|ADVANCED MODELER SYNDROME
The need or desire to
superdetail every model, often at the expense of completing any.
From Fine Scale Modeler
magazine's "Scale Modeling Glossary" (Nov. 2011)
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 with
a scratch-built X-1 in the same scale.
project was started in 1999. The X-1 was completed one year later and can
be seen HERE.
It has a pair of tiny ceramic magnets built into it to hold it in the B-29
launch bay. (It works!) The B-29 has a completed launch bay and new engine
exhausts were cast out of resin. I also received really nice Alps-printed
decals for the Mother Ship nose art from Mark Fergel, who used to host
the website PCModeler.com.
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 molded
plastic kit of the X-1 in 1/144 scale. Also available is a cast-resin conversion
kit for the B-29 Launch Bay 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 close
This is Lindberg's kit of the sleek X-Plane, started in 2008, also close
to being completed. Instead of using the kit's decal sheet, markings were
created using basic drawing and word processing software and were laser-printed
onto clear decal film.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Moebius Models originally produced this 3 inch long kit to be boxed with
their big Seaview and later released it as a stand-alone kit. This model
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 11 foot long Enterprise studio model. Detail
will be removed from the left side of the model and one warp drive dome
will be removed, showing the workings within.
is Round2 Polar Lights' kit of the famed Bat-Car. It is currently and slowly
being worked on.
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