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Revell 2016 Model Kits 1st Quarter

Revell releases 2016 model kit lineup for 1st quarter

Revell has released some news about the coming model kits for 2016, in the first quarter. So far the printed / PDF flyer only mentions car kits, but I expect there will be others as we get closer to January, 2016. Revell USA is traditionally heavy on car subjects, while Revell Germany releases a lot of military and other varied subjects as models.

  • 2017 Ford GT - This will be an all new mold. It's marked as a Snap-Tite kit, but that shouldn't be a problem. Many of Revell's newer car kits are made that way, but still include an opening hood and an engine. Many are prepainted, which save a little money right there for young builders. Adults can primer and paint them like any other kit if they wish to.
  • 2013 FOOSE Dodge Challenger SRT8 - This should be like Revell's previous issues of this car, but with FOOSE wheels and new decals. Possibly some minor cosmetic changes or parts. The flyer mentions that it will be pre-painted. (like some of their other more current kits).
  • 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray - Revell just issued a similar kit of this car last month, so I believe this may be similar. This version will have FOOSE wheels, and possibly new decals and minor cosmetic changes or parts. The flyer mentions that it will be pre-painted.
  • 1966 Chevy Fleetside Pickup - This should be a welcome model kit for truck and Chevy builders. The styleside kit has been out for a while, they're easy to get, but it's been a few years since the fleetside kit has been available. I imagine this kit will be unchanged, except for new decals.
  • 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1 - I think this will be similar to Revell's previous Camaro kits, possibly the police package version. It looks like it will include new wheels, new decals, and an "outlaw" style hood. (the wheels look hideous to me though).
  • 2014 Ford Mustang - I think this will be similar to Revells previous Mustang kits. Like the Camaro, it appears to get new wheels, new decals, and an "Outlaw" style hood as well. The hoods make sense, since there are a lot of resin cast cowl hoods out there, and now, with the hood included in the kit, it's one less part to buy aftermarket.
  • Porsche 918 Spyder - I'm sure this is based off the current Revell German 918 kit. Basically, a stock relica kit.
  • 1967 Chevy Camaro - This is a reissue, but with new decals maybe, new wheels, and possibly a new hood. It's to replicate the famous Nickey Chevrolet dealer built musclecars from the 1960's.
  • Lacrosse Missile and Truck - This is an old Renwal kit. Revell has reissued several Renwal military kits over the recent years, and I guess they're selling well, as they keep on re-issuing different ones each year. Some that haven't been available since the 1960's. This one is a 1/32 scale kit.

Revell Germany planned model kits for 2016

Revell Germany has also released news of their upcoming kits for early 2016 in the first quarter. As usual, the kits are heavy on military subjects (which are popular in Europe). But there are a few cars, and I'll list those first:

  • Porsche Boxter - I believe this is based off a previous issue. This one is a cabrio version.
  • Ferrari F40 - It's a 1/32 scale kit. It's hard to say how popular it will be.
  • Volkswagen Samba Bus / Van - This is a reissue, but it now includes decals for Lufthansa.
  • Citroen 2CV - I think this is a reissue, with new decals.
  • Ferrari 250 SWB - a reissue, in 1/24 scale. I think this was previously an Italeri kit, which means it should be a pretty good car model.
  • VW Bug - 1:35 scale, with military style parts.
  • LSM "Eidechse" - a model ship.
  • U-Boat Submarine Type XXII - this kit is in 1:144 scale.
  • Russian Typhoon Class Submarine - this is a reissue of the submarine from the movie "Red October". It's 1:400 scale.
  • EC 135 Swiss Air Glacier Rescue Helicopter - this kit is in 1:72 scale.
  • Bell UH-1D - helicopter model in 1:100 scale.
  • Boeing Triple-Seven 777-300ER - this aircraft comes to us in 1:144 scale with Boeing decals.
  • Glider Plane - I think this is a reissue. This one is in 1:32 scale.
  • Spitfire Mk II - a reissue of the 1:48 kit.
  • Stearman "Cadet" - this should be a reissue, with military training decals.
  • Corsair F4U4 - a reissued kit in 1:72 scale
  • De DeHavilland "Twin Otter" - aircraft kit, in 1:72 scale. I'm not sure if this is a reissue or not. The markings (decals) appear to be Swiss.
  • Soviet SS-25 "TOPOL" - military missile carrier / launcher. This is produced in 1:72 scale. I think it was previously a Zvezda kit
  • Rissian T34/85 Tank - another military kit, coming in at 1:72 scale.
  • Opel LKW 1.5 Ton Military Truck - a 1:35 scale model. Possibly a previous ICM kit?
  • Mi-28 "Havoc" Helicopter - this one is in 1:72 scale.
  • MV-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor - in 1:72 scale. Possibly includes decal markings for both the Navy and Marines.
  • Roland C.II "Walfisch" - a biplane kit. This is made with (or from) an Eduard mold.
  • Heinkel He 70 - This kit will be 1:72 scale. I think this is an all new mold, to depict one of Germany's "Secret Weapons" from WWII (that probably never saw production).
  • Polikarpov I-153 - another biplane, in 1"72 scale.
  • C-45 Twin Engine - Possibly a previous ICM kit. It will probably have new decals at least. The kit is 1:48 scale.
  • USS Dallas - submarine model, in 1:400 scale. It's the same scale as the Red October Typhoon kit.

