One of the frustrating things about the internet is that web pages come and go. Some people shut down their sites or otherwise abandon them. Other sites disappear as ISP’s and Webhost shut down, or move around. In 2009, AOL and GeoCities closed their free personal pages, taking out dozens of model sites. Sadly, there are fewer and fewer websites that are devoted to hobbies.
On the other hand, Facebook has provided new opportunities for model builders to share their hobby. I’ve added a listing of several Facebook groups.
Listed below are sites that are still active as of April 2014. It is certainly not a comprehensive list, but it is a list of sites I think will interest the people that visit CultTVman. While I do try to filter out those sites that are questionable, inclusion of links on this page should not be considered an endorsement by me.
The Best in Fantastic Modeling
- Cybermodeler Online – Michael Benolkin’s site for news and reviews from all areas of modeling. Michael includes a large amount of science fiction material.
- Martin Bower’s Model World – Martin’s work has been featured in many great sci-fi movies and tv shows.
- Model Builder’s Reference Vault - Phil Broad’s collection of reference images for the most popular model subjects
- rec.models.scale FAQ – reference compiled from the newsgroup with great information. Unfortunately, this site is rarely, if ever updated.
- The Model Citizen – Roger Sorensen’s great sci-fi model page. This is one of the oldest hobby sites on the internet, and most probably the first to cover science fiction models. It dates back to at least 1995
- The Star Wars Model Kit Gallery – Robert Sylvia’s comprehensive overview of Star Wars models
- SFM:uk: Science Fiction & Fantasy Modellers UK - website for model builders in the UK
Model Retailers, Producers and Suppliers – remember, inclusion here is not an endorsement from CultTVman.
- CultTVman’s Hobbyshop – science ficiton and monster models, as well as decals, books, magazines, and more. (Yes, this is my shop)
- Federation Models – a great source of science fiction models. Federation is one of the longest established shops online.
- The Alchemy Works – Dinosaurs and more. Owned by the legendary Mike Evans
- ARVEY Models – resin sci-fi kits and detail sets.
- Atlantis Toy and Hobbies – plastic kits, Aurora reissues
- Atomic City Models – resin kits from Captain Cardboard
- Don’s Light & Magic – light kits and detail parts for starships
- FabGear USA – Gerry Anderson products
- Fantastic Plastic – resin spaceships and concept aircraft
- Jackill - blueprints and reference material
- JT Graphics – decals and detail parts for science fiction modelers
- Kingston Vacuum Works – vacuforming equipment
- Micromark - tools and supplies
- Moebius Models – plastic spaceships and monster models!
- Monarch Models – plastic monster models
- Monsters in Motion – models, monsters and more
- New Ware – resin spacecraft kits and detail sets
- Real Space Models – resin spacecraft kits
- Resin Realities – resin figures and busts
- Revell - home of Revell and Monogram kits
- Round 2 – home of AMT, MPC, Polar Lights, Lindberg and Hawk
- Skyhook Models – resin sci-fi kits
- VoodooFX – lighting and kits
Facebook model groups. – Again, this is not comprehensive, but I found these groups to be pretty good. Some of these may be closed groups
Personal Pages and Model Websites – these tend to disappear, or are often abandoned. Many disappeared when AOL Hometown and GeoCities shutdown. Most of those listed here have been around a while, but many may not be active.
- Alanoodle’s Model Portfolio
- Alex Kung’s Page
- Alex Sci-Fi Modeling World
- Ant’s Nest
- Apollo Saturn Reference Page
- Aurora Models at The Space Station
- B-9 Robot Builders Club
- Black Swamp Modelers
- Blackhawk Models
- CosmicFunk Studios
- Eagle Transporter
- Gremlins in the Garage
- Greysteele’s Rare Kits
- Mark’s Classic Sci-Fi Modeling
- Markus Nee’s Art Page
- Mike Trice’s Star Trek Page
- Monster Model Review
- Museum of Lost in Space Collectibles
- Nugax Starships
- The Parts Pit
- Phoxim’s Science Fiction Models
- The Prop Department
- Proteus Reference Page
- RACprops Richard Coyle
- Rick Sternbach Studio
- Rob Mattison’s Model Citizen
- Rocketfin Hobbies
- Roguewing’s Workshop
- Space 1889
- Spacedock 2001
- Star Wars Modeler
- Ship Star Models
- Trevor Ylisaari’s Monster Scenes
- Trevor Ylisaari’s Prehistoric Scenes
- Ziz’s Models
Other sites of interest: