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The Detail is IN the box, but not on it!

The old adage of not judging a book by its cover is sound. Sometimes, some of the most interesting things are found in the most ¬†unlikely, or least attention-grabbing places! A perfect example of that is the Revell 1/25 1964 Chevy C/K Fleetside. With clean but not-overly-exciting styling and a box so boring it makes […]

How Devious are You?

That was the heart of the question behind the ad campaign for Xevious, a video arcade game from the early 1980s. This game was so popular in Japan that is spawned many sequals, and even led to the model company WAVE issuing a commemorative kit of Solvalou, the main fighter the player uses in the […]

Panzer II, Low Countries 0

What kind of a score is that? Well, it’s the score from the European front in 1940, of course! The Panzer II helped blast a path through Western Europe (then Africa and Russia) despite its failings and overall weakness. This do-it-all little stopgap fought everywhere until it became brutally apparent that it was no match […]

Mainstream, Short-Run Back-Breather!

One thing you have to give Chinese modelling companies credit for is exploring subjects that most companies won’t touch. This includes many foreign subjects as well as esoteric ones much closer to home. A perfect example of this is the 1/72 Trumpeter F-107 Ultra Sabre. The Ultra Sabre was North American’s attempt to continue it’s […]

Small Arms, Big Stick

Sometimes, all a design needs is a bit of freshening up to make it look brand new. A perfect example of this are the retconned Gundam Wing redesigns done by Hajime Katoki. Taking the Endless Waltz Gundams and backdating them to “original” versions has yeilded, almost without exception, designs that are cleaner and meaner-looking than […]

Sunset Superman?

Nope, it’s not Superman, it was just a plane! Well, okay, that’s not fair, it’s a WHOLE BUNCH of planes, actually! Since it’s a dreary day here today, I thought I’d spice up the weekend with some awesome Matchbox Airplane kits! I have added pictures of my collection of Matchbox “Sunset Stripe” airplane boxes to […]

Putting the “Tripping” in Road Tripping!

From time to time here at the Sprue Lagoon, I like to bring you different things. It’s not always model kits; sometimes I find a cool Japanese robot toy, or a Russian die cast or… this. What is “This”? Well, quite frankly, I had no idea what it was when I bought it, but it […]