Meet the designer

posted by RJ 6:14 PM
Friday, November 15, 2013

Jamie

 

Jamie Hood (Polar Lights)

 

Jamie is a lifelong resident of North central Indiana he attended the Columbus College of Art & Design where he studied illustration and design. A lifelong comic book fan, his areas of interest spread throughout science fiction and fantasy.

He began his career in the RV industry before moving on to Round 2, LLC, where he has worked on the Forever Fun line of collectible holiday products and the Polar Lights, AMT & MPC brands, where he has a genuine interest in guiding the company’s line up of science fiction model kits.

According to Jamie, his favorite kit is the one he hasn’t started yet, but he enjoyed working on the Wolverine figure.

His greatest moment of modeling success was the praise he received for the 1701 ship produced in 2012, especially that from Paul Newitt.

 

1967 Shelby GT-350 Mustang

posted by RJ 5:19 PM
Thursday, October 31, 2013

The IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Society) have great product reviews and love to show off their latest works of art.

The 1967 Shelby GT-350 Mustang was not your average Mustang. It was powered by the Ford High Performance 289 engine and many special improvements. However, since this version was intended to be a production car and to be purchased by the general public, it included the Deluxe Mustang Interior, power brakes, power steering, optional air-conditioning, and optional automatic transmission.

 

Take a look at the full review:

1967 Shelby GT-350 Mustang
http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/1967-shelby-gt-350-mustang

My First AMT Kits…

posted by RJ 3:25 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Occasionally I receive posts from customers and individuals who like to model; the following post was submitted in response to an older post that asked about “first kits”. We love to hear about your memories and your models. Please feel free to jump in and share your own.

 

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My First AMT Kits…

By:  Jim Ervin

Every time I think of my first AMT model car kits and how I found them, I’m reminded of a prophetic cartoon in one of my old model car magazines. A grandfather shows a model car kit to a child and says “In my day we could build a model kit 3 ways.”  Now, at age 66, I’m old enough to be repeating those very words except there are no grandchildren or  children either. I suppose my model car collection and my restored Model A coupe are my children.

The first of my “children “came along in the first year of AMT kits. 1958. I was on holidays with parents and brother and sister. We traveled from the Vancouver, B.C. Canada area down to Spokane, Washington that year to see the Grand Coulee Dam Our old ’49 Dodge proved very dependable for the trip. In every town we stopped, I always went into the local  drug store or souvenir shop to buy a pennant of the town. In Spokane, I found myself in the basement of  a rather large store and there in the corner was a stack of AMT model car kits. The attraction was immediate. The black and white pictures of the real cars on the side of the box were all I needed to become interested. I picked out a ’58 Ford and ’58 Pontiac convertibles and likely talked my mother into paying for them. I recall fitting the parts together one night at a campsite, since we were camping in those days, and couldn’t wait to get home to build them.

I later regretted my customizing attempts which involved the usual body putty, detail sanding and brush painting. Still I saved them and have the Pontiac almost rebuilt as a custom. The boxes on the other hand, were cut up for their pictures. Many model kits have come way, both cars and airplanes since (and even before) 1958. But sometime in the 1980’s, I made contact with a model car enthusiast in Louisville, Kentucky. We exchanged a few letters and he mentioned that he had some AMT models to sell. Among them  were a ’58 Ford and ’58 Pontiac, both built stock and unpainted. He didn’t mention that he had the boxes and instruction  sheets as well. Those were just a nice little surprise when I received the package in the mail. I’ve since built the ’58 Ford and my picture shows it and the now disassembled Pontiac.

My collection now includes lots of other automotive related stuff, Matchbox Toys, Dinky & Corgi Toys, books, magazines, license plates, name plates, etc, and still those pennants. But that’s how it all began for my AMT collection.

Sneak peek of the Wicked Witch sculpt!!!

posted by RJ 4:41 PM
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Take a look at the new Wicked Witch from Polar Lights – we expect her and her winged monkey to fly in late spring or early summer 2014. I will post more details when I get them.

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New York Comic con is just around the corner!

posted by RJ 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New York Comic con is just around the corner – October 10-13, 2013!

Round 2 will be there – stop by and see us at booth 443. You won’t want to miss our new model kits, die-cast cars, slot cars, Forever Fun, Captain Action, and even the Wicked Witch of the West will be in display.

http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

Alien Kane figure

posted by RJ 3:09 PM
Monday, September 23, 2013

ALIEN made audiences cringe in 1978 and played a major roll in cementing science fiction as the next great film genre. Among the intricate set and spaceship design work, the costumes contributed greatly to the film. The environmental protection suit is the focus of this resin model kit of Executive Officer Kane. The resin parts capture every detail down to the quilted pattern of the suit. The kit focuses on the tension-filled moment where Kane first encountered the bizarre ALIEN life form in its embryonic egg. The kit is engineered to allow realistic lighting effects. Everything rests on a detailed base as well. Decals and illustrated instruction sheet are included to finish the model.

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Star Trek Model Kits: U.S.S. Reliant preview

posted by JamieH 10:04 AM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We had announced at Wonderfest that we’ll be releasing a 1:1000 scale kit of the U.S.S. Reliant in 2014. It is personally one of my favorite Star Trek ships. We’ve been working on it for a while now.

Angelo Bastianelli who worked on our recent Cadet Series models built the CG model. At this stage, there are still a few details for the factory to nail down, and then we’ll be able to see a prototype (hopefully soon).

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Warp Drive & Transporters: How ‘Star Trek’ Technology Works

posted by RJ 2:15 PM
Monday, September 9, 2013

The original “Star Trek” television series featured technology that had first appeared decades earlier in science fiction stories. Pulp heroes had been wielding ray guns, flying faster than light and teleporting from place to place since the 1930s. But perhaps the true inspiration of Star Trek’s superscience is the revolutionary physics discoveries of the early 20th century. Relativity, discovered by Albert Einstein and quantum physics, pioneered by Max Planck  revealed a universe far different than ordinary human experience might suggest.

Although Einstein’s theory forbids matter to accelerate past the speed of light, the demands of sci-fi storytelling require that people be able to travel between the stars in a reasonable amount of time, usually hours, or at most, days. Enter the space warp drive, or as it was called in “Star Trek’s” pilot episode, “hyperdrive.”

Warp drive in Star Trek works by annihilating matter (in the form of deuterium, a kind of hydrogen gas) and antimatter in a fusion reaction mediated by dilithium crystals. This produces the enormous power required to warp space-time and drive the ship faster than light.

 

To see more visit:

http://www.space.com/21201-star-trek-technology-explained-infographic.html

 

Meet George Jetson…

posted by RJ 3:04 PM
Monday, September 2, 2013

In 1962 the world was introduced to the future as The Jetsons made their television debut. Set in 2062, the show followed the day-to-day exploits of family man, George Jetson. This re-issue of the Jetsons Spacecraft model kit is a simple to assemble snap-together model. It comes injected in green and clear plastic and includes prepainted figures of George and his loyal dog, Astro. Both figures have been re-sculpted to capture authentic likenesses of the characters.

 

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Spider-Man VW Beetle

posted by RJ 8:06 AM
Monday, August 26, 2013

Two all time classics join forces as Polar Lights presents Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man VW Beetle. This intricately detailed 1:24 scale snap-together kit features Spider-Man stickers to appeal to young modelers and several optional parts for the VW modeling enthusiast. Part options include steering wheels, bucket seats, bumpers, mirrors, exhaust systems, wheels and more.  The hood and trunk open to show the spare tire and complete engine assembly.

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