Who thinks Revell should team up with more car builders?

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Hey guys who here thinks that Revell should team up with some famous car builders such as Jessy James,Jay Leno and others? I know that Revell has teamed up with foose and thats great but there should be more exciting models coming out don't you think?

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I don't know. Those Foose cars don't look anything like his cars. I doubt he was involved in the design at all. Revell probably just bought the license and that was that. I'm not really interested in a name on a product if they don't have any involvement in its design.

Some of Revell's kits are very nice, but then there are some that you wonder if they involved anyone who knew anything about cars in the project.

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I did not know Jay Leno was a car builder, I thought he was a collector.

If done right, and I mean 100% correct to the 1:1 subject, then yes, I am all for it , but we have seen what Revell does with these type of release's , and they half ass it, so if thats what they would could continue to do, then no.

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I don't know. Those Foose cars don't look anything like his cars. I doubt he was involved in the design at all. Revell probably just bought the license and that was that. I'm not really interested in a name on a product if they don't have any involvement in its design.

Some of Revell's kits are very nice, but then there are some that you wonder if they involved anyone who knew anything about cars in the project.

Yup. Pity. Monogram had Darryl Starbird as a design consultant and some of his radical customs (Ultra Truck / Orange Hauler, Predicta) ended up as quite well done, stand-alone kits back in the dim recesses of time. T'would be nice to see a real, talented designer working on things like that again, but the 'name' guys probably want too much money to make it cost-effective, and the insane cost of tooling today probably means management think they have to base a 'licensed' release on existing dies.

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I'd like a revel/Winfield collaboration to kit up the solar scene or genes blue shop truck. Or the jade idol.

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the firebird is a foose design it is picture not at all a complete design just like the pictures chip does up at the begining of overhauling it is a picture it still has to be built ! yes model car builders do need more input we have to ask for it as a group and support by the sales to make it worth it to make new molds .tell them what we want!!!!!! be atrend setter not follower.....maybe we can do a poll of what we builder want it worked back in the 80's amt 66 nova for an example

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One cannot forget the great AMT kits that were part of the Boyd Coddington collection!

Honestly, unless a kit manufacturer follows the creation of the kit exactly like the 1:1, I feel the person has sold their name (and possibly soul) to the highest bidder.

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One cannot forget the great AMT kits that were part of the Boyd Coddington collection!

Honestly, unless a kit manufacturer follows the creation of the kit exactly like the 1:1, I feel the person has sold their name (and possibly soul) to the highest bidder.

I have forgotten most of those nightmares...This 32 still wakes me up screaming....

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I did not know Jay Leno was a car builder, I thought he was a collector.

He's a bit more than just a typical collector IMO. He's actually quite a historian and know the cars very well, He also modifies a lot of his cars. He has a beautiful Buick Roadmaster that is heavily modified with a Corvette chassis, a roadster with a monster tank engine and a motorcycle with a Jet engine out of a helicopter. He also writes articles regarding automotive history and theory for Popular Mechanics.

Regardless, he's a celebrity associated with cars and that's all Revell cares about. They design a kit and then they approach a "big name" and ask if they can put his name on it. That is the extent of the relationship.

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The only thing that these associations really create is another licensing fee for Revell to pay for. I would rather see them spend that money cleaning up older tools and updating them or used on new tooling. Even better ask yourself, would you rather have Revell put more money in Chip Foose's pocket or spend that money on licensing Good Year so that we could have kit tires with sidewall detail again.

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The only thing that these associations really create is another licensing fee for Revell to pay for. I would rather see them spend that money cleaning up older tools and updating them or used on new tooling. Even better ask yourself, would you rather have Revell put more money in Chip Foose's pocket or spend that money on licensing Good Year so that we could have kit tires with sidewall detail again.

Agreed. A Jay Leno series would be like the old Reggie Jackson series. For a big name like his, he'd no doubt want big bucks, and I don't believe the investment would be worthwhile.

