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Round 2 Models: Wonderfest 2019 preview

posted by JamieH 4:41 PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

We are excited as always to participate in the Wonderfest Sc-Fi modeling show each year in Louisville, KY. This year is no different and the show is just a few weeks away. You can check out specifics on the show here.

Don’t forget that each year we award participants in the model contest for the BEST USE OF A ROUND 2 MODEL KIT! There is plenty of room for interpretation in that definition. We like CREATIVE use of any of our kits, but if not that, then over-the-top craftsmanship usually catches our eye. Use our kits in an exciting way in a super-clean kit-bash, and you’ve got yourself a winner! We present awards for adults as well as models from the child or youth category to encourage young talented modelers

We are preparing our booth display where we’ll show buildups of our most recent and upcoming releases as well as sneak peeks at some new stuff. We usually try to keep the wraps on things until the show, but a few of our upcoming new kits were recently placed on our distributor price list. So rather than let everyone try and figure out what is going on, we’re going to fill you in NOW!

We will be showing three new sci-fi/pop culture kits at the show this year starting out with the 1967 Impala from the popular series, Supernatural. We’ve gotten a ton of requests for it and its as iconic a car as you will find on the airwaves today. We will have a mockup on display at the show.

We have been reviewing test shots that will be used in this year’s Space:1999 prebuilt product… drumroll, please… a 22″ Eagle II. The model will feature a slightly different engine bottle arrangement and all-new shoulder pods. The springs will be a bit “softer” to compress more fully as we see in the show. Just showing some pics of the assembled test shots isn’t that appealing, but we intend to have a fully factory-decorated piece at the show to show off exactly what the final product will look like.

Lastly, (but not leastly) we will be showing a fresh test shot of our brand new tooling of the 1/72 scale Eagle. At 1/72, the ship measures little over 14″ long and will eventually replace the old 1/96 scale MPC model everyone is used to. It will be the first model of the Eagle to ever come with a base to hold it in flying position. We’ll drop a ton of pics here with some comparisons to our other models. We hope to see you at the show!

[UPDATE 4/8/2019] We assure this is a real release! We purposefully announced in on April Fool’s Day to keep you guessing. Surprisingly, Round 2 has always gotten positive reactions to April Fool’s Day news. We expected no less with this one, but unlike announcements from our diecast cube-neighbors, those of us on the model kit side will deliver (this time at least). Look for the kit in late May or early June. It is available noe to pre-order form your favorite retailers.

Are you ready for UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS FROM OUTER SPACE who PARALYZE THE LIVING AND RESURRECT THE DEAD!?! It will be LIKE NOTHING FROM THIS WORLD!

Polar Lights’ next great release may be unexpected (or maybe EXACTLY what you expected.) Hold on to your hats and get ready for a STUDIO SCALE model of the flying saucer from PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE! Keeping true to our reputation, we have gone to great lengths to research every last detail of the filming miniatures used in Ed Woods’ infamous film.

It features plenty of super-cool… features… like a clear dome which were inadvertently painted over in the movie. It would have shown the true form of the mind-numbingly horrific alien invaders. (They were probably too true to the REAL aliens that crashed in the Nevada desert and covered up by the government.) It also comes with what we are calling a DELUXE DISPLAY-O-MATIC device which allows the model to defy gravity and not crash on the floor. It will also come with a decal sheet featuring the movie poster art and 1/25 scale bumper stickers.

Look for the kit SOON! (probably sooner than you think… unless you think it is coming out NOW! or… NOW! or next week! Or the week after! Or the week after that! Maybe the week after that! Maybe…)

Coming off the Shelf – A Double Header Spring!

posted by ChuckZ 2:42 PM
Friday, March 29, 2019

As the grass and daylight grows longer, it’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and get those model kit projects going. And what better way than with a BIG AMT classic—the Double Header!! Shot in white, this tandem vans kit offers an authentic converter dolly and functional, sliding rear doors. Not to mention, it’s over 2 feet long when assembled, and includes vintage style packaging and improved decals, thanks to the kats at AMT.

Spring is here, and so is the Double Header!! Coming soon wherever kits are sold.

UPDATE [4/1/2019]: Links have been repaired.

We have gotten an amazing reaction to our 1:350 Scale Klingon K’t’inga kit, and we want to thank everyone for all of the accolades. As with any new product, a few minor problems were brought to light and we will work on correcting them in future production runs. One of the biggest things seemed to pertain to the instruction sheets for both the kit and lighting set. That is something we can correct and share now with everyone that has already bought the kits.

Feel free to pass along these download links to friends that have the kit. We have already gotten positive feedback on the revisions already. Hopefully, this helps everyone.

Light Set Installation Instructions

http://www.round2ftp.com/production/outgoing/MKA031-06%20Ktinga%20Light%20Kit%20InstrSht-02122019PATHS.pdf

Kit Assembly Instructions

http://www.round2ftp.com/production/outgoing/POL950-06%20Ktinga%20Instructions%2002012019.pdf

Here is a low res look at the revised kit instructions.

AMT Model Kits: Garage Accessory Series Set #3

posted by JamieH 10:00 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Continuing a series of articles that take a look at some upcoming sets of 1/25 scale garage accessories…

We don’t want to make the same mistake for our third release as we did with the first two. Release #3 is scheduled for a Q2 2019 release, but the mockup has already been completed and we should have test shots soon. Here is a sneak peek at our mockup for this uplifting release. (see what I did there?)

As you can see it will be a 9′ service lift. It includes a figure with an impact wrench. The arms of the lift are articulated and they can be set at any height.

