Thursday, September 30, 2010

About Round 2's AMT 1/2500 scale Star Trek Enterprise C

Its great that Round2 is re-releasing these fantastic kits again. The previous release that had the 1/2500 scale Enterprise C was when they had the "3 Enterprises Sets". Set 1 had TOS 1701, 1701A and 1701D, and set 2 had 1701B, 1701 C and 1701 E. I still have these sets stack somewhere in my stash somewhere, and now Round 2 has actually re-released these in the market with new decals. The kits however are reissues of the earlier release. Here's some images how these Enterprise sets looked like when they were first released:

Set 1

Set 2

The Round 2 re-release still issues a 3 Enterprise Set, but this time it will have the TOS 1701, 1701A and 1701B while the Enterprise C, D and E now comes in their own box. All these 1/2500 scale re-release are now categorised as "Cadet Series", a new category given due to the simplicity of assembling these kits. Its also a way to help re-cultivate good old fashion Sci Fi Scale Modelling by producing easy to assemble kits that comes with very nice details and decals.

The Enterprise C re-release couldn't have come at a better time since this kit is truly rare in styrene format. I've read praises that the molds are good, and fittings are near to perfection. The new Aztec decals they've included also helps to give the kit a closer resemblance to what you see on TV.

This set did have one problem. The decals included had the "USS Enterprise" mispelled as "USS Enterpise", missing the "R".

But Round2 is making good its claim as a responsible and trustworthy Scale Model Kit Manufacturer. If you find your kit with this decal problem - then you need to just follow their instructions

Due to a typo on our latest release of the 1:2500 scale U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-C (AMT661), we are offering a replacement decal. Send the postcard included in the Enterprise 1701-C (AMT661) Star Trek model kit. Fill out the information completely and mark the bottom with “ENTERPRISE C”. The replacement decal will be sent out promptly.

Got that? Alrighty then, you're now set to produce one of Star Trek's famous ship and add her into your personal fleet collection.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Part 1 Studio Scale Reference for the BSG Mark II Colonial Viper

Reference is always important to those who wants their build done as accurate as possible. The problem is usually sourcing for those materials. So to help scale modellers in general, here are some reference images of the 1:1 scale Mark II Viper from the new Battlestar Galactica Series. This life size mock up was used during the filming but there are some difference from the CGI model. For one, the forward thrusters and engine side thrusters are missing. Those were added on for the space flight scenes. Also to note is the cockpit - they're different for Season 1 & 2, and Season 3 and 4

Part 2 of the Studio Prop Model is HERE

I've just updated this post with more images of the studio model.

Moebius 1/32 scale Battlestar Galactica Mark II Colonial Viper

I would say this kit is among the few most anticipated kit for 2010. I remembered when it was announced way back in November 2009 that Moebius was developing a sytrene kit for it, and fans all over the world waited impatienly for her release in March/April 2010. When she was eventually shipped from the factory in China, the shipping container got detained by US customs for "Total Inspection", a phrase used when a container is randomly selected for inspection inside out. This meant another week's delay. Oh, the anxiety, the excitement.

First time we got to see her was through the Box Art - no kits inside though
Lucky George of Timeslip Creations, got to look and assemble a test kit. He highlighted her as per below which got the rest of us drooling

The Mark II as it was called was of course an upgrade from the original Mark I from the original series. I was told the Mark I could still be seen as a Museum piece in the new Galactica Mini Series (but I couldn't find the scene). The Mark II was destined to share homeage to the first Cylon War as the Galactica herself was to be decommissioned. Due to their age, they were not installed with the latest military defense computer system. thus spared from the Cylon virus that destroyed everyone else.

A trip down memory lane with the Mark I

The Mark II was a dependable workhorse for the military, and has proven itself again in the survival of mankind. Starbuck of course rode her to perfection, and this little ship has been famous ever since then.

I still remembered the sleepness night when we were told US Customs had released the shipment containers. Cultman got their stock first, then followed by Starship Modeller ( I wanted boasting rights to show off the kit first in Malaysia, but a friend who ordered his through Cultman got that honour ... sigh). I also remembered John and Linda Lester of Starship Modeller requiring a vacation after 3 straight days of filling up orders like crazy.

I know of no other kit that had this kind of reception.

Since then, there had been many build ups of the Mark IIs. Some incorporating details that would leave your jaw gapping, others are build so perfectly they make it look so easy.

Click on my WIP journal for my own Moebius 1/32 scale Mark II build process. I'm afraid both the journal and my kit is still WIP at the moment

Coming soon - some sample work of kits done up so beautifully. Here's a fine example of one done up beautifully by Craig G

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Some updates on Moebius New Battlestar Galactica kits

Seems that the Moebius 1/4105 scale Battlestar Galactica kit have been pushed toward middle/end October 2010. So for those still looking forward to this kit, its only a delay of 1 to 2 weeks. She's coming. And there is a picture of a decal for the Galactica. Not sure if this decal will be the same decal given with the actual kit.

Also at Cultman's Blog, Moebius reveals the coming Advanced Cylon Raider from Season 4. At 1/32 scale, she's a beauty. Its only the prototype image for patterning the kit, and awaiting final approval.

Article and more images at Cultman's Fantastic Modelling

Article and more images at Cultman's Fantastic Modelling

This wasn't highlighted in this blog before but also coming from Moebius is the Mark VII Colonial Viper. It was shown recently in its prototype form. Lots of goodies coming from Moebius for the New Galactica Series.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Awesome Build Review - Another Excellent Naval Built, the USS Winston S Churchill

Nattapon from Thailand pulled it off again at 1/700 scale, this time with the USS Winston Churchill. You can tell by viewing at the images with added detail work and aftermarket parts. The crew was an added bonus adding soem activity happening on board the ship. Placing a US Navy Transport vessel next to a makeshift dock gives us the impression she's sea bound.

Very nice work there Nattapon. We'll be looking out for more of your showpieces.