Academy continues to concurrently produce new and interesting model subjects and release many of the kits from Hobbycraft's molds as well. One example due out very shortly is the 1/32 Nieuport kit, also from Hobbycraft's molds.
One of Academy's recent originals, the Boeing KC-97, was a big hit. According to MRC (Academy's distributor in North America), the KC-97L was a hot seller. Three other subjects on the horizon for Academy are the 1/32 FA-18C Hornet (release date unknown), the 1/48 MiG-21bis Fishbed L, and the 1/72 F-86F Sabre. The MiG is a logical release as the kit that was originally released as the MiG-21MF Fishbed J was in fact a MiG-21bis. The F-86F was on display at the show and appeared to be a scaled down version of their outstanding 1/48 Sabre. If this is true, the 1/72 modeler will finally have a great Sabre to work with.
Following the trend in Japan, Academy is also jumping into the mid-scale remote controlled armor market. On display were four 1/48 armor subjects that are motorized and operated with tethered (wires) RC-styled controllers. It will be interesting to see if the remote control armor bug catches on in North America.