Happy Holidays everyone. As the year draws to a close, we will take the time to celebrate another year with family and friends. There has been a few modeling releases over the last two months. I'm sure many of you are now aware of this kit release by BeeMax, the Volvo 240 Turbo which we had announced a few months back when it was still in it's prototyping stage.
Bugatti and Gran Turismo came together to create an amazing concept. Half race car and half fantasy, the Bugatti Vision GT is definitely a sight to behold. From what we can see by the looks of it, it seems the Vision GT is based on the Chiron.
We kind of saw this coming ever since Hasegawa released the BMW 2002 tii earlier this year. At the All Japan Model & Hobby Show, Hasegawa showed the sprue layout of the soon to be released Turbo version of the BMW 2002.
Meng Model has announced the third kit in its 1/24 vehicle series.
Italeri shares test build photos of its upcoming kit of this iconic Fiat model. Also, for an additional fee you may order it with a customized license plate!
ICM Holding continues to release kits on the Ford Model T, and up next is one that may be built as a delivery vehicle.
Tru-Color Paint has informed us of new automobile colors slated for release this September.
Master Box adds more female figures to accessorize your contemporary auto builds and vignettes.
Churning the rumor mill here, but looks like there maybe a soon to be released kit from Tamiya in the 1/24 Race Car category.
Well looks like Hasegawa dropped a big teaser this week ahead of the Shizuoka Hobby Show coming up in May. Here are a few pictures of the BMW 2002Tii in 1/24 scale. Having a large cult following, this car is what put BMW on the map in the US with it's fun small zippy cars.
Thank you Tim Hutton for forwarding a Marsh Models Update.
Well, here is something out of the left field from Revell of Germany. At the start of 2017, RoG announced it will be releasing the second generation Porsche Panamera as well as the smaller Porsche Junior 108 (which is a tractor). This was indeed surprising news but great news nonetheless.
Here's another great project that I look forward to seeing from BeeMax. Over the last week, Thanksgiving week to us Americans, BeeMax announced and teased us with digital 3D models of one of their future releases. One of those cars that rally enthusiasts have been wishing for for many years, the Lancia Delta S4 along with the Audi Quattro Coupe are both in progress at BeeMax.
Well, this kit definitely came out of the left field. Hobby Design previewed in 1/43rd scale Captain Nemo's car from the movie League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The kit is made in resin but it is highly detailed as depicted by the built photos. The photo etched parts make great engraved pieces for the hood (bonnet, trunk (rear hatch) as well as the front grill. Take a look at the photos for yourself and see what you think.
Various wheel sets have been extremely popular with the aftermarket tuner model kit builders as of late. With the introduction of the low profile tires into scale models, tons of the younger builders have purchased sets by the cases so that they can modify cars in 1/24 scale.
Well folks, here is another teaser of the Lamborghini Diablo GT soon to be released in 1/24 scale by Aoshima. This should come as no surprise to many of us following the news from Aoshima as they have released many progress photos of the Diablo GT from CAD to rapid prototyping. Now they release photos of a fully built prototype. Don't mind the loose fitting parts and the cloudy clear parts as they will require more work to clean up. This prototype is simply used as a tool to show us what a built up example would look like in the near future.
This is definitely something a little out of the ordinary and different from the super cars, race cars and muscle cars that we typically see. Another release coming from ZoomOn Models to celebrate it's 2 year anniversary is the Honda Accord Euro R in 1/24 scale. Perhaps one of the lesser known Honda "Type Rs", the Accord Euro R does a nice job of combining luxury, performance and in a lightweight package.
Hobby Design is back yet again with another release for September. This time with the ever popular RWB Porsche 911 (993) widebody transkit. Although personally I am a big fan of the traditional OEM Porsche widebodies, the RWB kits definitely have a presence to them.
A new release of a Renault Vivastella posted on the Heller web site.
DAF XF 105 SMOKY JR released with "new chromed wheels"
One of the great British bikes released by Italeri!
Revell Germany has a Kenworth Aerodyne in 1/32 scale which would be an easy build for the young ones starting off in the truck building hobby.
For all you Euro truckers.
