Space & Sci-Fi Vehicles

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

U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205

Published: March 15th, 2021     
U.S.S. Defiant NX-74205
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/1000
Company: Polar Lights

If you are reading this review I am guessing you know what Deep Space Nine was and the Defiant but just in case, the Defiant was a prototype vessel designed for Star Fleet to battle the Borg. If you need more detail there is plenty on the web. The Polar Lights kit continues their series of 1/1000th scale snap-together Star Trek universe ships. The kit has 27 parts including 13 in clear plastic and their normal 3 part stand. It also includes a plethora of decals to cover the panel colors so you don't have to paint much other than the base color.

Star Trek Galileo Shuttlecraft

Published: December 13th, 2020     
Star Trek Galileo Shuttlecraft
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra - IPMS# 11198
Company: Round 2 Models

As a hard-core Star Trek aficionado as well as modeler, this is a model I've been waiting literally decades to see. The classic Enterprise's Galileo shuttle appeared in a number of episodes, and was always a fan favorite simply because it brought starship technology down to a human level. Round 2 has seen fit to finally release their long awaited Star Trek shuttle, and it's been more than a little interesting examining and building it.

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.