Like many other model companies, some of the kits that come out are originally produced by other brands. Model companies of today like to share and use each others molds, and I think this is a smart thing to do. Why re-invent the wheel? Most of it has to do with distribution. Making and packaging a kit in a certain area of the world can bring the price down locally, and that's a good thing for modelers. Revell is extremely well known, but they halso have a vast distributor network world wide. I wish more model companies would share molds and products. Not that it's new, model companies did this back in the 1960's and '70's. But it seems more common today, and it sure helps with lower prices.

So that's the new model kits coming out for 2016 so far from Revell. Nothing really grabs me as far as what I would build (maybe tbe 250 SWB, or the Outlaw Mustang), but nothing spectacular. Of course, there are 100 other model companies that will have more kits in 2016, so we can all expect another great year of fresh kits and new model subjects from all of them. And this is only the first quarter for Revell. They have 3 other quarters of the year to surprise us with new kits!


revell 2016 models 1st quater


2015 Scale Model Contests & Shows

Scale Models - October

October already! The end of the year is creeping up on us all. That means the model companies will be having a mad rush to get every (new) product they can out the door and ready for the Holidays. Which is ok with me, there are some model kits I'm just itching to get.

Recent kits have been coming out already, and Revell has finally popped out the Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino. Even if you're not a fan of the show, you may want to grab a couple just to build it because it's a 1970's car, and it's a Ford. I'm not sure air shocks, and big & little tires will make a come back, but back in the day, that's what we rolled with in the 70's.

It's been a few years (1980s ?) since MPC issued "The General" locomotive. Lucky for us, it's 1/25 scale, so you can find ways to mix and match with some other model parts and pieces. Mat Irvine once use the kit to make a scene like in the Back to the Future movie". So if you feel ambitious, have a go at it. There are certainly plenty of BTTF Delorian kits around. Hopefully the MPC train kit will be out before the end of the year.

Of course, with the new Star Wars movie coming out in December, there's a whole stable of new Star Wars model kits. So far, they're all from Revell. Four of the smaller (kids) versions are out now, and later, four larger scale kits will be issued. Some time before the end of the year I'm sure. In case you didn't notice, the Millennium Falcon now has a hew rectangular antenna (deflector?) on top.

There really hasn't been anything super exciting with the AMT Star Trek kits. Since the Polar Lights 1:350 Enterprise, there's just been a few smaller kits coming, and a reissue of the cutaway Enterprise. Granted, that Polar Lights kit is a very hard act to follow.

That doesn't mean Round won't be giving Scifi fans what they want. With their 22-inch Space 1999 Eagle coming out, they'll have model fans standing in line for that kit, and then some. It's much anticipated. It's at the top of my list this year for sure.

Moebius should be kicking their all new tool of the Mercury Comet out the door soon, and the Pontiac Ventura is just behind it. They've had quite the success with their car and truck models, which is a very good thing, because they don't seem to fear making an all new kit if they think the demand is there. Anyone who's met Frank at a model show knows he's on fire about model kits. And really, how often do you meet someone from any model company in person? Moebius and Frank do it right. And their kits are top notch items.

Hopefully the year will end with a lot of new and interesting kits. But there's always 2016. Maybe someone will give us some hints as to what's coming in the future.

If you're wondering what I'm working on, I am building a few kits. Some for the next issue of Scale Model Life, but also, for me personally, an Italeri PT Boat. I haven't had the time I wish I had lately, but things are going well with them, and I am having some fun with the kits.


On the Scifi front:

There were two shows that came out banging, which were Killjoys, and Dark Matter. I liked both shows. They're a bit gritty, high on action, and lot's of mystery and secrets. Probably the most notable thing is that there is very little techno babble. Which is ok once in a while, I don't have a problem with it. Both shows left us with a cliffhanger so to speak, so I'm hoping both will get renewed.