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the firebird is a foose design it is picture not at all a complete design just like the pictures chip does up at the begining of overhauling it is a picture it still has to be built ! yes model car builders do need more input we have to ask for it as a group and support by the sales to make it worth it to make new molds .tell them what we want!!!!!! be atrend setter not follower.....maybe we can do a poll of what we builder want it worked back in the 80's amt 66 nova for an example

Its built.

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3263627/1968-pontiac-firebird/#32636270006

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Anyone that has the time should go browse the "golden years" of car modeling at modelencyclopedia (google it).

Most (if not all) the rants/raves and even praise that we do here now has all been done at least fifty years ago but unlike now there was no internet and stock analysts didn't have the power to kill a company virtually overnight. I bet most here don't know that the Dodge Deora was "Named" in a national write-in contest or that the Orange Hauler was a grand prize in a sweepstakes.

Model car makers are not likely to be driven by the passion about models that we have (personally) because they "have to be profitable", there may be one or two exceptions but I think you'll find that not one of the companies is doing it to "break even". There are no budgets to sponsor nationwide contests where you can win an actual car just for entering the best model in that particular contest (even if you're not old enough to drive yet).

At this time it looks like the closest thing to a national contest is being sponsored by Revell and Gearz, I hope they succeed in generating a resurgence in model building because the hobby shops which previously ran/sponsored model contests have all but disappeared seemingly due to lack of support from the builders (us) and rising costs of stocking their shelves and business expenses. Most model contests are now run/sponsored by clubs and most hobby shops still existing don't seem to have the time/manpower or money left to get back into public visibility.

My respects go out to any car function that sponsors or allows a model contest to be run during their events, the internet is a great place to display your personal masterpieces I feel it is the local contests which should receive as much focus/help as we can give. I have a personal goal for 2013 of getting back into local model club and assisting with contests if I am allowed.

I may have wandered off the original topic, you may all now dissect my post as you will.

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The only thing that these associations really create is another licensing fee for Revell to pay for. I would rather see them spend that money cleaning up older tools and updating them or used on new tooling. Even better ask yourself, would you rather have Revell put more money in Chip Foose's pocket or spend that money on licensing Good Year so that we could have kit tires with sidewall detail again.

Pay Foose, Thomas, or a multitude of designers to give us custom rides....GOODYEAR ??? No I can't read 1/25 scale tire letters, don't care to and we know that costs a small fortune. Yeah The stock / resto builders need those..Modelhaus or the resin guys will fill that need,

Lots of builders do not care about the tire details, just as many do..I

Look at DETAILED KITS...The new $600.00 Tamiya kit comes to mind..out of my league. Face it...we want cheap detailed kits, that are perfect....HOW ??

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I could see the manufacturers issuing "collection" series kits such as cars that are in the collections of Leno, Lauren, Blackhawk, etc., and not necessarily based on custom builders. Maybe that sort of branding might increase interest.

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I don't think Leno is the market draw for the age group Foose and others would be. He has an awesome collection, yes, but my kids don't even know who he is.

As far as collaborating, I think the Gearz deal is a win/win. The contest and presence on the show help Revell sell kits, which means thu can make money and all that follows. We builders get a newly tooled kit based on Stacey David's car.

The main reason to put recognizable names on a model box is to draw new customers. Somebody unfamiliar with the hobby could care less if Revell has a new tool '57 Ford. They would think it's cool to see a Foose model, though, something "regular" customers may or may not give a hoot about.

So, what was the question? Oh, I think they need a balance of dropping names and developing new kits - much like they are doing now. Seems like a good balance as is but I don't know the numbers on sales, so...

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I'd love to see some of Troy Trepanie or Steve Strope's cars. Troys "Fast Forward Fastback" and Steves "Hammer" would be on the top of the want list!

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No matter who endorses a model, odds are, if Revell had the tooling already in their bins, the finished product will be cast with as few alterations as they can get away with. New tooling, or tool alterations cost money. If you keep the expectations low (and realistic), you won't get an unpleasant surprise.Not the answer we would like, but that seems to be the reality of it.

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Yes. Rad rides by troy is a helluva shop.

