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 Post subject: Halcyon Model Kits
PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2007 20:14 pm 
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Hi

Ive just re-discovered these models over on E-bay . My main interest being the vehicles and landing craft of the Colonial marines from the Aliens film . I can remember seeing these kits in the local toyshop in the early 90's but I was in my late teens so I never got round to getting them as there were other things that money needed to be spent on :roll: . Im now set firmly on a mission to try and get the models I should of built years ago, does anyone else remember these models or did anyone build them . If so what were they like? any help would be greatly appreciated

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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2007 20:44 pm 
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The kits are generally fairly accurate although some of the early ones suffer from fit problems.

The APC is a good replica although be prepared for some filling particularly around the front end. Also the instructions aren't the greatest.

The dropship, if built from the box, is ok but a bit toy-like. Some of the detail is a little crude, particularly the panelling which seems to have been done by the infamous Matchbox trench digger.
That said, with a bit of work and some detail around the cockpit (I used the seats from a Hasegawa F-104 which are spot on) it builds into a nice replica.
Just be careful with the decals...mine broke up in the water...and chuck away the dreadful missiles, possibly the worst I've ever seen.

The Sulaco is nice but tiny (1/2400 scale!) but you do get a tiny Dropship...

The Powerloader is excellent and just needs dirtying down for a great model.

The Alien figures themselves are all superb, both styrene and vinyl.

The Space Jockey (vinyl) is great but a bit small.

The Nostromo (again vinyl) is superb but very hard to come by.

Hope this helps.


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PostPosted: Tue 27 Mar 2007 22:15 pm 
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I've only ever built the Sulaco. It's pretty small, but it's a nice enough kit. It's a tough job painting it though. You just can't seem to 'scale' it right. The escape craft (excuse me while I completely botch the spelling) Narcissous is possibly the easiest kit to get your hands on. It's been released by somebody else, but I can't remember who.

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jargonking wrote:

The Nostromo (again vinyl) is superb but very hard to come by.




I have one of these. It was part of a limited edition run of 1,000 numbered kits. Cost me a bomb at the time but it's a beauty.

Not yet built it tho'...

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Mar 2007 15:42 pm 
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Hi

thanks for that , the drop ship seems like the easiest to get hold of at the moment so ill be aiming for that one first . I would like to get the APC but my limited searchs have dawn a blank so far, just have to keep looking

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Mar 2007 16:07 pm 
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The APC is a big empty box when it's built, but looks the part. If you get one make sure the wheels are fixed on firmly. They're held on by a little part that like to come adrift and disappear inside the closed up hull :twisted:

AEF Designs made some resin Colonial Marines figures for the APC, which were pretty obviously derived from Airfix multipose parts. I only ever found one and that suffered from AEF's legendary quality control (or lack of)

I've got the vinyl Face Hugger too, which used to frighten the cat.

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Mar 2007 20:54 pm 
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Been having a hunt this afternoon for the APC and it looks like it may be a long term search that could get expensive there are some in the USA for sale but there all over $120 . I have found a 1/72 version but its a bit lacking in detail but I might get one because it will go with the drop ship


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I said in my first posting that the APC was a big empty box - looks like someone found a way of filling it - involving the sacrifice of some Academy M113s in the process it would seem...

Amazing what you can do with airport tractor

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Mar 2007 17:01 pm 
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Hi david

just found the APC you where talking about , he deserves 10 out of 10 for dedication and effort , also he must have sacrificed a lot of kits to get all the parts needed to build it

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Hi david

just found the APC you where talking about , he deserves 10 out of 10 for dedication and effort , also he must have sacrificed a lot of kits to get all the parts needed to build it

James


I think I may have hidden the link in post too well :oops:

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If you're looking for 1/35th resin Colonial Marines have a look at Phebus Creations website for their limited edition figures.

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 Post subject: I have an unbuilt...
PostPosted: Tue 17 May 2011 16:47 pm 
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Hi,

My first post here.

I have an unbuilt Nostromo Kit from 1992.

I don't recall ever having a certificate with the production number, so if there ever was one it is missing in my case. Hard to remember back 19 years.

I bought it in 1992 with the intention of building it but have never got round to it and now I don't build kits any more, no space for building also.


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pduffy4:331812 wrote:
Hi,

My first post here.

I have an unbuilt Nostromo Kit from 1992.

I don't recall ever having a certificate with the production number, so if there ever was one it is missing in my case. Hard to remember back 19 years.

I bought it in 1992 with the intention of building it but have never got round to it and now I don't build kits any more, no space for building also.


Thanks pduffy. Any chance of some pics of the sprues, box art etc?


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PostPosted: Thu 19 May 2011 18:04 pm 
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I've built the Sulaco. Yeah, it's a bit small. It reminded me of an upside down SPAS-12 shotgun. I've got the Drop Ship in the stash. Never really looked in the box.

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Right, I've just taken a couple of piccies of the Drop Ship. I doubt if I'll ever build it (along with most of my stash), but who cares?


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 Post subject: Nostromo Instructions
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I'm looking for a scan of the instructions for the Nostromo model.  I've got one partially built which has been sitting around gathering dust since 6 months after its release.  I put the main components but I need some help with the small bits particularly the plethora of aerials (not as bad as the Sulaco tho!  Can anyone help?


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deadahead:367866 wrote:
I'm looking for a scan of the instructions for the Nostromo model.  I've got one partially built which has been sitting around gathering dust since 6 months after its release.  I put the main components but I need some help with the small bits particularly the plethora of aerials (not as bad as the Sulaco tho!  Can anyone help?


Hi Deadahead,

I've just managed to obtain a very rare Halcyon Model kit of the Nostromo made in 1992. It has instructions albeit the're not exactly brilliant, and are completely pictorial rather than writen instruction, but they may well help you with your problem.
Let me know if you want me to scan them to you.
Cheers for now
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Oh my, its so good to see others wanting the same things I do. I used to own the dropship in the late 90s, I loved that thing so much but sadly got destroyed when moving house. I was looking at ebay for other models but the price has shot through the roof and refuse to pay £200 when I got it at ALIEN WAR London for £40. Out of all the craft in the Alien in collection it has to be the dropship and droptank that I love the most and would love to own again.

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I would absolutely love all of these models, I didn't know these were ever made!.  I'm a huge Alien/Aliens fan!

If any one wants to sell any of these, please PM me.... :D

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vonchappell:476010 wrote:
Oh my, its so good to see others wanting the same things I do. I used to own the dropship in the late 90s, I loved that thing so much but sadly got destroyed when moving house. I was looking at ebay for other models but the price has shot through the roof and refuse to pay £200 when I got it at ALIEN WAR London for £40. Out of all the craft in the Alien in collection it has to be the dropship and droptank that I love the most and would love to own again.


Hi Vonchappell,
Yes, you're not on your own, and there quite a few of us dotted around the world of Sc-Fi Models. Shame about your Drop Ship. You can get them on ebay, but like you said, they can be rather expensive. Once they stop mking them the price rockets !! I've had my model of the Nostromo for a year now, and it's still in the plastic bag inside its original Halcyon box. These things are so rare that I fon't want to make a hash of the paint job on it until I feel confident enough, and that takes a lot of reseach, plus it cost me £230 quid !! If Val my partner finds out, well I'm a dead man !!   If you're interested I have an excellent copy of the Nostromo "Blue Print" that I can send you. If you zoom in you can see an immense amount of detail that isn't readily seen in the Film. For example, I wasn't aware that the Nostromo was fitted with 2 Escape Shuttle craft !!  Let me know via private message, and I can send to your email address. Cheers for now !!


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