On Dark Matter, I think Number One is next to useless the way the character is written. But we'll have to see what the next season brings. All I know is that he talks too much, and doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the crew. Even the teenage girl Five is far more interesting story wise, and it makes sense why she might not want to go berserker in a tight situation.

On Killjoys, making the team a threesome with Johns brother just threw a wrench in the whole flow of the show. I do think that John should hook up with the Doctor Simms, she seems to like him (as written) and that could add a dynamic to the show. I don't care if we never see Johns brother again, he slows up the show.

Agents of SHIELD is back. Daisy has matured more, and it fits in with the changes to the show. Coulsan has lost his suit, and I HATE THAT. That was his super power. His authority. That's what made him different from the rest of the team. He was the leader. Now he dresses like everyone else, and is virtually un-noticed. I don't feel he represents SHIELD anymore, just a band of people doing what they want.

The show is still good, that's a nit pick from me. And Ward? Why can't this guy just die. This show needs to move on from him. They had to many opportunities to kill him and didn't in the show, which is just clumsy. Ugh.

Just caught the Flash, and that again looks like it's off to a good start. The bad guys are lame, but I get that, it's in line with the comics. The Flash always had low key villains. The Flash beats bad guys more with his wits than using brute force. Again, that fits with the comics. Regardless, it's a fun show to watch.

Dr. Who. *Sigh*. Peter makes a great Doctor, but Clara just never seems to jive with him. If only she was gone, gone, gone. We almost got that wish at the end of the last season, but she chose to stay on. Ever since the very first episode with her and Matt Smith, she has no wonderment in her soul, no imagination. Even the Doctor has that, he still likes to explore and see new things. She just seems to be what has been described, a cold empty shell who wants to get her way.

Eventually she'll be gone, and we can see how Peter C. does with a new companion. Now that would be a new season to watch.


Scale Model Life: Building Scale Model Kits Magazine (Volume 4)

Issue 4 of the Scale Model Life is out now. This issue has a focus on diecast cars. I know what you're thinking, it should be about plastic model car kits. And maybe you would be right. But a lot of car modelers I know do buy diecast, for several reasons. One, they usually buy a car that's probably not available in plastic. Two, what I see happen is that they buy them for parts. Tires, wheels, bodies. Diecast cars are good for stripping off the parts you need to build the car you want.

But there are also car model kits that are all diecast, but more often, a hybrid. Part plastic, but with a metal body. Sometimes they're even prepainted. But you can still strip them, paint them, detail them, redo them. Many times diecast cars cost less than a plastic model. So you can still have a great time building (or RE-building) them.

This book discusses how to do all these things. How to make a diecast car (or truck) model you build, even better, than stock out of the box. Don't fear diecast cars , embrace them. Make them into the cars of your dreams.


scale model life diecast cars volume 4


Models, Kits, and Hobby News

First off, if you like Scifi models, then you probably already know about Round2's upcoming Space 1999 Eagle model. It's a bit of a surprise, but their workinging hard at getting it out soon. If we're lucky, we might even see it before the end of the year. This is a kit modellers have wanted for decades. I can't wait till they come out. You can find out more about the new kit, and the progress on how it's coming along at the links below:

I want to mention that I've added many more Japanese car kits to the selection online. There are so many, I separated them, and also put the Aoshima cars on a page of their own. Aoshima make so many car kits, it's amazing. They also have very popular lines, such as their VIP series, KenMary Works, K-Break, Grand Champions, Top Secret, Rocket Bunny, C-West, and so many others. All these cars have great sets of Aoshima wheels. Many of the kits have engines. I have quite a few of their kits myself, and I look forward to building them. They certainly make something for everyone! Whatever your style.

Last, but not least, check out the pictures from the CKM's Summer Classic model show. It looks like it was quite a show!

Catch ya later !


aoshima model car kits


Scale Model Kits and Plastic News Update

Finescale Modeler has their latest video up of reviews and close looks at some kits. Models covered are several Aircraft, Armor, and my favorite, the MiniArts's GAZ Truck. See what you think. A GAZ is pretty much a Ford truck, in that they were made with Ford tooling, so just think of them as a Ford truck cousin.

Scale Auto DC has a nice, but short, online digital magazine for diecast car enthusiasts. CLICK HERE to check it out. Obviously most of us like plastic models more, but if you like cars in general, it's still fun to look at. And it's FREE !

Check out some model images from a recent HAMS Model show in 2015. These are always good for inspiration, and ideas to build your own model projects.

You might also find this interesting. Some pictures of some upcoming Revell releases. These were on display at the GTR NNL, and are brought to you by Gerry Paquette. The Revell 29 Ford, Starsky & Hutch Torino, Porsche 918, BMW, Hurst Oldsmobile, and more.