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While I agree that there surely are modern-day customs and rods that would be great if offered in model kit form, I wonder just how lucrative most of them would be in the long run. In any discussion along these lines, older modelers bring up the kits of "iconic" cars that were produced 40-50 years ago. Yes, it's quite true, more than likely, that some of those kits sold in HUGE numbers, even for the day and age when they were first kitted; but what happened to the tooling after that initial rush of popularity?

Some tooling got altered, modified (fill in your own blank) based on decisions that made good sense commercially in later years (regardless of what we modelers think of those decisions today, what were model companies to do with tooling for kits which had run their course in the hobby shops and variety stores of the late 1960's-early 1970's? Let that tooling just take up storage space, gather dust, even rust?

As a model car builder for now better than 60 years, and having some experience in both the retailing and the kit industry, the car kits I see as having had the longest runs of popularity have been those kits which were primarily factory stock models, albeit with added custom parts, changes of wheels and tires, while still leaving a lot of room for modelers' imaginations and tools to run wild. Of those kits, beyond the very long-in-the-tooth AMT '32, '36, and '40 Fords, I believe the single model car kit having seen the longest production run of all was the original-tool AMT'57 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop, which was cataloged by AMT, Lesney-AMT, and AMT Ertl every year from 1962 to 1996--34 years. Another old kit I see as lighting fires whenever it sees a reissue from that era is the AMT '57 Ford Fairlane 500. One thing I believe we all tend to forget is, that back in the 1960's, the apex of custom cars and still with a lot of hot rods being built and shown, model car kit subjects were a lot fewer in number, and sales were much higher for just about any new release the model companies put out than kits of today.

I can see, almost hear, in my own mind the discussions that would go around the conference table at any company's product planning meeting if the subject of seriously teaming up with a top flight custom car builder for a kit or series of such cars: "OK, so you think this (fill in the blank here) would be a hot subject? Just how many do you estimate we can sell within the first year?" "OK, what can you do as a second release off that tooling, with perhaps a body change?" On and on, such questions do get asked when new model kit subjects come to the table in meetings like that, and they should--tooling $$ don't grow on trees, and wholesalers & retailers will have to be persuaded that any model subject that does make it past the initial planning stages will generate profit dollars for those who will ultimately market the new kit(s) to us modelers. The higher the likelihood of a particular model car subject being a "one hit wonder" with very little possibility of being able to be altered into another version (by adding tooling to the mix, NOT re-cutting the existing tools) the less likely such a subject will make the cut. On the other hand, a model car subject that can, by adding additional, optional tooling say, for a different body style, different engines and so forth will tend to get a lot more positive read from the people who have to approve, and more importantly, commit the capital to making it happen.

That has been my experience, as I am sure just about anyone who has ever worked in the industry at some level.

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If the Foose art on the box matched the model inside, it would have been better recieved. However the way they did it was a pure waste in my opinion.

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I'd rather see them spend the money on new tires WITH SIDEWALL LETTERING!!!

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I would rather them spend money on new tooling , and not something that is very small and hard to see, dont get me wrong, having tire side detail is needed, but we also need kits for the tires to go on. If the cost is as much as the talking heads say it is, I think the smart move is putting that money into kit tooling.

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I'd rather see them spend the money on new tires WITH SIDEWALL LETTERING!!!

Round 2 is doing this - Goodyear Ployglas tires in new kits.

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I don't recall building many, if any, of the big name customs or hot rods of the '50s and '60s and I built maybe 3 or 4 replicas of actual racecars over the past 52 years; I really don't have much interest in building a specific subject that anyone else could and did build. That's why I had shied away from military modeling for some time- it's not too acceptable to build a P-47 in fictitious markings. I build automotive subjects as though my bench is my own little rod and custom/racecar shop. I do appreciate the creations of the big name designers and builders but they don't inspire me to re-create theirs in scale, rather, they inspire me to apply that same kind of creativity to my own works. I don't care if any manufacturers work with any of the big names but I would rather see that money invested in better kits with a wider range of past and contemporary optional parts (as applicable), better detail ( I want to see "Goodyear", et al, on the sidewalls) and more fidelity to the actual vehicle.

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