The '55 T'bird came with a superb set of Borrani wire wheels and is worth buying for these alone. The biggest issue with these kits is the totally inadequate packaging. The boxes are large, but made from the same gauge card stock as the 1/25 scale boxes. Hence these kits are very susceptible to damage during transport/storage. The windscreen frames of the convertibles are usually broken or at least bent and often the roofs of the hardtops and wagons are smashed and/or the pillars bent/broken. Another notorious problem is the tyres and tubing included in these kits having left terrible marks on adjacent styrene parts due to some chemical reaction. This is especially annoying when you find some or all possible issues I described in a factory sealed kit you just shelled out a stack of wad for on eBay. Also, in my opinion the kits are a tad substandard for their scale when it comes to the general level of detail and engraving and they do require a lot of work and scratchbuilding skills to be made into plausible models. Check out the '55 T'bird's chassis shown above to see what I mean. I am no longer prepared to pay collectors' money for them and meanwhile replaced them with the corresponding 1/18 scale diecasts, which at the end of the day are a lot more satisfying from a modelling perspective if you are not a die hard 1/16 scale evangelist, but simply want to have bigger scale models of these cars. IMO 1/18 made 1/16 plastic kits somewhat redundant anyway, especially when you put a little extra work into the diecasts. The only thing I kept from those 1/16 kits are the optional custom wheels and tyres, since they are too small for the kits anyway, but work a treat in 1/18.
I just snatched a Four Alarm one off eBay USA. Got it for £15.14 plus £26.27 postage, so £41.41 all in. Yes, it isn't cheap, but I have paid more for 40 year old glue bombs in my life. I really want them all, but now 7016 is top priority. I wonder what 7012 would have been, had it been released.
That would be an easy fix. However, I'm now more concerned with the inaccurate body shape that Dave mentioned in his article. Looking at the box illustration, it indeed does look wrong, so it'll be old school tool all the way for me.
It's one of the rare occasions where I have to side with the industry. When Lindberg refilled a plethora of their big scale tools with fresh styrene a while back, they were hard pressed to shift 5,000 units, despite the Exterminator was among them, originals of which were silly money back then and the shouts for its reissue were loud and widespread. Monovell followed suit with quite a few or their old big scale chod, including the Big Tub, and must have faced a similar feat, considering the stuff was still all over the internet years later and finally sold at heavily discounted rates (guess when I bought mine). RoG regularly fell on the nose when they repopped the '65 'Vette, E-type and Big Deuce. These big scale thingys require a healthy dose of injectable to begin with, sizeable packaging and consequently high shipping costs per unit, hence I guess there is very little dosh going into the bank account after the dust has settled. All these things considered, even I wouldn't bother.
Is he one of the highly professional people who are running the company in this difficult market? I just hope he is the toilet cleaner. And who owns those fancy cars in a company that is so struggling for survival that not even the most basic investments can be done? I don't know. Those apologists for the model kit industry are ever more getting on my tits. This is piss take of the highest order.
The ones in the Revell kits are pathetically underscaled, so they might work well when space is an issue. I can't remember what the one in the Sunbeam Tiger is like, but it might be one to check out as well.
Yeah, old stuff is discarded and new one developed, except in the model kit industry, where no new stuff can be developed. The sad result is that an ever increasing proportion of my money goes to the 1/18 die casters, who meanwhile did release pretty everything I ever wanted. The remainder is predominantly going to Japan and Heller lately. Imagine my surprise when Heller went belly up a few months ago. One would imagine they can make a decent living from what I pay them... Predictions for 2017? Hasegawa is always good for a surprise. VW Typ 3 or Typ 2 T2 anyone? VW 181? Also reissues the Jaguar XJS. Tamiya reissues the Jaguar MKII and Morgan Plus 4 and launches a Jaguar D-Type. Fujimi releases another Bond car. ICM releases the Mercedes 770K and the Packard V12 in 1/24. Also a Ford T Sedan. Revell AG launches a Scirocco MK1, an NSU TTS and a 1/16 Typ 2 T1 panel van. Italeri reissues the ex-ESCI Ford Transit (I think this is even confirmed) and the Renault 5 (Le Car to you guys over there) and launches a Scania 164TL in Schubert livery. Belkits launches a Saab 96 and a Metro 6R4. Round2 reissues the '59 Imperial, some Lincoln, the '65 Bonneville, the '64 Comet and the Rayson Craft boat.
As if having no money for development and limited human resources wouldn't already sound like the opposite from ultimate professioanlism where I'm from, storing the chrome shot and clear shot separate from the main tool and then not finding them back sure does. It sounds more like a Punch and Judy theatre. Anyway, obviously my predictions for 2017 are wrong then. I still hope for some totally left field TV/Movie tie in from Revell, like they did with the S&H Torino, which appears to be doing reasonably well.
Jo-Han never made a 1931 Mercedes. Open the kit immediately and pack the tyres separately to avoid further damage, if it has any already. However, I have never seen this happening with the later kits from the 1980s and I have stacks of them.
The 1/24 Airfix kits of the Toyota 2000 GT coupe and its JB007 roadster derivative, the JB007 Aston Martin DB5 and the Aston Martin DB6 weren't good kits to begin with. If it's a 2000 GT coupe you are after, buy the Hasegawa one. If you want a DB5, get yourself the Doyusha. Having said that, it would be nice to see the Airfix ones reissued no matter who owns the tools currently, just for nostalgia. There also was a tool lease going on between Airfix and MPC for a lot of the Airfix 1/32 scale cars. The MPC issues came with chromed parts, something the Airfix ones never did. Some of these have been reissued by Airfix over the years, which indicates that the tools were returned to England, but the most interesting ones never will, because they were butchered up into atrocious customs ca. 1970.