Catch ya later !


HAMS model hobby show


Revell-Monogarm Models Ford F150 Time Machine

Good morning all. I've had a bit of coffee in me to start this day. Even a couple of Donuts from DD ... with sugar on top. So if I ramble a bit, you'll know why. LOL

I work pretty much 7 days a week. because just like you, I have bills to pay, and things to get done. I try and get as such model / hobby stuff crammed in there as I can. Sometimes this works out, sometimes not. But it's always on my mind. I really do love the model hobby. Those of you who know me personally (locally and across the various countries) know I can talk models for hours, all day, and usually long into the night (a cold beer and pizza helps :-)

I don't usually go into personal stuff online, but I recently came across this picture from my past, and I thought it would be fun to post. I'm guessing it takes place around 1975-1980, somewhere in there. But I was building models long before this, since about 1970.

I believe this is a Monogram 1980-1985 Ford F150. In fact, the one that has just been reissued (finally!). Monogram usually molds their kits in colored plastic, so I'm guessing that's why it's red like on the box. Though I was using spray paint by this time, as a family, we didn't have much money, so I probably didn't have the funds to buy red paint anyway.

Luckily my mother allowed me to build models on the kitchen table when needed. My other choice was to build them on my bedroom floor (shag carpet! the devourer of small model parts!). It looks like I'm at the decal stage here, so the truck must be almost done.

I'm going to disown the Shaun Cassidy shirt, because we wore hand me downs a lot or bargain clothes. I never owned any of his records, so that's my best guess. (and I'm sticking to it! LOL).

It's fun to reflect back to the days when we had endless time to build models for hours. I'm hoping when I retire, I can once again enjoy model building with no watchful eyes on the hours of the day. And at that point, the hobby in my life will have come full circle.

So here's to hoping that your model hobby keeps chugging along, and being a large part of your life. So many models, so little time :-)


monogram ford f150 models

Roger H. comments: Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I'm a bit older than you, so most of my memories of modeling are circa 1965 - 1970, but oh what great memories! Raised 3 boys and a girl, none of who ever really got into models (video games....grrrr!). Now at empty nest phase (60) and finally getting back to the hobby. Just finished 1:24 Monogram NOS 1970 Dodge Challenger, and am in progress on a 1:16 AMT 1955 Chevy Coupe and a 1:24 ERTL 1953 Chevy Sedan Delivery. Hand's maybe not as steady as I remember when painting trim, but I sure can afford more paint and better brushes! Cheers!


Scale Model Life Magazine - Figures Edition

The third issue of Scale Model Life magazine is now out!

This issue focuses on figure models. Iv'e been building figure models now and then for many years. They normally involve different materials, from resin, to vinyl, to plastic. But often times, even today, I still here modelers groan when a new figure kit is released, and they say, "Oh, to bad it's vinyl instead of plastic, otherwise I would buy one .......".

Sometimes the comments, are " have to paint it with acrylics...", or you have to use special glue, or "..they're too hard to put together..."

So I resolved in this issue to crack open some old and new figure kits and hopefully show others that, while a little different, resin and vinyl kits can be built almost like any plastic kit. The book includes modifications, making bases for them so they can stand up, plenty of putty and sanding, and many general tips to get you started building your own figure model kits.

I believe after you read this book, you'll have no fear building any resin, vinyl or plastic figure kit. You can do it!


scale model life magazine figure models


The Votes are in : Revell's New Chip Foose Models are Selected!

Revell and model fans have voted and the counts are in: Two new kits will be produced to replicate Chip Foose's "Eldorod" Cadillac Custom and his 1956 Ford F100.

Over 10,000+ modelers voted to pick these two subjects out of seven choices. Most were a hot rod of some kind, but the Ford F100 and full size ride Eldorado won out. (I personally voted for the F100 and Eldorod myself, so that's a plus for me!).

The kits won't be issued until 2016, so we have a bit of a wait, but I suspect it will be worth it. The 1956 Ford F100 is a classic pickup truck and well known with enthusiests all over the world. This truck is actually been in the Foose family for years, and that makes it more of a personal ride for Chip. It was "restored" and rebuilt in 2005. The Eldorod incorporates everything a sleek custom car should be: stylish, smooth, big, long and low.

The real 1956 Ford F100 features a Ford 4-link and 9-inch rear suspension, Roush Aluminum 451 cid Ford V8 with a C6, and rack and pinion steering. If you plan on buying and building the Eldorod, there are some great images of the car inside and out located here. Note the original color from Boyd's was a maroone color, but the owner of the car had Chip Foose restore the car and paint it his preferred color of a deep metallic blue.

