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Revel Monogram? The Hobby?

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Revel Monogram? The Hobby?
Posted by 1TOYTRUK on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:55 PM

i knew of the demise of Revell as such! Looking now at the LHS shelves of 

kits? Gone Very Very little exists compared to prior 2018 ! 

Even AMT er Round 2 not as much either I think the store, stores are a little gun shy now, thinking the may end up with an anchor? 

Also part of it all few youngsters seem interested as we where back in 60's

i guess there is  to many other things now for them to do!

i know my grandson has no interest in them, not that I haven't tried!

although my grand daughter had me build her a '29 A pick up with input from her from colors to graphics, I added a diorama in a display case for her!

So where's is the Hobby headed ?? 


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Posted by Daddy_O on Friday, March 15, 2019 3:54 PM
Think about the size of the Boomer gen. There are a lot of us that will be retiring soon (I just did), and may want to pick up the hobby. I think there may be salvation from resin vendors, and 3D printing as well, at least in the near term. There are also offerings from Tamiya and some of the other overseas kit manufacturers. We may just have to change what, and how we build. In the end there is always how it was done in the beginning...scratchbuilding.
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Posted by Tom99 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:42 AM
I was at my local (only) Hobby Town last week. They had about 20, 1/25 scale model cars in stock. It's like they are not ordering kits any more.
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Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:59 AM

I was in Hobby Lobby yeserday and their shelves are still pretty well stocked.  Last time I went into Michael's they had only a handful of older Revell kits.  I asked the store manager if they were going to quit stocking models.  She told me they (corporate) were trying to "get a new vendor" and would be restocking soon.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by MY327 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:42 AM

If you have a local hobby shop please buy all you can at their store or through their store. I do have to drive a ways to get to my local shop but this is one of the only ways to keep the hobby alive. I would rather pay a little extra at my local dealer just to help keep their doors open.

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Posted by RT80BIRD on Monday, April 15, 2019 8:47 PM

I too try to support my local hobby store and in my area there are but only two i know of that have more than a handful of kits  One place is a genuine hobby store that emphasizes on rc planes and their car model kits are outrageously priced. The second place is hobby town and we bought two traxxas cars there and i try to buy plastic kits there when i can get time to visit (i have two cars on display there). As much as these kits cost its hard to buy from them when i can get a 40% off coupon from hobby lobby. I like to buy older out of production kits off ebay and such  as i feel the quality of materials are superior to new reissued kits in stores. Case in point i built the early 2000s revell vw beetle in 2016 and the tires are all split in several places and the glue is literally eating thru the roof where the windows are secured   But in the case of finding clearance items as the chevells i would have bought at least one and im not into chevys. 

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 4:03 PM

I'm with you MY327 as I have a Hobby Lobby 1/2 mile from the house, yet I drive 10 miles to the hobby shop to support them. I would really be bummed out if the hobby shop ever closes.

High octane

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, April 18, 2019 2:07 AM

I get the impression that in the USA you have various hobby/model shops on the streets. 

We in the UK have very few, as I have to buy my kits/paints etc through the internet and wait for delivery. There are some distributors who have shop fronts on the warehouses but only open them on selected Saturdays only about 3 or 4 times a year, so the internet here is the only way for the masses. RC and Railway shops are open most days even Sundays but don't sell vehicle kits.

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Posted by litespeedsae on Friday, April 19, 2019 5:13 AM

We are fortunate to have 2 chains, Hobby Lobby and Hobby Town, in our small city of 250,000. We have only one independent hobby shop of over 40 years and we try to support it. On my most recent UK visit to the Bexhill on Sea in 2002, a casual search of the area and West Sussex came up empty handed.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, April 19, 2019 6:25 PM


We used to have three LHS in town but now all but the RC flyer shop are closed. The USA chain called Hobby Lobby moved into town. They are an overall craft / hobby store. Much of thier inventory includes stuff like cross stitch, candles, interior accents, pictures and framing, holiday accents and decor, fake floral, pine wood craft, etc. Only about two isles are dedicated to plastic modeling. They stock Testors MM and Vallejo paints. The inventory is a good split between auto and military armor and aircraft with about 30-50 kits of each. There is also a small area for very basic die-cast kits (good for young beginners). They have a couple isles dedicated to painting (oils, acrylics, watercolor, pastels, etc.) as well. They also carry Iwata products in a small glass case, to include spare or replacement parts for Iwata brushes. 

I guess , when looking back over the last 20 years in the hobby, I should consider myself lucky to have the stores I have locally. It is so easy and tempting to go straight to the web and order it cheaper then have it delivered to your door. But, I really like going local where you can see in person they kit before buying, check out the paint before purchase,  etc.

What I do miss is the comradrie; sitting around and asking questions together or viewing friends builds in person, discussing future builds, etc.. Connecting locally is another dimension all in itself. My local IPMS club is an hour away and are 99% armor and aircraft (no figures, cars, sci-fi, etc.)  

So to answer the question, "where is the hobby going?", only time will tell. But I do believe we have a say in it as long as we still participate and foster it along.



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Posted by 1TOYTRUK on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:31 PM

Thanks to All replies! 

