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    Right now, I'd say it's unlikely you'll see it any time soon, if ever. That is a property they had to come to a licensing agreement to make and sell in the first place, and pay extra money for. Secondly. such licensing agreements are very strict in both the 'how many' can be made, and for 'how long' they can be sold. I'd venture it's very likely the deal that produced the kit in the first place has long since expired, and given Hornby's poor state, unlikely to be renegotiated again in a foreseeable future. So I'd say it's probable you won't see the kit again at all, let alone with any changes or additions.
  2. End of an era in the US, with the demise of Revell-Monogram here. Technically they have been dead for awhile, running on fumes of their past glories. One can see that in that there was almost no new tooling in years, and what there was had been done outside of the US to have a Revell or Monogram logo slapped on a box of bits made somewhere else. As far as researching and designing their own products, that part of the brands had been dismantled some time ago. So now we'll see what the new owners do with the asset they've acquired. As several have said here, no new owner is going to come right out and say 'we strip valuable assets from dying companies, make some money on them, and leave the carcass to die'. But there are going to be many difficulties making it into a viable business outside of Europe again, if that is even part of a 'some day' plan of the new owners. It seems the new owners only paid about 40% of the estimated asking price/value of the assets, and were the successful high bidder at that low level. It doesn't speak much for the condition/quantity/viability of Revell-Monograms tooling if it was worth so little. I'd find it hard to believe it wouldn't have been worth as much as scrap metal. Anyway, a moment of silence for the death of the last major US model producer...
  3. Indeed, revenue is a meaningless number, without knowing how much it cost to make it as well. I know this all too well, as the place I still work for at the moment had its highest sales in history the last decade. But the amount of money they spent to get those sales was so great, that when sales slipped to merely okay, the company was suddenly operating at a loss. The situation Hobbico found itself in was not a new one. It has happened many times when private equity capital management concerns swoop down like a vulture onto a business. They start borrowing so much money it makes your eyes bleed, and start buying up every shred of competition in the industry. But they do this without making any real investments in the businesses. Then when things turn bad, the money is already gone into their golden parachutes and Lexuses, and they declare bankruptcy and disappear.
  4. Can't say I am surprised by any of the news there. Revell/Monogram and even Revell Germany were going to be a tough sell, especially R/M, where almost all of their catalog is very elderly now. It just does not have value as a going model company, apparently. Bidders agree, or there would have been some. It's a shame the amount of money required is likely too great for a company like Round2 Models to bear; they would have been good stewards of the brands. I'd say the status of the plastic model divisions have moved from 'in serious trouble' to 'need a miracle' now to survive. I'm sure the import situation for the other brands will be resolved fairly quickly. We can hope no one is silly enough to turn to MRC, though. They progressively ruined the Tamiya, Fujimi, and Italeri brands in the US with their outrageous pricing. There would be no Tamiya America, if not for the damage MRC did to Tamiya in the 70s and 80s. Hope for the best here. Finally, I am not surprised that there were objections to the sale. There almost always are, even when things are not as bad as they were with Hobbico. And there are usually even more when the debt is huge, and the assets almost nothing, as they turned out to be here. I don't think this will be a serious issue going forward to Horizon's bid - it is just the last gasp of creditors who now see they are going to get absolutely nothing back now.
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    Question about Iranian P-36’s

    FineScale Modeler Volume 34, Issue 1 (January 2016) features a build of the 'Norway/Iran' Hawk in 1/48 scale, using the HobbyCraft P-36A kit. Besides the magazine cover photo, the article ran a total of 6 pages in the issue.
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    PATTON TANK BUILD - Now at 31 ! 30/03/19 - 30/06/19.

    I'll have to post a picture of the OKB Grigorov kit contents once I get my photo sharing sorted out. I was a Photobucket user when they decided to tell everyone to get lost. Have to get that sorted out before we begin... The Grigorov kits are resin and etch, with link and length tracks. And there is probably as much, or more etch than a 1/35 kit. The fenders are totally etch, for example. Looks great, but a @#$#% to assemble. The instructions are weak, and no decals. In short, you need some experience, and decent references if you're going to build one of those kits.
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    PATTON TANK BUILD - Now at 31 ! 30/03/19 - 30/06/19.

