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"The Bug" Photo-etch Workstation

Published: January 1st, 2009     
"The Bug" Photo-etch Workstation
Reviewed by: Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Company: The Small Shop

Photo-etch bending could sound intimidating but it shouldn't, particularly if you have the right tools for it. The Small Shop has designed "The Bug" to be the one-stop photo-etch bending tool. The tool is very well designed; compact, versatile, easy to use and made of aircraft grade aluminum.

The rotating head has a 2-inch straight edge for long bending lines, a "swiss comb" side with 6 "teeth" for boxes, and a variety of fixtures to fold parts of different sizes and material strengths, or for scratch built handles. All of these in a compact 2x2.5 inch base. It should be mentioned that some of hold-down fingers are reinforced for bending thicker brass, while others designed for thinner, more delicate parts. It is a nice touch from the Small Shop to include a razor blade (used for folding) with the tool.

Forbidden Planet Robbie the Robot

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Forbidden Planet Robbie the Robot
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/12
Company: Polar Lights

As a fan of 1950's movies and SciFi in general, I consider Robbie to be the most famous robot of all time. I wanted one for the collection. I also wanted to do one from his 1st appearance, which was in the 1956 MGM picture "Forbidden Planet." When this kit was first issued by Polar Lights, I missed the boat. So I was on it when Round2 Models brought back this classic!

Inside the long Aurora-style box was approximately 50 parts including: a single part base, chrome sprue for the pieces and parts, clear parts for the voice area and head details, and several sprues of dark metallic gray parts. I started preparing to build by watching my copy of the movie and searching the Internet where I stumbled on this picture:

Lotus 25 Coventry Climax

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Lotus 25 Coventry Climax
Reviewed by: Robert Merz, IPMS# 45732
Scale: 1/43
Company: Tameo

Introduction

Tameo Models is an Italian firm, and their kits are arguably the best 1/43 scale models in the world. From their earliest days these kits have featured fine, white metal castings, delicate photo-etched details, machined aluminum parts, rubber tires, vacuform windscreens, and superb decals. They have led the 1/43rd world, and have never looked back.

Tameo is best known for its extensive line of Formula One cars. Taken all together, by my count there are over 475 kits offered by this prolific firm in 1/43 scale... and this does not include their extensive line of detail parts! Best of all, ALL of their kits are kept in production at all times!

The Kit

This kit is from their World Championship line (their most detailed offerings, with some kits containing over 300 parts). The kit contains finely cast white metal components for the body, chassis, engine, some strut elements, engine, instrument panel and wheel hubs.

Tires are rubber, and the wheel rims are machined aluminum with some chromed photo-etched accent parts. Other aluminum parts include engine exhaust stacks (trumpets), and gear shift.

Star Wars Jedi Starfighter

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Company: AMT

Well now, AMT finally gets the 'Star Wars Revenge of the Sith(c)' models to the store shelves just in time for Christmas and after the movie is on DVD for your reference.  So what go you get with this new release?  You get 56 parts nicely molded in light gray plastic, 2 clear parts, 2 metal bars, decals and instructions.  The parts are bagged and the clear parts are double bagged in bubble wrap. 

What you don't get is any painting or decal placement information in the instructions, even though the instructions do list 11 different paint color call outs.  The other thing that you don't get is any information on this kit, for example, in two different places (one for the cockpit and the other for the moveable wing panels) you are given optional part selection without any information about which Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter had which options, so you had better take good notes when you are watching the movie.

USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Refit

Published: January 1st, 2009     
USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Refit
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/350
Company: Polar Lights

The first thing that you will notice, even before opening the box, is that this is a big model! The box measured at about 17 inches on each side and is five inches deep, weighing in about just less than five pounds. Opening the box one of the things that draws the eye is the saucer. The saucer, which is about 16.5 inches in diameter, weighs in at just less than 2 pounds. For the math challenged among us, that equates to a saucer circumference of just less than 52 inches. As a reference, a standard NBA basketball hoop has a diameter of 18 inches. Each engine pod is about 17 inches long. The model will take up an estimated vertical displacement of about 10 inches. Okay, it's big. It's heavy.

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