That would be a real shame considering the long history of the two
companies, and their impact on the American model industry.
However, Hawk and Lindberg are rising from the dead, so maybe anything
Revell and Monogram would have a huge number of molds they
could sell to a new company.
Guys/gals, I have been out of things for a while here. Can someone
explain why Revell/Monogram being sold would cause Hobby Heaven to go
out of business, please?
And Revell/Monogram has been sold? Dang. Wish I could afford to go
shopping to stock up, but I am not even working at this time. sigh.
I think it's going to be a while before they issue new-tooling kits;
meanwhile, how are children of today going to react to these?:
don't know what they'll make of those things; they make "Bratz" look
laid back and normal.
In fact, they make some of Todd McFarlane's creations look fairly tame.
The models seem to demand that you start sniffing the glue, and
soon...so that you may understand them, and indeed talk to them.
I defy the Chinese to make a decent figure like this.
Freddy Flameout is an American thing, and the subtleties of it and its
ilk will evade the Chinese mind.
There shall be no Rat Finks emanating from Shanghai anytime soon. ;-)
As I understand it, the outfit that bought R-M has a large distribution
system of their own. They decided against selling to outfits that do
not have a bricks&mortar store. Hobby Heaven had deals with the
companies in which he could order stuff at wholesale prices direct from
the factories. This enabled him to offer kits cheaper than list.
That's all been cancelled now which kills the lower prices.
Hobbico says they're trying to support the local hobby shop against
mailorder sales but there isn't much of a hobby shop in this county.
I relied on mailorder to get some of those things that will never show
To add to the misery the 'people' at RC/Ertl have pretty much dropped
the "AMT" kits out of production. There wasn't much new coming from
them anyway. Most of their product is the usual kits that have been
around for years. Most of us in the hobby for any time have all the car
kits that we wanted.
OTOH, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Modelhaus will one day release
a '65 Chrysler 300 in resin. It'll still be a fifth of the cost of the
old plastic kit.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.