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I'll likely buy & build the Panamera kit, but wish it was the Sport Turismo that to me looks 10,000 times cooler than the sedan/hatch. I can't wrap my head around any discussion at Revell GmbH of future products declaring a Panamera sedan the best choice my company could make for a subject to make my company money. When said company is selling model kits aka dreams in a box. Seems if tooling was cut for plastic it would be for something more exciting than a sedan. Welly could do some great 2nd generation Panamera diecasts (Sport Turismo, please...)...surely I have yet to hear anyone griping that the 1st generation Panamera was only available as a diecast. If you want to scratchbuild, find a C6 Corvette front half and graft it to a Yukon Gold back half and have at it. In 2017 a new Panamera kit seems almost as absurd as the Trumpeter '78 Monte Carlo. But it's not like Revell GmbH seems to have any rational pattern to the subjects they choose. On January 1 I would not be at all surprised if they announce a BMW 2002. Because...that's what they do. 3.0 CS? Hah! So far the only 991's are diecast. Welly has a 1/24 991 GT3 RS coming next year...I have a feeling that's the only way we'll ever get one.
That "saggy" looking trim is epidemic on all early Nova models. There's supposed to be some subtle curvature on the drip rail, but so far it's been rendered dead flat by all of them...AMT, Trumpeter, diecast, now Moebius. The Trumpeter and Moebius tend to amplify it to the point it looks concave. It's a slight, subtle detail that I really hope Moebius fixes by the time it's tooled. There is a lot of refinement that can/should occur between these initial prototypes and actual tooling.
Moebius tends to use built test shots for boxart; I have seen inside the box of the '61 Joe Weatherly stock car; the turn signals are engraved as well as the Pontiac script on the grille...those revised parts likely weren't available when the boxart model was constructed. Can't comment if they'd also fixed the issues that cause the entire bumper/grille unit to fit so poorly to the radiator cowl, causing the poor hood fit. If the bumper/grille don't fit, the hood won't fit. Also unknown is if any effort was put into making the front/rear glass fit better into the body. Aside from those issues, I really enjoyed building my Ventura and it looks pretty good. Pity that the boxart tends to amplify some build flaws...boxart artist probably isn't a model builder, maybe not even a car person, to "miss" on that detail.
There's just something about '60 Mercs that especially appeals to me. I have a couple restorable coupes, a resin wagon, and the Merchero. The Merchero is by far the easiest to finish, and I have a plan...starting with some cool Z-man wheels:
While not grails, I'd be quite happy with a '67/'68 Cougar or any boattail Riviera. An '18 Grand Sport or ZR1 would absolutely raise my pulse. If they're not disfigured by... Or overly compromised...or... Well... We'll hear soon enough, and then the fireworks will really begin. Some will be elated. Some will be dejected. Some will be so triggered to be listing off everything deeply esoteric that those idiot moronic model companies should have done instead IF THEY HAD ONLY LISTENED!!! Some will calmly look at their stash and realize it's perfectly okay if there were never any more new kits. Ever. Until the paint and glue run out. Okay...back to my Merchero. So glad Modelhaus made that one...way cool. A fun diversion after a bunch of more modern stuff.
Please no...at least not until mine is finished . Well...25/30 years ago I think I paid $20 bucks mint in box, so that's better than the $35 Round2 will likely go for. Neat kit. Glad I had it when I saw the real car in person at Amelia Island maybe 8-10 years ago. It's still in perfect shape. The kit has some technical issues, but it's pretty good. Will be a bit tricky to get it to work properly and close up properly...even the real car has those issues.
That would interest me more than the majority of the conjectures that I've seen so far. But with caveats...we still don't know what the Bronco is going to look like yet so '18 might be premature, and Revell's current "make every modern subject a Build 'n Play" kills the buzz. I can almost bet it won't be a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Lamborghini 350GT, Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, or a current full detail Mustang GT/GT350/GT350R
It's highly doubtful that you'll ever see a plastic kit; you can get the diecast for roughly the same price as a kit, far less $$ than Modelhaus resin. If you like the subject enough, get the diecast and make it your own. It's just a different medium...strip it and start over, add detail, perhaps weather it. I saw some in their packaging at a model show, they look really good and I may get one of my own. Subject matter can trump the material it is made in.