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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!

 

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