I hope Revell, and other model companies, do surveys to find out what customers want in the future. It seems a lot easier and better than guessing. And a lot more fun!


revell chip foose model kits

3D Printed Parts for Detailing Your Scale Model Kits

Shapeways has been around for a short time, but it's growing more and more every day.

It's been a while since I visited the site, but it looks like their inventory is growing quickly for parts that will appeal for modelers like you and me. 3D printing is in the news lately big time, and modelers are looking for the days when a machine will be cheap enough for doing models at home. I don't really see that happening myself. Anyone can buy a machine, but it's the software that's not very friendly, that has a very high learning curve. Most people won't have any interest in learning any of that. They just want the machine to print models.

Fortunately there are some software 3D wizards out there that are modelers too, so we may get what we need without ever having to actually buy a machine. If the demand is high enough. Want to see what they have? How about dozens of parts for upgrading the MPC Eagle. Or maybe you want to add something to your Alpha diorama with a moon buggy or Delta Probe. Maybe you're a Star Wars fan? How about some parts to upgrade a Millenium Falcon? It looks like there's a whole batch of those in the line. The 1/6 scale Drone Louie from Silent Running looks pretty awesome.

Are you a model car builder? Maybe your thing is Hot Rods? Check out these bomber seats. Maybe you like to build trucks? How about a Dodge Cummins 5.7 Diesel engine? Maybe you'd like to get a whole body for a model projects, such as a Chevy Corvair Rampide body, or a Ferrari Barchetta? Maybe even a Jeep CJ8 Scrambler? Of course, you can't go wrong with some scale figures to display with your model.

You may want to visit Shapeways and poke around. Just use the search feature and see what you can find for model goodies!


shapeways 3d scale model parts


Voice you opinion for new model kits at Round2 !

Round2 is running a survey over at their blog. Do a quick sign up to post, and let them know what you like. There are some sweet model projects in there ! Some that modelers have wanted for years.

Here's the link :

They can't make any promises, but they're asking for your input, so go ahead and tell them what you think. Oh, and give their crazy monster figure a name too!


sround2 model survey


Model Events - and Wonderfest 2015

Time to pop open a can of modesl show images. Especially the ones from Wonderfest. Amazing models! Wish I could have been there. But for those us who missed it, check them out !


scale model shows and events 2015, including Wonderfest


Model Truck Show and other Scale Model Events Mid 2015

Here are a few model shows. If you like big rig truck models, you will definately like the Jabbeke show from Europe. Enjoy!


scale model shows and events 215


Aurora Sealab III Model Kit may be Reissued by Atlantis Models

If you ever wanted one of the Sealab III model kits originally produced by Aurora, then you know they cost a small fortune, if you can even find one.

But if you ever wanted one, but just couldn't mortgage the house to get the kit, now's your chance to get one for much less!

Atlantis models is taking preorders to reissue this classic and rare kit. It all depends on the pre-orders. From me, from you, and others.

The kit will be just like the original. To keep costs down, the kit looks like it will be available as a bagged kit at a lower cost as an option. I'm fine with that, I don't need the box. And it's another way to save costs and allow more of us to be able to afford to get one of these classic kits.

Jump over to Atlantis' website and see what it's all about.


atlantis aurora models sealab III kit


Choose a Revell scale model kit for 2015 - let your voice be heard!

It's not often you really get to have any input on what models might be produced. Sure, we all have a long list of kits we'd like to see, but the odds of that really coming to fruition is not likely.

But now's your chance to chime in!

First up, Airfix is using Kickstarter to let Customers decide what kits they want to see come to market. The kits are classic Airfix, and reissues, but you still get a say and a vote. We can all talk the talk, but can we walk the walk? Can we put our money where our mouth is? Time will only tell how it works out. CLICK HERE to choose an Airfix model you'd like to see in your collection.

I like the concept Airfix (and Revell) is doing. I think the future of modeling needs this. The leader of a similar concept was when Round2 / Polar Lights offered to produce their 1:350 Star Trek TOS Enterprise kit. Customers had to preorder, and if the demand was high enough (which it was, thank goodness), they would produce the kit. Of course, I preordered one, and the whole model procedure was a lot of fun. They sent a Tshirt if you preordered, you recieved special email updates of how the kit was progressing, from CAD files to the final test shots, it was a fantastic idea. I have no problem pre-ordering a kit if it's one I want. Why should the model company take all the risk? What's the demand for the subject? Why guess? Why not give Customers a choice? Model companies need to look at new ideas to help connect modelers with models, and trying out new ways to do that is what needs to be done.

