASA, finishing its service in fall of 2012 after ferrying Discovery, Enterprise, and Endeavor to their final display locations, and ultimately arriving in Houston, TX, to start a third career as a museum display, eternally ferrying the Space Shuttle replica Independence.

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