AMT Model Kits: Garage Accessory Series Set #2

posted by JamieH 10:00 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Here is the first look at our second upcoming 1/25 scale garage accessories set, Tip Top Shop! The set features two figures, workbench, compressor, jacks, and soda machine along with a plethora of other handy equipment.

The decal sheet includes peg holes for the workbench, equipment labels oil brand labels, calendars, shop signs and more.

Some folks like to see “behind the scenes” processes that go into creating our packaging. Here is a look at before and after photographs compared to the illustrated look you find on the packaging.

Look for the kit in December!

AMT Model Kits: Garage Accessory Series Set #1

posted by JamieH 10:00 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

We have been working on a special new series of kits that we have not yet taken the time to reveal. And it is almost time to deliver! (egg on our face!) So check out the next few blog entries to see what we have coming.

Here is the first look at some upcoming sets of 1/25 scale garage accessories.

We are starting with two sets. The first comes in November and the second comes in December.

Weekend Wrenchin’ comes first featuring a hard-working mechanic, tool chests, creeper, shelf unit, acetylene welding tanks and hand tools.

This gives a detailed look at everything in the kit.

And here is a look at the great decal sheet that comes with it. All equipment labels are included along with decals for garage signs, oil stains and even logos for the figure’s baseball cap!

Look for this kit in just a few weeks!

MPC Model Kits: Prebuilt Rescue Eagle Packaging

posted by JamieH 9:00 AM
Monday, October 8, 2018

Last year’s release of our 22″ Prebuilt Space:1999 Eagle Display Model was an instant sell out. It was limited to just 500 pieces as we tired to judge the market for a fully painted and (mostly) assembled model. The response to it has been great, and as you’ve probably heard by now we are doing it again.

This time we will be releasing the model with a Rescue Pod which features its iconic red and white stripes. The weathering panels have also been changed up from last time as well. And we have bumped up our production number to 850 this time around. Pre-orders on the model have been great and we expect another sell out. We’ll see if there is still enough interest to do more later on. The model should arrive in late November or December. Here is a look at this version’s packaging.

Polar Lights Model Kits: 1:350 scale Klingon K’t’inga update

posted by JamieH 12:24 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2018

UPDATE [11/8/2018] Klignon K’t’inga kits (and light sets) landed at our warehouse on Monday 11/5. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for kits to make it to retail once we receive them. So look for kits in just a matter of days!

Hi All. We just wanted to mention a few quick things about our all-new 1:350 scale Klingon K’t’inga model kit, and we won’t bury the lead. THE KIT IS ON THE WATER! That means it is currently on its way across the ocean to our warehouse. It should arrive there before the end of the month and reach retailers the first week of November. So, get your Halloween costume finished. By the time you finish your trick-or-treat candy, the kit will be here.

It has come to our attention that we haven’t really given much detail on one of the aspects of the K’t’inga’s Lighting Set. That is the photo-etch sheet that we have included in it. Many have asked what is included in that and why it would be needed. Well, there are several factors at play here.

Some of the details on the studio model were too slight to properly replicate with injected styrene. We did the best we could with those parts in the kit, but the photoetch sheet allows us to offer parts closer to the original model. There were additional parts we wish we could have included, but they didn’t lend themselves to PE. In those cases, there is no better answer than to scratch build replacements. Modelers that are that particular will no doubt have the capacity to figure out how to do that.

Two copies of this piece get stacked to create a more authentic replacement for part #76.

In a few cases, we didn’t have exact copies of kitbashed parts to copy when we started developing the kit. In those cases we worked form photographs and got as close as we could. Once copies of the real parts were found for reference, it was too late to change the part and stick to our release schedule. So the PE parts represent the real parts more closely.

Another significant part of the sheet are window frames for the battle head. At 1:350 scale, (or 1/2 studio scale if you prefer) the windows on the cobra head and the bulb became very small. In fact, they are so small it is hard to inject them completely clean of flash. tool drafting also make them somewhat mis-formed in some places. We don’t mean to make it sound worse than they really are because the plastic parts aren’t terrible in this regard. They just aren’t as perfect as some will want. Now even the photoetch isn’t a perfect answer for the problem we wanted to address either because it WILL impact the accuracy of the model. The window frame strips are to be glued to the surface of the model which means they will protrude slightly unlike the studio model. So there isn’t a “perfect” answer, but we want to provide as many solutions as we can and let modelers decide which way they want to address it. Keep in mind that dealing with photoetch can be tricky for the uninitiated. It is intended to be used by experienced modelers.

lastly, we just want to mention that there is a an advance preview build going on that is hosted on the allscaletrek.com website.

You can find the threads for that here for the K’t’inga model kit.

and here for the Lighting Set.

They have also reviewed our recent release of the 1:1000 U.S.S. Grissom and Klingon Bird-of-Prey.

 

Coming off the Shelf – Cruising into Fall

posted by ChuckZ 2:38 PM
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As the leaves begin to change and daylight grows shorter, the perfect time to line up your cold weather model kit projects begins now. Get things rolling with an AMT  70’s classic—one that screams for attention with it’s clean lines, vibrant decals and Firestone tires, the 1977 Ford Cruising Van. Shot in silver, the Cruising Van offers ALL NEW, pad printed Firestone tires and a large, expanded decal sheet—which now provides a second colorful option of in-your-face stripes, once offered for the real van, port hole window decals and additional detailed graphics which can only be found from the kats at AMT.

Fall is here, and so is the Cruising Van! Coming soon wherever kits are sold.

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