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Seemingly OBVIOUS models that have NEVER been modeled, who decides?

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Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:42 AM

Sharp-eyed viewers may see the Orgroid appear for a moment as an "Easter-egg" in one of the episodes of Macross/Robotech...Smile

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, August 4, 2013 2:04 AM

Hmm, Bolos run from 150 to 32,000tonnes, which would be tricky on a shelf, those later Marks having 20cm hellbores for point-defense . . .

I had a stack of sketches for the Hammer's Slammers AFV.  This started simple enough, a panzer and APC, but, you then need the SPG, jeeps, supply trucks, the occasional captured missile and calliope battery . . .

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Posted by Klik on Sunday, August 4, 2013 8:21 AM

stikpusher

Star Wars- Rebel Blockade Runner, Super Star Destroyer, Mon Calamari Cruiser, TIE Bomber...

all of these have been done, in various scales, but only in Resin. I too would like to see these done as injected molded kits.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, August 4, 2013 8:29 AM

stikpusher

Star Wars- Rebel Blockade Runner, Super Star Destroyer, Mon Calamari Cruiser, TIE Bomber...

I would love to see an injection TIE Bomber. I don't even know if the resin one is still around. But I can't see any of these coming along now. When the next movies are released we will see a flurry of new kits and maybe some re leases of the old ones.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 4, 2013 11:25 AM

Yes, lucasfilm finally has their merchandising for the model area down pat. They did much better with that on the second trilogy than on the first.

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, August 4, 2013 11:36 AM

Yes, an ancient MPC Snow Speeder. The UFO is molded in glow-in-the-dark plastic and was a Lindberg issue a long time ago. I painted it Pactra Gun Metal (strange how I remember that). The Mecha are all Revell Robotech issues of various Japanese kits. The deepsea diver-looking kit was called Aqualo but it's real name was Mackeral. The red/white one was called Nebo (real name is Orguss). The 4-legged walker was called Commando and wore no underwear (real name Tequila Gunner; too much tequila=no underwear).

The bladeless helicopter (they broke off in storage) behind the UFO was part of the Robotech line called "Airborne Attacker" (real name Maverick) and came with a humanoid-looking robot that it carried into combat by the shoulders.

I loved those kits and I built just about everyone of the Robotech kits while in college in the mid 1980s. I've obtained several replacement kits over the years, but still have the remnants of many.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, August 5, 2013 12:42 AM

stikpusher

Yes, lucasfilm finally has their merchandising for the model area down pat. They did much better with that on the second trilogy than on the first.

You've got to look at this from the times in which the movie was made. When Star Wars came out in 1977, about the only mainstream sci-fi models from pop culture were Aurora kits and the AMT Star Trek TOS kits. MPC was one of the bigger American model companies and had done Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, the Black Hole and similar kits. They gave us a Millenium Falcon, X-Wing, TIE Advance, Vader and the two droids. A pretty comprehensive line compared to even the TOS kits. Quality was probably in line with other sci-fi models from the time. Modelers of the 1970s were not sticklers for detail that we became in the 90s.

Empire gave us a few more (snowspeeder, star destroyer, AT-AT) and ROTJ gave us a bunch of reissues and snap kits but nothing to really knock out of the ballpark unless you count the speeder bike. MPC was dying as a company by then. Like the movie, the kits were aimed at the kiddies. MPC just wasn't a quality company and they made kits of studio models that were cobbled together from hundreds of other kits.

They probably didn't expect Episode 4 to be as big a hit and launch a movie empire.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 5, 2013 1:24 AM

Very true. But I thought that the Star Trek line of that day was pretty reasonable- Enterprise, Romulan Bird of Prey, Klingon D7 cruiser, Galileo shuttle, the starbase/space station, Enterprise Bridge, and a few other odds & ends like the phaser/tricorder set, etc. And of course they covered the first couple of Star Trek movies vessels pretty well.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 5, 2013 11:43 AM

Funny, I was watching 'Plan Nine From Outer Space' over the weekend and the saucers used were the same old 'flying saucer' kit Rob has there painted bright silver. I don't want to even know how many times that kit has been reissued.

