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Essex Models and Miniatures archive
In the words of Monty Python. “And now for something completely different”.
The Daleks are coming to a store near you, well, unless your near a certain WH Smith’s Store in Essex then don’t bother because I bought them all!
Although I have done a separate page for figures, I have done this special feature on Daleks, mainly because I’m a bit of a Dalek nut.
These are from the Eaglemoss Dr Who figurine collection now on it’s sixth issue, others I have you can find Here.
These are resin cast and hand painted and scale at 1:21 and as I have mentioned before an unusual scale but the fact all the figurine are to the same scale make them quite unique.
I have had other Dalek models over the years, some bigger and some smaller but these are pretty good although lack any moving features, also are good value at £6.99 each against what some Daleks go for.
These are subject to a future diorama yet to be built and this background is a temporary setup for these pictures.
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Voyager, the Intrepid class Starship from the Star Trek series Voyager
This is issue six from the Eaglemoss Publications Star Trek, Starship collection and the one I have eagerly been waiting for.
As with all of the collection so far, great detail and finish.
Numbered by Starfleet as NCC-74656, gives an idea as to how many ships must of been in the fleet by this point in the Star Trek timeline.
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Back in August 2013, we posted an exclusive on the next Eaglemoss partworks, the military vehicles collection, a few days ago we received some samples of the models in this collection for review, these are set out below, this collection is 1:43 scale, although other manufacturers such as Corgi and Solido have done many in 1:50 scale and many other manufacturers in 1:75, I’m not aware of such a comprehensive 1:43 scale collection as this one.
The models all come mounted on a plastic plinths and mounted with a single screw, word of warning though if you want to remove them you will need a special screwdriver as they have used the triangular screws, although the screwdrivers are readily available in places like Ebay, search for ‘Ixo Altaya Atlas Triangle Head screwdriver’.
Ok to the models, the first one is by far my favourite of the moment, this is the Cruiser Tank Mk. VI Crusader III (A15) the decals are from the 6th Armoured Division, Pichon (Tunisia) – 1943
I had a high expectation of this collection, and I am not disappointed, I am used to a lot less detail on diecast tanks although in plastic kit form you get far more detail, but this model is the best of both worlds, diecast and detail.
The scale is so common these days you can match these up with almost any other 1:43, AFV’s, tanks or civilian vehicles and will work really well with an O gauge railway.
Close up, although it can’t be seen in these pictures the periscopes on the turret even have a green glass in them, the decals are printed rather than added on afterwards and thankfully are matt rather than shiny decals.
I have checked their website and this will be issue 4.
The second model I have is in fact issue one of the collection, the SD.KFZ. 251/1 Ausf. C Wurfrahmen 40 half track, the decals are of the 24th Panzer Division from Kursk (USSR) 1942
Again very good detailing , even inside the drivers area has been detailed along with rifle racks and much more, very impressive.
My only one small grievance is the paint has been missed on the left front rocket launcher, but for me no big problem and can easily remedy that myself.
The final model is a French tank, the Somua S-35 and is issue 3 in the collection, this one is from 1ere Quesnoy (France) 1940
A nice touch is the lashing points and towing rig, just as you would expect.
As with the Crusader the turret rotates but the gun also elevates on this one.
Overall this collection is really promising and the website shows the first twenty three of a possible 60 models
I will be honest and say I am considering subscribing myself as this could be the ultimate 1:43 scale collection ever, and before you all rush off to the shops to buy them, you can’t, the military collection is exclusively available from the website online.
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The French Somua S-35 tank is not one I was familiar with so as always did a bit of research, here is what I found.
The SOMUA S35 was a French Cavalry tank of the Second World War. Built from 1936 until 1940 to equip the armoured divisions of the Cavalry, it was for its time a relatively agile medium-weight tank, superior in armour and armament to both its French and foreign competitors, such as the contemporary versions of the German Panzerkampfwagen III. It was constructed from well-sloped, mainly cast, armour sections, that however made it expensive to produce and time-consuming to maintain.
During the German invasion of May 1940, the SOMUA S35 proved itself to be a tactically effective type, but this was negated by strategic mistakes in deploying its units. After the defeat of France in June 1940, limiting production to a number of 430, captured SOMUA S35s were used by the Axis powers. A derived type, the SOMUA S40, with an improved suspension, lowered hull cast and welded turret armour, had been planned to replace the original version on the production lines in July 1940.
Yesterday (September 19th) saw the release of issue 3 of the Eaglemoss Publications, Star Trek Star ship collection.
The newest model is that of the Klingon Bird of Prey
Again and as with the previous star ships, I’m not disappointed, great detailing and colour.
Essex Models and Miniatures have been lucky enough to also receive two models yet to be released in October so here is a preview of what you can expect.
Issue 4 is the Enterprise NX01
I’m not overly familiar with this ship but in the Star Trek timeline, the first ever warp drive star ship and predates the NCC1701 from the original 1960′s series.
Again fantastic detail, I know some of you out there, know me from older articles and waiting for my critical comments on these models, but in all honesty I can’t fault them, this could yet be one of the best part works sets ever made by Eaglemoss Publications.
This model is due in the shops on October 3rd 2013
Issue 5 will be the Romulan Warbird
This was in use late in the 24th century and at over 1300 metres long, twice the size of the Enterprise D
The fine detailing, even on close inspection is spot on and even has the Romulan crest.
This model will be available in the shops on October 17th 2013
So far this has been an amazing series of models and looking forward to issue 6 in November, Star Trek Voyager probably one of my all time favourites.
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