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.
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.