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With the Spielberg remake of the War of the Worlds coming out in the
next year or two I wonder if PL has any interest in doing a model of
the new Martian war machines. I would also like to see one of the 1953
version.
 

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I can no longer tolerate watching AMC since they started running commercials every five minutes. That's what DVD's are for. :D
 

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Trek Ace said:
I can no longer tolerate watching AMC since they started running commercials every five minutes. That's what DVD's are for. :D
I heard that. I used to love AMC cause they showed uncut movies commercial free. I won't even stop on that channel at all now.
 

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The WAR OF THE WORLDS movie made in the 50's,I believe,was fantastic.That ALIEN SPACECRAFT is far out and would be a favorite amongs modelers.About 10 to 12 inches in wingspan would be perfect.Included if possible,eiher in the same scale,or slightly bigger scale,a Martian and a frightened woman added in a small diorama would be perfect.Or even better,a Martian and a frightened Woman released seperately in a bigger 1/8th scale diorama.
 

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Well, let's see...

The original models were 45" across, I suspect that to be 1/6" as the ships fit into a city street so as to look about 20-25' across...

If PL made a 1/12 model of that it would be 22.5" across... We are talking C-57D territory...

If they made it 11.25" across, that'd be 1/24 scale... just perfect to make dioramas with available car kits and figures.
 

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Hey guys,

I'm a War of the Worlds junkie. I love that movie! I even bought the book documentary on the radio show and it has cd's of the original broadcast in it. Very cool. Of course, after listening to the broadcast, it's kinda hard to see how anyone misunderstood it as a radio show - alas, a simpler time.

You were mentioning models of the ships so I thought I'd throw out a few examples of kits I've seen/have - you may all know of these:

Monsters in Motion did a superb dio with the machine over a destroyed building - complete with sound and lights! I had to pick that one up.

Classics Illustrated version - dio of pods and machines - very nice - don't remember who did that one. Had to pick that one up too.

Small 1/72(?) scale dio of machine and destroyed vehicles. Looks like it was taken from the film. Don't know who did that either.

Skyhook models did a small ship from the film - sits on a small base - very basic but nice.

I saw a version from an English company a couple of years ago. The machine was round - looked kinda like the First Men In The Moon ship without the buffers. It stood on squid-like legs. I'm not sure where this concept came from but it was pretty cool.

I feel like I've forgotten one or two. Oh well......PL should do a version.
 

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Agreed! Not too many parts, easy to light in 1/24th... and a great converasation piece when finished.

Now that I think of it, Kits based on the 50's/60's classics would probably sell quite well, expecially considering the graying of the average model kit builder. (Does anyone know how the sales for the Irwen Allen and FP kits compared to the rest of the line?) The Pal and Harryhausen films are sentimental favorites with our age group, and would probably do quite well with the occasional builder as well as us fanatics!
 

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the war machine from the 50's movie has classic lines . very sleek and deadly looking with a cobra head heat ray . heck folks who've never even seen the movie would buy this thing .
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Wilco Models' Martian War Machine as a resin kit ought to be available very soon. If their Planet of the Apes Icarus is any indication, their rendition of the Martian War Machine ought to be quite nice.

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Whoops! Sorry I'm late to the party guys...
My Martian War Machine will be going into molds in the next week or so--- it has a wing spread of 9-1/2 inches and is in 1/72nd scale. Will come with a smashed-city style base (still in work...); should go for right around $30.00 plus shipping...
---Da Sarge
 

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You could also try finding the large Lunar Models kit. It is 15 inches from tip to tip, and comes with clear parts for lighting. It's a resin and vacuformed plastic kit. They even give you a martian figure to go with it!
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Might want to check out Skyhook models, They have a couple of very good kits: A Martian war machine with a 8" wingspan, and a Mini diorama of three war machines frying a tank. I have the Mini and its a really good build.
Yea, how'd that ever turn out? I remember seeing most of it built. Bring it when you come by this Saturday.
 

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Vacformed kits are famous for being difficult to work with and are typically expensive. But while good quality resin kits like those of Wilco Models are more work than a styrene kit, they are well within the capabilities of most anyone here and as Sarge himself says, are very reasonably priced.

I'm looking forward to this one!

Huzz
 
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