Jump to content
This site uses cookies! Learn More

This site uses cookies!

You can find a list of those cookies here: mysite.com/cookies

By continuing to use this site, you agree to allow us to store cookies on your computer. :)

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'Polar Lights'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Calendars

  • Community Calendar
  • Group Builds
  • Model Show Calendar

Forums

  • Site Help & Support
    • FAQs
    • Help & Support
    • New Members
    • Announcements
  • Aircraft Modelling
    • Military Aircraft Modelling Discussion by Era
    • Civil Aircraft Modelling Discussion by Era
    • Work in Progress - Aircraft
    • Ready for Inspection - Aircraft
    • Aircraft Related Subjects
  • AFV Modelling (armour, military vehicles & artillery)
    • Armour Discussion by Era
    • Work in Progress - Armour
    • Ready for Inspection - Armour
    • Armour Related Subjects
    • large Scale AFVs (1:16 and above)
  • Maritime Modelling (Ships and subs)
    • Maritime Discussion by era
    • Work in Progress - Maritime
    • Ready for Inspection - Maritime
  • Vehicle Modelling (non-military)
    • Vehicle Discussion
    • Work In Progress - Vehicles
    • Ready For Inspection - Vehicles
  • Science Fiction & RealSpace
    • Science Fiction Discussion
    • RealSpace Discussion
    • Work In Progress - SF & RealSpace
    • Ready for Inspection - SF & RealSpace
  • Figure Modelling
    • Figure Discussion
    • Figure Work In Progress
    • Figure Ready for Inspection
  • Dioramas, Vignettes & Scenery
    • Diorama Chat
    • Work In Progress - Dioramas
    • Ready For Inspection - Dioramas
  • Reviews, News & Walkarounds
    • Reviews
    • Current News
    • Build Articles
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Walkarounds
  • Modelling
    • Group Builds
    • The Rumourmonger
    • Other Modelling Genres
    • Britmodeller Yearbooks
    • Tools & Tips
  • General Discussion
    • Chat
    • Shows
    • Photography
    • Members' Wishlists
  • Shops, manufacturers & vendors
    • Aerocraft Models
    • Air-craft.net
    • A.M.U.R. Reaver
    • Atlantic Models
    • Bearhobbies.com
    • Bernd.M Modellbau
    • BlackMike Models
    • Casemate UK
    • Copper State Models
    • Creative Models Ltd
    • DACO Products
    • Freightdog Models
    • Hannants
    • Hobby Colours & Accessories
    • Hobby Paint'n'Stuff
    • Hypersonic Models
    • Iliad Design
    • MikroMir
    • Japan:Cool
    • Kagero Publishing
    • Kingkit
    • L'Arsenal 2.0
    • Modellingtools.co.uk
    • Maketar Paint Masks
    • Marmaduke Press Decals
    • MJW Models
    • The Hobby Shack
    • NeOmega & Vector Resin
    • Parkes682Decals
    • Pheon Models
    • Pocketbond Limited
    • Precision Ice and Snow
    • Radu Brinzan Productions
    • Red Roo Models
    • RES/KIT
    • SBS Model - Hungary
    • Scale-Model-Kits.com
    • Small Stuff Models
    • Sovereign Hobbies
    • Special Hobby
    • Sphere Products
    • Starling Models
    • Thunderbird Models
    • Tiger Hobbies
    • Tirydium Models
    • Topnotch - Bases and Masks for Models
    • Ultimate Modelling Products
    • Valiant Wings Publishing
    • Videoaviation Italy
    • White Ensign Models
    • Wonderland Models
  • Archive
    • 2007 Group Builds
    • 2008 Group Builds
    • 2009 Group Builds
    • 2010 Group Builds
    • 2011 Group Builds
    • 2012 Group Builds
    • 2013 Group Builds

Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


AIM


MSN


Website URL


ICQ


Yahoo


Jabber


Skype


Location


Interests

Found 12 results

  1. Hi Everyone! Here is my take on the 1/8 Polar Lights WOLVERINE kit. This was a great kit to have some fun with and I added a few mods to the stock model to make it look more dynamic-as if our favourite XMAN had just stepped off the pages of a comic book. So without any further ado, here's Logan to show how slicing 'n dicing a Sentinel robot should be done! "YOU LOOKIN' AT ME BUB?"
  2. Hi guys, this is the final reveal pictures of the Bride of Frankenstein screen capture diorama. I scratch built a large part of this project and had a lot of fun adding all the effects and extra props to make up the laboratory, also just in time for Halloween LOL! Enjoy the pics. Finally, you can see my work in progress in the link below.
  3. "She's ALIVE!!!!". Won this kit off eBay this week, a few parts missing but nothing I can't scratchbuild. I'm going to try and make a screen capture diorama and I will be adding lots of extra props and lighting.
  4. This is a Halloween fun build, I based the diorama on Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow movie. The kit tree was looking far too small so I added a bit more height to it and added some flickering amber LED's to the pumpkins, definitely a bit of fun to build.
  5. Hello All, I would like to introduce my build of the Polar Lights reissue of the Aurora 'Batmobile'. It is a nice little kit, as with all oldies it responded well to a little 'TLC' no real challenges other than getting the body good enough for the gloss black which was from a Halfords rattle can over Tamiya fine surface primer, I made my first decal for this kit for the 'Bat Licence Plate' as it was probably called. All the chrome was removed and repainted in Plasticote Chrome over gloss black, but I have recently bought some Alclad, so will be giving that a go on future builds. I apologize for the many photos, but everybody loves this car... it's the law!!! "Holy emergency stop batman!" the dynamic duo in miniature. Before applying the chrome to the 'Bat windows' and 'Bat Beacon' My first homemade decal for the 'Bat Plate' Thanks for looking, Comments and critters welcome, tune in next time... same bat time same... well, you know the rest Cheers, Andy.
  6. For your enjoyment and nostalgia, an OOB build of Polar Lights re-issue of the aurora 8 window model of the Seaview submarine which spawned a movie and 4 seasons of television, which i remember as a kid. I now have the DVD boxset to digest and probably have a giggle over now. Anyway the kit considering its age went together well with very few fit issues, a small amount of filler, the only problem was the front windows lining up, probably with a little more care they would have lined up, bit this was a spur of the moment build for some fun, taking a break from my more serious builds. Therapy it was and it worked. It was painted in humbrol enamels, no masking (practising my steady hand LOL) and then humbrol satin coated, the windows to the doors on the sail were kristal cleared. Finally i found a very realistic octopus on fleabay to finish it off. Enjoy Chris
  7. Space Cruiser C-57D Polar Lights 1:144 The 1956 MGM science fiction film ‘Forbidden Planet’ is, quite rightly in my opinion, considered one of the early classics of the genre. Directed by Fred M Wilcox and starring a very youthful Leslie Nielson, the exquisite Anne Francis, a singularly sinister Walter Pidgeon and of course the iconic Robby The Robot (as himself), the film wasn't terribly successful at the box-office, but over time it developed a cult following and it certainly had a massive influence on science fiction in the decades that followed. I’m sure that the plot of this film, essentially a science fiction adaptation of ‘The Tempest’, is probably more than familiar to most readers, but to briefly summarize, hopefully without completely blowing it for those of you who haven’t seen the film; Commander John J. Adams (Nielson) of United Planets Cruiser C-57D is ordered to proceed to the planet Altair IV, there to discover the fate of the starship Bellerophon and her crew, dispatched to the world on an exploratory mission some twenty years before. Upon arrival at Altair IV the crew are contacted by Dr Morbius (Pidgeon), a scientist from the earlier expedition, who attempts to discourage them from landing. However land they do, whereupon the crew are greeted by one of Dr Morbius’ miraculous creations, Robby The Robot, who transports them to his master's rather luxurious home. Morbius explains the fate of the Bellerophon, describing a mysterious force that destroyed the ship and took the lives of the expedition members, inexplicably sparing only Morbius and his immediate family. He goes on to explain his fear that this force might begin to effect Adams and his crew, and again strongly encourages them to depart. Suspicions