But Airfix is not the only company testing the waters. Revell has set up a way for you to pick their next model subject, together with Chip Foose. Your choice could be a modified reissue, or an all new kit ! They actually give you 7 choices! My number 1 choice was the Ford F100. I think there are more things you can do with that kit than the others (as far as modifying, street / race / commercial apps), plus, I'm a pickup truck guy. Of course your choice might be different, but you have to get over there and vote! If this is successful, the model companies will do it more often, and we have a better chance of getting the models we all want. Lend your support!

So there you have it. The fate of the next models to be released is in YOUR hands. It's up to you to get involved and keep the hobby rolling!


revell chip foose survey online model kits


Race Car Model Kits

A quick mention of what's shaping up here at Rocketfin Hobbies.

I had an email from a Customer with a good idea, so I thought I would give it a try. I've lumped all the race car models in to their own section. There are a lot of model cars of race subjects that don't exactly fit into a Ford, Chevy or Dodge category, or say, the F1 section. An Indy Car model is a god example. Or an IMSA car model. So now these kits, and a lot of other types of race cars, have their own section. Race car models are usually a pretty good challenge, they are all somewhat different. From a DTM car to a WRC Rally model, with the exotic engines, roll cages, and racing quipement, they're not always the easiest models to build, they will test your skills But for those who like race car kits, now you can see them all at one time. I hope it makes it easy on the model race car fans who visit Rocketfin. Also, by pulling some of those from the other categories, that will allow those to be more focused, and the pages to load faster with what you want to see.

Some of you may have noticed an expansion of the Military Truck Models section. I like these model kits, I have a few of my own to build. ( Watch for some of them in some future books ). I know there are a lot of 1/25 and 1/24 scale truck model fans, but those are quite large when assembled. I kind of like the smaller 1/35 kits a bit. There're also a lot of accessories for truck / military kits, so you can really pack on the supplies and cargo, and even make some cool dioramas. Military trucks don't always have to be built military, many of them have civilian uses as well, so that's an option. One I want to explore. While you're on the equipment page, check out all the new bulldozer kits! very cool models.

I've also expanded the model display cases, and the model bases. Building a model is great, but showing it off is fun too, so it's best to use a case or make a base display to bring the model to life. I think you'll see some interesting choices there. Check them out.

I hope you're enjoying what ever model kit you're building. This is summer, so normally a little less modeling gets done, since everyone is ouside taking in the sun and fresh air, and that's good. They don't call it summer break for nothing. So get outside, maybe visit some car shows and air shows, take some pictures for some winter model projects, and do some things with your family. Have a great day!


race car model kits


New season of TV Series? Can't wait to see what's next!

Well, it's that time of year, sort of a middle ground type of thing. A time when some of my favorite TV shows are in hiatus, and I have to wait for a new season (hopefully soon).

I'm one of those people I don't watch TV very much. I have a lot of other things I'd rather be doing. I only have an interest to watch specific shows, maybe a movie now and then. But I don't subscribe to cable or something that cost me a hundred bucks a month for 500 channels I will never watch. That's not me. I like to pick and choose.

Anyways, I'm kinda in a landing pattern now. Grimm has ended the season with (possibly) Juliet's death. I'm guessing the show may go in the direction of Trubel helping Nick, and they needed some payroll to afford that on the series, so ... Juliet MUST DIE ! ... maybe. We'll see. Over the seasons I'm glad the show includes Rosale and Monroe as much as it does. Those two are great together and add fun to the show.

Agents of SHIELD ends with so much going on, I'm not sure what's going to happen. They already tied it into Age of Ultron, so depending on when the new season starts, it may tie into the Captain America Civil War movie. The already mentioned the Kree (ala, see Guardians of the Galaxy ) and the Inhumans (wish they had Blackbolt and Medusa - team up!). Lots of history and hints all the time, love it ! I wonder what kind of new tech Coulson's new arm will have?

The Flash ended neatly, but no real heads-up as to what may be coming next season. This first season was banging, and had a good arc. I didn't see the big ending coming, so at least it was a surprise. They did everything right with this show, from casting Barry's dad (who played the Flash in the 1990's) to inviting Dr. Mcgee and Mark Hamill as well. If you like Mark Hamill as the Joker, see his original portryal as the Trickster from the 1990's show, and you'll see how he developed the voice that makes a perfect Joker everytime.

The Arrow ends with a few doors closing, and some mysteries as to what's going to really happen. John Borrowman is great in the series as Malcolm, and makes a good (calm) foil to Oliver. He's unpredicatble. Perfect. I could do without the flashbacks, I'm getting tired of those, maybe the next season will have fewer of them. Of course, Felicity Smoak is always perfect, and a fun character. Will we get more Palmer? ( and his Ironman knockoff suit? They even use the same sound effects as Marvel's Ironman - duh!)

