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3D designer Kenneth Leishman and caster Erin Lantz have teamed up to form Manticore Models. They'll be debuting two new kits at Wonderfest this year, both available at the StarshipModeler tables.

The first is the 1/350 Shih Zhu class Light Attack Craft based on the LACs from the Honor Harrington universe. The Peeps surrendered as a result of these deadly little ships' effectiveness, and now you can own one (or a whole squadron!) to defend your sphere of influence! It has 19 resin parts including a logo base, as well as ALPS printed decals. Model is 7.5" long once built. Price is $40.

Next up is a 1/350 pre-TOS/Romulan War era Earth Minotaur class fighter that can alternatively be built as an Honor Harrington universe LAC fighter using the supplied impeller rings. Compact and well armed, this is just the ship to patrol your shipyards! The Minotaur consists of 4 resin parts, includes color ALPS printed decals for both versions and is 3.75" long once built. Price is $25.

All of our kit masters are rendered to be as accurate as possible and grown on our Formlabs Form1+ SLA printer. All parts are pressure cast using SmoothOn materials. We have many more kits coming soon, including pre-TOS/Romulan War era subjects, Honorverse based capital ships, and even a certain bad guy ship from Farscape we know you'll love. We'll also be doing figures in the future. Join us in the Resin Illuminati/ Florida Peacekeepers Suite at Wonderfest for a sneak peek at our ''sorta secret but not really'' upcoming kit masters. 05/2015

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Round 2 have provided an updated release schedule for the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2015. The following kits are expected to be available in the months listed (though, as ever, this is subject to change without notice):

April 2015

  • (AMT) 1/25 Piranha Super Spy Car (this is the "standard" edition without all the goodies included in the first release)
  • (Polar Lights) 1/32 Batmobile in "Aurora-style" purple box, with resin figures
  • (Hawk) Vanguard Satellite
  • As of this posting (4/29) only the Piranha car has arrived at our distributors, so make of it what you will).

    May 2015

  • (Polar Lights) 1/9 Executive Officer Kane (Alien) vignette
  • June 2015

  • (Polar Lights) 1/1000 Romulan Bird of Prey (TOS)
  • (Polar Lights) 1/25 BTTF Delorean (with the railroad wheels)
  • (Polar Lights) Small display base (2" diameter, 2" stand) 3-pack
  • July 2015

  • (Polar Lights) 1/2500 Star Trek Ships of the Line Assortment (USS Enterprise NCC-1701, USS Reliant, USS Defiant, Klingon Bird of Prey). These are pre-finished snap-fit kits.
  • (Polar Lights) Cut-away USS Enterprise (reissue). Will include the now-standard dome base and stand.
  • September 2015

  • (Polar Lights) 1/72 King Kong
  • 04/2015


    Paragrafix are releasing two new photo-etched brass sets, one for Moebius’ upcoming Colonial One kit, and the other to fit recent 1/72 X-Wing kits.

    The 1/72 X-Wing Fighter set provides boarding ladders for model kits produced by either Bandai or Fine Molds. These ladders can be easily folded by hand without the need of a folding tool. As a bonus, the set also includes inserts for the engine exhausts, making them easier to light. Separate inserts are provided for the two different kits due to differences in size. MSRP is expected to be $14.95 USD (~$18.75 CAN/ € 13.74 EUR)

    The 1/350 scale Colonial One Window Templates may be used as either “cladding” over the original kit hull, or as templates for cutting clean, evenly spaced windows into the hull of the ship for subsequent lighting. In addition to every passenger area window location, this set includes window frames for the clear plastic cockpit and lounge windows to make light blocking much easier. Also included are mesh inserts for the main engines to facilitate lighting. MSRP is expected to be $24.95 USD (~$31.26 CAN/ € 22.89 EUR) (currencyy conversion as of 03/2015)

    Both sets will be available from a number of hobby retailers, including Starship Modeler. 03/2015

    MMI Detail Set for Hasbro's 1/48 Millennium Falcon

    MMI is set to release a Photo-etched Grille Detail Set for the 1/48ish HASBRO Millennium Falcon . This detail set consists of 18x resin parts (6x engine inserts, 6x Fan Caps, 6x Retainer Rings) and 9x .006" photo-etched brass parts (6x Exhust Grilles, 3x Loading Arm Vents). This set is to replace the solid, stickered grilles on Hasbro's Falcon toy of Han Solo's hopped-up YT-1300 freighter. This is a Level Two detail set - requires some modification to the toy for installation.

    This detail set fits the NEW Hasbro Heroes Series Millennium Falcon toy released in late 2014. It does NOT fit any other Hasbro Falcon.

    The set is expected to be available from retailers, including Starship Modeler, by mid-March 2015. 03/2015

    Moebius Interstellar Ranger

    Moebius have released more details about their upcoming 1/72 kit of the "Ranger" shuttle/descent ship from the film "Interstellar". The model, which will measure over 10''/ 250mm when built, will include landing gear, waterslide decals and a bonus 1/144 ''Ranger'' Launch Module kit.

    There is no release date yet; the kit will be available from Starship Modeler (among other retailers).

    MSRP is expected to be $ 34.99 USD (~$ 44.32 CAN/€ 32.68 EUR ). 03/2015

    Detail that Enterprise-D!

    Now available from Tetryon Parts are replacement impulse engines for the overly-square pieces in AMT (Round2)'s 1/1400 USS Enterprise-D kit. These parts feature an overall more accurate, smoother, tapered shape, with engraved panel lines and a hint of engine grille pattern.

    For prices and availability -and to see their entire line of detail parts for this kit - please visit the Tetryon Parts website. 02/2015

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