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Bug Models!
Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:09 AM

Now you don't see this every day:

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10538713

Two bugs to choose from, two bugs per box!  I hope the molds are sharper than what is shown, but they are still miles ahead of those dreadful Heller kits.  Molded in color, snap-fit construction, and moveable parts as well as interchangeable open wings.

Now if they would branch out to other weird animals like horseshoe crabs, mantis shrimps, those deep sea pill bugs, etc!  A big old Ameican cockroach would be just nuts!  How will Eduard and Quickboost get their aftermarket accessories into this line?  PE leg hairs?  Turned metal antennae?  Uschi Van Der Rosten decals for the body and wings?  The possibilities boggle the mind!

We now return you to your regular programming.  Time for my meds; good night.

 

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:09 AM

Thanks for posting, Real! Had no idea these were coming available. They are really quite cool! 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:31 AM

Lol, I saw some of these over on HLJ and thought they'd make a great Bert I. Gordan style giant critter '50s SF/horror movie diorama! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PFJN on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:40 AM

Ahhh Tongue Tied Those will give me nightmares

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:20 PM

When I was small, I craved those Bandai bug kits with the wind-up motors.  My favs were the praying mantis and the diving beetle.  I remember my diving beetle "swimming" in the kitchen sink!  Now how it was supposed to NOT corrode the clockwind motor, I'll never know.

There have been animal kits in the past, like Revell's endangered species series, Heller's really bad bugs, and even kits of mounted fish trophies (I saw those at Tokyu Hands department store in Shibuya).  But nothing recent.  I built a fiddler crab in college, out of sprue, sheet plastic, styrofoam and... spackle!  I think realistic animal kits might be just the cure for Bf-109-itis.  Not cartoon caricature approximations, but scientifically accurate models.

 

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Posted by captfue on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:25 PM

The movie Starship Troopers came to mind.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:39 PM

Trying to get that metallic green those beetles have would be something else. Looks like their right up your alley G.

I remember a visible cricket some eons back but for the life of me I can't remember who produced it.

Steve

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:41 PM

BTW, maybe someone makes those huge centipedes you have over there. BLA!

Steve

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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:44 PM

I remember way back when Airfix did a series of 1/1 scale birds. Those were pretty good for their time. Wouldn't mind seeing those again.

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Posted by Real G on Friday, May 25, 2018 11:09 AM

Steve,

Nah Hawaii centipedes are only about 6 inches long.  Now this, THIS is a centipede:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scolopendra_gigantea

Some Japanese maker (LS?) may have reboxed the Airfix bird kits.  A friend picked one up while over there.  It was a blue tit I think.  Huh-huh-huh, I said "tit"!

Renwall made those "visible" models with clear bodies and internal organs.  My sister had the horse, and I remember sneaking into her room and stealing its brain!

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 25, 2018 11:31 AM

Oh gosh I'd love to have had a motorized diving beetle way back then! 

 

I might be tempted to paint them bright red or something- it's from the 'radiation' that caused them to grow..... Wink

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, May 25, 2018 12:09 PM

Anyone remember this kit:

They had a giant Scorpion, Praying Mantis, and the Tarantula. I build these when I was kid, my first foray in painting a model. 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, May 25, 2018 9:01 PM

I remember those!  I think those were originally made by a company called Fun Dimensions.  They even had a wasp! 

Chad

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, May 26, 2018 1:58 AM

Ah yes, I had the scorpion and mantis kits way back when.  The scorpion had a crushed Corvette Stingay!  I saw the wasp kit only once at the store.  Someone re-released these kits, except for the wasp.  I picked up the mantis - it was pretty good, but needs a lot of work to bring it up to modern standards.

Now, an R/C diving beetle with functioning swimming legs would be a hoot!  It would scare the hell out of the ducks in the pond!

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:30 AM

Hey ;

   Now that you woke me up with your bad " Bug " dream I gotta ask you . Did any of them have a candy pearl paint-job with the single exhaust stack in the back ? Oh , you were referring to " Bug " Bugs .

