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Horizon Model Pty of Sydney, Australia has debuted their first injection-molded plastic kit, the 1/72 Mercury™ Spacecraft. The kit includes parts for two models with display stands, plus photo-etched steel details and waterslide decal sheet. Any of the un-crewed, suborbital or orbital mission vehicles may be built, in launch, flight, or recovery modes.

Kits may be ordered directly via the Horizon Models website; shipping outside of Australia is a flat $7.95USD. Cost for the kit is $ 24.95 USD (~$ 32.89 CAN/€ 23.02 EUR ). 11/2015


Round 2 have announced their kit release schedule for the rest of 2015 and first quarter 2016. As always, take these dates as "targets", rather than "set-in-stone"; real life plays havoc with the best of plans.
  • MPC825 Space 1999 - 22-in Eagle Transporter Dec 2015
  • MKA014 Eagle Deluxe Accessory Pack Jan 2016
  • MKA016 Eagle Small Metal Parts Pack Jan 2016 (this will include the small RCS thrusters)
  • AMT947 Star Trek Classic U.S.S. Enterprise (50th Anniversary Ed) Jan 2016
  • AMT949 Star Trek Klingon Bird-of-Prey Feb 2016
  • POL941 Headless Horseman Feb 2016
  • AMT843 USS Excelsior March 2016
  • POL942 Wicked Witch of the West Resin Figure (Painted) March 2016
  • POL943 King Kong Resin Figure(Painted) March 2016
  • MKA017 Star Trek U.S.S. Excelsior Aztec Decal Set March 2016


Image: 22-in Eagle & Accessories (PDF)


Revell have officially unveiled their new kits for Star Wars Ep7: two X-Wings (different markings), Millennium Falcon, and Special Ops TIE Fighter. The X-Wings are roughly 1/51 scale; the Falcon, 1/151; the TIE, 1/58.

All are pre-finished, snap-fit "build and play" kits. All include electronics for lights and sound. These are currently available at Target and Toys-R-Us in the USA. (Yes, we are going to stock these in the SSM store when our distributors stock 'em.)

More info is available on the Revell website.

Meanwhile, Bandai have announced the following kits from the new movie: 1/144 Millennium Falcon, 1/72 "new" X-Wing, 1/72 black TIE Fighter, 1/12 BB-8 & R2-D2 and 1/12 "new" Stormtrooper. More pictures are available on the Bandai website. 09/2015

Image: Revell kits


T-minus is a space movie set during NASA’s golden age. Set in 1963 at the culmination of Project Mercury. One (fictional) astronaut has to make an extraordinary choice. Life, nature, and NASA itself will align against him: but in the end, he will succeed.

The era is to be painstakingly recreated through practical special effects and physical sets. To make the movie feel like an artifact of its time, it will be shot on 35mm film with absolutely no CGI or green screen. Veterans of practical, in-camera techniques--Bob Keen (Return of the Jedi) and Jim Belohovek (Buckaroo Banzai)--are overseeing the special effects. One key sequence will utilize a rare “Oxberry” animation stand, specially restored for this film.

T-minus will star Cameron Anderson (The Bank Job) as astronaut Benjamin Fletcher, Stella Stocker (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) as his wife Victoria, and Tom Virtue (Iron Man 3) as Flight.

Set to shoot this September, T-minus is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to complete its funding. For more information, visit T-minus on Facebook.



RealSpace models have released a model kit of NASA's latest exploratory hero, the New Horizons spacecraft currently sweeping past Pluto and travelling on into the Oort Cloud. The all-resin kit is 1/24 scale and costs $50.00 USD (~$63.73 CAN/ € 45.43 EUR - as of 7/2015). For more information, or to order, please visit the RealSpace Models website.

Image: Another view 07/2015


Glencoe Models have announced the re-issue of the classic Thor ICBM kit. Originally produced by Adams in 1958, this model has never been reissued. The all-plastic kit is 1/87 (H0 scale) and includes 4 figures and the same launch platform as included with the companion Vanguard rocket (which is also planned for reissue). A new, larger decal sheet provides markings for USAF and the RAF versions. for more information and photos, please visit the Glencoe Models website. 07/2015


Round 2 have shown a prototype of their forthcoming 22’’ Eagle Transporter from Space:1999. The 1/48 scale kit (which is, at this writing, still pending approval by the license-holder) is based on the 44’’-long studio model used in the first season of the show. It will include spring-loaded landing struts, two pilot figures, and the passenger pod module. Clear parts for the various windows will be included, but aside from the back wall of the command pod (visible through the front windows) no interior for the the pod or passenger module will be provided. A separate detail set is planned, which will include 12 turned-aluminum engine bells and aluminum landing struts. Future detail/add-on kits may be available if sales of the base kit are sufficient.

The base kit, which will be sold under the MPC label, is planned for November 2015 availability (but take that date with a grain of salt!). 06/2015

Image: MPC Sell sheet (PDF)

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