IHOBBY Expo Quick Report Out and link to Photo Album
Posted 23 October 2010 - 03:27 PM
Well, it was bit of a bummer at the IHOBBY show for the public days. Several exhibitors appeared to have closed up and Friday and packed off. This included Mobius Models. Their rough copies of the autos and truck were packed away and they only had box art displayed. There was a young lady there who didn’t really have much info to pass on.
Lindberg/Hawk was conspicuous by their absence. As usual Tamiya was not there. Revell’s booth seemed smaller in size, but they had a lot to display. Round2 was well represented as well and first time appearance by Matt Wells and Scale Motorsports was welcome. Also, Pegasus hobbies were there as well and I don’t recollect them from prior years.
The lighting was worse this year than last and my camera seemed to be acting up so some of the photos are a bit blurry or shiny. Sorry about that. I didn’t want to lug the digital SLR around the show and keep in the Make and Take area either. I didn’t imbed any photos at this time but have about 250 on Photobucket. Reply with any questions and I’ll check my notes.
Now down to the quick report.
Revell’s announcements are only for the first the first half of 2011. This seems to be their practice for the last couple of years as well. There will be more interesting stuff announced next spring.
Revell’s display included what they are bringing in from Revell of Germany. Included in that is the Ferrari 458 Italeri and Mercedes AMG SLS. Even the Ferrari 458 had a good looking engine from the top, it did not appear that the engine bay opened. I will continue to try and check that one out.
Of note are the 1/12 Mustang which is very highly detailed. Also, a 62 Chevy Impala SS is coming out which will have the buckets and correct hub caps. This is a 2n1 with custom wheels and other goodies. There is a 69 Nova COPO with the dog dish and a BENCH SEAT. It will come with the big block engine, not small block. Revell’s research was mixed on whether a COPO big block was available in 69 or not. They opted to go with the big block.
The 2010 Camaro SS is redone to the real car and they are working to make the body kit add-on’s in the photo optional. The Mustang Convertible is a 2010 even though the picture provided to them by Ford is a 2011. The Curtis Midgets are just jewels. They are unbelievably nice. As prior noted, the Edelbrock Ford is first followed by the Offy. The 48 chopped sedan custom is really nice. Revell did not have all the options there, but prior photos of it have been posted. The engine is the same Flathead from the convertible kit.
Round2 (AMT/MPC/Polar Lights)
Truckers rejoice. A lot of truck and trailer reissues are coming. The 61 Ford Galaxy is supposedly due before the year is out. The Chevy caprice is being reissued as well as the Opel GT. The Batmobile is soon to be, notice the test sample. There is a delay in the Meyers Manx due to some issues on the test sample. Round2 is working to keep that moving.
A 1/16 Petty Charger is coming out as well as several other reissues. On older kit reissues, if they can find previous box art, such as the Opel GT, they will use it.
Other Plastic Manufacturers:
MRC was showing their upcoming 20” wheels and Lambo Countach. They had the already issued Mercedes SL63, but didn’t have the soon to be released Black version.
Hasegawa had the Lotus 78 and Ferrari 312 F1 kits on display. Scale Motorsports had their Cobra, Audi and Corvette C6R transkit there along with several other offerings. Squadron Hobby had several KA models PE aftermarket sets on display. KA models is a Korean company that makes quality PE and Daytona Style Ferrari seats for a lot of Japanese kits and even has a PE for the Revell Mustangs.
There was diecast galore and you wouldn’t believe some of the detail, especially in the 1/50 scale construction equipment. Not cheap, but quality and detail were amazing.
Lots of HO and N scale vehicles on display as well as some real cars on display. Some new tool offerings as well including new sprue and PE cutters by Xuron.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 03:46 PM
Posted 23 October 2010 - 04:06 PM
That Nova looks SO cool....I can see my six/automatic in it now...
The Moebius box-art looks great. And judging from everything I've read, the kits will deliver.
Posted 23 October 2010 - 05:09 PM
I'm sorry I didn't get to make it this year.
Thanks for keeping up up to date.