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21 hours ago, ewahl said:

I could not resist buying the new Moebius 1/144 Discovery XD-1 from the great movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.  I read the recent issue review in FSM and went to my nearby HobbyTown USA to order one.  Many years ago, I acquired the Lunar Models resin kit version, which is still in its box because I was so disappointed with the poor detail.  The Moebius kit looks outstanding on my first impression from an open-box inspection.

Now that I think about it, I can display Discovery next to the 1/144 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner I built last year for a size comparison.

Ed

FYI and FWIW,  Lou Dalmasso, the guy behind Aztek Dummy vinyl masks, recently built the kit. He describes some hints and tips on his You Tube channel that may be of interest.   https://youtu.be/iqURrFH7Ntc

 

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Please post pics of the finished model.  I am very curious about this one and may purchase if it's designed well.

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My next question was going to be,"Is a pod included"?  Thanks for reading my mind.  I wasn't aware there was any extra kits available.

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Kevin, thanks for the tip and link.

Rusty, while I would have loved a set of pods and cockpit detail behind the front window, such items are not in the kit.  All of the pod bay doors are separate pieces, so one or more doors could be left open and a tiny scratchbuilt interior could be added into the hollow sphere.  The front window is clear, so a basic cockpit interior could be added.  Figures, of course, would help in the cockpit also.  The two main pieces of the front sphere dry fit together so well that the seam was invisible; apply glue through the open inside.

The kit is engineered to provide almost all surface detail as separate pieces applied onto the propulsion and engine module to provide sharp details.  Moebius did this with their earlier Battlestar Galactica (TOS) kit, and the resulting look of the detail was excellent.  There are five different versions of the cargo modules attached to the spine, but there are a LOT of them.  The antenna array has very fine details to look accurate.

If you want an LED inside the sphere to illuminate the cockpit (and scratchbuilt pod bay, be prepared to get creative on the necessary wiring, battery location, and switch.

NOTE: As soon as you scratchbuild all the interior items for the cockpit and pod bay, someone will release an expensive accessory kit with all the needed items.  The PE aftermarket people will also be out there with items to "improve" the furnished kit details.

Ed

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Yes, Ed, I would keep the main part of the Discover open as there are aftermarket parts on the way, as Phil indicates. But I would be very wary of MIM. They have an often used SOP of gladly taking your $$ for items they don't have yet.  In one case I was hearing from a sculptor who still had spaceship "XYZ" master while he was negotiating with  MIM, and all the while MIM had it on their site taking customers money. 

My personal practice, and the only way I'd deal with them  is that if I can't walk into MIM's store and pick something off the shelf, I'll go elsewhere.   Keep an eye on CultTVMan or SSM stores. Just my 2¢.

Edit: speaking of pods - http://www.culttvmanshop.com/Space-Pod--1144-Scale-from-Red-Planet_p_4094.html

 

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Well, here I am more than a week later, but I'm finally posting what I got last weekend at IPMS and AMPS.

I'll start with the contents of the "Mystery Box" that is a feature in all our IPMS Distressed Kit Auctions.

There were a number of things in there....

First, some Japanese language books on the F-14 A Tomcat:

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Followed by a 1/72 scale F-14A Plus from Hasegawa in bags since the box had disintegrated:

Hasegawa_F-14A_Plus_.jpg

That model is intact, despite the missing box.

Next was an ancient 1/72 scale Frog kit of the Do-335:

Frog_Dornier_Do-335.jpg

Next was a box of ancient Pactra paints.... and yes, they are all still in usable condition!

Pactra_Paint_Set.jpg

Then there was a simple Revell snap together truck that we have used in our Make-n-Take program. I'm glad I got one of these, they are so cool:

Revell_Snap_Together_Pickup__.jpg

Next was a new release of the 1/72 scale Airfix B-25 C/D Mitchell:

Airfix_B-25_C_or_D_Mitchell.jpg

I'll be building that.

Along with that, I got a 1/48 scale Airfix P-51D Mustang:

Airfix_P-51D_Mustang_1-48.jpg

I'm entertaining bids for this, just please remember I'm unemployed and flat broke so try not to undercut me too much.

Another one on the sale block: this Dragon 1/35th scale Marder III late version:

Dragon_Marder_III_Ausf_M_1-35.jpg

I'm asking $65.00 or best offer...

I also got this Hasegawa 1/48 scale Tempest with the teardrop canopy:

Hasegawa_Typhoon_Mk_III_1-48.jpg

I'll let that one go for $20.00...

Another 1/35th scale kit: the Kinetic M-ATV:

Kinetic_M-ATV_1-35.jpg

I'd like at least $45.00 at the minimum for that one.

Next up is a 1/24 scale Tamiya F-1 racing car:

Tamiya_FW-11_Honda_F-1_.jpg

I'll take $20.00 for that one.

 

One other acquisition I got along with the Mystery Box at the Distressed Kit Auction is this compressor with regulator and moisture trap:

Hobby_Compressor_Moisture_Trap_n_Regulat

It works great! You can see the results in my Manufacturing Thread when I get them posted.

Finally at the AMPS meeting, I was given a special gift as a belated Christmas gift from our AMPS club leader since I can never come to the December AMPS Meeting and gift exchange. This 1/76 scale Airfix SAM-2 transport truck and launcher was from his own personal stash:

Airfix_SAM_2_Missile_Truck_2018.jpg

I had also gotten a 1/35th scale Hobby Boss Patriot Missile launching system as well, but that has been sold. I don't have a pic of that.

That's all I have for now. I'm thinking it will be the last until the Phoenix Nationals.....

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" My personal practice, and the only way I'd deal with them  is that if I can't walk into MIM's store and pick something off the shelf, I'll go elsewhere. "

Funny how word gets around when you do someone wrong.  Karma?

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On 7/4/2018 at 4:25 PM, Rusty White said:

" My personal practice, and the only way I'd deal with them  is that if I can't walk into MIM's store and pick something off the shelf, I'll go elsewhere. "

Funny how word gets around when you do someone wrong.  Karma?

Getting a little away from the thread, but they've had some questionably practices in the past.

I don't wanna dissuade anyone really. Things may go swimmingly for some, but I don't want to have to shake my head when someone in a forum complains "8 months and no order..." 

But to get back on Track, the one and only John Dennett came up with another bust that I just scored. KLAATU!!

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