The need or
superdetail every model, often at the expense of completing any.
magazine's "Scale Modeling Glossary" (Nov. 2011)
|The amount of work
scratch-building a model of a subject not available as a kit is
proportional to the likelihood that a kit manufacturer will soon
a full kit of that very subject and in the same scale.
This would eventually be a vignette depicting the launching of the Bell
X-1 rocket plane from the B-29 "Mother Ship." Academy-Minicraft's 1/144
scale B-29A Superfortress kit is being converted to the carrier ship
a scratch-built X-1 in the same scale.
The project was started in 1999. The X-1 was completed one year later
can be seen HERE.
It has a pair of tiny ceramic magnets built into it to hold it in the
launch bay. (It works!) The B-29 has a completed launch bay and new
exhausts were cast out of resin. I also received really nice
decals for the Mother Ship nose art from Mark Fergel of PCModeler.com.
The decal was printed from the artwork
The B-29 may one day be finished. My motivation is that I already made
a really nice display stand for the pair, seen in the image below.
As is the case with many scratch-building projects, there is now a
plastic kit of the X-1 in 1/144 scale. Also available is a cast-resin
kit for the B-29 Launch Bay and nose art in the same scale.
This resin kit of the little robot from the 1972 film Silent Running
is by Posigrade Creations. This model was started in 2001 and is very
This is Lindberg's kit of the sleek X-Plane, started in 2008, also
to being completed. Instead of using the kit's decal sheet, markings
created using basic drawing and word processing software and were
onto clear decal film.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Moebius Models originally produced this 3 inch long kit to be boxed
their big Seaview and later released it as a stand-alone kit. This
needs just a little clean-up to be finished.
Polar Light's 11 inch Enterprise kit is being built into a 1/12
scale model of the Enterprise studio model. The big model was
filmed from the right side to there is no detail on the left except for
a rectangular opening on the side of the lower hull for wiring to enter
and exit the model.
Plans are to depict the model with lights off and a warp
engine dome removed, showing the lighting underneath.
While my bigger AMT Enterprise
is a depiction of the fictional starship seen on TV, this would be a
replica of the 11 foot long model
which spent its less-than-5-year mission on a filming stage in
is Round2 Polar Lights' kit of the famed Bat-Car. It is currently and
being worked on.
| And then
there's "The Pile." Every scale modeler has one. This is the collection
of un-built model kits that just gets bigger every year. I think this
is a pretty complete list. I'll add others as they're found.
DB5, 1/35 scale
Dragon: North American X-15,
Factory Custom Craft: Cyclops (7th Voyage
Hasegawa: F4U-1D Corsair, 1/72
International: Captain Gordon T. Shumway (ALF)
(Adam West), 1/8 scale; Space Clipper (2001,
Orion III), 1/200 scale;
The Mighty Kogar/Tracy the Gorilla
New Ware (resin): Titan II - Gemini,
RealSpace Models: Soyuz, 1,72
Round2/Polar Lights: U.S.S.
Enterprise (Refit); U.S.S. Enterprise (ST: Discovery)
Special Hobby: Bell X-1A/C, 1/72
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