Breaking NEWS Model King/Revell-1/16 and YOU!
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:00 AM
I have great new news for us guys concerning a kit under the Model King name and
brokered partnership with Revell.
Note: these are NOT rumors they are facts directly from Model King...
Dave Burket the Model King (who has also become my business partner as well),
told me to tell you (the 1/16 modeling public),directly that he is going to make
every effort to get a deal with Revell! He has already been in touch with
Revell's people and it's just a time thing with Revell now...It's been Dave's
experience...that Revell can take a while, (not a great length of time),to get
the product off the floor and in his hands... Keep in mind...noone not me, not
Dave, no one knows what Revell will do with this now...no papers are signed at
this point and it's in Revell's hands to make a reasonable profit margin
happen...But it is Dave's experience with dealing with Revell that's going to
make this work...In fact there have been quite a few recewnt ventures with
Revell that Model King has been dealing with....Revell recently visited Dave at
the Model King facility in Toms River NJ...so they are on super terms.
Now,... I want to put some rumors to rest...Concerning rhetorical conversation
that you may have heard about Dave's lack of interest in re-popping another kit
or (kit's)in succession....
Dave is not ALL about the money!...Yes he wants to make a profit, that's
understandable..but contrary to what the guys out here think about Dave not
wanting to get back in this because of slow sales on the other previous 1/16
kits he released, he wants me to tell you directly that it's simply not true. He
has several kits that he's released in the past (not just 1/16 mind you), that
move slower and he still does them because he liked the subject matter and
doesn't care that it takes a little longer to move them...Dave is in the model
car business because flat out...he's a modeler, a collector a racecar guy!
Selling building, trading in model cars especially racing vehicles is his
primary interest and has been so for over 20 years..So you see, Dave's already
got money folks he doesn't need count on this sale to be the giant over top
boomer that some of his releases have been. He's doing this because he's a drag
racing guy,..he's giving it a chance because he's trusting us to help him move
these kits in a reasonable length of time, and he likes working with honest drag
race oriented people. That's exactly folks what we need out here in 1/16 land...
Keep this in mind!!!...Our response to what he is offering us determines how
much product he is willing to stick his neck out for guys...so Dave and I are
trusting you to give him the sales...my job will be working with YOU my 1/16
modeling public to make this stuff the striking success that I know it will
be...I've worked very hard in negotiations with all parties involved but it has
been my pleasure!...Dave is a great guy, I couldn't ask for a better guy to work
This comes directly from Dave...
He wants "Model King" to be 'THE PLACE' for 1/16th modelers and aftermarket to
look for 1/16 kits"! And he's going to try every way possible to continue to
work with us in the long term if we can make these kits move within a reasonable
time frame... You see, Dave doesn't want to release just one kit... and that's
the end of it...no..he will continue to offer Revell 1/16 historical 70's kits
in succession IF they move...how often they will be released will determine
what and when the kits will come out...so if you want to see diggers and funnys
from Revell under the Model King label and distribution,.. he wants to be our
Subject matter and quantity to begin with...
The first kit will be the re-issue of the Tom the Mongoo$e McEwen Navy funny car
from 1974...I do not know exactly at this point what the box will look like,..
that is yet to be determined. I have the feeling it will appear just as the
original , but I do not know for sure. Dave likes to adhere to Revell's
historical images on the kit boxes. He is going to shoot for around 3000 kit's
of this initial release.
OK this is not going to be popular with some of us: The kit will remain
unchanged from the original...same tires..everything...Why??? Because Model King
has no control over Revell's manufacturing process..He is simply a release
broker and re-distributer of their product....he will try and do his best to see
to it that we have higher quality graphics on the decal..that's about as far as
Revell will go...quality issue advances of course will be implemented.
I'm going to call Jim White and Tom McEwen this afternoon to tell them the good
news! Of course Tom and Dave are friends so his cut or whatever is required will
be their issue to negotiate.
OK I hope this clears some stuff up for you guys... and it is my hope you will
be pleased with my efforts to bridge the gap between us modelers and a major
model kit broker.
I will continue to negotiate the kits we want with Dave..
If you have any questions give them to me and I will try and answer them the
best I can with the info I get...please do not swamp Dave with calls...I will
rep.. him until the kit is released..then if you wish to call him feel free.
Your footwork has already been done guys!I'm here to help....
The fact that we have a 1/16 modeling broker on our side I feel is a MAJOR
Art "Chilidog" Loveland and Dave "Model King" Burket
If anyone wishes to call me I'm in Tipton, Indiana
P.S. Aftermarket guys I will be in touch by phone.
A special Thanks to Jim White with his fine work in this venture and Ed Sexton at Revell. ...Keep up the good work guys...we all will benefit from this worthwhile project to put 1/16 back in the corp. eye.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:47 AM
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As for kit's being released unchanged, I'm sure that isnt an issue for anyone, especially the 1/16 guys who have been modifying and scratchbuilding for years. Me..I'm not worried..why? Because i have the 1/16 builders to drawn upon
Posted 18 January 2012 - 12:59 PM
Have fun guys.....Chili
Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:22 PM
Pro Stock is another class that's begging for an updated kit as well. I realize it's the licencing fees that are preventing this. Hence all the vintage releases.
I know these things are not really what is being discussed here but I needed to vent this.
I'm still on board with all this 1/16th scale talk though. I always vote with my wallet.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:27 PM
Any tips and/or advice for someone whose never built anything from the ground up? Any websites, aside from Big Boys here that I can use to get started? Which aftermarket vendors would you recomend for 1/16 parts? I know Charlie at PT released some nice 1/16 scale stuff recently..nice timing btw! Comp Resins I also know about. Are there any others out there that are worth while checking out?
I'm all worked up here!!!
Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:32 PM
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another name i need to shoot out there is Mark Johnson... he does some killer engines. I have his 426 Hemi which is what is going in my 1/16 Army Funny Car and he is workig on a 392 Injected motor for me. I know he has a 417 Donovan, a ford engine... which i belive is a big block although I dont remember the size and he has a big block chevy in the works as well. he has been a great guy to work with and his casting are very nice. all of these are for the 1/16th guys. so there are many options out there.
Also dont forget Jim at Micro Nitro. his wheels are one of the best and I have supplied him some drawings for parts as I am getting my funny done. I have drawn a few diferent parts up in my 3D CAD program and made drawings for him. For example the hubs on my F/C Jim did, he is also almost done with the Pulley's and fuel distribution blocks I have designed. I have more i want to draw up and send him so we will have more avaliable to us 1/16th scale builders but I have been so busy with work that I haven't had time to get to them.
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or Pro Mod.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:17 AM
Enough can't be said about the effort and dedication you, Dave, Jim and Mongoose, have done to get this going on the right path. We (us modelers) will be in your debt for a long time to come. With the increase in aftermarket items the skies the limits as to what we can do. Another name to add to the list is Chuck Boerner who does some outstanding decals for 1/16th. Can't wait to get my hands on a couple/4 of them. More to come??? WAY TO GO!!!!!!