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  1. The only Revell kits being made in Poland are the RevellAG kits that belong to that company. The Revell US based China tooling is still in China, none of it was moved to Europe. Conversely there was some tooling that was "never going to be used", that Revell left in the U.S. in the 90s. We've now seen several of those kits reissued- all run out of a facility in Chicago Heights ('80 Ramcharger, 1st Gen RX-7, Chevy LUV, etc). Contrary to unsubstantiated rumor mongering Blitz management didn't sell ALL the U.S. based tooling to Atlantis, a good chunk was moved into the care of the Chicago Heights facility and they sold the odd scale, no scale, and other things (like the 80s/90s NASCAR tooling Atlantis sold to Salvinos JR) they felt there was no place for going forward.
  2. Quite obviously. Shipping them to China (or Poland) to put them in a box and shipping them back would be silly. Those other two Revell kits that are supposed to be out next month aren't effected by the COVID issues because they'd already have to be here in order to be on shelves in March when you consider how many (at least three) levels of U.S. shipping a kit goes through from Port to Shelf. Otherwise Revell would know those kits are delayed and wouldn't have announced last week they'd be out in March.
  3. Buuuuuuuuuut the LUV tooling is still in the U.S., which means Blitz had to determine that this reissue still had worth to keep that piece and not send it off with the rest of the misfit toys to Atlantis. I mean April will be 2 years since the sale, I doubt they've had a bunch of boxes and decals sitting around waiting all this time. When I was at NNL East last year Ed said digging in the vault was something the new ownership specifically wanted to do to maximize their investment. See the "new" Wrangler Rubicon with "Day 2" Factory Stock parts that have been lying unused since that kit was tooled in 2004.
  4. The hiccup will be seen into the early summer. Consider how far ahead retail items are manufactured and shipped out, that's why people can complain about Hobby Lobby having Christmas stuff out the day after Labor Day. February's Round2 kits are already in stores, and I got dollars to donuts the March kits were done and on their way prior to Lunar New Year because they were already going to shutter operations for 7-10 days anyways. The question would then become whether or not April's kits were on the water as well pushed out ahead of time. Because the U.S. Ports have allowed Chinese loaded vessels to dock and unload, they've just confined crews to the ships while at the docks.
  5. Blitz only disposed (via sale to Atlantis) the oddball, off scale, and scratch and dent stuff they had no use for, the rest was transferred from Elk Grove Village to the facility in Chicago Heights that had been running their US based tooling for several years prior to Hobbico imploding.
  6. Looks like stock wheels, tires, (or more stocker)front bumper and inner roll cage from the front 3/4 comparison.
  7. There should be a complete swap engine & wheels for both. Eg the 29 gets the SBC and "Hallibrand"s, and the 30 gets the Buick mill and the '29s optional wheels.
  8. FWIW any of the other 3 versions of the M6 (Falken, Team Italia, or the just releases Schnitzer Macau) all have regular windshields. The windshield with the number board in it is correct for the 24hrs of Spa cars the kit represents so I can't kill NuNu for that.
  9. They also aren't making these videos for the 1% of the 1% of the hobby that inhabits this forum with their near constant berating of Chad on the monthly basis. You all should know what's coming well in advance of the monthly release videos. I'd also go out on a limb and say no amount of "jazzing" up the excitement is going to make the 32nd Dodge Dart you're buying any more exciting than the previous 30 unless you really want that new decal sheet.
  10. Usually they display the paint with the model if they're doing a special color. If you find shots of the 1/12 934 Valliant reissue it has a can of that shade of green beside the built example.
  11. Rebox of Italeri. They have had over the years a working relationship of doing that with their large truck line.
  12. You have this here - https://www.modelcarhall.com/faq/
  13. U.S. Release of this will be March 20th per TamiyaUSA.
  14. That Eagle II is a version of that kit that was already released that has more detail added. The original version clocks in with a MSRP over just shy of $150. Meaning they sold enough $150 kits to justify offering an even more detailed one at $175. Meanwhile any new tool automotive kit from a regular company(Revell, Moebius, Round2) has to have 3-5 variants baked in to be greenlighted in order to sell enough kits to amortize the tooling costs because of the artificial - MAH KiTs ShOulD CoSt WhaT tHey dId iN DaH 60s - price caps. Belkits models cost $52-65 depending on how you source one. Their customers are diehard rally/race car builders who are willing to subsidize their subject matter. But by and large are car modelers as a whole?
  15. Well take a gander at the MSRP of the average Round2 car kit with the price of the new SciFi kit and tell me who's willing to spend more money to get new tool kits with a high level of detail and who's demanding they make a '68 Coronet but not have it cost more than $5 in the process. Round2's FB, IG, YT pages are all people demanding old kits, or accusing them of ripping them off with how much kits cost. Sooooo...
  16. Says they know who is willing to actually pay for new kits...
  17. It's a 1/18 diecast from Classic Model Car and is clocking in around $900.
  18. I was nonplussed with the Jag. Sorta "Chernobyl", not great, but not terrible. But then I reflected on the fact, that's probably because every model of that Jag has been some 1960s fiddly mess of ya know to assemble. I'm willing to give 2020 Revell a shot at it and see what they come up with this Fall. I did notice Aoshima had no mention of the Pagani Zonda which they first teased there last year and showed 3D CAD drawings of in October...I'm not sure how many more of those Toyota Taxis they can release as they're up to 4 next month. They extensively plumbed the old tooling for the past 18 months and the past 2-3 months 99% of pre-orders have been nothing but reissues of those 18 months of reboxings. So something new has to come along sooner than later. Alpha's McLaren 720 should be out in March along with a Ferrari Pista.
  19. Unless they were actively archiving the Live Chat it instant disappeared into the ether as soon as the live stream ended. It was there to make people feel like they were part of something, but they were also clearly all but ignoring it during the stream up to the last 10 minutes.
  20. It's nice to see something like this where a company is trying to interact with their customers. The teases at future products were intriguing, and while it was again nice to see production/test shots of the Impala, Camaro & Vega none of those three are things anyone here didn't already know about. If there's one take away from it that I hope people get, it's the level of complexity of tooling new parts onto old models. As he mentioned they're on the 2nd retool of the Camaro front core. Lotta folks seem to think Round2 can just snap their fingers and insta-make parts for all of these old non-CAD data based kits from the past.
  21. You take that if you want, but I'll give you this instead...
  22. The "forgotten" Tamiya announcement from the show, because the GT4 blew people's minds (we can argue how truly surprising or not that Mustang is another time).
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