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  1. Lego Saturn V

    But what would its name be? Lemmy the LM (or LEM, if you remember that far back)?
  2. 1/6 Spiderman by Horizon

    Fantastic work, but I'm curious: did you ever think about doing the webbing under his arms? Or does he no longer have that these days? I always remember it as an interesting part of Spidey's costume, most notably in the early Ditko issues, but since the costume has changed subtly since then -- seen here in the form of the post-McFarlane big eyes -- I would not be surprised to learn that the webbing has gone. Easier on the artists, I suppose -- not to mention modellers. :-)
  3. He does look great. Between you, you and Moebius have managed to capture Frank Gorshin's unique brand of insanity as the Riddler. I always thought he was the most dangerous of the show's villains because of the unholy glee he took in making plans, particularly for the demise of the Dynamic Duo. This was before the Joker was revamped to be completely (and enthusiastically) insane -- in a way, Frank's Riddler was a sort of prototype for what the Joker became in the 70s -- and it was quite a feat to portray a character like that in the 60s on prime time TV. And I can see that in your figure. Frank is right at the beginning of one of his monologues; in a few minutes, after revealing (some of ) his latest plot and calling down the heavens on his enemies, he'll start jumping around with that mad giggle he had. Very well done. And "the gang" all look great. From what you say about the bases, I'm guessing that the remaining part of the bat is behind Catwoman and would be the Joker. Or is there a second part missing behind the heroes for... Egghead? King Tut? Either way, I'll look forward to you completing the set.
  4. Aoshima Thunderbird 1

    ...and that's not all. Everybody's used to the word "Thunderbird" running along the length of the fuselage -- as depicted on the model that's the subject of this thread -- but shots of TB1 parked in Trapped in the Sky and other episodes have another identical (well, almost) word running along the underside, but in a different font and with the T on the red nose-cone. This is only ever seen in that shot, AFAIK, but then Derek Meddings said that TB1 only really had one good angle to be photographed from -- an opinion which I don't agree with. Regardless, I'm looking forward to building my Aoshima TB1 (I've even got an idea of how to make the undercarriage configurable -- up or down) and doubly to displaying it next to the De Agostini TB2!
  5. 1/6 Spiderman by Horizon

    VERY nice work, especially the webbing. Looking forward to seeing him finished.
  6. One of the factors affecting the Canberra's engine placement may well have been design inertia -- that is, a bad case of "this is how it's always been done". Twin-engined bombers had always had their engines out on the wings -- they'd had to because of the props, the fore-and-aft engine concept never really having caught on. The Canberra, however. was something new: a twin-engined bomber without propellers. This meant that the engines could have been located much closer to the centreline as you have them, but I suspect the draughtsmen would automatically think of the outboard layout through force of habit. This is just speculation on my part, but history is full of similar instances. The Meteor is a slightly different kettle of fish because of its engines. The original Derwent engines, like Whittle's first flight-worthy designs, had centrifugal compressors, which meant that they were fat -- certainly much more so than the axial-flow engines of the Canberra. The Goblin was much the same, which is one reason why the Vampire looked the way it did. The fat (or broad) centrifugal engines couldn't be placed as close in as the narrower axial-flow types -- well,, they could, but the fuselage would have ended up distinctly tubby, which would have been a problem performance-wise, and would have meant a serious re-design of the whole aircraft. Gloster could have done it, but the time and cost involved would have been significant, to say the least, so the management would not have been keen to chuck out everything that had already done.
  7. Here in the UK, Hannants are advertising the Raptor as available for a mere 70 quid -- okay, 69.99 -- but as I write, their website indicates that they have no stock at present. Which either means that they haven't got any yet and have jumped the gun (which is unlike them in my experience) or they've sold out already. Either way, they seem to think it exists and is/will be for sale. So keep your eyes open, and you might be lucky...
  8. This young man has talent! Seriously, that is a beautiful piece of work, and from a five-year-old?! I can hardly wait to see what he'll do at, say, 10. Always assuming he stays with the hobby, and I certainly hope he does. Very well done, Leo. What are you going to do next? Many an admiring "uncle" here on this forum will be really interested to see. Do let us know.
  9. Great work. I could hear the JB theme background music (complete with gunfire and explosions) in my mind as I read the posts. One of my favourite Bond films and sequences, and you do Little Nellie and her pilot (real or fictional) justice with your work. I'm also extremely pleased that Airfix included a pilot figure: nothing looks worse (IMO) than an open vehicle like a Wallis autogyro or motorcycle with no pilot or rider.
  10. FWIW, the original Adversary set gave the scale of the Marauder (and the BoP and D'deridex that came with it) as 1/3730. No idea where that figure came from or why they'd use it, but there you go. Phil
  11. Looks good enough to shoot at. Launch all Vipers!
  12. Ah, the good old Yo-Yo of Doom. Originally said to be one of the most accurate SF kits ever, Monogram apparently having used something like a pantograph to copy the studio miniature (which had a lot of people, including me, wondering why the company made such a dog's breakfast of the Galactica), though that assertion was later challenged, but I can't remember the details. Nonetheless, it always looked right, so I never really worried about the nit-picking, such as it was. And this model is looking very good. I do like the effects of the wash, though some of those photos look a little dark to me. It's probably just the lighting, and you could always argue that the studio lighting make the original look too light -- shades (pardon the pun) of the ongoing "what colour is the original Enterprise" argument. Regardless, I look forward to seeing more of this build, and the completed model. Go to it!
  13. Pratchett's Librarian

    Ookin' brilliant!
  14. Cylon

    Looks good enough to shoot at! Where's that laser pistol...?
  15. The big problem with the different figures would be that they'd also have to do a complete new inside for the TARDIS. The existing one is only right for the ninth and tenth Doctors (Ecclestone and Tennant) -- Art directors and SFX teams will insist on putting their own stamp on things -- so any other version would be close to a new kit, with only the outside of the police box being common, and even that went through several variations on the exact paint scheme. I doubt they'd thnk it would be worth the effort. Be good if they did, but I'm not holding my breath. BTW, brilliant work so far, and I look forward to seeing more of this.