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Round 2 Models: Revvin’ It Up! A Look At The Automotive Side Of Things At iHobby 2010

posted by JohnG 3:21 PM
Friday, October 29, 2010

Another iHobby has come and gone, and as Jamie said, it seemed a little quieter this year in comparison to last year’s all time high attendance record. Although I wasn’t there this year on consumer days, I did see photos of Round 2’s booth stuffed with people checking out all our products. No doubt, the new Auto World John Force Drag Strip Slot Car Set was a huge hit. I finally got a chance to try it myself on the trade days and absolutely loved it. Gotta’ have one myself! Clearly, there was much excitement over all our product lines and we are very happy about that.

A nice selection of die cast and slot car products was on display from the Auto World brand, including a new 1/25 scale slot car chassis we’re developing. We plan to release it in conjunction with plastic bodies from our 1/25 AMT and MPC car and truck kits. We’ll post more information as the project progresses. It’s gonna’ be good!

There were many upcoming 1/64 slot car bodies on display too, including the ’66 TV Batmobile, some awesome funny cars and pro stocks with amazing deco detail and even the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine! Auto World has some very exciting programs coming indeed.

For plastic car and truck kits, we of course showed the mockup of the 1/25 ’66 Snap-Together Batmobile kit and the excitement is just as strong as when the announcement was made that Polar Lights would be doing a 1/25 scale kit in both snap and glue versions.

As always, we showed built up models of some current and upcoming kits. The upcoming 1962 Thunderbird kit with the ‘never before released’ custom and additional parts added was on display – a fabulous build by Mike Wherry. Mike’s box art models of the 1966 Olds 4-4-2 and 1969 GTX were also on display, as well as his build of the upcoming 1/16 scale General Lee. Bruce Pearce built a super cool Depth Charger for us, and a fantastic green chopped ’25 ‘T’. Great stuff to see!

For 2011, we’ve got some great kits cookin’. We’re planning on doing the necessary backdating to reissue the clear-bodied Richard Petty Nascar Charger kit in 1/16 scale. I also hope to fill in the T-top roof of the 70’s AMC Gremlin kit, and potentially backdate it to the 1976 “stock” version it once was. If you want to see this happen, send an email to [email protected] and tell us!

If all goes well, the Opel GT will be reissued with more of its original parts. I am looking at including real aluminum injector stacks for the drag motor option. We’ll see!

For the MPC Road Runner Rail Rider, Beep ‘T’ and Wile E. Coyote with his Wile E. Willys, these kits are going to all include pre-painted vinyl figures. Warner Bros. would not approve the original snap-together plastic figures originally included in the kits in the 1970s, and we found they didn’t assemble well anyway. The new vinyl figures look amazing and the kits will be great for attracting youngsters to the excellent hobby of building models.

To follow up on the great success of the AMT 1925 ‘T’ “original version” reissue with its chopped body and other restored parts, we’re planning a release of the second “Tall ‘T'” issue with all its related parts for 2011. By the way, if you want to see the ’25 ‘T’ Fruit Wagon and Paddy Wagon versions reissued in the future, email us!

Probably my favorite mockup on display was the ’40 Ford Coupe, for a new program that will be called the “Original Art Series”. Over the past few years we’ve been fortunate to gain access to some original AMT box art paintings from the 1960s and 1970s. We also have a great group of “new-retro” paintings from Brad Leisure. The plan is to use these vintage and yesteryear styled paintings and reissue some of the corresponding kits, in a box size similar to the vintage AMT Elegance Series kits of the 1960s. While we won’t be including any spray paint like the Elegance kits did, we WILL be including special prints inside the kit, printed on the same card stock as the box lids, giving you a robust piece of classic artwork that you can frame or just display as is. This is some of the coolest and memorable automotive artwork ever created and we want to share it with all the modelers who remember it so well.

