Friday Night...

What do you people usually do on a Friday night? Movie marathons? Sleep overs? 48-hour Internet Surfing? Extreme pillow fights? Beer binging?

For me, this was a first because right after dinner, I decided to go to the Curve. And the most surprising thing was, Mommy agreed.OK, OK, it was planned all along but no one else knew about the plan except me since I planned it...

The girls are ready for dinner, right out
of the shower if you want to know.

So, their hair was really wet. So they
kinda looked a bit moody.

Or maybe it was the fact that Mommy is
serving curry chicken, the type which I
loved, and the ones they cannot eat.
Too bad there's no french fries around...

By the time we rushed them and got them ready,
it was almost 9-ish when we reached Ikano, which
is now called IPC or something. And what do you
know? They're having a Movie Carnival! Here.
they were posing wit the Smurfs (but they do not
know who or what they were)

But they do recognise Alvin from
Alvin & The Chipmunks.

Or maybe it was because of the big
banner/poster behind them.

The real reason I needed to be there was because of
Richard. I have completed his Borg cube and he needs
to display them on his shelf because this week's Movie
Carnival theme was Sci-Fi.

Lots of star Trek related merchandise here.

I like the painting of this nuBSG Battlestar Galactica

It was rumoured that the Ikea's restaurant was
closed because of some Halal issue. Fortunately,
this was not true and alas, I was too full from the
curry dinner to try the meatballs. Then again, its
almost closing time anyway and it is not wise to
stuff 10 meatballs into your mouth in 5 minutes.
I mean, what would the kids eat?

The 1/24 Hughes 500MD

Well, I tell ya, sometimes, there are things that makes you really want to kick yourself in the butt and also, at the same time, shout with joy. I think you know that feeling very well: Its like you competing with your arch nemesis to buy the only rare model kit left in the shop. But you lost because you were RM10.00 short. Then your arch nemesis discovered his new model kit has a missing part which you happened to have in your collection. And that 'sometimes' happens to me today.

I was still in the Ma.k fever and so, the egg shape of the Hughes Helicopter attracted me. And you guessed it, I tried to get them in any scale possible, short of remote control ones. It all started with a 1/48 from Academy and ending with a 1/35 from Dragon. However, both models were not enough to satisfy what I had in mind because they were, well, a wee bit too small. Then one fine day at Hobby HQ, as I was going to the washroom, I spotted this model kit.

Yep. A 1/24 Hughes! Hidden in one corner reserved for Chinese-made kits, which no one even paid any attention.

This was made in China and its box was so small,
think it was a 1/48 kit instead. And for the
price, it was
on par with the 1/48 Academy.

And I can tell you that this is a very big kit.
However, the quality of the kit leaves a lot
to be desired but then again, for Ma.K, it
is not supposed to be shiny or new, so
this is perfect.

As I am not an expert on the Hughes, this joined
pilot seat makes me think about the kit's accuracy.
But as I have said again, this is not important.

Want to see how big this kit is? Let's
measure the 'teardrop' cockpit.
On the top is the 1/24 (5.5 inches)
while the middle is the 1/35 (3.75 inches)
and the bottom is the 1/48 (2.75 inches)

Here is another comparison. This time, its with
the 1/20th Falke. Yes, big isn't it?

And the funny part? No one would suspect that the
box on the left housed a 1/24 helicopter.