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Space: 1999 Models: New 1/72 scale Eagle kit Pt. 3

posted by JamieH 9:00 AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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

Let’s Prep for the Future!

By E. James Small

Ok folks, when you build your new 1/72 scale Eagle, you’re going to want to think ahead. What if you need to add something later? What if a cool new optional accessory like… oh, I don’t know… say, a side booster set or something similar gets put on the market? You’ll want to access the inside of the passenger pod so that such an option can be attached with magnets, so you don’t have to glue those accessories to the pod permanently. Access to the inside will allow you to do so at a later date. Therefore, when you build the passenger pod on your Eagle, you might want to do it in the sequence shown…. (same goes for the 22” model too, frankly speaking!) 

First assemble one side and end wall.

Then do the opposite two.

Then lastly add the roof.

Sand down the seams as needed. (Hint: Leave those two little square ribbed bits that go above the door off until your model is painted… much easier to paint them black separately and add them to the pod after you have finished all your painting! That’s why they were made as separate parts, and why they are not shown here!) 

Put the floor on LAST! Why? well, before you put the floor on, you may want to consider allowing it to be removable so the inside can be accessed later as I mentioned above. You can do this by attaching the floor using magnets or screws. Yes, you’ll need to add something of your own design, such as gussets attached to the inside corners for the magnets and screws to mount to. So go ahead and devise your own way of making that floor non-permanent.

Note: The original 44” model floor was mounted with very visible screws in the corners.

If you are careful when gluing your passenger pod walls together , you may find the floor to be a natural friction fit as well. so you may decide you don’t need magnets or screws, but don’t count on it. Friction fits are not always reliable. 

As you can see, the kit as it comes allows for the stand mount to be optional as well. By making the floor removable, that small centre bottom hatch can be more easily replaced if you want to swap them out as desired. See the three pods side by side? The hatches shown are most easily removed by pushing them out from the backside of the floor. By making the floor removable, you can make your model a lot more versatile! Heck, you could even get adventurous and put a lighting power supply and switch in there if you want to modify your model for lighting! So keep this in mind when you build your Eagle!  Enjoy!

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!

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!

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