For the big rig truck fans, a built up by Tim Ahlborn of the upcoming Kenworth K-123 kit was on display, as well as the Fruehauf flatbed trailer, Transtar 4300 Eagle and White Freightliner Dual Drive tractor. We’ve got more great truck and trailer kits planned for 2011 such as the Diamond Reo and White Western Star.

Overall, it was a great show, and I think 2011 is going to be even better than 2010.

Thanks to everyone who came out to give us feedback.

The pedal is to the metal!

BTW! many more pics showing all of our featured products can be found in the gallery section of the Round 2 Models website.

10 Responses to “Round 2 Models: Revvin’ It Up! A Look At The Automotive Side Of Things At iHobby 2010”

  1. Elm City says:

    Great report, when I saw the 1/16 Petty Charger…..I was almost giddy. I never saw the point of the clear body, but I can understand some people wanting to show off the chassis. I would rather a white body (or whatever color you are going to mold it in, I assume white), but the clear body can always be painted.

    What about the White Road Boss? Website says Sept, and considering we are in the last days of Oct….Any idea as to when it is to be out? Got some customers getting antsy!! LOL

    Scott Millican
    Elm City Hobbies

  2. Bats says:

    OMG! OMG! OMG! As the resident biggest Richard Petty fan on the board…( or the world!)please tell me my eyes do not decieve me. Am I really seeing the 1/16th scale Petty Charger? Can polar lights possibly be bringing me another long coveted kit?

    From what I understand the molds for this kit were in bad shape. If you are in need of an example to reverse engineer just let me know. I have two of them i’ve been holding off on building. Christmas is early this year!!! YaY!

  3. Bats says:

    I gotta add this…As a friend of the Petty’s and fan since 1976, i’ve built dozens of these cars. If you need anything research wise, photo’s, details and the like you need only ask. I have as much info on the Petty charger as I do the Batmobile. I would also like to put it out there…if you need someone to do a build up i’m your man. I know you have some really good builders and painters there and I wish not to step on any toes…but if they are too busy…;)

  4. nitroneil says:

    A Gremlin? Really?

  5. firestang says:

    I would like Cooter’s Tow Truck reissued. When will the 1/16 scale General Lee be released? I am looking forward to your future releases of model car kits!

  6. irocer says:

    I am very happy that the Petty 1/16 car will be re-issued.I have needed a windshield for a very long time! I remember suggesting this asare-pop when the PL 1/25 Petty Charger was developed. I am glad the tide has changed for the good here- Tom you will not be disappointed with sales for this, the best stock car kit of all time. All the PL NASCAR kits are prime for re-issue- look at their going prices. Like BATS I will throw my name into the hat as a build-up modeler for the Petty car, I did do the first PL Petty test build. I would love a chance to do another one!

  7. Bats says:

    I would like to see the Cooter’s tow truck as well. It’s one of those I kept passing up and could kick myself for it now!

  8. Elm City says:

    Any idea as to when the White Road Boss is supposed to be out??

    Website still says Sept….but here it is Nov 4, and it still hasn’t arrived. Just wondering, got a few customers that are loosing their minds that it isn’t out.

    Scott Millican
    Elm City Hobbies

  9. fordmodelman says:

    I really am impressed with all the new tooling. I am waiting anxiously for the reissue ’61 Ford kit and the 1/25th Batmobile. I always loved building the old AMT 3-n-1 kits. I would really like to see a reissue of the original Ford LN-8000 Car Hauler truck kit and especially the original 3-n-1 ’61-’63 Ford pickup truck kits. I know there was some mention of it becoming reality a couple years ago and it really peaked my interest but I haven’t heard anything since. I’ve seen some of these original complete unbuilt pickup truck kits available on the big auction site and they all sell for extremely high dollar amounts. Maybe you could purchase one for reverse tooling if the original tooling is lost. Even with today’s tooling costs, I’m sure it would be worth the investment. Thanks.

    Kenny Anderson

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