As i live in Ontario Canada we used to at least 6 LHS, unfortunately only 2 remain. 

At those 2 stores 1 is in a mall & is a small chain of 4 stores in diferent cities, the other is a stand alone Hobby shop catering to all varieties of hobbies.

Befor Revell went under both stores had a large variety of kits from US model kit makers but now very little of anything from any maker!

As for me its the Web, Online retailers & lastly swap meets & shows!

Like most i prefer to shop local & see the shelfs etc, i hope the hobby returns to some what like it was! Thanks 

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Posted by maddmaxx on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:48 AM

Fortunately, it seems that Revell has come back to life.  Their stock has reappeared in my LHS (about 25 miles away) and in most of the internet sites I shop at as well.  Presently I access Revell through the Revell of Germany web page and they have a link back to Revell USA.  This is good as they are in the process of including their instruction sheets in a download section as PDF's.  This is useful if you have purchased a kit without instructions at some swap meet and I also use it to look ahead to see what kits I might like to purchase in the future.

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Posted by jhande on Sunday, May 31, 2020 11:24 AM

The problem of the hobby from my point of view.

I owned a hobby shop 17+ years ago along with ecommerce. I specialized in vehicle plastic model kits from all manufacturers. I had the usual hobby shop items but automotive kits was my specialty. I was able to stay open for a couple of years before I had to close the brick and motar shop. Sales were slim on most everything. Most of my customers were older men, like 50's and up. I had a few younger customers which really were only interested in RC. I sold a few car and truck models but military and planes were more popular. I was getting complaints from those interested in the automotive kits. Most of the kits were just re-releases of old kits that people already built years ago. Where's the new subject vehicles? I  even talked with my two distributors that assured me model kits were the biggest selling items for the hobby shops. Well not for me, not even online!

Seemed that the old time model builders were getting fustrated with what was available, same old, same old. Not many from younger generations were interested, instead they were more into game stations.

I eventually had to shut down my ecommerce site. I saved 40% off MSRP but usually the wholesalers jacked them up. Then of coarse I had to pay for shipping to me. A real clincher is when two wholesalers decided opening up their own ecommerce sites selling to the general public. They were selling kits either below my cost or just a few cents more. There was no way to compete with that. I later found out the wholesalers did that because the orders from hobby shops were declining.

I think the hobby has been dieing a slow death due to the manufacturers themselves. The younger generation isn't really interested in building car kits that are of such older generations. Even my son who built with me for awhile lost interest. Where's some of the more recent car years? Big deal a Mustang, Camaro and Challenger.


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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, May 31, 2020 3:16 PM

When I was 15 years old ,1965, I couldn't wait to get my driver's lisense. As I waited I would build model cars, I read car magazines and I listened to songs about cars. It just seems that kids do not have any interest in cars and getting a driver's license. They have no interest in building car kits. It's just a different world.

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Posted by steveracer on Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:14 PM

I am very surprised there are no current full size pickup kits. The last GM kit was a 99 Silverado.  And that lasted ONE year and poof it was gone. 

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Posted by Aurora7 on Sunday, May 31, 2020 7:06 PM


I am very surprised there are no current full size pickup kits. The last GM kit was a 99 Silverado.  And that lasted ONE year and poof it was gone. 


Excellent point! Ford claims the F-150 has been the best selling full size pick up for 43 years, why isn't there one available in 24 or 25 scale? I'd be willing to bet that any new, current pick up, regardless of make or kit manufacturer, would be a big seller. 

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Posted by VintageRPM on Monday, June 1, 2020 9:34 AM

The design of military vehicles (be they land, sea, or air) are deemed to be owned by the government, so are condidered to be in the public domain. This means no licensing fees. Cars and trucks, on the other hand, are copyright & trademark protected, as the designs are privately owned. Model makers therefore have to pay licensing fees. It gets worse with race cars because of all the sponsor logos. Those companies want big bucks for the rights to their designs. So blame the auto manufactuers, not the kit makers.

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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Saturday, June 27, 2020 11:59 AM

You need to get around to some UK model shows Patrick when they start up again! And most of them are on Sundays.  It is looking like 'THE BIG ONE' IPMS Scale Modelworld Telford weekend may well be on in November. Plenty of traders with car kits and loads of traders with all the tools and paints you would ever need. Look on IPMS UK website for details about developments for this year. If you have never been before it is the one show that you MUST go to!

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:19 PM

Building model car kits on and off since the late 50's has been MY hobby and what happens to the hobby after I'm gone is not at all my concern. Sure I've been working with my grandson building some Snap-Tite kits and hoping to start him on some glue kits soon, howver he has lots of other interests so he may or may not continue to buid model cars later on, and that doesn't bother me at all.

High octane

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Posted by Metalbender on Saturday, June 27, 2020 3:57 PM


 You're late to the party my friend. If you check the most recent releases of Aircraft and car kits you will see for instance."Design and Trademark property of Boeing Aviation or some such as property of General Motors/Logos and insignia property of Chevrolet Motor division. Public domain now means nothing to scab lawyers that circumvented laws to get these companies more money. It's called Loopholes! 


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