Science Fiction

Convair NEV

This is my build of the Moebius 1/144 Convair NEV (Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle). While it looks like the old Strombecker kit of the same, it’s not – this is a completely new mold. This is a pretty simple kit to build with thick pins and attachment points that almost make it a snap-tite kit. It’s …

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Robida Flyer

1880s Albert Robida Inspired Flyer

Albert Robida was an accomplished French illustrator and writer from the late 1800s. His illustrations about technology in the 20th century were both whimsical and evocative. I decided to make a 1/35 scale flying vehicle inspired by some of his artwork. The original inspiration isn’t his – it dates from 1828 and depicts Mr. Charles …

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Asimoto Roboto Repair

As part of an “Anything but Military” group build on Beyond the Sprues, I decided to build a small diorama, focused on an Arii 1/32 scale 1957 Daihatsu Midget. The stated scale is 1/32 but I’m declaring mine to be 1/35; that’s my preferred vehicle and figure scale. To me, the midget looks closer to …

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Stranger in the Desert

I was inspired to build a diorama after watching “Science Fiction Theatre” Episode 05 “Stranger In The Desert”:, from 1955: This episode is fairly entertaining, featuring two prospectors looking for riches in the desert who meet a kindly old man – the “Stranger”. The episodes of “Science Fiction Theatre” were generally simplistic, but this is …

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

One of my favorite 50’s Science fiction movies is 1956’s “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers”, with effects by Ray Harryhausen. Skyhook Models sells a series of small and simple resin models of spacecraft from classic 1950s SF movies. They have several kits from “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers”, including a small diorama depicting a saucer …

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Space Taxi

This is my version of the Monogram 1/48 scale Space Taxi. I’ve always wanted to build this kit but I wasn’t willing to pay collectors prices, which always seemed to be at least $80, if not more. I was very happy when the kit was reissued in the late 90’s. The Space Taxi was a …

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Leif Ericson Short Story

This is the short story included with the original Leif Ericson kit. I ran the instruction sheet through an OCR program to extract the text. There are a few OCR induced punctuation errors, but the story (and its typos) have remained unchanged. Background Information On The “LEIF ERICSON,” And The STRATEGIC SPACE COMMAND SERIES The …

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Leif Ericson

AMT Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser and U.F.O Mystery Ship Leif Ericson and U.F.O. Mystery ship kit history Sounds of Space record Leif Ericson box and parts pictures Short Story U.F.O. Mystery Ship Determining the kit’s scale Related Links The AMT Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser (a.k.a. Leif Erikson and UFO Mystery Ship) first appeared in 1967 …

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