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Coming off the Shelf – It’s Gonna Be A Big Rig Summer!

posted by ChuckZ 3:01 PM
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Summer is here, and with it comes a BIG announcement. Two AMT big rig kits. That’s right, TWO big rig kits, are scheduled for release within a month! The Peterbilt Wrecker and Autocar DC-9964B Dump Truck!

First we have the Peterbilt Wrecker. Shot in white, the wrecker kit offers a custom body, 2 piece telescopic boom, bumper guard, hydraulic jack, tool chest, shovel, broom and more! Also included are colorful new decals and a reworked, vintage style package. Newly tooled tires were also thrown in—pad printed with Firestone lettering…thanks to the kats at AMT. When built, the Peterbilt wrecker measures out at almost 12 inches on the dot.

The second big rig inline to release soon is the Autocar DC-9964B Dump Truck. A close cousin to the Autocar A64B Semi Tractor, the dump truck is loaded with over 330 parts, including telescopic hoist, air cleaner, hydraulic pump assembly, an optional grille guard, “Gunite” spoke wheels, a Cummins 250 H.P. six-cylinder diesel engine, and more! To add to it, AMT has included an expanded decal sheet with colorful options and vintage style packaging. The dump truck also measures out at approximately 12 inches on the dot when built.

So keep a lookout for these two, hard-to-miss, big boys. Coming soon to a hobby dealer near you, or, online at: autoworldstore.com.

Space: 1999 Models: New 1/72 scale Eagle kit Pt. 5

posted by JamieH 10:56 AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Welcome back! Your eyes do not deceive you! This continues our guest series reviewing the new 1/72 Eagle test shots. Enjoy!

Engines of Construction.

By E. James Small

For many people, doing this engine assembly might be the trickiest part with all the piping and so forth, but if you follow this procedure, you will find it actually pretty easy. First grab the octagonal engine mounting main frame and the four supports with flats as shown.  Glue them in place, making sure the flats (tinted red in this photo) point toward the centerline of where the top and bottom engines will be mounted. See arrows.

Next glue the cruciform section in place.

Then with the glue still soft, cement in the four angled braces as shown. Do two opposing corners first, then the other two.  It’ll do a lot of wobbling around on you as you do this, but you will find that once all of the braces are in place everything will self-align. Put the unit down on the table as shown and press down gently on the center of the cruciform to weld everything together for a strong bond. Make sure the cruciform is not twisted in relation to the main frame when you sight straight down on it. 

Next assemble the sphere halves onto the sphere frames and then glue those assemblies in place between the main frame and the cruciform as shown. It’s easier to put the end onto the main frame first, then swing it up into place in the cruciform. You can flex the parts just enough to allow the pins to clear.

Now, grab the longest of the squiggly pipe parts and glue them to the main frame as shown exactly in the picture. It’s the same on both sides. Tweezers will help a lot here. Pay close attention to the orientation of the parts, exactly as shown. Just glue the center down on the pin in the middle and make sure you sight it all up and keep the tubes level and parallel as shown. Allow to dry. 

Now you can put the main engine bottles into place. Push the back ends through the cruciform hoops first, then swing the front pins down and cement them to the main frame. Line up the piping so they fit with the previously placed squiggly pipe sections and glue the joints together. 

Glue on the remaining piping that goes from the spheres to the back of the engine bottles.

Now you can also put in the center pipe that goes from the center of the cruciform to the main frame. Make sure it is centered and seated as shown. You can offer the assembly up to the rear of the cage assembly to make sure it all lines up before the glue dries. 

And you’re done that section! That wasn’t so hard, was it?  You can either glue it to the back of the cage assembly now, or you can leave it of and paint it all as a unit. Enjoy! More to follow…

Space: 1999 Models: New 1/72 scale Eagle kit Pt. 2

posted by JamieH 3:00 PM
Friday, June 7, 2019

Continuing our guest series reviewing the new 1/72 Eagle test shots.

Also, we have posted photos on our facebook page of every entry that was eligible for our award at Wonderfest USA last weekend. We also posted a short video of the four adult finalists.

Enjoy!

Developing a Spine in Today’s World.

By E. James Small

One of the things I personally worried and spent a lot of time thinking about when contemplating the shortcuts needed to take the fantastic MPC 22” Eagle and shrink it down to 1/72 scale was how the new model’s SPINE was going to be molded. We didn’t want it to look like previous versions made at similar scales that had flat backsides of the tubing and still be strong enough to support the finished model. Also it had to be ACCURATE in proportion as well as easy to build. Parts count and tooling real estate had to be kept to a minimum to keep costs as low as possible. Tooling draft, which means that the two halves of a solid steel mold must be able to be pulled apart without trapping plastic parts in undercuts that would otherwise provide full detail, has always been a problem for all injection kits. That standard had to be improved upon so that the new model would still represent the original HERO miniatures and not look like a cheap toy.  Previous offerings of die cast and injection molded models and toys all had those problems. Therefore, how to do it better?

