Galaxie Limited has always used a Korean tooling source, but I would imagine a large portion of the 15 year delay in getting the Coupe version out is the same reason that Accurate Miniatures went bankrupt, AMT & MPC have had three owners, and Revell/Monogram has had at least two. The falling off the face of the earth of the hobby - brought on by Wal*Mart demanding a set price point, the closing of other mass retailers (anyone remember Hills or Ames, or Woolworths, or even G.C. Murphy? just to name a few East Coast ones), the death of Children's Palace which used to have a massive model aisle, the over all economy, etc, etc, et al. Through the Dark Ages between 1999 and 2008 the only company that never changed hands or went under was Galaxie Limited making their way one Aerosedan, Sedan Delivery, Dragster, and Race Car Hauler at a time. It was just recently as the "everything that's old is new again" nostalgia gripped the hobby that Galaxie Limited kits suddenly had a resurgence in popularity and were stocked back into a lot of Hobby Shops. About a year ago, I bought one of the last Aerosedans Gary had in the warehouse, it didn't even come in a box art box because those had all run out. The biggest actual reason for the current delay once Gary decided to move ahead with the Coupe was the goof up with the tooling that required scrapping the original attempt, and creating a whole new tool for the body based on the rework of the original test shot. The West Coast Port "Strike" was over before it even thawed out enough to start running the machinery again in Korea.
Something to.keep in mind with fixing the tooling is that it was originally done when the movie reboot was done over a decade ago. That's an entirely different ownership of Revell, who knows what has to be done just to get it "up to snuff" to make the changes.
These kits are about as "rare" as any other 90s Tamiya kit. Studio 27 did a Carbon Fiber decal set for this right after the first of the year, and all the $20 ones instantly disappeared. This created a little faux collector's market. You can find them pop up in the $20s if you have them on a Watch List. They seem to reissue the OOP stuff on like 3-5 year cycles which makes this and the 90s M-B AMG DTM cars prime candidates for being Spot Run again as the Opel is still in the active catalog. Tamiya just dropped about 6-8 kits out of the catalog, so it'll be interesting to see what they replace them with in the 3 & 4 Quarters.
Well then there must have been a misprinted price, because last week they were $31.95. I wonder if they'll honor that price for people who ordered it last week, or if the price "corrected itself" once you got into the ordering process. Makes me wish I had actually ordered one.
It's gotta be creaking up over 350 now. In my defense about 100 of those are kits I managed to warehouse in storage lockers through several early adulthood moves prior to finding permanent residency in my house. I have gotten to the point in the past 9 months or so that my many conquests to acquire entire "collections" of a specific car (I have like 40 Nissan GT-Rs of varying vintage) have been completed, and most of my kit purchases are confined to new releases and/or GT3 "blanks" for the mountain of decals I've acquired. I'm always looking for the one or two odd kits that complete a series, THEN I'll build them - yeah that's the ticket!
All i have to say is, cut the hoods off the runner and sit them on the body before you presume there's no warping issue. My hood looks fine to the eye, but it's glaringly obvious when you sit it on the cab that a little bit of tweak makes the entire fit, particularly at the hood/cowl interchange off by a lot.
I'm not bashing, I can fix it, I'm well practiced by my excursions into Revell US reboxed RevellAG Ferraris, just consider it information - especially helpful before you start primer/painting. As others have said there's really nothing to hold the hoods on in mock up, they don't fit INTO anything, they just lay on top of the fender.
The texture isn't nearly as bad as some people have made it out to be, I was expecting a moonscape. But it is there, it just doesn't concern me,
Several online vendors that I know both here in the States as well as in Japan will automatically list a kit as "Discontinued" if they can't get more kits from the supplier. Sounds like the run sold out, which can't be a bad thing at all regardless to your opinions of the bumper, fenders or any other part of that kit.
Sell outs = Money
Money = MOOOOOAAAAR models
Nobody remembers the '70 Hemi Cuda being "Discontinued" for a couple of days a few years back when that run sold entirely out to the point they actually had to make more in China when they ran the tooling again for the new Sox & Martin Cuda?
Inspecting my short bed tonight I found the hood & bed sides warped, and one inner fender well doing an impersonation of a Cheeto. The runner the hood came on is clearly warped in just the flow lines to the parts. I can't believe after 3+ years of fighting to get this kit out China managed to totally muck up the entire production process that bad.
In attempting to straighten the hood I already am developing a stress line in the plastic after the most minor attempts as it's the least warped of the parts.
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.