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  1. Star Wars Gonk Droid & MSE Droid 1:12 JPG Productions via Tirydium Models Star Wars – a little known film from the 70s that helped Harrison Ford make a name for himself as Indiana Jones. Yeah, I know, but do I really need to tell you about Star Wars? Didn't think so. Anyway – what's a Gonk Droid? During Star Wars, when Android Laurel & Hardy (Threepio & Artoo) are held captive by the Jawas, you see this weird Icebox on legs wandering about then and in other scenes later on, which makes an electronic sound that's reminiscent of the word "GONK!". Even though it was a rather bit-part character without any other lines, it seems to have become a bit popular along with the little mouse-like droid that Chewie scares the bejeezuz out of when he's on the Death Star in binders, so why wouldn't we want a model of them both? The Kit This is a newly tooled resin kit by JPG Productions that is being imported by a friend of mine, and possibly yours to - Warren Monks of Tirydium Models fame, who creates lighting kits for Sci-Fi and other models, as well as parading about dressed like a Stormtrooper whenever he can find an excuse. He looks quite normal in his civvies, if you can believe that! Moving on… The kit(s) arrive in a cube of a box, with all the parts held safely in a couple of ziplok bags suspended in green foam S shaped snow, the result being a totally undamaged model, despite a trip across the Atlantic, and another by the Royal Mail. Inside are just a few parts, but they're rather nicely moulded and free for the most part of any casting blocks – just a few remainders of the injection gates that will respond to clean up nicely. As usual, take the precaution of wearing a mask when cutting or sanding resin, as the tiny particles are harmful to your health if breathed in. Washing the parts in warm water will also improve the adhesion of paint, as there may still be some moulding release agent on the parts when you receive them. The Gonk Droid is made up from top and bottom halves, with a central flange between the halves that is inscribed with BOTTOM on the lower side. There is a recess in the bottom that accepts an insert with a pair of leg sockets cut into it. The legs are one piece each with a nicely moulded corrugated pattern that hid the operator's legs (yes, they weren't real droids), terminating in a pair clumpy feet that have grooves cut around the outer edge, but not the inner. Here the mould has worn a little and the groove is a little ragged, but that can be cleaned up with a razor saw or similar. There are also a few bubbles in the legs, as you would probably expect, but they can be cleaned up by inserting some rod and trimming that back to flush. A little bit of time that will be consumed, but the rest of the model won't take you long at all. There are two resin hoses that come out of the rear of the feet and go up into the body, and that's everything. Just add paint and weathering for effect. The MSE "Mouse" Droid is similarly simple, with one exception. The body is one part, with two skateboard-like trucks that just glue underneath in a pair of recesses. On top there are a number of short rods at the front and back of the horizontal deck, which are replicated by cutting 3mm lengths from the supplied metal rod. This part is coated with green paint, but it quite strong, so make sure you use some appropriately tough cutters, and sand the ends flat after cutting. Your other option would be to get some similar styrene rod and cut then fit the rod with CA, sanding the tops level when the gluer is set. That's it! Markings No decals are provided, but there don't seem to be any on either vehicle. The Gonk semes to be a grubby and chipped grey/brown, while the Mouse is a very dark grey and a lot cleaner. Of course you can get creative with the colour scheme if you aren't modelling a film prop/suit, but keep a look out for their appearance in The Force Awakens, as they're still in service all those years later. Conclusion A cool and interesting model from the Star Wars background cast, and it should be a pretty quick build, with the painting taking the most time to get right. It won't blow the bottom out of your wallet either, which is good news. Extremely highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in Star Wars, and a must-have for any of us with some Bandai 1:12 figures in the cabinet or stash. Review sample courtesy of
  2. 1:32 Hawk T-1 lighting kit Tirydium Models Following on from his fibre optic lighting sets for sci-fi subjects HERE, Tirydium Models has released this set for the Revell 1:32 BAe Hawk T-1. Packaged in a clear zip lock bag the set comes complete with all you need to light the following: Nose Light (White LED) Wing Tip Warning lights, (White LED’s with 2 x 0.75 fibre guides) Top Strobe Light, (Red LED with 1 x 1.0mm fibre guide) Underside Strobe Light, (Red LED with 1 x 1.0mm fibre guide) There is also a controller chip on a board for the flashing strobe lights. Everything comes pre assembled, so all the modeller has to do is fit the parts into the model as it’s being built. Due to the construction of the kit slots will need to be filed out along the wing for the fibres to fit without being pinched and the wing tip lights will require their lugs cutting off and a small hole drilled into them. The instructions are very clear and easy to read and come with a selection of colour photographs showing where and how the LED’s and fibres are to be installed, along with written instructions explaining what needs to be done. The kit is well made with all LED/Fibre optic joints well taped up, there may be a slight excess of fibre for the lights, but this can easy be cut to size. Conclusion This is a very nice and well made set-up for those who either don’t feel competent or, like me, a little too lazy to fit lighting systems to their models even though they would like to. With this kit, aided by the clear instructions, there is now no excuse. