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#41 MachinistMark

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

Yup me too. Complain all you want not another trip 5 people, but you are in the vaaaaaaaast minority. These cars sell kits.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

If I'm not mistaken the convertible has a an 'X' member in the frame that the closed cars don't.  Couldn't agree more with folks pining for an accurate 56 hardtop and 57 Nomad. I'd be all over those, too!

 

It does, but the X-frame is molded as a separate piece on the existing Revell Tri-Fives, so I would expect this kit to follow suit.



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

That X-frame was part of the Revell 55 ragtop as a seperate glue in part, showing Revell's plan for reissues based on that tooling.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:24 AM

I get the idea, make the tooling variations last forever, while occasionally reissuing the existing kits. But am I the only one getting tired if these 20 year journeys to get the kits? The original '55 Chevrolet BelAir Convertible came out in what...1996? Then the '56 Nomad, then the '55 again as the Indy Pace Car and so on and so forth into 2013, 17 years later and there's still no '55 or '57 Nomad, nor '56 BelAir or BelAir Convertible.

Similar to the ZL-1 '69 Camaro. That original Revell tool has to be 20 years old. It took 16 years for them to modify the '65 Impala into the '66 Impala (but don't call it that on the box SS 396) kit. Then 17 years to reissue the previously only once run '65 Impala Convertible.

I get it, but I just don't get it. It's like Revell is run by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Why build the whole road over 4 years, when you can pave it in 4 mile sections for 30 years.

That's one thing I'll tip my cap to Moebius over. There are 6 variations (currently) if the Hudson
- " '52" & '53 Coupe
- '52 & " '53" Convertible
- '52 & '53 NASCAR

Granted you need 2 Coupes and 2 Convertibles so you can cross-swap the grills and whatnot, but in less than 2 years I can build one of each.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:52 AM

I get the idea, make the tooling variations last forever, while occasionally reissuing the existing kits. But am I the only one getting tired if these 20 year journeys to get the kits? The original '55 Chevrolet BelAir Convertible came out in what...1996? Then the '56 Nomad, then the '55 again as the Indy Pace Car and so on and so forth into 2013, 17 years later and there's still no '55 or '57 Nomad, nor '56 BelAir or BelAir Convertible.

Similar to the ZL-1 '69 Camaro. That original Revell tool has to be 20 years old. It took 16 years for them to modify the '65 Impala into the '66 Impala (but don't call it that on the box SS 396) kit. Then 17 years to reissue the previously only once run '65 Impala Convertible.

I get it, but I just don't get it. It's like Revell is run by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Why build the whole road over 4 years, when you can pave it in 4 mile sections for 30 years.

That's one thing I'll tip my cap to Moebius over. There are 6 variations (currently) if the Hudson
- " '52" & '53 Coupe
- '52 & " '53" Convertible
- '52 & '53 NASCAR

Granted you need 2 Coupes and 2 Convertibles so you can cross-swap the grills and whatnot, but in less than 2 years I can build one of each.


Revell is smart in not dropping all of the variations of a particular kit at the same time. If they did, a lot of modelers would choose between one version and another. The later variations refresh peoples' interest in a kit, and sales numbers for the variation probably approach the numbers for the first version (while not costing as much as an all-new kit). They might even sell a few more of the first version, for parts swapping and kitbashing.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 06:08 AM

I can see both sides, look at AMT's anouncement of the up comming Grumpy Jenkins 66 Chevy 2, which no body is talking about. My bet is most of the people who would have been excited about that kit allready built one with aftermarket decals years ago.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

I'm building a convertible out of the current revell hardtop snap kit and the revell 55 convertible, In my opinion it's the most accurate 57 kit there is. I hope they use this hardtop kit for the body.

 

I have a real 57 convertible I'm building, so I'll probably buy a bunch of the kits when they come out, I got a long way to go on the real one.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

Revell is smart in not dropping all of the variations of a particular kit at the same time. If they did, a lot of modelers would choose between one version and another. The later variations refresh peoples' interest in a kit, and sales pnumbers for the variation probably approach the numbers for the first version (while not costing as much as an all-new kit). They might even sell a few more of the first version, for parts swapping and kitbashing.