And even more funny, of those Trek kits SP listed most of them came out AFTER the show had been canceled. I think the Enterprise and Klingon battlewagon were the only two released during the series run.

I'd love to see a late model Bolo but I can't really comprehend what such a machine would look like. I've looked at paintings on the web but most don't seem to capture the look in my imagination. I see them as sorta a battleship on treads (the old term landship seems to really fit) but the multiple tread systems are kinda hard for me to see how that would look, maybe a number of tread runs all across the lower hull?

I'd tossed around the idea of scratching a 'Hammer's Slammers' blower tank or combat car. Those I've seen some really good renderings on the internet. Would I think be a matter of getting the lower hull with the fans and skirts right.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, August 5, 2013 12:55 PM

The shuttle came out during the show's run because AMT built it and got rights to make the kit as well.

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Posted by Irish3335 on Monday, August 5, 2013 2:12 PM

I know everyone is pinning for a new kit of all the cool 70's and 80's sci-fi stuff, but what about an MST3K satellite of love?  In 1/350 scale with figures!  Or some figures from the movie "Heavy Metal". - a real corvette spaceship anyone?  Hey if they made the spinner from "Blade Runner". Anything is possible

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Posted by BashMonkey on Monday, August 5, 2013 4:25 PM

stikpusher

Very true. But I thought that the Star Trek line of that day was pretty reasonable- Enterprise, Romulan Bird of Prey, Klingon D7 cruiser, Galileo shuttle, the starbase/space station, Enterprise Bridge, and a few other odds & ends like the phaser/tricorder set, etc. And of course they covered the first couple of Star Trek movies vessels pretty well.

The full size Galileo shuttlecraft built by AMT was just in the news, having been completely restored and is now on display at a NASA facility in Texas.

That got me to wonder, we all know the AMT model kit version is riff with inaccuracies, the rear being the most egregious. 

Has ANYONE made an ACCURATE Galileo shuttle actually based on the actual prop ???

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 5, 2013 7:03 PM

Ahhhh, thanks for the correction- I forgot about the AMT connection with the shuttlecraft. A friend of mine told me Polar Lights is doing a new more accurate version of the shuttle but I couldn't find anything on a web search.

There was a resin kit of Joel and the bots years ago, the price is probably sky high by now. Don't recall any kit of 'The Satellite of Love' though- it would make a pretty darn cool model.  

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, August 5, 2013 11:21 PM

Irish3335
Hey if they made the spinner from "Blade Runner". Anything is possible

The billboard dirigibles, and the restaurant "junk" from Blade Runner would be cool.

Hmm, a wealth of cool potential kits from "Fifth Element"--hover cabs & PD cars, Flostin Paradise, etc.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:35 AM

Resin Ranger made one waaayyy back when. www.starshipmodeler.com/.../pre_rr_gal.htm

The problem with the accuracy issue is that the interior would not fit inside the exterior. The shuttle interior was a separate set for filming and is much larger than the actual shuttle prop.

There was once a resin replacement rear hull, maybe by SMT Models? to correct the AMT kit.

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Posted by mach71 on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 1:22 PM

Polar lights IS doing an all new shuttle craft kit. It should be out in 2014.

They are trying to make it as accurate as possible, I think it will be a hybrid of the filming mockup and

the SPX model. As of now I don't think they have any plans for an interior but I could be wrong.

The old AMT shuttle kit came out after the show was off the air, 1974 I think.

The AMT/Desilu deal was AMT got the license to sell the USS Enterprise kit in exchange for building

the Shuttle exterior filming mockup. They then got the license for the Klingon battle cruiser in exchange for building the 2 filming models of it.