of Morbius are somewhat allayed when the crew encounter his naive, innocent and incredibly alluring daughter, Altaira (Francis), who becomes quite fascinated with Adams and and his all male crew, a fascination that is more than reciprocated. Robby too soon endears himself to the crew, but Dr Morbius himself remains enigmatic and very soon his dire warnings prove all too prophetic, with an invisible entity sabotaging equipment aboard the C-57D. Convinced that Morbius knows a great deal more than he is letting on, Commander Adams determines to confront him..... The production values and the scale and quality of the special effects utilised in the making of this movie really were quite unprecedented for their day, earning ‘Forbidden Planet’ an Academy Award nomination and numerous emulations and tributes over the years. The soundtrack featured the first ever all electronic sound effects and score in a motion picture, the special effects animations were provided by Disney artist Joshua Meador of ‘Fantasia’ fame, the list of firsts and superlatives just goes on. It is probably fair to say that ‘Forbidden Planet’ was in fact the first true science fiction feature-film, prior to this ground-breaking movie science fiction had, by and large, remained the remit of the 'B-Movie' brigade. The polished metallic discus design of the C-57D was clearly inspired by the flying saucer phenomenon, which had begun with Kenneth Arnold’s sighting almost a decade before and which was beginning to explode into a worldwide sensation at around the time the film was made. Three models of the C-57D were used in the film, one of 56cm , the second 110cm and the third 220cm in diameter, the largest of these models was internally lit and featured a deployable landing pedestal and boarding ramps. In addition to these small scale models a full size mock up depicting three quarters of the exterior of the 50m diameter saucer and a complete interior set were also built. So sophisticated and expensive were the props, models and sets made for this film, that they were reused in other science fiction features, including the TV series ‘The Twilight Zone’, the C-57D models appearing in eight episodes made between 1960 and 1964. The Kit So how have Polar Lights gone about representing this classic of fifties science fiction? This is not their first kit of the subject, having previously released a very detailed 1:72 kit of the C-57D, with a full interior and a fair complement of figures. Within the rather nice 13” square box of this 1:144 kit we find exactly none of that, I think it’s fair to say that this 1:144 kit is pretty much the antithesis of its 1:72 predecessor, it is incredibly simple. Two large disc shaped parts in pale grey plastic provide the main hull, a very large sprue with 20 parts in the same materiel and a second smaller sprue with 17 transparent parts covers everything else. So large is this single sprue that I've photograped it in halves showing the upper and lower surfaces of the parts on each half, thus there are four photographs for this single sprue. Detail on these parts is, to be frank, minimal, but that is actually not a bad thing as the designers of the fifties were very big on the whole ‘smooth and shiny’ thing and that is faithfully reproduced here. Instructions are presented as a single sheet, folded into four, one side of which is more than ample to detail the four step assembly process. In the first step we assemble and paint the three ramps that descend from the hull when the C-57D is at rest. One of these is plain, the second a two part cargo conveyor and the third comprises the stairway and a pair of handrails that, despite being the only truly small parts in the kit, would scale out at 4-6” in diameter and which I suspect most modellers will replace as a matter of course. In step two these ramps and the rather grandiosely named ‘hallways’ that surround them are mounted in the lower hull. The ramps are designed to be a working feature, but I suspect most modellers will fix them in place as such things tend not to survive for long if fiddled with repeatedly. Step three has us join the two hull halves together and add a pin which will support the lower dome and engine cage. The fourth and final step contains the only hint of complexity in the process, as the builder is presented with a couple of finishing options. The lower dome of the saucer is provided as a cloudy transparent part, if the model is to be built at rest it is to be painted silver to match the hull and capped with the extended landing pedestal part. However if the modeller wishes to represent the C-57D in flight it is to be left unpainted revealing the engine cage within. The instructions suggest painting the cage black and staining the sixteen clear inserts red in order to represent an operating drive system, but I suspect many modellers will at least consider lighting it. Indeed I believe the kit may have been designed with lighting in