Well, it looks like the granddaddy of mecha, Gundam, is set to dazzle fans with some bling. Marking the 1st anniversary of the Gundam Base Tokyo opening, Bandai will be offering a RG 1/144 Unicorn Gundam in gold coating. Now, don’t get too excited over the gold coating cos’ it is just gold coating (basically, it spells fingerprint magnet) and not real gold plated. I mean, seriously, you don’t expect a 8,640 yen (around US$77) kit to actually sport real gold, right? Continue reading Bandai RG Unicorn Gundam In Gold Set To Go On Sale On August 10
I am sure you have seen videos of the majestic kinetic sculpture called Strandbeest combing the beach. Through clever mechanical linkages, Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest is moved by the power of the wind. It is a super cool man-made object that we can only watch in admiration, well, not anymore. Now, you can build your own too, albeit in a scale that is very much smaller. A desktop version of the real deal, to be exact. What you see here is the Mini Strandbeest Model Kit. Continue reading Theo Jansen’s Majestic Strandbeest Now A Model Kit You Can Build
When I first laid eyes on the Lasercompo, I was completely smitten. I was thinking, “damn, this all-wood bike is crazy awesome. Is it even real?” Well, alas, it isn’t. I mean. It is real, but only as a scale model kit or 1/6th scale, to be precise. Bugger. At least it isn’t a concept. Something you can physically touch. Just that you can’t ride it like the actual Honda Motocompo, the adorable city scooter from the 80s, which it drew its inspiration from. But it can definitely go into the trunk of the tiniest car like the real deal and do so with a lot more space to spare. Continue reading Sadly, This Wooden Honda Motocompo Is Not A Real Scooter
The Singaporean man with the thing for mechanized dieselpunk walking tank scale model is back. This time Michael Sng is bringing a new model called Codename Colossus M1A2 Light Walker Squad Leader ver. The new model is, as expected, very dieselpunk-ish, featuring a hexapod design with a lightly armored body. As with previous Machination Studio’s creation, Codename Colossus M1A2 Light Walker Squad Leader ver. Is motorized and lighted, where appropriate, with LEDs. This new walking tank is of 1/35 scale model kit composed of over 60 polyurethane resin cast and 3D printed parts, and each unit comes with a multi-part character figure called Sergeant Reynolds. Here’s a little backstory of this fictional soldier and his war machine: Continue reading Machination Studio’s New Light Walker Scale Model Is On Kickstarter
There are people who makes scale models and then there is Luca Laconi-Stewart. Luca also makes scaled model, but the scale model he has been working on over the last ten years is unlike what you have known thus far. It is a paper airplane, but not the few folds kind of paper airplane that comes to mention when you mention paper airplane. You see, Luca here has been building a Boeing 777 jetliner with nothing but paper from manila envelops and glue. Yes. That’s right. The mind-blowing accurate and detailed Boeing 777 jetliner you see up above is indeed made of paper. Continue reading The Details That Went Into This Paper Airplane Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind!
If you are fascinated by all-thing Steampunk, I am very, very sure you will be intrigued by the Schnauzer Armored Walker Walking Tank Scale Model. Coming from Singapore-based Michael Sng’s Machination Studio, this 21 cm (8 ¼) mechanized “Dieselpunk” walking tank scale model is part of the world of Codename Colossus and the first Colossus hailed from the fictional Imperial German faction in a retro-sci-fi world where air power never seem to have existed. Intriguing. The fact that it is a tank that walks instead on rolling on conventional tracks kind of make it feels very Steampunk-ish, except the Schnauzer Armored Walker ain’t no steam-powered. Continue reading You Really Need To See This New Breed Of Mechanical Toy That Walks
Amalgam made a name for itself by creating insanely detailed scaled car models and scaled replica steering wheels, and if you think it’d stop right there, well, you are sorely wrong. The company has taken its scaled modelling to an out-of-this-world level of details with the 1/4 Scale Bugatti Chiron Engine and Gearbox. For this particular model, Amalgam collaborated closely with Bugatti to recreate the supercar maker’s 1,500 HP 8L 16-cylinder W engine that, without any real life object comparison, you’d thought it is the real deal pulled from a Bugatti Chiron. Continue reading Would You Pay $10K For A 1/4 Scale Bugatti Chiron W16 Engine?
If there’s one thing the world most famous bricks can’t do, it would be functioning roller coaster models. Not that nobody has done it; it has been done, but there’s just one problem: true-to-LEGO roller coasters function rather jerkily simply because LEGO don’t have purpose-built track pieces. Even there were actual track pieces, you will probably kill your braincells thinking how to go about putting one together. Well, here’s an easier way: Cyclone LEGO Compatible Roller Coaster Construction Toy. As the product name implies, it is a non-official LEGO set but it is compatible with your favorite bricks anyhow, so you can customize it to however you see fits. Continue reading Miniature Wonder: Cyclone LEGO Compatible Roller Coaster Toy
Star Trek Starship Enterprise maybe a fictional spaceship but it was product of creative imagination of movie makers and a mark of mankind’s desire for deep space exploration, which makes the original starship Enterprise model worthy of a place in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. And museum it did head to in 1974 when it was donated to by Paramount Pictures to SNASM. The 11-foot, 200 lbs blow-molded plastic and wood model was displayed in several locations in the museum until 2014, when it was removed for a lengthy and painstaking two-year restoration. Though it is worthy to note that the model was “treated” three times, in 1974, 1984 and 1991, while in museum’s possession, but this was by far, the most extensive one. Continue reading Original Star Trek Starship Enterprise TV Show Model Restored At SNASM
So you have been saving all this while for the gorgeous McLaren P1. As you joyously prepare yourself for the big day when you will drive your Toyota Prius to swop for a P1, you read on the news that P1 will no longer be made. It must have been hard for you as your automotive dream of owning a P1 come crashing on you. Too bad. Though it is not without options. You can either scour the used car markets both local and overseas for one, which will no doubt be a daunting task since less than 400 were made, or alternatively, you can settle with a 1/8 scale replica crafted by the folks who are totally obsessed with details, Amalgam Fine Model Cars. Continue reading Would You Drop $12,000 For A 1/8 Scale McLaren P1 Model?