Thursday, 24 July 2014


An update on my collection of diecast model helicopters...

Bought an Agusta NH-500E, a licence-built Italian version of the MD-500E (above). This completes my set of the 500 series, as I have already got several Hughes 369 and 500C or D models. This one has the pointed nose, along with the usual 5-blade main rotors and T-shaped tail fin. The model is by New Ray at 1:32 scale.

Also got an Agusta Westland AW-109S Grand, in Ferrari livery (below), another New Ray model, but this one is a larger helicopter so it's at 1:43 scale.

The Grand is a stretched version of the AW-109 Power (Hirundo), pictured below.

I got this model last year. It's in Italian police colours, and was imported from Italy. It's another New Ray model at 1:43. You can see an AW-109 helicopter in Avengers Assemble, where it's the SHIELD transport in the movie's crash sequence.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

TTA mags

New issues from TTA Press, just received -

INTERZONE #253 has my ‘Laser Fodder’ column of DVD & blu-ray reviews:

If... (7/10)
Gagarin: First In Space (6/10)
Her (6/10)
Under The Skin (7/10)
The Night Is Young (5/10)
Frau im Mond (5/10)

    Farting Excuses: also received
Mirage Men
Escape From Planet Earth
Hunting The Legend

BLACK STATIC #41 (with my name on the front cover, again... yay for me!) includes my ‘Blood Spectrum’ column:

    Massive Spoilers!
    (Sorry, but did that get your attention?)  

The Last Horror Movie (3/10)
Cellar Dweller (4/10)
Demon Legacy (3/10)
Pit And The Pendulum (6/10)
I, Frankenstein (5/10)
Re-Animator (8/10)
The Pit [aka: Jug Face] (4/10)
True Detective (7/10)
True Blood - season 6 (7/10)
13 Sins (6/10)
Rapture (6/10)
Haunter (4/10)

    Drudge Work: also received
    (Be a critic; they said. It’ll be fun; they said.)

The Forgotten
The Attic
Devil's Due