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In Topic: Revell visit to GTR club meeting with test samples

28 June 2015 - 01:03 PM

I wish someone at Revell...somewhere in the global entity owned a set of functioning calipers, because the i8 looks to be a gem of a kit that's has pedantically small wheels....as USUAL. I hope that Hobby Design, who has a track record of providing more gooder wheel/tire solutions to RevellAGs Ferrari kits does a set for this kit.

In Topic: Revells next release from the Model A Roadster tool - a 30/31 Coupe

20 June 2015 - 10:43 PM

Look I don't believe anyone who posts in ANY thread related to a pending model kit - and let's stop pretending that this isn't a PENDING model kit, Revell didn't Whoops gee-golly-willickers accidentally show it off in a major media piece by mistake - about the errors they see is doing so out of some point of malice, or at least I don't.  If Revell or it's backers don't want to see blanket bashing of their products, then maybe the should be a little more savvy in regards to at least PRETENDING to respond to comments.  Because as Chuck points out 95% of the time stuff that is pointed out in test shots ends up being EXACTLY what the kit winds up containing.


I will give Kudos to Revell for fixing the back bumper guard problem on the Del Rio.  How many pages of debate did that problem cause?  Now puzzle over how many kit sales Revell would have lost from plopping that out with the wrong bumper and letting a certain group of people rampage around the internet claiming people who think it's a major problem are just kit assemblers.  Now puzzle over how many ADDITIONAL kit sales they garnered by delaying the kit for a couple of months and resolving the bumper issue...I know they sold one more than they would have - to me. 


But therein lies the problem...and I'd say the divide between car modelers and the "IPMS" builders.  Instead of having a problem with the bumper being wrong, a lot of people were just too excited to have a Del Rio wagon to care.  Revell could have very easily just issued a blurb - anywhere - that said "We know the bumper is wrong and A)We used an existing part to complete the display model and the right bumper is included, or B] Thanks for bringing the bumper issue to our attention, we're gonna fix that.  Poof all talk of "lazy" Revell stops instantly months ago...but for some reason the Elk Grove Village crew lives in some insulated bunker that's immune to the outside world of actual builders.  We as builders are not (as some of the Hobby Popes like to act) too stupid to understand how kit production works, or that mistakes happen particularly between kit design and what China produces.  But no, it was radio silence from Chicagoland that let that debate brew and fester until the kit finally came out this week.


Meanwhile I don't recall seeing too many military builders chastising each other, producing excuse laden posts of biblical proportions, or resort to personal attacks towards each other when the newest tank, plane, or boat is riddled with problems.  If anything right now there's a savage beat down of Dragon going on across the spectrum of the internet because they've been de-contenting reissues of kits, while still showing all the parts being included on the box and charging full price.  The stuff being said about Dragon makes the heated debate about the LX Mustang here seem like afternoon tea time.  Yet there's no counterpoint of people defending Dragon and saying that people should just be happy they have a tank to build in the first place.  Because military modelers are grown adults producing replicas of something, whereas car modelers see that as too confining and possibly too "grown up" for their "We're just big kids playing with our toy cars!!!" attitudes and name call military modelers as rivet counters.  To that end Revell knows they can shovel THIS model right out the door with the roof, blower & firewall exactly as-is because car modelers who want to take the hobby seriously simply aren't their customer base.  Because so long as the majority of car modelers view the model companies as borderline deities, that every new release is Christmas Morning @ 10 years old, and of course the fact that car modelers are relentlessly cheap; they know they don't REALLY have to take things THAT seriously in the end.

In Topic: Tamiya Mercedes 300SL Announced, new pics added to OP

20 June 2015 - 08:58 AM

Okay humor me for a bit. Is that chart for the Tamiya model or... 700.00 euro?

I believe that would be for the 1:1 glass & trim.

In Topic: Revells next release from the Model A Roadster tool - a 30/31 Coupe

19 June 2015 - 01:00 PM

Fair enough.  Here you go:


Somebody says a part or a body shell looks off and explains why.  Many of the responses he gets clearly indicate a level of personal offense at him bringing up that problem - from people who had nothing to do with the actual development of that model.  Some go so far as to express outrage at the very idea he should have the nerve to point that problem out.  Some responses devolve straight down to personal attacks.


WHY?  WHAT JUSTIFIES that personal offense?


I'd say the far more entertaining aspect of the entire process is that as the kits change, different people who are each in their own way more familiar/passionate about whatever the subject matter might be find the faults...however the personally offended always remain the same apologists and torch bearers...coincidence? HAR HAR I say...

In Topic: Polar Lights 64 GTO

18 June 2015 - 07:03 PM

Shhh Snake you're too close to finding out where all the bodies are buried. When you start looking at who's involved with what and what problems the past efforts have had, then Fast Forward to the present it suddenly all makes sense why some new kits aren't quite right either. We're all supposed to be too gleefully happy that new kits are reigning down from.upon high to notice pesky little track records...