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. LED and Fibre Optic Lighting Kits Tirydium Models Lighting a model is one of those skills that elude a great many of us, especially those folks like myself that aren't all that au fait with electronics. Sourcing components, creating a layout of cable routing and what to light up, as well as soldering and handling the various components are just some of the issues that can raise a shudder. Lighting kits that are tailored specifically to a particular model are rather interesting, especially when you have all the aforementioned aspects already pondered, chosen and executed, leaving you to just install the assemblies within your model and hook up a 9V PP9 battery. Along comes Tirydium Models, a purposeful mis-spelling of a very famous shuttle from a very famous Sci-Fi franchise, behind which is our very own Madmonk, or Warren as he's known in the real world. Warren is a Sci-Fi buff, and owns a Stormtrooper costume from that same money-spinning franchise, so there's no doubt of his credentials. He has worked to create lighting kits that won't tax the brain-cells, nor the pocket, and his instructions are easy to follow, showing which aspects of the kit you need to amend to make everything work. It removes most of the soldering work from the equation, just needing some connections to be made between the trailing leads and the battery pack after trimming the excess wire away. You will have to drill a few holes, and cut a few notches in some parts, but it has all been planned to be as easy as possible, so you don't have to take out the big saw and risk ruining your kit. The kits consist of various coloured LEDs with resistors chosen to work with the 9v power supply that will soak up and fluctuations in power that could knock out the LEDs if left unprotected. He has also wrapped up some fibre-optics for some of the kits to allow you to add lights to control panels etc., all cut roughly to length with tape and heat-shrink tubing already applied to protect the parts and prevent light leakage. You'll need to paint some of the interior of your chosen model black of course to prevent light leaking through the plastic shell, but that's pretty simple stuff, which shouldn't tax even the novice. There are a growing number of lighting kits available to purchase from Warren's website, and he's let us have two for review, as follows: Kit for Fine Molds X-Wing Fighter 1:72 (LK/SW-01) This set includes four red LEDs for the engines, one green LED for the central console in the cockpit, and one white LED with eight fibre-optics for instrumentation lighting in the cockpit. All the LEDs are pre-soldered with around 12cm of red and black wire, plus a resistor as mentioned above, with heat-shrink tubing around each assembly. Sections of the kit instructions are included with notes to show which parts should be adapted for the kit, most of which involves drilling small holes and cutting out notches. Additional tips are given in the written section of the instructions, all on a single sheet of A4 that is neatly laid out and well written. Kit for Revell/Moebius Battlestar Galactica Viper Mk.VII (LK/BSG-01) This kit is designed for the recent(ish) kit of the re-booted BSG starring Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama, and differs from the above kit, as it uses the more advanced Surface Mount Device (SMD) LEDs, which are more power efficient and able to be more densely packed together than traditional LEDs due to their smaller size. Included in the kit are three blue SMD LEDs for the engines and two for the cockpit at either side of the pilot to give some illumination. Again, a 9v power source is needed, which can either be a PP9 battery, or a DC 9v power supply hooked to the mains. Conclusion This electrically challenged modeller is very pleased to see well priced and easy to use kits that simplify the process of bringing life to otherwise dark models, turning them from static models into something more entertaining to the eye. Warren has a number of other sets available and in the works, including Sci-Fi kits such as the FM 1:144 Millennium Falcon, and for the aviation buffs, for the 1:32 Revell Hawk, and more recently he's working on one for the 1:48 Hawk from Airfix, which I'm sure could be adapted to fit the Italeri kit with very little extra work. More power to your elbow, Warren! Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. I built the small Finemolds Falcon soon after it came out, and it's been in my cabinet ever since gathering dust. You can see its initial appearance in RFI here. When Madmonk Warren started his lighting business he sent me a kit to review, as I'd always wanted to give lighting a try. This was a while ago now, as you can see from the review here. It took me a little while to get a clear resin & PE engine exhaust section from Sci-Fi Modeler (sic), and then it sat there, looking at me for ages. About a year, actually I decided to clear it off my desk & give it a go, so I retrieved the Falcon from my cabinet, split the hull and Dremelled out the old blanked off exhaust area. Then I followed the instructions and took a few other bits out to accommodate the wiring loom, as well as soldering in a coin-cell holder and a micro-switch to make it all self-contained for those "flying round the room" moments I also built a light compartment in the back of the hull to stop the light from the engines leaking everywhere, which was surprisingly easy to do, and any gaps were filled with my custom black epoxy that has black pigment added during mixing (makes a messy job even messier, but it does block light very well). The wires were hot-glued in place, and once complete it was just a case of fettling the join between upper and lower hull halves to get a decent fit. I removed or knocked off most of the landing gear and one of the guns, which are now pinned back in place with 0.8mm brass, but I managed to break off the gun again during photography, so I've got to do that again. Drilling the holes for the fibre guides was hit & miss, and some of them are blocked by the seats, which are now conspicuous in having no-one in 'em! Anyway - here are a few pics of the re-finished model Hope you like it, and thanks to Warren for his advice, the set to play with & taking the time to make this handy little set. I'm now addicted to lighting kits
  5. Lighting Kit – Eurofighter Typhoon (for Revell) 1:32 Tirydium Models Some of you may be familiar with the work of this young company, formed by one of our members Madmonk, often referred to by his real name Warren. He has taken the new technology that is available to tinkerers with electronics, and applied them to our hobby to light models with kits specific to their needs. This kit is aimed at the Revell 1:32 Eurofighter Typhoon, and has been sized accordingly, with sufficient wire so that the LED/fibre optics gets the light into all the right places. A tiny chip on a small slice of veroboard PCB is at the heart of the kit, supplying the voltage for the constant lights as well as the timing for the flashing strobe lights. The lights are as follows: Tail light – white LED with 1mm fibre guide. Wing Tip – red and green LED for port and starboard. Top strobe – red LED with 1mm fibre guide (short). Bottom strobe – red LED with 1mm fibre guide (long). The board has been backed with a piece of double-sided insulating foam, so you can place it within the fuselage simply by removing the backing paper from the adhesive. It runs on a voltage of 4.5v, which is easily provided by a 3-cell AA or AAA pack, which you can buy online and hide somewhere on the base of your model. The instructions walk you through the integration of the parts into the kit as you build it, even suggesting the best glues to use, and where to drill holes to accept wires and fibre guides. There are also a page full of helpful pictures of the process that are referred to throughout the build, which should be a great help to the novice. A short video by the man himself Although the kit simplifies the task of lighting your model massively, you will have to take a drill, scalpel or sanding stick to the internals to create channels for the tiny wires and fibre guides, as required. It would be helpful to have some experience and confidence in that sort of work, to avoid any unnecessary stress. The wires are very thin and easy to hide, as each one has a diameter of 0.5mm, while the fibre guides have a 1mm diameter. The LEDs are the relatively new Surface Mount Devices (SMD), which are very compact and bright, and have solder pads rather than legs. Each one has been pre-soldered to their wire with the correct resistor for the suggested voltage to prevent overloading and premature failure of the LEDs, and these are protected by heat-shrink tubing that makes the joints much more stable and able to withstand handling during installation. The fibre guides are supplied by similar SMD LEDs, and these held in place by heat-shrink tubing to, so all you have to do is glue them in place, attach the wingtip lights to the little screw-down contacts on the board, and add a power supply to the generous wires coming off the board. Conclusion This kit is about as simple as you can get for the end-user, while incorporating some fancy technology in the shape of the ATtiny85 microprocessor that is the heart of the control system. As long as you are happy making minor alterations to the interior of your model, you should get along just fine. Very highly recommended. Make your model stand out from the crowd by flashing at people! Review sample courtesy of
  6. Finally got round to putting this on a base and finishing it off. Base has a on-off-on switch so you can have the interior lit, or the 2 LEDs in the base light up the model. Cheers, Warren
  7. Asked my daughter to play around with Photoshop and one of the pictures I took of my recently finished Galactica. Original photo Photoshop version Cheers, Warren
  8. Having just finished developing the BSG Galactica lighting kit I thought it only right to finish the kit as well so here is my painted BS Galactica with said light kit. Thanks for looking and any c & c's always accepted. Cheers, Warren
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