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Millennium Falcon

Published: January 15th, 2010     
Millennium Falcon
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/144
Company: Fine Molds

Yes, I love Star Wars- I have since I saw the first movie in a theater when it came out in 1977 (yikes). In 2001, Finemolds and their president Kunihiro Suzuki starting issuing intricately detailed and very well researched replicas of the craft from Star Wars. They jumped through X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and topped it off with the 2006 release of the 1/72 Millennium Falcon. This kit, which is currently OOP, had a massive parts count of 900 and detail that makes it one of the best kits of all time. The kit cost well over $200 when released (I know, as I am one of the guys that bought one). Last I saw, the collector price was pushing $300. These are expensive, long projects to build but in the end one is rewarded with a stunning replica. They are also now hard to come by except for E-Bay. This leaves us humans in a bad way when we need to go to that galaxy far, far away.

USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Published: January 15th, 2010     
USS Enterprise NCC-1701
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

Space, the final frontier.....these are the voyages... Whoops, digressing already. To most people, these words are very familiar as they are the opening of the original Star Trek TV show. Polar Lights has come out with a nice snap together kit of the original USS Enterprise. The kit is loaded with options and is targeted for both kids and the causal builder. There are over 50 pieces made from clear and white styrene along with a very comprehensive decals sheet and stickers. You can make four versions of the Enterprise  from the kit. First, the ship as was seen in most 78 episodes of the series. Second, the first pilot version, third, the second pilot version and lastly Mirror Universe show. The main differences are the nacelles and the decals.  There are three separate sets of warp nacelles to get this done and the instructions are very clear on what goes where for each version. The difference between the second pilot version and the Mirror Universe is decals. (You remember the Mirror Universe show? Spock had a beard and the Federation wasn't the nicest bunch of people).

Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator

Published: January 15th, 2010     
Ion Nebulizer and VOX Communicator
Reviewed by: Andrew Howard, IPMS# 30741
Scale: 1/1
Company: Pegasus Hobbies

Dad's (Mike Howard) Introduction

My 11 year old son is a big fan of space and science fiction, so I thought this would be an enjoyable model building exercise for him. I'm also planning to put some simple electronics inside the Nebulizer (at a later time) that will tie some lights and sounds into the trigger.

Here is Andrew's review of the kit:

Andrew's Review

The Ion nebulizer and VOX communicator was an interesting set, fun to build and rather easy too.

De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 1

Published: November 3rd, 2009     
De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 1
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley, IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

The de Havilland Mosquito really needs no introduction, beyond the fact that it was one of the most versatile aeroplanes ever built, fulfilling an amazing variety of roles with air forces and civilian organizations across the globe from 1941 until the mid-sixties.

This new kit from Airfix continues a tradition dating back to the early 1970's for large-scale kits, starting with their still-relevant Spitfire I. Rumour has it that Airfix even considered a 1/24 Mosquito back in the early 1980's, but decided to use their research to create a 1/48 kit instead, one that is also still relevant despite newer, more detailed (but not always as accurate) and always more expensive rivals. A couple of years ago, wistful thinking had the newly-reborn Airfix resurrecting those plans, and Lo and Behold! they have.

De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 2

Published: November 3rd, 2009     
De Havilland Mosquito NF.II/FB.VI - Part 2
Reviewed by: Paul Bradley, IPMS# 35554
Scale: 1/24
Company: Airfix

Despite there being over 600 parts and 52 stages in the instruction manual, this doesn't seem to be an overly complicated kit; however, there are places where care with assembly will be needed to ensure that there are no fit issues later on - I'm thinking particularly of the undercarriage, which will probably be the most fiddly part of the build. The amount of detail seems reasonable for the scale, and bearing in mind the fairly simple nature of the actual aircraft, but I am sure there will be some who wish to go the extra mile and add more; I am planning on doing this build OOB, but I reserve the right to change my mind as I go along. For those who wish to upgrade their references in preparation for the build, I can recommend SAM Publications Aviation Guide 2 - Mosquito FB.VI by Dave Brown that has many useful detail photos of the insides of a Mosquito, with tech manual diagrams as well.

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