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Collecting Monsters => Monster Kits => Topic started by: Mike Scott on March 10, 2017, 10:58:38 PM

Title: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 10, 2017, 10:58:38 PM
If you were disappointed with the 1st ed. made of white plastic, check out the 2nd ed. made with silver plastic. It even has a cooler bkgnd! I just got one and I think I'll get another, so I can display it flying and landed.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71REugszHnL._SL1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: The Batman on March 10, 2017, 11:25:15 PM
' Cool find & congrats !


Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 12:05:23 AM
For anyone not familiar with this kit, it is 5" diameter, snaps together and has a flashing dome light. Sells for under $20.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: The Batman on March 11, 2017, 12:19:49 AM
Makes sense it's that size, based upon the classic pizza stand in your photo.

'Cool detail in a small scale is huge.


Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 01:12:44 AM
. . based upon the classic pizza stand in your photo.

I don't get what I'm supposed to do with those? They aren't mentioned in the instructions. I just put them back in the box.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Dr.Cyclops on March 11, 2017, 03:16:30 AM
I don't get what I'm supposed to do with those? They aren't mentioned in the instructions. I just put them back in the box.

Perhaps they put one of there TRIPOD kits in by mistake?

Seriously though kit looks great, who makes it?
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Relic on March 11, 2017, 11:05:43 AM
Hey Mike
I found a photo of the first edition "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" showing the pizza stand turned upside down so the flying saucer could be displayed in the flying mode. I think that's how it's used!

 (http://www.timeless-hobbies.com/uploads/2/2/4/2/22423042/s916177699530417308_p3402_i3_w500.jpeg)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 11, 2017, 11:30:27 AM

It would have been cool if, with the 2nd edition, they had changed the tripod stand to clear plastic.

Maybe you can find some little clear plastic part to substitute.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 11:59:29 AM
I found a photo of the first edition "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" showing the pizza stand turned upside down

Oh, that's what it is! Thanks!

BTW, you can see the old bkgnd in that pic. Really boring, compared to the new one.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Anton Phibes on March 11, 2017, 12:01:17 PM
Creature from the Black lagoon is nowhere to be seen. Have you finally become one of us, and furthered beyond Creechie? :angel:
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 12:03:10 PM
Maybe you can find some little clear plastic part to substitute.


I'll keep an eye out for something.

Here' what somebody did with a couple of kits.

(http://www.inpayne.com/temp/earth-saucers-02.jpg)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 12:07:01 PM
Seriously though kit looks great, who makes it?


Atlantis Models
http://www.atlantis-models.com/ (http://www.atlantis-models.com/)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 12:13:26 PM
Creature from the Black lagoon is nowhere to be seen. Have you finally become one of us, and furthered beyond Creechie? :angel:

I even watch movies that don't have the Creature in them, now!  ;D
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 01:10:03 PM
My new one, with my old white saucer, till I can get another silver one.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img923/4753/ZMTQNt.jpg)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: marsattacks666 on March 11, 2017, 04:51:37 PM
Wow! So cool!
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: MonsterJim on March 11, 2017, 09:01:21 PM
If it's a model kit, it doesn't matter what color the plastic is - you're going to paint it.  Get out your favorite metallic silver/steel paint and have at it. 

For a clear support rod for the base - try hardware stores - most will have clear acrylic rods of various diameters that can be used to mount the model.  If you want, cotton can be glued to the clear rod, pulled out to resemble smoke and airbrush some greys and tans for dirt being kicked up.

It's a pretty basic kit and shouldn't take too much work, unless there's gaps that need to be filled and puttied, then sanded before painting.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 11, 2017, 11:18:07 PM
If it's a model kit, it doesn't matter what color the plastic is - you're going to paint it.  Get out your favorite metallic silver/steel paint and have at it. 

You're talking to the wrong guy! I have no model building/painting skills. Besides, it's already silver and a three year old could put it together.  :laugh:
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 11, 2017, 11:57:49 PM
You're talking to the wrong guy! I have no model building/painting skills. Besides, it's already silver and a three year old could put it together.  :laugh:

I like the fact that it is already silver.  It can just be treated like another toy.

Not every model has to be painted to Dirtyhorse standards to be fun.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: horrorhunter on March 12, 2017, 12:10:42 AM
I like the fact that it is already silver.  It can just be treated like another toy.