This is one of those times when I wish I could satisfy my personal ego and take credit for such a simple yet ingenious solution as shown in this picture.

Nope, can’t do it. I had nothing to do with it.  The design credit goes entirely to Round 2’s graphic artist and product developer Jamie Hood! In fact it’s one of those Homer Simpson “DOH!” moments when Jamie showed me his idea and I thought to myself “DUH! Why the bloody hell was that never done before? It’s such an OBVIOUS solution to the problem!  Why couldn’t I think of that? Why did nobody else think of that decades before?

And, no doubt, all of you reading this, now having seen it will also say the same thing and think; “Why would you do otherwise?”

OK, ask that question of everyone else who made an injection molded Eagle model. Let them wallow in the failure that has been overcome in this new kit! Get it? Yeah, easy to understand once you see it done, not so easy to come up with that simple solution if you’ve not already seen it! Jamie is fairly reticent to take credit for a lot of stuff he does, including the many illustrations he does on kits you do and don’t even know about, so I’m gonna do it for him. Everyone please give him a virtual round of applause for his work! He does a lot that nobody hears or reads about!

“OK”, you ask, “Why wasn’t that done on the 22” model”…? Well, even with Jamie’s ingenious design that even the factory didn’t figure out, there are some flaws on this smaller model that was overcome with more parts on the larger and more expensive version. You must understand the limitations of injection molding, especially the aforementioned draft.  The worst of them is slight “webbing” around the tops of the triangular bracing at the top longerons of the spine. Yes, those are necessary molding shortcuts that are needed to keep parts count and tooling down for a smaller scale and lower cost kit. As a builder you can either ignore them or take the time with a #11 Xacto blade and carefully carve them out. The point is, the model will still look “right” whether you choose to do that cleaning up or not, as shown in the photo you see here. No significant cleanup was done in the examples shown.

Ladder and frame. That’s all there is to it. Now you see what it takes to develop a good solid spine in today’s plastic world!

Space: 1999 Models: New 1/72 scale Eagle kit Pt. 1

posted by JamieH 5:13 PM
Monday, June 3, 2019

We hope sci-fi modelers had a good time this past weekend at Wonderfest USA 2019 or at least heard from friends that were there and saw their pictures, etc. We had a blast ourselves. We will post a report later this week, but first we are going to start a series of guest blogs by Jim Small focusing on our brand-new Space: 1999 1/72 scale Eagle Transporter. It grabbed a lot of attention from everyone who stopped by our booth. We sent a set of test shots to Jim just before leaving for the show and we didn’t want to hold anything back. So here we go…

Eagle Hatchling! 

By E. James Small 

As you all know by now, Round 2 has recently announced their new release of a proper 1/72nd scale Eagle kit. At about 14” long when finished, this kit is perfect for people who don’t have the room to display the larger 22” model, and is made in the popular model aircraft scale. Here is an up-close and personal look at the test shot sprues of the new kit.

The first pic shows the entire contents of the kit minus the decal sheet and instructions which are yet to be developed.  The rest of the pictures show both sides of each type of sprue contained in the kit. Obviously most are repeated. This kit has all the details present in the 22” kit with the added bonus of being able to be mounted on a stand via a replaceable plug on the bottom of the passenger pod. Those who wish to forego the stand can cover the mount with a hatch detailed to match the hardware that is normally in that area. Also like the 22” big brother, the passenger pod is affixed to the spine with screws so it remains removable. Gosh… I wonder if maybe other pod versions will be made available? [Don’t get me in trouble here, Jim. -Jamie] Windows for the passenger pod and nosecone will be represented by decals. Fun fact: on the original 44” studio Eagle models, the Passenger Pod windows were actually not clear but painted over black, so decaled windows in this case are perfectly authentic. Because of its size, articulated landing gear oleos struts were not possible, but you have the option of two positions of struts: landed/collapsed or extended/flying positions.

Enjoy this first detailed look at all the great parts contained in this fantastic new kit!

Heck of a far cry from that old 1970’s version, eh?  This is the kit we’d always wished had been done at the time!

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

K’t’inga Light Kit Instructions

Kit Assembly Instructions

K’t’inga Model Kit Instructions

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!

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