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  1. They aren't, they're taking somewhere in the neighborhood of a $7 bath on every kit. But such is retail, you get people to come in and buy up all the stock (hence the near immediate sell outs) which frees you from having to wholesale out to someplace like Ollie's. Not to mention for all the stuff people buy there on Clearance (they blow out everything in those stores, not just the models), people are also walking out the door with full MSRP items - which are priced 100% or more above what they paid for them in the first place. It all balances out. You can't just keep the same old junk on the shelves and never reduce the price - that policy is in large part what drove a lot of local hobby shops under. You wind up with a store full of dead stock hogging all the shelf space, which means you carry less new stock - and people stop coming to look at your wall of never rotating model kits. My LHS is a prime example of this, except he sells so much volume from also being on eBay and a major show vendor. But when I go in there for my domestic kit needs I shop from the quadrangle of shelves right by the door that carry the newest kits, I don't bother to go in any further, I've seen the same kits on the back walls now for 3+ years that he's had a physical store, and probably 15 years when he was dragging it around to all the model & collectible shows for 500 miles in every direction.
  2. Round2 also sells crate loads of Coca Cola kits to people who collect Coke memorabilia who have no intention of every breaking the shrink wrap off them let alone build them. I suspect reissue times on the Bandit and Hideout would have something to do with how well the reissues of the first two kits sold. You don't want to flood the market with semi-identical kits, Moebius made that mistake with their F-Series trucks.
  3. No the FX-16 was a Corolla, that's a completely different (albeit similarly shaped) platform than the Starlet. The only Starlet we got in the U.S. was the prior generation (KP61) from 1981-1984. The E80 generation Corolla, of which the FX-16 is one of, along with the famous AE86 is what replaced it in the U.S. But the Starlet continued on as a sub-compact in Japan and elsewhere until 1999 when it replaced globally with the Yaris.
  4. The original Omni/Horizon was a shortened Alpine designed by Simca in France. Chrysler then sold their European holdings to Peugeot, while retaining North American rights to produce the car out at Belvidere Assembly. The Simca engine was initially replaced by an engine block from VW that had a Chrysler designed cylinder head and intake bolted to it until 1981 when the K-Car 4 banger became available. The last thing Chrysler would have wanted to do was build a licensed VW Rabbit given the build quality out of the Westmoreland plant (which is about 13 miles away over yonder) was so poor VW abandoned the plant.
  5. I assume you move the Coke Vending machine with the Pinto by tying it to the roof...
  6. And people talk about the hobby dying...I mean if it survived the 70s...
  7. If we were to make a drinking game out of seeing a Coke tie-in, most likely the majority of folks wouldn't survive the experience. AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1145 1/25 Coca-Cola 1940 Willys Gasser Pickup Truck $32.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1146 1/25 1953 Ford Victoria Hardtop w/Coca-Cola Machine $34.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1147 1/25 Ford C600 Stake Bed Truck w/Coca-Cola Machines $51.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1149 1/25 1963 Chevy Impala SS $31.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1150 1/25 Autocar Dump Truck $47.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1151 1/25 Dyno Don Nicholson's Mercury Cyclone Eliminator II Funny Car $31.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1153 1/25 1966 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi Under Glass $31.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1154 1/25 Fooler Fueler Digger Dragster $30.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1155 1/25 1970 Camaro Z28 Full Bumper $31.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1156 1/25 1976 Chevy Vega Funny Car $32.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1157 1/25 Bandag Bandit Kenworth Drag Truck $51.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1158 1/25 Tyrone Malone Hideout Kenworth Transporter $51.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1160 1/25 Coca-Cola White Western Star Semi Tractor Cab $51.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1161 1/25 Coca-Cola 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery Van $34.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1162 1/25 1970 Chevy Impala Fire Chief Car $31.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1163 1/25 Don Garlits Wynns Jammer Dragster $32.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1164 1/25 Big Rig Semi Trailer $42.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1165 1/25 Coca-Cola Fruehauf Holiday Hauler Semi Trailer $47.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1166 1/25 Popper 1977 Ford Pinto w/Coca-Cola Machine $35.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1167 1/25 1925 Ford T Chopped Coupe $32.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1168 1/25 1995 GMC Sonoma Pickup Truck $32.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1169 1/24 Peterbilt 378 Long Hauler Semi Tractor Cab $78.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1170 1/24 Reefer Semi Trailer $78.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1171 1/25 Plymouth Valiant Scamp Kit Car $30.95 TBA AMT PLASTIC MODEL KITS AMT-1173 1/25 1977 Ford Van w/Coca-Cola Machine $35.95 TBA
  8. Two thumbs up to Revell for making people hope decals that are as old as my High School Diploma are still usable enough to replace the new kit ones. This is two botched decal jobs in a row.
  9. Go make friends with your local HL model section manager. They're the ones doing the ordering for the store in the first place.
  10. *shrug* We have a contingent of folks around here who like to polish out the plastic of molded in color things and do "naked" builds. Although I'm guessing if Round2 expected people to paint them, they would have molded them all in white.