Not every model has to be painted to Dirtyhorse standards to be fun.
I agree. I respect the talent of highly skilled model painters but I actually prefer the original glossy paint jobs by kids on the classic Aurora's.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: MonsterJim on March 12, 2017, 09:22:13 AM
To each their own opinion.
Basic modeling skills are easily enough acquired; patience and practice and constructive criticism are the best teachers.
Personally, I wouldn't have something that looks like a shiny, cheap toy on the shelf.
If realism and accurate representation of the 'real' thing from a movie or TV show is the goal when you spend money for a model kit, then you do what you must to make it so.
Whatever makes you happy.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 12, 2017, 10:08:03 AM
If realism and accurate representation of the 'real' thing from a movie or TV show is the goal when you spend money for a model kit, then you do what you must to make it so.

Well, compare the silver kit to the photo from the movie. They're the same!
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 12, 2017, 11:54:20 AM
To each their own opinion.
Basic modeling skills are easily enough acquired; patience and practice and constructive criticism are the best teachers.
Personally, I wouldn't have something that looks like a shiny, cheap toy on the shelf.
If realism and accurate representation of the 'real' thing from a movie or TV show is the goal when you spend money for a model kit, then you do what you must to make it so.
Whatever makes you happy.

I have lots of shiny, cheap toys on my shelves.

They make me happy.

Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: horrorhunter on March 12, 2017, 01:13:58 PM
Shiny (once) cheap toys are some of the most important things to most of the people on this board!

One of the things that characterizes UMA best is our love for monster toys from the '60s and '70s that were shiny and cheap. Now they're damned expensive, but still shiny.  ;)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Hepcat on March 13, 2017, 02:00:58 PM
For anyone not familiar with this kit, it is 5" diameter, snaps together and has a flashing dome light. Sells for under $20.

Snap together?!!! Now that's below my level of dignity as an eleven year old (frozen in time of course). Snap-together is dumbing down model kits for little kids. The model building process properly requires glue a.k.a. styrene cement!

It's a pretty basic kit and shouldn't take too much work, unless there's gaps that need to be filled and puttied, then sanded before painting.

What, what, what? Putty? Sanding?! Now you're going to the opposite extreme! A monster kid glues parts together the way they're found in the box. That's what it's all about. You buy the kit and you trust the good folks at Aurora, Revell, Hawk, Monogram etc. to have ensured that the pieces fit right! And if they don't, you just keep applying more glue until they do (sort of) and then you buy some other company's kit next time!

If realism and accurate representation of the 'real' thing from a movie or TV show is the goal when you spend money for a model kit, then you do what you must to make it so.

Huh?! What's this about the "real" thing from the movies or TV? You paint 'em to look like the box art! Besides, I won't be painting my kits till I'm thirteen and up to painting my Aurora Mummy glossy grey and the cobra metallic green with red eyes!

 ;)
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 13, 2017, 02:47:58 PM
Snap together?!!!

It doesn't really "snap". You put the top and bottom together and twist till it locks. If you want to use the flashing dome light, you need to open it up to turn the light on or off, then close it. If you want to switch it from landed mode to flying (gun out) mode, you need to switch those parts. It really is more toy like in those respects, but has the look of a model.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 13, 2017, 06:06:35 PM
It doesn't really "snap". You put the top and bottom together and twist till it locks. If you want to use the flashing dome light, you need to open it up to turn the light on or off, then close it. If you want to switch it from landed mode to flying (gun out) mode, you need to switch those parts. It really is more toy like in those respects, but has the look of a model.

Oh God, there's "twisting"?

Too bad they didn't make that little dooley-bob that hangs down below (alien genitals?) into the switch.  Then you wouldn't have to take it apart.

So you can't glue it together.  You couldn't turn in on or change out worn batteries.

 
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 13, 2017, 06:46:23 PM
So you can't glue it together.  You couldn't turn in on or change out worn batteries.

No need to glue it. It fits together perfectly. Not sure you can buy a battery like this?
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: The Batman on March 17, 2017, 11:07:38 PM
'Saw some expensive drones land and the landing pad attached to the drone REALLY does look a lot like the upside down pizza middle stand you kit has.  I have photos to prove it, if needed.
Title: Re: "Earth vs The Flying Saucers" 2nd ed.
Post by: Mike Scott on March 17, 2017, 11:39:56 PM
I have photos to prove it, if needed.

Why would you lie about something like that?  ;D