    I have been stocking up on M103 bits and references, even though our start is still around a year away. I already had 2 of the Dragon 1/72 M103A1 kits. They leave a lot to be desired, but like their 1/35 counterpart, they're the only injected game in town. I did pick up a ModellTrans Modellbau resin turret for the kit. If I use it, it will address some of the kit turret deficiencies. Alas, it looks to be discontinued from ModellTrans already, so I may not be able to get any further ones. I also have the OKB Grigorov resin 1/72 M103A1 and A2 kits. They are probably the best kits of the vehicle in any scale, but too complicated for the group build and my snail like build pace, unfortunately. One last bit of M103 news - Dragon had allocated a stock # and box art for their 1/72 M103A2 variant in plastic for a while now. If some of the online retailers are to be believed, they are expecting this kit in a month or so; if it happens I should be able to have both variants by the start of the build.
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    Revell PT 109 New tool

    Negative; this is 1/72 scale. The Italeri kit is 1/35 scale. And while it has its problems, is still a far better model than this relic with lipstick Revell is trying to push.
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    Revell PT 109 New tool

    I'm hoping Hobbico is not betting on saving the company with this one....it still looks pretty plain. While they have added stuff to make it closer to PT-109 as it was sunk, the 'new' detail still looks like it came out of the 60s or 70s. I am going to let this one pass by with no regrets. While more accurate, it still does not impress me in quality, especially not for 2018.
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    Bandai Star Wars for sale

    From the site rules - Only post items for sale/wanted/for trade in the buy sell area and nowhere else on the site. We would ask for no commercial trading in the buy/sell area. If you are a trader and would like to sell here, please contact the moderating team and arrange for your own forum.
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    Italeri Iwo Jima flag waivers

    Disagree - While Monogram does not exist as an independent company any longer, their trademark brand name and more importantly, their molds most certainly do still exist. The Vietnam statue 'Three Fighting Men' was issued only once I know of, in 1988. It was a 1/10 snap together kit, and I recall it not fitting all that well. While uncommon, it is not impossible to find on the usual places, like eBay. And I think it is unlikely to be on the current Revell-Monogram company's reissue plans.
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    Disney "Planes"

    Probably not related, since it is a common word 'star', instead of something made up like 'Airfix' or a person's name, like 'Tamiya'. The earliest references I can find to the current Zvezda are from the early 1990's. They released some of their own stuff, and reboxed some Italeri kits then. Their 1/35 T-60 tank kit was their first armor release, and this is pretty generally regarded as one of the worst, if not the worst, 1/35 armor kit on the market. They've come a long way in less than 30 years, that is for sure.
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    Disney "Planes"

    Minor pedantic correction - Zvezda is a Russian company, headquartered in the the town of Lobnya, which is close to Moscow.
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    Star wars models

    It's a great little set, too. Even in 1/144 scale, it's obvious the two pilots in the U-Wing kit represent K-2 and Captain Andor. The tanks are small, but do have the option to have the hatch open/closed, with a stormtrooper commander in the open one. Only disappointment to me was the TIE Striker. They did not include any clear parts for the canopies on it, all molded solid. Overall, this is an excellent set, if you don't mind the small scale. Meanwhile, another coming soon source of approximately appropriate sized minis will be Star Wars : Legion from Fantasy Flight Games. This game will use 28mm figures, a little smaller than 1/48, but you could likely get by. They will be releasing an AT-ST for it, also. https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/8/18/star-wars-legion/ https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/10/26/all-terrain-scout-transport/
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    Most suitable 1/35 Panther for Normandy campaign?

    Really a stretch if it has to be Tamiya and Normandy. While some 'D' models were still around, the 'G' did not even enter into production until May 1944, just before the invasion. The Panther 'A' would have been the iconic variant of the Normandy battles. And Tamiya does not have a modern kit of this variant. The Tamiya 'A' is an elderly carpet crawler relic of the 70s. Dragon makes a good version of the 'A', even in a 'Normandy' boxing, kit 6168. If you want a modern, typical, Normandy Panther, that is the kit you want. It's a little pricey and out of production, but can still be found out there.