  I thought you meant V.W.s  Go Back to sleep .

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:38 AM

Yes ;

   Airfix did do the Birds . And then Pyro picked them up .  A Robin , Blue Jay ,  Sparrow and yes a Blue Tit ! Have you ever seen the last bird ? They are almost as small as Humming-Birds !

  I had all four and I gave them to my sis when I left for boot camp . A few years later in Japan I found a life sized Red Tailed Hawk and an Eagle .  What I would like to see now is a Burrowing Owl and an Osprey ( bird , not the plane ) life sized .That small burrowing Owl would get your laughing juices flowing . Oh , and last but not least a great Snowy Owl !

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Posted by SprueOne on Sunday, May 27, 2018 6:03 PM

Oh wow, these are great! I've seen little mechanical toy robot bugs at ToysRus. Maybe kit-mash the mechanism with these.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:28 PM

Look what I saw from Tamiya.

Steve

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1/72 Hasegawa Nell
1/48 Tamiya Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

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1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:38 PM

Tanker - Builder

Hey ;

   Now that you woke me up with your bad " Bug " dream I gotta ask you . Did any of them have a candy pearl paint-job with the single exhaust stack in the back ? Oh , you were referring to " Bug " Bugs .

  I thought you meant V.W.s  Go Back to sleep .

 

Um TB you're not thinking about 'The Giant Spider Invasion' by Bill Rebane are you? They covered a VW Beetle with fur, added legs to it and then drove it along behind some extras in a few scenes of the movie.

If you ever want to see it the 'MST3K' version on YouTube is probably the most tolerable.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:40 PM

modelcrazy

Look what I saw from Tamiya.

 

Ohhhhhhhhhh, that's creepy! I WANT ONE!!!

I'd be tempted to stick some LED lights on it and send it after someone in the dark!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, May 27, 2018 11:25 PM

Steve, the caption on the bottom of the Tamiya centipede thing says it follows irregularities in the terrain, moving like a living thing!

Gamera, I saw that movie when I was in grade school!  It scared the crap outta me!  Horrifying scenes I remember include the farmer getting eaten, the largish spider jumping out of a drawer, and the VW Beetle powered full scale spider running amok among the screaming extras!

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, May 28, 2018 7:17 AM

Hmm;

 That's better than the Little ones I see everywhere ! Even those teensy ones are fascinating though .

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 28, 2018 8:49 AM

Real G

Steve, the caption on the bottom of the Tamiya centipede thing says it follows irregularities in the terrain, moving like a living thing!

Gamera, I saw that movie when I was in grade school!  It scared the crap outta me!  Horrifying scenes I remember include the farmer getting eaten, the largish spider jumping out of a drawer, and the VW Beetle powered full scale spider running amok among the screaming extras!

 

I can see where it would be disturbing at that age! On the other hand I first saw it in my '20s on 'MST3K' so it was more funny than scary. 

And odd that I just came back from vacation at Mammoth Caverns, Kentucky and people were selling geodes everywhere- if I remember the spiders came out of geodes, or maybe meterites played by geodes?  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Real G on Monday, May 28, 2018 12:18 PM

Gamera, you are correct - the spiders came from the inside of meteorite geodes!  How they survived re-entry heat and the impact of landing is anyone's guess.

The scene with the farmer getting eaten is one of those traumatic movie moments I will always remember.  Kind of like when Kane gets the facehugger in Alien.  I saw that one in intermediate school (1979).  I must say that Alien scored higher on the "Scared the Crap Outta Me Meter".

Oh geez, I just remembered another traumatic childhood movie moment - when the killer cockroaches swarm the survivors in "Damnation Alley"!  I already had a healthy dislike of roaches, and the scene made me want to run out of the theater.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, May 28, 2018 1:32 PM

modelcrazy
Trying to get that metallic green those beetles have would be something else.

Probably have to take a clue from the automotive folks, and use undercoats.  Then layer on black and green.

Or a pearlescent base.

Which might get fiddly on a 3-4cm kit Smile

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