mind as I understand there is another boxing of this kit available (Deluxe Edition) that includes a custom lighting set and a motor to spin up the engine cage. No painting guide or decals are included, nor are any needed for this model as the very few colours that will be used are described in the assembly process, in strictly generic terms. Conclusions If one wishes to build a very small scale model of the C-57D at rest, this is very probably the kit to choose, your options are fairly limited and all of them are more expensive. There really isn’t all that much to this kit, but it’s reasonably well done and it should look pretty good OOTB, at 11” in diameter it’s certainly not small. If you want to represent your C-57D in the flying configuration I strongly suspect that the Deluxe Edition of this kit would be a better starting point for most modellers, I cannot say more than this as I have not seen the other boxing. If you want to build a super detailed kit of the C-57D straight from the box, Polar Lights’ earlier, but much more expensive, 1:72 kit remains the best option. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  8. This is just a basic, out-of-box build with no lighting as I've yet to venture into the world of electronic wiring! My original plan was to aim for the pearlescent effect seen on the TMP studio model, however I couldn't get my pearlescent medium to airbrush very well, so I hedged my bets and settled for the coat of Tamiya pearl white spray that I'd applied over a white undercoat. The end result is a little on the light side compared to what we see on our screens (and not as beautiful!), but I'm reasonably pleased with the pay-off, and the old gal still looks fine in white! At first I'd considered a panel wash, but thought twice and decided to let the model do the talking due to the scale. Next step was the kit's extensive Aztec decal coverage, which visually I am extremely impressed with; however these were the hardest decals I've ever had to work with. They were very brittle, and I couldn't get them to slide very much, so there's a few mistakes in there. A coat of Revell acrylic matt varnish smartened things up nicely. Next, the clear parts for the nacelles, deflector dish, torpedo launcher and impulse engine were airbrushed with Tamiya clear paints. I installed a paper screen inside the deflector housing to hide the models innards; I painted it in an attempt to mimic a glowing effect, but it can't be seen very well through the shadow and the dish part. Overall the kit was a joy to build and a challenge to finish - the decals are well worth the frustration as they lend a feel of authenticity to the model. Thanks for looking, and as usual any comments etc are most welcome. Regards, Ross.
  9. Here we go again.... In an effort to appease some one of our numpties illustrious fellow members, and to prove that I can (or cannot) multi-task, I have been baited (against my better judgement I may add), into creating another thread, yeh, even while my DB5 build has not yet come to fruition, in order to satiate aforementioned members appetite and polymeric addiction. I shall not mention georgeusa's name for I am certain we are all well aware that his reputation far precedes him, like a serpent, slithering through the undergrowth. So, that being said, welcome to the thread. In this chapter of my BM life, I am attempting to build not one robot, not one and a half robots, but two, yes, that's two, (II, 2) robots, both of whom I am sure everyone is fully aware - Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, and Robot B9 (a.k.a. GUNTER, a.k.a. YM3) from Lost In Space. And to make matters worse, there are some pretty awesome builds of both robots out there on the interwebby. And so, georgeusa, who's name I shall not mention.... not only am I multi-tasking but I with these two builds in tandem, I am multi-tasking2 ! Both are Polar Lights releases, some years old I believe, and I actually started both of them a while back, way before I even contemplated building Periwinkle the Dalek. Since then, they have both languished in my build bin, stuck on a shelf, never knowing when or if they were going to be completed. Well, now the time has come. I am reaching the end of my DB5 build (I hope!) and need something else to occupy my wayward hours with. Although I had started them both, to be honest I hadn't really got that far with either of them. Here's B9, or GUNTER... and here's Robby... (sorry I couldn't help but announce that in my head in some crazy American accent!) Assembly began, and there are some pretty nasty seams to take care of, especially on the arms. The body wasn't too bad although I think I may revisit the seams on B9 here. B9's legs for some reason appeared to be a bit easier. I think I managed to get this seam taken care of... Along with his legs. (well, almost...) .. and with this post, I have now apparently committed myself to building a couple of robots and finishing