I assume that all the kits after those were cash deals, Except for the Spock/Snakes kit. That one has an

interesting history behind it also.

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Posted by TD4438 on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:50 PM

I'd like to see...

TIE Bomber-Star Wars

USS Discovery-2001/2010

Leonov-2010

Sulaco-Aliens

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:54 PM

Oh Heavy Metal and The Fifth Element (one could argue the latter is a live action rehash of the first) are full of Sci Fi models I would love to build- Harry Canyon's or Corbin Dallas's Taxi's... The Mengaloid fighters... Edsel and Zeke's spaceship... the Earth to Floston Paradise transport...

 

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Posted by TD4438 on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:14 PM

The helicopter and drones from'Oblivion' would make some excellant sci-fi kits!

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Posted by CrashTestDummy on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:26 PM

Many of the kits listed in this thread _are_ or soon will be available, or re-released.  I saw the Jetson's car in the list.  It's soon to be re-re-released, as well as several different LEM kits and other space craft, real or imagined.  Yeah, there are obviously some kits that haven't made it yet, the Red Dwarf first series Bug comes to mind, as well as Spaceman Spiff and his 'space car'.  I saw one Jimmy Flintstone resin kit of Spaceman Spiff, but that kit is long out of production.  I remain optimistic, though, and keep checking my favorite TV- and Science-fiction web store here:

http://www.culttvmanshop.com/

One cool thing Steve listed on his 'blog, but doesn't have on his site was the LEM training vehicle.  It's 1/48 scale, IIRC, and it's a PE and resin kit.  I have one on order.  It looks like it'll take some detailing work to make it real nice, but should be a great start.

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Posted by Gerry on Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:23 AM

I've always wanted them to make the Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon models. Along with Capt. Proton's ship from Star Trek Voyager ;)

Also the Vulture from  the short lived tv show Salvage 1

 

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Posted by IL2windhawk on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:16 AM

  1/32 Revell Duo Discus
  1/32 Revell ASK-21
  1/48 Ardpol SZD-51 Junior
  1/48 Czech Models Grumman Goose
  1/144 FineMolds Millennium Falcon

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Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:33 AM

Here's another forgotten one - any one of the ST-TNG shuttles.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:37 AM

They did do the Runabout, about the only shuttle in TNG that had an episode almost entirely on a shuttle trip. DS9 used it extensively and despite the name, it was really just a shuttle.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:45 AM

wouldn't those cars be in the auto section?

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Posted by P mitch on Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:59 AM

I just noticed on Ebay the two large ships from Stargate, Promethius and I cant remember the other ones name

www.ebay.co.uk/.../151089207505

www.ebay.co.uk/.../151089207585

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Posted by FlyItLikeYouStoleIt on Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:45 AM

I want to build ALL the aircraft from "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" I mean come on, a WWII era flying Aircraft Carrier, sleek looking amphibious  planes and an amphibious P-40. So cool......

Also, the movie "Iron Sky" has some modeling potential. 

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In queue:  Tamiya 1/35 Quad Tractor or a scratch build project.

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Posted by SchattenSpartan on Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:51 AM

Iron Sky is absolutely hilarious! That's the one with the n**** living on a giant swastika-shaped moon base, right?

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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:48 PM

P mitch
I just noticed on Ebay the two large ships from Stargate, Promethius and I cant remember the other ones name

Prometheus and Daedalus - for anime fans, coincidentally the names of the "ship arms" of Macross's TV-version SDF-1. Prometheus was an aircraft carrier and Daedalus was an amphibious landing ship. Smile 

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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:51 PM

Rob Gronovius

They did do the Runabout, about the only shuttle in TNG that had an episode almost entirely on a shuttle trip. DS9 used it extensively and despite the name, it was really just a shuttle.

I have the runabout, it's waiting for a time when I have the ability and inclination to add at least a partial interior, and perhaps some basic lighting to it.

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