iHobby Expo 2009 Day One
This year's iHobby Expo kicked off today, with some exciting subjects across the spectrum of modeling. Whether it's aircraft, automobiles, armor, or ships, there's something new for us all.
Kicking things off, let's start with Lindberg. After a long hiatus, Lindberg has really exploded in the new kit market the last few years, and this year is no different. Dominating their stand was a prototype build of their new big ship kit, a 1/144 USS Arizona. Yes, that's right, a 1/144 battleship. Measuring in at over 50 inches in length, this will be a very impressive model. Other ship models include the 1/600 LCI, 1/164 USS Carronade Bobtail Cruiser, 1/124 Civil War Blockade Runner, 1/240 USS Olympia, 1/96 "Clermont" Steamship, 1/46 Southern Bell paddlewheel, and 1/700 Santa Catarina.
For automotive types, Lindberg has their 1/8 Competition Coupe Dragster measuring in at over two feet long. For those looking for something smaller, there is a 1964 Plymouth Lawman and a D-Jaguar race car in 1/25 and a Vega Voomer in 1/20. The Dodge L700 continues to be a solid performer, with their latest release including the trailer/racer combo of "Little Red Wagon".
For aircraft, there's nothing new, but there's some welcome re-releases. The 1/72 CH-54 Skycrane is back out, as is the F-82 Twin Mustang. In 1/48, the Heinkel He 111 is back in the H-22 variant with the V-1 Buzz Bomb, with the B-26 Marauder marking the other prop reissue. For jets, we see the return of two classics, the F-4C Phantom II and the MiG-25 Foxbat. Sort of aviation, sort of armor, the 1/40 Corporal Missile with Transporter is also returning this year.
For ships, again, nothing new, but some useful re-releases. The first is the USS Buckley Destroyer Escort in 1/249. Remaining in an off-scale, the USS Bonne Homme Richard in 1/132 is also re-released. Returning to more modern hulls, the 1/500 USS Chicago Guided Missile Cruiser is also coming out this year. Rounding out the new releases for Revell Monogram are three figures, all in 1/8: The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Red Knight of Vienna, and the Black Knight of Nurnberg.
Tomorrow I'll review the news from the other companies, including Testors, MRC, Academy, Italeri, Aoshima, Eduard, Accurate Miniatures, and anyone else I missed. Initial impressions show that our hobby is still strong, despite the economic woes, and there are plenty of great subjects for us to keep busy with for the next year.