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niteowl7710

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About niteowl7710

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  • Birthday 07/10/1977

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    James Duff
  1. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    Well you have to remember in the era we're in the vast majority of a kit's life span is built into it from Day 1. All the tooling is cut at one time, and then they just run the inserts and tooling blocks needed for a given project. The Moebius F Series is a prime example of that, if you remember far enough back someone accidentally posted test shots way back before the first kits were even issued that showed the 4x4 parts. Meaning those pieces have existed since 2014 and have just taken over 4 years to finally land on the shelf. Long story short, if Revell ever planned to make a Ranchero out of this, it would have been decided back in 2011 before the kit was ever tooled so everything could be interchangeable. It's up to the new ownership to decide if they want to run the tooling in that configuration.
  2. Moebius /Model king 65'Mercury Cyclone A/FX

    Then they'd have to license them, and a then a $30+ model kit costs closer to $35. Then everyone keyboard Rambos Moebius and Burkett over the OUTRAGEOUS prices. Nothing against you personally, but if this forum has proven anything to me in the past 9 yrs it's that a lot of people say they want detail added, but very few people are actually willing to pay for it.
  3. Revell "Eldorado" model

    It'll be similar to the Pepsi that sets your head on fire...
  4. Revell "Eldorado" model

    Yeah that Foose FD-100 is such a lousy choice for a kit that the new Revell decided to do another run of it on it's first dozen kits to be re-stocked. I bet all the manufacturers wish they could have such a failure.
  5. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    If they had no license they wouldn't be able to sell them - look at when Revell in Germany lost their Ferrari license and had to cease & desist selling every single Ferrari kit they had in inventory, taking them off their website and not distributing any kits beyond the stuff that already existed on the market.
  6. Is Model Cars Magazine still in production?l

    Gregg bought the magazine back when it had a different title, at some point after his accident he sold it to Golden Bell and was paid a fee to produce the content (more of a contractor than employee). When Golden Bell closed he than had to repurchase it, and that's where we stand today with a terribly underfunded operation that has a worse publication schedule than when it was published by GB based on submitted content. Of course a lot of what kept MCM afloat in the GB days was the tireless work of the actual editors, especially Harry in getting stuff done. This forum however has always been owned by Gregg separately from any control of the magazine itself regardless to the ownership.
  7. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    Well the Foose license expired before the sale took place, and it looks like they managed to pull that one back together again quickly enough to get that kit out in the 2nd month of re-runs. The only thing that would stand between TD licensing and Revell is TD himself being a stick in the mud over the sale - which I expect is more about how much he was owed, than the entity itself (friendships excluded).
  8. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    They're not molding anything in the U.S., as covered earlier in the thread it the original picture of the tooling in Illinois is just that, the tooling in Illinois. To the company who has been running and producing the Illinois tooling for the past 2 years. They're opening a Sales Office, not a "new" Revell U.S. Operations with design, and production.
  9. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    The '66 Suburban was just released last Summer based on the C-10 truck running gear. It doesn't say new it has a date after it, which based on other kits with dates seems to be the last time the tooling was run.
  10. I'd only buy the engine if it comes with all that hastily constructed and uber-heavily welded components accurately represented
  11. Hasegawa Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO MR 1971

    Well the Colt Galant GTO was never exported to the U.S. at all. In fact very few were exported outside of Japan, and those that were wound up mostly in New Zealand, England & Ireland. So all of the exported versions were RHD. There is no LHD version of this car, nor is there one of the 1st Gen Civics they've made - so far they've all been Japanese only trim levels. Nor the Isuzu Gemini which again only came as an Imscher Turbo & ZZ Tuned by Lotus in Japan. I understand what you're saying, but at the same time they can't just make a LHD MURICA! version of something that didn't exist.
  12. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    I'm sure they could do that from Germany, but that still wouldn't give them an actual agent in the U.S. to accept all of these imported goods. I mean they are shipping in models by the container or at least partial container load, not Fedex'ing each box. This is the whole reason Revell has no way to distribute their own German (well Polish) made kits into the U.S. because Hobbico via Revell USA was their importing agent - whereas they have agreements with other companies and vendors around the globe, which is why other places continue to receive their kits unabated.
  13. They have made some semi-full stuff since then in 1/24. But nobody anywhere really makes stuff to the level of the Enthusiast kit (and Revell Premium as well) anymore with maybe the exception of the Tamiya LFA which was way more kit than it really needed to be.
  14. News of Revell molding preparing in US

    Revell has distribution everywhere BUT the U.S., which is being remedied by the building of a sales office. If they can import things from China, they'll be able to import them from Germany too. Also for everyone note - SALES OFFICE - at the moment there isn't a plan (or a public one anyways) to put back in a R&D/Design department. But they need on the ground sales people to handle accounts for the Hobby Lobby, HTUSA & Stephens Int'ls of the world.
  15. Cost and convenience. The Enthusiast 911s were tooled in 1985, so it's not like there are CAD files to go in a quickly modify. This kit is a new tool, which would mean a new engine would have to be created which would raise the price on an already spendy (for Fujimi) kit up close to the $50 mark considering the engine would have no practical use in anything else in Fujimi's catalog. It's a puzzling choice for a model kit in the first place, Porsche only made TWO of the 1:1 cars to begin with, and they weren't entered into that many events.