Agent Carter was a blast. I like all the 1940's stuff. The first season was staged as new york, and next season will be in LA, because, you know, hollywood execs have never seen a world globe before, or a map of the U.S. They think we only have two cities on the planet. But they did a great job with the show and I'm looking forward to the next season.

So, what's to look for? Soon, it will be Dr. Who. I like the new Doctor, but I'm tired of Clara. We need a new Companion. We almost got one, but Coleman changed her mind at the last minute, and now we're stuck with her. For at least one more season I guess. We'll see. More to watch for is the Walking Dead. I think there are still some wack jobs they'll have to fight (and I don't mean zombies). The 100 left the last season with a big ending, and that's an open door. But I ask you, they cleaned out Mt Weather, and then walked away! What ????? Safe underground base, food, clothes, water, electricity ... and they walked back to their crap camp in the woods? That makes no sense. So I'm not sure which direction they'll be going. If they don't clean out those dead bodies from My Weather soon, it'll stink forever in there.

I also liked Haven, Falling Skies, and Defiance, but I don't think those shows are coming back, unfortunately. (Editors note: Defiance and Falling Skies is back!)

Who's got the popcorn?


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2015 NNL Model Shows and Model Contests - May

Time to share some Model Shows. Summer is coming up, and I expect there will be a lot more of them. But so far this year, the events have been pretty strong with entries and visitors. Of course there's nothing like being at one live, especially when you consider the vendors, where you can score hundreds of products that are not sold online. And get some great bargains and deals.

But for those who can't attend, kick back and enjoy some models for inspiration, and a possible project in your future.


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New 2015 Model Kits Update News

Some new kits have been coming out, thought there are some still lurking in the shadows, and be issued later in the year. Let's mention some that have just hit the market.

The new Revell Ford Crown Victoria is a snap kit, but being a Police car, should be fun for kids looking to build a quick car project. Even the wheels roll. For glue modelers, it's one of the few 4-door models out, so with some updates, it could be a taxi, FBI, or MIB car. ICM continues their 1/24 car streak with an Admiral Saloon car model. This kit is a full detail model, including a detailed chassis, interior, and even an engine. Because it's modern tooling, it should be way ahead of the older 1960's kits you may be used to. Don't get boxed in by the art on the carton. With some mods, this could be just as much fun as any hot rod model. It's a 1930's era car, just like a 1932 Ford. Paint it hot rod red and add some custom chrome parts. It's a 4-door, but the rears, if you opened them, would be suicide style. Just to round out another snap kit, Revell issued their Ferrari Enzo. It has a screw on chassis, rolling wheels, engine insert, and chrome parts. Revell says the parts are painted, so I imagine that means the body parts are in red.

Several Porsche models have just come out recently. First up is Revell's snap-kit Porsche Boxter. The kit is molded in colors, but it doesn't include an engine. This only means fewer parts (only 37 to be exact) so it should be even easier for a youngster to assemble. Revell also caters to the glue model builders with two cars, a Porsche 911 Carrera and a Carrera RS 3.0. I prefer the older 911's myself, and the 3.0 car has some great older style factory Porsche wheels. Revell popped out their Acura Integra Type R. This kit is a gold mine, with several extra parts, DOHC engine, 4 sets of wheels, and choices on the rear spoiler. This kit easily rivals anything that Tamiya or Aoshima would offer.

AMT and Round2 have dug deep in their vaults and have pulled out some kits that have been popular in the past. Their "Street Shaker" 1964 Impala is ready to burn up the streets with it's 409 V8. AMT includes their pad printed Goodyear Polyglas GT Tires to mke this kit look even better previous releases. As a side note, it's molded in white (not pink like on the box), so the paint color is up to you. Lindberg has a Chevy of their own, the 1966 Chevelle. This is one of Lindberg's best car models that I know of as far as the molding, which was done sometime on the 1990's I believe, so it's somewhat modern. This model has a 396 BB. To be honest. I'm digging the summer beach style box art. Revell came out with their 2014 Mustang GT. The car includes a modern 5.0 V8 engine. The kit is sort of a hybrid, with some aspects of a glue kit (detail parts) but the body is prepainted and the wheels use metal axles. (the parts count is only 49 pieces). Though it's still a level 3 kit, so it's right about in the middle for all kinds of builders.

One Big scale kit this year is Italeri's Fiat Mefistofele. This 1:8 kit represents a dramatic adventure of noise, oil, and fumes to drive, as far as the real car. The kit is very detailed. the engine is a work of art, and no detail has been spared. Click here to see a video of the real car. It's quite impressive once assembled.

