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Jim unboxes some new kits from Tamiya as well as some new books and magazines that have come to us via mail.
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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.
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Meng Model has announced the third kit in its 1/24 vehicle series.
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Jim's semi-weekly series on new samples that have arrived at KitMaker HQ. This week featuring items from Tamiya, Academy, Zvezda and more.
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Fiat 500 F (1:12)
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!
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ICM Holding continues to release kits on the Ford Model T, and up next is one that may be built as a delivery vehicle.
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We got in samples from several companies this week. They include the new releases from Miniart as well as two Hasegawa kits and some books.
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Tru-Color Paint has informed us of new automobile colors slated for release this September.
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Master Box adds more female figures to accessorize your contemporary auto builds and vignettes.
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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.
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As many of our site members have been reporting problems with their Photobucket hosted images in the forums, we have opted to remove the time limit on editing posts for the time being. This should allow folks to edit any photos and update to other photo hosting if they choose so their photos will once again appear in 3rd party forums.
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A bevy of new samples from the likes of Tamiya, Plus Model, IBG Models, and others. Tamiya's new Corsair D is present as well as the new Brummbär (white box).
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NOCH has released new models to bring your layouts and dioramas to life.
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This week's Mail Call features aircraft and armor kits from Italeri and one 1/32 Spitfire from Hasegawa. Remember we have many such kits available for review. Check out the review samples sheets for a list of items (links on the homepage under the reviews section).
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Summer's splendor blooms forth with these new products from MODEL SCENE: grass mat BLOOMING MEADOW - EARLY SUMMER, and 1/35 EUROPEAN SUMAC.
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NOCH announces the release of new HO scale STRUCTURED HARD FOAM scenery models.
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SHAPEWAYS has announced changes to their pricing of materials.
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New items from IBG model, Academy, AK Interactive, Osprey and more. Including the new Damaged magazine and books from MMP Books courtesy of Casemate Publishers.
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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.
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Thank you Tim Hutton for forwarding a Marsh Models Update.
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A smattering of new samples from Miniart, Italeri, and new ship maker, Kajika who have a new 1/700 Kongo waterline kit.
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HERPA rolls in the new year with this lot of new models and models in new liveries.
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We got a slew of new items in from Tamiya. They include not only 3 new (likely as yet unreleased) kits, but also some new paints, dio pigments, and more.
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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.

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Jim unboxes the newest items we have gotten in this year as samples. Including kits from Flyhawk & Thunder Models, diorama materials from AK Interactive (including their new F.A.Q. Dioramas book), the new paint line from Mission Models and more!
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Jim has more samples to share and just in time for Christmas too! Remember you can check out all the available samples on our online spreadsheets (links on the homepage in the Reviews block).
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We got new items from Academy, Zvezda, Hasegawa, and more in this weeks Mail Call video hosted by Jim Starkweather.
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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.
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This unfortunately sat in our news queue because apparently I am getting old and forgot to take it live. So a lot of these are already assigned, but not all! We got a Dragon USA large box as well as new items from MiniArt, Rye Field Model, Flyhawk, and, a new company, Resin-IM.
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Jim gives us a peek at the new samples arriving at KitMaker HQ. Remember we are always looking for new contributors to review or build up samples sent to us!
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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.
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Jim opens boxes and shows us what has come in recently to the KitMaker office. These items are available to contributors for reviews and or feature articles.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Here are some videos highlighting recent samples we have gotten in folks like Tamiya, Academy, Aber, Ammo of Mig, and many more.
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Happy Medium Press have sent us details of a new concept in modelling magazines - a quarterly all-digital format devoted to all genres and combining the strengths of traditional print-mags with build videos.
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RUSTY RAIL has released new workshop interior models, one in 1/48 and several in braille scale (1/87).
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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.
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A new release of a Renault Vivastella posted on the Heller web site.
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DAF XF 105 SMOKY JR released with "new chromed wheels"
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One of the great British bikes released by Italeri!
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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.
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For all you Euro truckers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jim shares what's just come in from Tamiya, MiniArt, Rye Field Model, and others. One being a mystery white-box from Tamiya USA.
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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.