of a DB5 - Oh the humiliation if I fail to deliver. Okay, now for some thoughts: I have no idea how to continue with these builds. Originally I had wanted to add a lot of detail, however, there is an etch set for Robby, but the only etch set I can find for B9 is for the smaller, teeny weeny version. Even with the Robby etch set, the only parts I think I would use are the radar circley things that are inside the dome. I know the kits parts are absolutely awful, but I hate the idea of spending almost $30 just to get those two parts, so who knows where this is going to go.... stay tuned At some point, I plan on getting the newly released 1/6 B9, but there's a slight moratorium on my spending habits (- still waiting for the in-house chancellor to set me free again). oh, and the surprise will be announced later - if I can pluck up the courage to commit myself to yet another build... any guesses?
  10. Well after over a year in the making, im calling this one finially done (well until I decide to tinker with her again!) Ive build about half a dozen other kits since starting this one, but at long last I got around to finishing her! (and just im time for a model show tomorrow, which may or may not have been the kick up the backside I needed to finish her!!) Anyway enough of this chit chat! Here she blows..
  11. Classic Batmobile Collectors Edition Tin Round2Models - Polar Lights 1:32 Its not often you can quote straight from the manufactures blurb about a kit, however the information from Round2models / Polar Lights sums up this kit perfectly. That opening theme song. Those bright, cheesy costumes. And that wonderful car! The legendary Batmobile kit based on the classic Batman television series has returned at last. This is the real thing, moulded using the original tooling! While Batman has gone onto be a major movie franchise earning billions of Dollars, for those of us of a certain age there is only one Batman and Robin; Adam West and Burt Ward from the 1960s ABC show. Over 120 episodes of this were made and they are still showing them on TV now. Yes the colours were bright, the sets the same and the dialogue incredibly cheesy; but they were fun. While I enjoy the modern darker Batman films the original TV series will still be fun to watch. The original Batmobile was simply COOL. The Batmobile from this show was a Lincoln Futura concept car which was hand built in Italy. This car was modified by George Barris for the TV show. Barris purchased this car from Ford for $1, and later sold it for $4.62 Million! The Kit The kit arrives in a metal collectors tin. Inside the tin is the model box, modern printing but the same design as the original. To complete this collectors edition there is an A3 sized poster featuring a Batmobile schematic / blueprint. Construction Starts with adding parts to the top body shell. The bar between the two seats is added along with dual antennae and the siren/flasher unit. The front grille is added, the engine firewall, dashboard, steering wheel, rocket launchers, jet exhaust and rear parachute packs. Following this the seats, interior door panels, and a couple of internal parts are added to the lower floor pan. Figures of Batman and Robin are added at his stage if you wish. The wheels and hub caps are built up and attached to their axles after the axles have been placed in the floor plan. It looks like these are designed to rotate. Lastly the body is attached to the floor pan, the front and rear wrap around windshields are added. Decals A fairly small decal sheet is provided with the kit. This includes the bat symbols and the red striping for the car. Additionally on the end of the sheet are copies of the original kit decals. I am not sure who makes Round 2's decals and not having used them I cant say how they will perform. They look thin and have minimal carrier film though I would have prefered the red a bit deeper, it does look a little washed out. Conclusion While this kit is certainly vintage, the parts count is small and it should provide for a quick build unless the modeller want to goto town on it. A great trip down memory lane for those of us who love the old school Batman. The collectable tin will also make a great addition to the model room / shed and will be useful for those biscuits which need to accompany our tea / coffee. Altogether now: da na na na na na na na BATMAN! Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  12. Hi all, Some photographs of 4 of the kits I've completed since getting back into kit building - this time with a Sci-Fi/comic book slant. All mostly 'out of the box' builds and all great fun to make! Airfix Angel Interceptor Polar Lights Batmobile - Snap Kit Polar Lights Batmobile - Snap Kit Moebius Batpod Imai Thunderbirds Zero-X I have uploaded some photos of 4 of the real space kits I have completed since getting back into kit building and they can be found here. My current build of Bandai's ISS Space Suit can be found here. Cheers, Stix
×