Breaking news! Tamiya will be releasing the new Acura NSX (or is it still a Honda NSX) in 1/24 scale later this year. The new NSX is the successor to the original although a lot has changed in the last 2 decades since the production of the original first started. This time around, the NSX will be AWD, a Hybrid and an automatic only. However, these differences do not hinder the car's overall performance and enjoyment at all.
A recent teaser popped up on BeeMax's facebook page of something that a lot of us have been waiting for. Although resin variations have been made in the past, fans of this car have been hoping for a mainstream styrene kit.
Yet another release from Hobby Design. This time, it is the Rocket Bunny ND Mazda MX-5 widebody kit. Although the Mazda MX-5 was released last year, it still appears to be a popular subject for aftermarket companies and kit makers as well.
Recently there has been a lot of small pop up model companies that flooding the transkit market with awesome products like never before. One of these companies is ZoomOn Models. What really brought the company into the spot light was their collaboration with EightyOne when they released the FD2 Civic Type R as well as the FD2 Mugen RR. These two resin kits were very well detailed and to date, no mainstream kitmaker has produced these two awesome subjects. Anyway they are back with another great release.
Perhaps one of the most popular mass produced sports car of all time, the Mazda MX-5 is undoubtedly extremely popular. With the newest generation, the ND, Mazda is yet again going to have a popular car on its hands. The quantity of aftermarket parts for the new generation of the MX-5 will be limitless.
DER MASS:STAB Issue 3/June 2016 is available and full of cool model articles.
Eightyone is a fairly new comer to the model car scene. With their previous resin transkits and their aftermarket wheel sets, they had set out to make a name for themselves with a very nice variety of popular items.
Hobby Design, one of the most popular transkit and aftermarket wheel resin kit makers recently released a 1/24 scale version of the Voltex Honda S2000.
This release from Revell-Monogram will make a nice starting point for a detailed hot rod:-
For all the Le Mans fans Hasegawa has released a Sauber Mercedes® C9 1988 Limited Edition car:-
Revell- Monogram has released a 48 Ford Police Coupe 2 in 1 model:-
Hasegawa Models has released a 1/20 Lotus '79 :-
BeeMax has been rolling out some very cool models as of lately. The Beemax 1/24 Honda Civic EF was a huge success. Their soon to be released E30 M3 BMW is highly anticipated and looks like it will follow in the footsteps of the EF Civic. BeeMax is planning to follow that up with another race car in the AE92 Toyota Levin.
Well folks, this isn't exactly the latest news from Aoshima as these test shots/3D printed pieces debuted almost 3 months ago. These prints depict the Pagani Huayra in 1/24 scale. Definitely can't wait to see more developments on this future kit.
This highly anticipated 1/24 scale BMW E30 M3 from BeeMax is about to hit the stores (hopefully shortly). Shown again at the Shizouka Hobby Show, BeeMax showed us the sprues as well as an assembled example of the kit.
Airfix has released a Aston Martin DB5 starter set.
With the end of an era looming before us, Mitsubishi has decided to celebrate the the Lancer Evolution with the Final Edition. Aoshima has done another great job of replicating this special vehicle in scale form.
At this year's Shizouka Hobby Show, Aoshima decided to put on display three upcoming cars to add to their 1/24 scale line up. One of these is the highly anticipated Lamborghini Huracan.
The upcoming Mercedes Benz AMG GT kit release will be a nice addition to the Revell of Germany 1/24 scale line up.
Shown at Spielwarenmesse-2016 back in February were two widely anticipated 1/24 scale model kits. Rumors had been flying months before the show and it was finally revealed to be the Mclaren 570S and the Mercedes AMG GT.
Roy Sutherland has sent us details of a BarracudaCast resin upgrade set featuring replacement wheels for Profil24's Golden Arrow record breaker.
Italeri's March 2016 newsletter has information on a Western Star 4964
Not sure if this is a re-pop, but still nice to see trucks being released.
I remember riding in one of these in France in 1975 the back seat was a hammock!
The roof lining had bright flowers printed on it!.
Any way back to now with a release from Revell Germany
Posted in this months Italeri e-mail news:
February 2016 release from Revell
Airfix has a Pre-order on it's Aston Martin DB5
Airfix web site has news of a released Pocher Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale S,