I was recently thinking that at the rate new kits are coming to the market, there are a few models that I'd be very hesitant to build right now, because the subjects are strong candidates for new tool kits. Here are five models that immediately come to mind.
The U-2 is an incredibly important aircraft in the history of American aviation, yet the Hawk kit (the basis for Testor's boxing) was released about 40 years ago. Trumpeter has announced a new TR-1, so I have to believe that an old-school U-2 can't be far behind.
Here's another Hawk mold that goes back a million years and is due for 21st century treatment. With wide international usage, multiple paint schemes, and a 1/32 scale kit from Kitty Hawk, I predict a new kit within the next two years.
Kitty Hawk believed the SH-2F Seasprite would be a viable subject in 1/48 scale, so maybe we're likely to see a new kit of this workhorse in 1/72 scale. I'm looking at you, Hobby Boss!
Cripes, another Testors/Italeri kit ripe for replacement! Their M107/M110 is beginning to show its age, and it's easy to see all the good things that the folks at Meng could do with this gun.
Fifteen or twenty years ago Eastern Express's line of Soviet armor was intriguing if only because it was the only game in town for some of the more obscure types, but I have to believe that Hobby Boss will soon take the lead in producing a kit of the tiny ASU-57. It would be a natural addition to their expansive line of small Soviet armor.
If you're interested in this week's Nuremberg announcements, keep an eye on Prime Portal.Webmaster Don Busack announced on Facebook that he'll be posting photos this week.