I understand where you're coming from, I would just say that if I wasn't interested in a '57 Chevy 150 in 1996, I was likely just as disinterested when it came out last year some 16 years later. I don't think prolonging the release schedule of tooling variations somehow makes people become interested in a kit. The cost of cutting the subsequent tooling inserts doesn't decrease over time, albeit you can certainly amortize that cost over the longer period using very minor "modified" reissues (California Wheels) to pay for the next variation.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

I'm building a convertible out of the current revell hardtop snap kit and the revell 55 convertible, In my opinion it's the most accurate 57 kit there is. I hope they use this hardtop kit for the body.

 

I think that's been the consensus among those who have built or at least looked over Revell's Snap-Tite '57 Bel Air Hardtop, and I hope they do base the glue kit upon the snap body shell, at least as much as is realistically possible.



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

I would love to see for additional tooling:

 

1. A GOOD 1956 Sport Coupe, and if they did it with optional trim spears to build a 210 or Bel-Air, even better, but I'd be happy with either, although my thrifty half Yankee via the Maritimes/half-Armenian traits tend towards the 210.

 

2. We NEED a good, modern tool '57 Nomad. I have the 1980-or-so Revell kit downstairs, but I never have the courage to try. Perhaps someday.

 

3. Just for something cool and a little different, I'd like to see AMT or Revell tool up a 1955 DelRay. The interior, which is the only difference between a DelRay and a regular 210 2-door sedan, is so intricate and complicated, that, at least with me, all the putty and Evergreen in the world wouldn't allow me to do it right.

 

4. I wonder if Model King could be talked into doing a police-issue 150 like he's doing with the '57 Ford? I'd buy one.

 

5. Again, under the heading of "different", and as mainstreamers are coming more into vogue, I'd like to see a non-Nomad Tri-5 wagon. Perhaps something like a 150 Handyman or even...*gasp* a Townsman/Beauville (the 4-doors).

 

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

I agree with Charlie about the lower level wagons and maybe even a four door hardtop 57 !



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Boy, we've sure came up with a long list of wishes for a subject thats "over-kitted" !! LOL!!



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

True dat!  B)

 

Stoked about the convertible, though, and I'ma start screamin' for a new Nomad next.  

 

Revell's most of the way there, but if Round2 could get off the thumb and do a variation on the new-tool AMT '57, that might be nice to see. The restored parts in the '49 Merc and Avanti are of a distinctly high molding caliber, and a new body and interior done to that standard would be quite impressive.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:18 PM

No test shot pictures?

 

 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:22 PM

Wake me up when they finally use this tooling to kit a decent '57 Nomad. I'm going back to sleep now...

 

Might want to get some comfy pajamas. It sounds like this kit may be the last of the Tri-Fives from Revell.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:24 PM

Nice to see an uptop.  Hopefully a regular rear bumper will be included also...not a fan of continental kits.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:29 PM

Skirts, connie kit, dual carbs w/ bat wing...   :wub:

 

All this and an uptop!?!?!  I think I need to lie down for a minute......



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:00 PM

You can always swap the other '57 bumpers for the Connie. The thought of one of those on one of the Bel-Air 2-door sedans, or possibly grafted on to the snap coupe has appeal.

 

I'll probably be buying two, one to build up-top, one down-top. Now to sort the colors...

 

Casey, I hope you're wrong with your prediction. I feel that modelers are due a good '57 Nomad and a correctly-proportioned '56 Bel-Air Sport Coupe; if they really get daring, I'd love to see a '56 convertible, too.

 

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

Skirts, connie kit, dual carbs w/ bat wing...   :wub:

 

All this and an uptop!?!?!  I think I need to lie down for a minute......

Me too. I'm drooling on my keyboard again....



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:09 PM

Casey, I hope you're wrong with your prediction. I feel that modelers are due a good '57 Nomad and a correctly-proportioned '56 Bel-Air Sport Coupe; if they really get daring, I'd love to see a '56 convertible, too.

 

Based on Ed Sexton's reply after asking him about future variants based on the Revell Tri-Five tooling-- I specifically asked if  '55 and '57 Nomad kits were either planned, in consideration, or possible in the future-- he stated that series had pretty much run its course. I took that to mean this upcoming '57 'vert will be the last of the series. He did offer up that a '57 2-door wagon is the most requested new Tri-Five kit, though, so time will tell.

 

The Monogram 1/25 '55 Bel Air convertible included only a rear continental bumper, too. Hmmmm... 

 

The first two pictures I posted early this morning shows all which was on the display board. I am *assuming* the balance of the kit will come from the existing '57 210 kit, much like what will happen with the '49 Mercury Woodie/Custom kits.

 

What are the two round parts to the right of the RH door panels?