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Brett Barrow

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  1. Hobbico - BANKRUPT!

    Nobody's shutting anything down until April at the earliest. Revell is owned by Hobbico, which also owns Tower Hobbies, Great Planes Distribution, Estes Rockets, Axial R/C, and a bunch of other brands. They've filed for Chapter 11 protection this week. It's been coming for a year or so. I have no doubt that Revell will make it out under new ownership but who knows how they'll be changed?
  2. Hobbico - BANKRUPT!

    Revell is profitable, Hobbico as a whole is profitable. The Traxxas lawsuit probably hit them hard, Traxxas is king in R/C and Hobbico/Great Planes is the biggest distributor of R/C stuff. They're also under investigation buy the Labor Dept for improper ESOP/Profit Sharing payouts, there are several lawsuits pending related to that. This has been coming for a while Great Planes has been out of everything for months so I suspect any shops using GP as a main source have found an alternative. I don't work directly in distribution anymore but I'm literally on the other side of a wall from one of their competitors and I've noticed them picking up a lot of the slack from GP over the past couple months. I don't want anyone to think this is on Revell, or a sign of the times in the industry as a whole.
  3. new for 2018

    The sad part is that Rommel's Rod will outsell them all by a mile.
  4. 1/25 Monogram Slingster Dragster

    The Slingster slicks would make great Stock & Super Stock slicks if they weren't sized for a 16" wheel. :-( Gary's right, they played the Slingster too down the middle. If they made it an exact replica of the old ~20th scale Sizzler, you could at least chalk it up to being a copy. But since they tried to bring it more into 25th scale, they could have done a better job of proportioning the parts better or adding more modern detailling. Instead we just got a 20% smaller Sizzler. As I understand it, the preliminary 3D CAD data was created by a "civilian" outside Revell as a personal project to digitize the Sizzler. Dude, I've been in this business 16 years and I still don't get them.
  5. new for 2018

    It's definitely transformative enough to get around any copyright issues. That's a major reworking of that image, it's not just a trace. Our own Harry P. wrote a thread on here somewhere how to Photoshop over photos like this, it's a ton of work. I know Jairus Watson has done box art for Revell recently, maybe he knows more about the process and legal wranglings. I feel like Revell is big enough and been doing it long enough to know how to properly license images.
  6. A lot of those 90's AMT-Ertl kits had nice carbs.
  7. RC2 era 'b and s' cars...

    I don’t think it was as much a bait and switch as it was using builders’ previously built personal models for the box art instead of commissioning a new build with just box-stock parts, like Chuck K said. By that point the folks in charge of AMT brand were mostly from Learning Curve (makers of Thomas the Tank Engine) and didn’t know/care about stuff like that. One reason you saw so many third-party reissues from the likes of Model King and Stevens Int’l was they were sorta diverting that work off on folks that knew the Hobby better than they did. Edit: I shoulda read the 2nd page, Art and Steve explained it better than I could
  8. SOME CURRENT ROUND 2 INFO TODAY...

    Yeah, $15-18 reissues. $1.50 in 1960's dollars is like $15 today. Of course we'd be paying like $5 for a banana, a lot of US consumer goods are priced way below inflation. Japan hobby market is much larger, but like 95% Gundam/Sci-fi/Sexy figurines*. The US is larger in "traditional" non-sci-fi scale model segments, which is why Tamiya often releases aircraft and armor models to North America and Europe before they are available domestically. * I kid with that number, but it's probably not that far off from the truth. The president of Aoshima once told me that the domestic model kit market was Bandai way up top, then Tamiya, and then everyone else was just fighting for scraps. True, plus they really put a focus on improved decal sheets, and decal sheets are expensive, often a higher cost per kit than repopping the plastic parts. Same is true with tires. I don't know, but I'd probably be out of a job if they weren't... Gundam/Sci-fi and tabletop wargames like Warhammer or Flames of War. World of Tanks has helped drive a few to armor models. Car modeling isn't the modeling entry point that it used to be. The only people I ever see buying current F1 and exotics and contemporary American cars are middle-age dudes older than me (I'm 40). Any younger kids I see buying car models are almost always into muscle era up thru 80's. Probably anecdotal, though.
  9. new for 2018

    For one thing, it's $24.95 MSRP, new tools have been $26.95 or $28.95. I asked back when I first posted, it's modified tooling. "New engine and body modifications" were the words they used, IIRC. Remember this is the same company that claimed the Stacy David '32 was "all-new tooling"*, if this was all-new they would have said so and made a bigger deal about it. *I mean, technically it was, they just used some of the same masters.
  10. SOME CURRENT ROUND 2 INFO TODAY...

    Japan has very stringent price-control regulations. Basically, stuff isn't allowed to be increased more than inflation/cost of living increases. It only directly affects straight reissues, but new & modified reissues need to be priced somewhere in the ballpark of other stuff on the shelf so it kinda has an effect on them as well. If the US had the same regulations our kits would be in the $15-18 range. .
  11. AB issues,, still a struggle

    Yeah, that's one of the different sizes. T-108 is the big one.
  12. AB issues,, still a struggle

    i don't know why it works I just know it does. I struggled with Tamiya Acrylics, glosses orange peeling and flats gritting up for years, switched to MLT - boom, no more problems. It's like a different paint all together. Mr Levelling Thinner is liquid magic as far as I'm concerned.
  13. AB issues,, still a struggle

    My advice: ditch the X-20A and use Lacquer Thinner. Specifically Mr Levelling Thinner if you can get it. But Tamiya Lacquer Thinner is not too bad. And thin it more than 50/50.
  14. What I've been up to lately - Warhammer 40,000

    Thanks, everybody! I'm still pretty new at this sort of modeling, but my years of building "normal" models have really helped. Plus there's s ton of good how-to videos and blog posts on these. Plain grey plastic. The base is smooth, I've added rocks and sand and painted it. Latest one, I think this is the first one where it really clicked. I'm really proud of this one
  15. new for 2018

    It's a new kit coming first from Revell Germany. Everybody's getting in on that Heller Ferguson $$$$ Tractors are the new hotness.