Models - October
It's super October already! The end of the year
is creeping up on us all. That means the model companies will
be having a mad rush to get every (new) product they can out the
door and ready for the Holidays. Which is ok with me, there are
some model kits I'm just itching to get.
Recent kits have been coming out already, and Revell has finally
popped out the Starsky & Hutch
Ford Torino. Even if you're not a fan of the show, you may
want to grab a couple just to build it because it's a 1970's car,
and it's a Ford. I'm not sure air shocks, and big & little
tires will make a come back, but back in the day, that's what
we rolled with in the 70's.
It's been a few years (1980s ?) since MPC
issued "The General" locomotive. Lucky for us, it's
1/25 scale, so you can find ways to mix and match with some other
model parts and pieces. Mat
Irvine once use the kit to make a scene like in the Back to the
Future movie". So if you feel ambitious, have a go at
it. There are certainly plenty of BTTF Delorian kits around. Hopefully
the MPC train kit will be out before the end of the year.
Of course, with the new Star Wars movie coming out in December,
there's a whole stable of new Star
Wars model kits. So far, they're all from Revell. Four of
the smaller (kids) versions are out now, and later, four larger
scale kits will be issued. Some time before the end of the year
I'm sure. In case you didn't notice, the Millennium Falcon now
has a hew rectangular antenna (deflector?) on top.
There really hasn't been anything super exciting with the AMT
Star Trek kits. Since the Polar Lights 1:350 Enterprise, there's
just been a few smaller kits coming, and a reissue of the cutaway
Enterprise. Granted, that Polar Lights kit is a very hard act
That doesn't mean Round won't be giving Scifi fans what they want.
With their 22-inch Space 1999
Eagle coming out, they'll have model fans standing in line
for that kit, and then some. It's much anticipated. It's at the
top of my list this year for sure.
Moebius should be kicking their all new tool of the Mercury
Comet out the door soon, and the Pontiac Ventura is just behind
it. They've had quite the success with their car and truck models,
which is a very good thing, because they don't seem to fear making
an all new kit if they think the demand is there. Anyone who's
met Frank at a model show knows he's on fire about model kits.
And really, how often do you meet someone from any model company
in person? Moebius and Frank do it right. And their kits are top
Hopefully the year will end with a lot of new and interesting
kits. But there's always 2016. Maybe someone will give us some
hints as to what's coming in the future.
If you're wondering what I'm working on, I am building a few kits.
Some for the next issue of Scale
Model Life, but also, for me personally, an
Italeri PT Boat. I haven't had the time I wish I had lately,
but things are going well with them, and I am having some fun
with the kits.
On the Scifi front:
There were two shows that came out banging, which were Killjoys,
and Dark Matter. I liked both shows. They're a bit gritty, high
on action, and lot's of mystery and secrets. Probably the most
notable thing is that there is very little techno babble. Which
is ok once in a while, I don't have a problem with it. Both shows
left us with a cliffhanger so to speak, so I'm hoping both will
On Dark Matter, I think Number One is next to useless the way
the character is written. But we'll have to see what the next
season brings. All I know is that he talks too much, and doesn't
quite fit in with the rest of the crew. Even the teenage girl
Five is far more interesting story wise, and it makes sense why
she might not want to go berserker in a tight situation.
On Killjoys, making the team a threesome with Johns brother just
threw a wrench in the whole flow of the show. I do think that
John should hook up with the Doctor Simms, she seems to like him
(as written) and that could add a dynamic to the show.
Agents of SHIELD is back. Daisy has matured more, and it fits
in with the changes to the show. Coulsan has lost his suit, and
I HATE THAT. That was his super power. His authority. That's what
made him different from the rest of the team. He was the leader.
Now he dresses like everyone else, and is virtually un-noticed.
I don't feel he represents SHIELD anymore, just a band of people
doing what they want.
The show is still good, that's a nit pick from me. And Ward? Why
can't this guy just die. This show needs to move on from him.
They had to many opportunities to kill him and didn't in the show,
which is just clumsy. Ugh.
Just caught the Flash, and that again looks like it's off to a
good start. The bad guys are lame, but I get that, it's in line
with the comics. The Flash always had low key villains. The Flash
beats bad guys more with his wits than using brute force. Again,
that fits with the comics. Regardless, it's a fun show to watch.
Dr. Who. *Sigh*. Peter makes a great Doctor, but Clara just never
seems to jive with him. If only she was gone, gone, gone. We almost
got that wish at the end of the last season, but she chose to
stay on. Ever since the very first episode with her and Matt Smith,
she has no wonderment in her soul, no imagination. Even the Doctor
has that, he still likes to explore and see new things. She just
seems to be what has been described, a cold empty shell who wants
to get her way.
Eventually she'll be gone, and we can see how Peter C. does with
a new companion. Now that would be a new season to watch.