  11. No doubt, plus it'll say on the box bottom what color it's molded in. But that won't help people who are pre-ordering online from the bigger vendors like Model Roundup who don't offer a color choice.
  12. So for people who are interested in the Schwinn bicycle, as mentioned several pages ago it's going to be molded in Orange, Yellow & Red. Distribution wise they're shipping 4 of each color per case, so keep that in mind when you go out looking for them. I'm not sure how online vendors will handle that if people want to order a specific color (as the possibility exists one color will be more popular than others and you wind up with several 2/3rd unsold cases of the slow moving shades), or you're just gonna get pot lucked and get what you get.
  13. I had to puzzle over it for a minute because I forgot all about the promo, but Revell did a full detail kit of it at the time.
  14. Every substantial rumor about that Monogram Land Rover is that the tooling doesn't exist for it anymore, and versions of that tale I've heard have it sourced to Monogram employees from that time. If it existed you'd think it would be reissued to compliment the new kit.
  15. Revell did the 2016/17 season Fords and Chevrolets. But nothing of the current "pony" car bodies or any Toyota.
  16. The Corvette Stingray III had 3 spoke "Twist" wheels that look somewhat similar.
  17. Aoshima did a run of several different S-Part engine "kits", and they were getting rather pricey 3 years ago, but then Aoshima started reissuing the kits they "belong" to with the engines included again, and those are all older kits that cost at or slightly less than $20 direct from Japan making those engines kit be more like collector's items since they're running more than the reissued kit. Cheaper that way cause you get the engine you wanted, plus a whole car kit to build curbside, or further kit bash with another engine.
  18. Technically it is the same M10 4 cylinder, but the one thing the USCP engines give you - there are 3 options now, N.A., side draft for the rally kits, and the turbo charged version - is the entire engine bay and suspension pieces needed to refab the missing pieces from deleting the curbside filler pieces. Yeah it's $50, but I guess how much do you want to pay for convenience?
  19. Amusingly that would require effectively drawing the decals incorrectly to the reference material to make it fit. To me it looks like Revell put the door handle too low which makes the entire drop of the stripes too low compared to the 1:1...again compare how close (within an inch or two) the stripe passes under the mirror compared to the kit decal as placed. You'd almost have to draw the decal somewhat taller towards the top than it is in real life, and I'm afraid that would effectively destroy the entire proportions if they were xyz% larger than the 1:1.
  20. Presuming the decals were drawn from sizing them off the 1:1 all those decals do is accentuate how off the entire side of the model kit is...look how much closer to the base of the mirror the door stripes are on the real car. Really puts an exclamation point on how far off rear quarter panels are, because even if those decals were straight they wouldn't have a hope in the world of following the kit's contour.
  21. The hood issue is really two-fold. I have some hoods that themselves are legit warped, and some that are straight. But secondarily the "1st Gen" '69-'72 kits also have one of the most lackluster hood fitting systems I've seen. It just hangs out, there's nothing to retain it in place, which makes it not want to fit correctly even when the hood and cab are straight. Mercifully the 65/66 hoods are shorter in length with the way the cab is designed on the 1:1 so there's a front edge to keep the hood from slip-sliding around. The glass also fits from inside, and I think anyone who has all 5 of the 1st kits can find at least one that the glass was rather iffy fitting from the outside.
  22. Question would be is that curve still there after you apply them? Sometimes the 1D nature of a decal requires drawing it a little out of proportion on the print in order to get it to lay over compound curves otherwise it would be too short. Also to all the back and forth about the shortcomings over the sides of the body shell, what you guys are talking about doesn't sound like it could be fixed without creating new side cavities. Now we can lament the "shoulda got it right in the first place" nature of all of it, but you're probably talking about a $50k expense to make the 10%ers happy. Because I bet the majority of their customer base doesn't see anything wrong with it, it's just "Ooooo a Cuda" when they went to Hobby Lobby.
  23. I'm pretty sure KMP Models a resin outfit out of Italy is planning to do a Pike's Peak conversion transkit for the Beemax Audi.
  24. The question would be whether that was scrapped at some point in the past during the various ownerships going into the Ertl years. I mean "The Bat Machine" is an 40+ year old kit at this point too, I'd think if it still existed and was buildable in something resembling factory stock condition it would have gotten reissued at SOME point since then as a compliment to the Heavy Chevy.
  25. niteowl7710

    door lines

    It is Tamiya White primer spray bombed onto a molded in white kit. TS-26 Pure White was spray bombed next. Once cured it was hit with 8k & 12k wet sanding and the polishing compound from the MicroMesh set. It was then decaled, once those were dry I applied the Tamiya Gray Panel Liner using the included applicator brush. It's basically super thinned enamel paint, so you just touch the applicator brush to the panel gap and the stuff flows via capillary action right into the gap with no muss, no fuss. It should do all the work for you and you don't need the thing drowning in liner fluid for it work. You can easily wipe off the stuff if you accidentally brush it against a body panel while it's wet. Or clean it up with Tamiya's Enamel Thinner X-20 (not X-20A that's acrylic thinner) if it dried.
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