AMT finally released it's grip on a car model rarely seen today, but many have desired for decades. The Man from UNCLE car. Based on the Piranha CRV (a real car), it was quite popular on TV at the time in the 1960's. The original art Series version has Pad-printed tires, optional smoke timted windows, and is molded in a metallic blue. Round2 has even included a 12 page booklet on the real car so you can built it as accurate as possible. Lindberg just released their 1938 Custom Ford Van. This is based on the Boyd Coddington chassis from another kit, but that doesn't make it's any less of a great model to build. With it's tubular chassis, Corvette suspension and Chevy LT1 V8, it's a fun kit to have on your shelf.

It took a while, but the Moebius Smooth Side Trailer is also out for the model truck builders. It's the same high quality as their previous trailer. I'm guessing it will be easier to paint and / or apply side decals to if you want to customize it. Revell has reissued their Marmon Conventional Truck, Stars & Stripes, and it's been a long many years since that's been on store shelves. On the opposite end of that coin, MPC has reissued their DM800 Mack Truck. I think that continues to be a popular kit because those trucks were everywhere as workhorses. Even though the kit doesn't use a sleeper, it's a great tractor to attach to a local dumper or flatbed trailer.

Lindberg has annouced they'll be reissuing their Dodge L-700 Cab with their (originally an IMC) tanker trailer. This time, Shell Oil decals are included. Italeri will be coming out with a Peterbilt 378 kit, with the shorter 119 chassis. Not to be left out, Revell has come out with their Auto Transport Trailer. It's been decades since'this trailer model has been out, so it should be quite populer when it hits the stores.

AMT has decided to reissue the TeeVee Dune Buggy. It looks ike a basic older kit, but I expect Round 2 to add some new xtras to make the kit even more fun than the nostalgia trip it will bring to modelers.

From the Science Fiction model front, there are some models coming out soon, and some that have just come in recently. As far as Star Trek goes, AMT and Polar Lights have issued a few kits. Polar Lights additions are mainly smaller snap kits, while AMT is reissuing the Cutaway Enterprise. It has new decals, and has been modified to accept the Round2 large display stand. To those who might not know, this kit is larger than the standard 18" Enterprise kit, this one is 22". So far there is not much more mentoned, except for the planned Shuttle kit, but no details have come out on that kit so far this year, and Round2 hasn't shown their hand on how they plan to execute the release of the kit, if they ever do.

Not to be left behind, the Star Wars licensing has changed hands to Bandai (though Revell seems to be still making some) , and they've been making kits as fast as they can. From Astrometric Droids to the T65 X-Wing fighters, they've brough quite a few kits out in a short span of time. They all seem to be snap together kits so far, but I don't have any of them yet, so it's hard to say what they are like quality wise. Though Bandai has a pretty good reputation, I expect them to be very good kits.

On the Scifi front for models, it's a golden era for new kits. Moebius has come out with their Jonny Quest Dragonfly SST. While a small kit, it's a great addition to your collection, no matter if you are a plane modeler or a sci-fi fan. Moebius will soon have the Ranger spaceship from the movie Interstellar in our hands as well. Moebius jumped on that even before the movie came out, so they're right on top of it all with that kit. Their Alien Officer Kane kit will be out any day now. This figure is a large scale 1:9 offering. It's a resin kit, and that may bother some modelers, but more and more of us are learning about resin and vinyl kits, and I don't see it as an issue like it might have been 20 years ago. The spacesuits (designed by the artist known as MOEBIUS) almost have a Steampunk feel to them. They are very unique.

Moebius continues with their Battlestar Galactica series of models, with Colonial One. It seems like an off choice, but the series of kits seem to be popular, and Moebius is bringing these kits to modelers who enjoy them, so I can't fault them for it. I'm more of a classic BSG fan, and I have all those kits from them, but they continue to expand the model line with new kits. If you're a Space 1999 fan, don't forget to get one (or more) of the Eagle One kits with the boster pack, and the science pod. The high quality of the resin conversion parts that are included with blow your mind. They are amazing. Atlantis models will be reissuing the Invaders UFO kit. Previously this has been out with Monogram-Revell at the helm, but it appears Atlantis is going to issue it this time. It's a classic kit, and even includes an interior. The original model mold dates all the way back to Aurora. I expect this to be a hot kit.

There are other model kits coming out that I missed, but check back with us to see what's new. The site is updated daily, so stay tuned for more great model kits!


revell 1929 ford model a roadster hot rod kit


New NNL, IPMS 2015 Scale Model Shows & Events

Who's looking for new model ideas? There's more than a few in these glorious images from some recent model shows.

So kick back and check them out !


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