Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

TR-3E Triangular UFO

Published: March 27th, 2020     
TR-3E Triangular UFO
Reviewed by: Brent Bristow - IPMS# 48487
Scale: 1/72

The TR-3E Triangular UFO kit by Atlantis Models has been around for a number of years and has become of staple of the sci-fi modeler's stash. The design of the kit, which is based upon numerous reported sightings of UFOs, provides flexibility for the modeler to create their own unique take. This reissue is true to the original release.

The kit consists of five parts, which are the upper and lower halves of the ship and three pieces for the landing gear. The details are crisp and well defined. The parts are molded in a silver plastic, so the kit could be built and displayed without paint, if desired.

Closer examination of the kit revealed that there were a few dips in the molding of both the upper and lower halves around the sides. I filled in these areas with a generous amount of CA glue, and then sanded it down with progressively finer grits of sandpaper. The landing gear pieces had mold lines all around it, which I carefully sanded off. These pieces were difficult to hold on to, and I dropped the legs several times while sanding them.

Blue Streak: Britain's Medium Range Ballistic Missile

Published: January 27th, 2020     
Blue Streak: Britain's Medium Range Ballistic Missile
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus - IPMS# 35035

John Boyes was born in Edinburgh in 1947. Educated at Rugby School, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972 and thereafter pursued a career in the motor industry until his retirement in 2005. He has had a lifelong interest in the history of missiles and published his first book, Project Emily: Thor IRBM and the RAF, in 2008. John followed with Thor Ballistic Missile: The United States and the United Kingdom in Partnership in 2015. He is the treasurer of the Royal Air Force Historical Society and financial controller of the Bomber Command Association, responsible for the financial management of its memorial in London. He has given a number of lectures on Thor and regularly contributed to the British Nuclear History meetings at Charterhouse. He is married and lives in West Wickham, Kent.

Building Gemini: A Guide for Scale Model Builders (Space in Miniature #9)

Published: January 14th, 2020     
Building Gemini: A Guide for Scale Model Builders (Space in Miniature #9)
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198

Mike Mackowski has made something of a name for himself by his relentless pursuit of All Things Real Space in Miniature. This, his ninth publication along these lines, continues the saga as he delves into a number of models both real and speculative regarding the infamous Gemini space program from the 1960's.

Redstone Launcher

Published: April 21st, 2019     
Redstone Launcher
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery - IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/72
Company: Horizon Models

Be aware that ordering the kit direct from Horizon will entail a postage fee. Horizon is located in Australia. Also note that Horizon is offering reduced pricing for their other 1/72nd scale spacecraft kits.

The kit instructions can be downloaded at https://www.horizon-models.com/1-72-redstone-launcher

Horizon Models has, in the last few years, has established itself as a source of superior models of launch vehicles for both unmanned and manned space flight.

The Redstone Launcher will be my third Horizon model and hopefully, it will not be my last. This, kit, however, is the final release in the Redstone series according to Tony Radosevic, the Managing Director or Horizon Models.

This kit contains parts for three subjects, two are launch vehicles for satellites and one as the launch vehicle configured as an IRBM. All three options are similar in that the Redstone vehicle, or a derivative serves as the launch vehicle with only the payload being different.

Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX

Published: September 24th, 2018     
Space 1999 Hawk Mk IX
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
Company: Round 2 Models

This is an all-new tooled version of the Hawk and is far superior to the original Airfix version.

This is a kit of the Hawk MIX from Space 1999, this spacecraft appeared in the episode "Wargames", the kits allows you to build two versions one used in the show and a pre-production version which is the one I opted for.

In the box is:

  • 4 x light grey sprues
  • 1 base mounting wire
  • 1 round dome base
  • 1 decal sheet
  • 1 instruction booklet (Note decal installation instructions are on the box sides)

All the sprues are extremely well molded and great detail; the instruction booklet is easy to follow and well-illustrated. The decal sheet is very large with lots of detail.

Construction

Stage 1, 2 and 3 is the construction of the two side mounted engine pods which had no issues and assembled very well.

Stage 4 and 5 is the assembly of part of the rear main engine and the two side mounted rocket launchers and once again the build was super easy.

Stage 6 and 7 is the assembly of the main hull of the spaceship. Once again a great fit and easy assembly.