iHobby Expo 2009 Day Two
Academy had quite a few new releases, some of which were just marking changes, such as the 1/48 F-15K ROKAF SLAM Eagle. The Academy F-15 kit is a good one, so it is nice to see it out again. Shown in their catalog is a new tool 1/48 F-5E that should be coming out soon, another much needed kit.The final 1/48 new release is the MH-53E Sea Dragon with the large sponsons. Based on their earlier CH-53E kit, modelers will know what to expect with this one. In 1/72, the Academy F-18 molds get a great workout, with the single seater showing up as an Australian/Canadian/Spanish Hornet and the two seater coming out with new US Marines markings. If you haven't picked one of these up yet, here's another chance. Not out on the show floor, but in the catalog is the 1/72 F-16I that many modelers have been very excited about. Unfortunately, no date other than 'coming soon'.
A couple new things that Italeri is doing will be of interest to modelers. The first is the Historic Upgrade Series, where older molds are cleaned up and improved. The first two in this series are the 1/72 Ju 88A-4 and Do 217M-1. New superdetail sets add resin and photoetch accessories to Italeri's product line. The first few releases in this line cover WWII German weapons, A-10 details, CH-47 details, and Carro Armato P40 details. They are also releasing another dual kit set, this time combining the 1/48 Hs 129 with the 1/48 Opel truck.
All in all, lots of interesting releases all around at the MRC booth.
New in their aviation lineup is the 1/48 Zero, which looked pretty good built up. Coming soon will be the P-40B and Bf 109E-4. For figures, in 1/72 they will have French infantry, both World War One and World War Two sets.
Moebius Models had some very exciting news at their booth. While they are continuing with their fascinating scifi and monster figure subjects, they are branching out into a new arena, automotive models. And boy, did they pick some real winners to start with: the Hudson Hornet and the 1955 Chrysler 300. No estimated release date, but the research they're putting into these kits is superb and they should really make quite a splash in the automotive modeling world.
The Testor Booth was a popular one this year, with a good display of their newest products. They continue to expand on their entry level products, with four new Quick Build Models: a Saleen Mustang and Corvette for the car modelers, and a Spitfire and Bf 109 for the aviation modelers. These kits include everything needed, from the model to paint and decals. These are great to get young modelers into the hobby, as they can put these together quick and without having to worry about buying all the extras.
Overall, this year's iHobby Expo showed that our hobby is continuing to grow, with many companies diversifying their product lines. New kits continue to push the envelope of technology, with high levels of detail even in the smallest of kits, while the aftermarket companies follow suit with new product lines like the Italeri Superdetail Sets and Eduard's Brassin line. So clean off that hobby chair, get comfortable, and enjoy building these latest releases.