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Round 2 have announced some big news for classic Enterprise fans. The big 1/350 kit will be getting a makeover, with new upper and lower saucer halves with no gridline inscribed. These parts will be available as aseparate accessory set, and will beb part of the kits going forward. Full details (and more news) may be seen at Round2's blog. 05/2016


In this book, FineScale Modeler author Aaron Skinner provides a comprehensive guide to airbrushing. Inside this indispensable tool, scale modelers will find:

  • Advice for modeling armor, aircraft, automobiles, figures, ships, and more
  • 600+ step-by-step photos
  • Practical techniques every scale modeler should know
  • Five chapters introduce the tools and techniques for airbrushing. These are followed by 14 chapters providing step-by-step tutorials covering all kinds of models and finishes. Look for a review on Starship Modeler in the very near future.

    "Airbrushing for Scale Modelers" is available via the Starship Modeler Store, and from other fine booksellers.


    Image: Sample Page


    Building on the successof their first kit, the 1/72 Mercury capsule, Australia's Horizon Models will be releasing an all-new tool 1/72 Mercury-Atlas stack in early 2016. The model will build any one of the Mercury-Atlas missions and features:

  • Highly detailed Mercury capsule with escape tower
  • Alternate parts for early "porthole" and Boilerplate missions
  • Separately molded pressure and fuel lines for the Atlas rocket
  • Display stand
  • Waterslide decals and photoetched parts
  • Notably, the the Convair Atlas rocket itself was designed, tooled and molded in Australia. The artwork on the box top was painted by Australian artist Paul Renwick Farley, who is known for his artwork Sabre & Mirage amidst Windswell, amongst others aerospace paintings. The graphics were illustrated by Juanita Franzi of Aero Illustrations in Sydney, also well known for her illustrations in many aerospace magazines and books.

    For more details, please visit the Horizon Models website.


    Image: Variants


    Announcing the ultimate Eagle publication for modellers and fans alike - a lavish, profusely illustrated, highly informative 84-page magazine devoted entirely to this most iconic of fictional spacecraft in all its incarnations!

    Check-out Modelling the Eagle's must-read features:

  • Brian Johnson interviewed by Mat Irvine!
  • The full production story behind the new MPC 22-inch kit!
  • Building the new 22-inch kit!
  • Building and converting MPC's 12-inch Eagle!
  • Building MPC's deluxe lab pod 12-inch Eagle!
  • Rogue Studio's 44-inch replica Eagle!
  • Jim Small recalls a forty-year love affair with the Eagle!
  • David Sisson's meticulous restoration of the original Eagle 1 studio miniature - a much sought after feature, out of print since issue 9 of Sci-fi & fantasy modeller!
  • Converting a 23-inch Eagle!
  • Featuring hundreds of exclusive photographs, Modelling the Eagle publishes February and demand is already proving to be great. For more information, please see the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller website. This publication will also be available in the Starship Modeler Store. 12/2015


    Now available from Fantastic plastic: a 1/500 kit of the Prometheus from the Ridley Scott movie of the same name. This 338 part resin kit includes photoetched brass details and may be displayed in "landed" or "in-flight" configurations. For more information, or to order, please visit the Fantastic Plastic website.

    Price is $ 200.00 USD (~$ 278.87 CAN/€ 182.38 EUR ). 12/2015

    Image: Completed model


    Masterpiece Models have released a big, new model of the submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The 31''/ 78.75cm long, multi-media model features a complete wheelhouse and a hollow hull (the builder would have to scratchbuild any interior). Instructions are included.

    Kits are cast to order. For more information, or to order, please visit Masterpiece Models' website. Price is $ 199.99 USD (~$ 270.29 CAN/€ 180.61 EUR ). 12/2015

    Image: Parts - resin & clear vacuform


    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


    Moebius has announced a new injection molded 1/32 scale kit of the Proteus from Fantastic Voyage. Release is planned for the second quarter of 2016, with an expected retail price of $115USD. 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

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