CAG! Reprise of the Monogram CHICAGO
Posted by Matty on June 19, 2010, 10:09:06
Message modified by board administrator June 19, 2010, 10:11:34
Well, I've just returned from the local hobby shop, once again bearing evidence that Mikey spoke true - about Revell-o-Gram's re-release of the classic Chicago CAG-11: |
Note, however - in (yet another of) the most disappointing production decisions ever - Revell (additionally) made a liar out of me, by not packaging this issue in (at least some sort of) a reprise of its classic, (original?) box art:
A truly inscrutable decision, so it would seem - but who knows, a lot of things could (and well may) have gone wrong, on the way to re-printing this gorgeous artwork.
One clue may be the very low price (at top) - even lower than for the re-boxing, late last year, of the classic Revell Helena CA-75:
This is either prima facie evidence for deflation, in the current Great(est Ever) Depression - down %15 in 8 months, or 22.5% annualized, and actually significantly more than that, when you consider the Chicago mold (especially the hull) is vastly better than the Helena - or perhaps it is indeed the case that reviving such classic box art really does cost a full $3 (retail) per unit, though this seems much the more doubtful, IMHO. The most cynical explanation would be that Revell is trying to dupe unwitting buyers, looking at both boxes side-by-side on the shelf, into concluding that the quality inside the nicer Helena box must be that much (%15) better than the Chicago, whose mold is visibly quite good right on the box top, and especially the sides (not shown).
However, for the dedicated modeller, at $20 and with some work the Revell Helena can also be a very respectable CA-, CL- or even "CG waiting-to-happen" . In any case, both these re-releases, at these prices, once again confirm my longstanding outlook: that Unemployment and The Depression are good for modelling.
Finally, in (what may be) "related news":
Click on Image to Enlarge There has for a month or two now been some buzz that Revell is working to re-release the classic SCB-125 (angled-deck) Essex mold - specifically the Hornet CVS-18 version, as shown (at left), which included S-2 Trackers, E-1 Tracers and SH-3 SeaKings, as well as a tiny Apollo capsule. Also shown in the above are two kits which, like the above Chicago, have some of the best hulls Revell ever molded: the USCG Taney and 4-stacker DD Campbeltown - though the latter has profoundly inaccurate and essentially unfixable planking scribed (beautifully ) throughout its entire deck.
If true, on balance the above would be great news. However the above pic is simply a reseller's PDF download, whose filename (which escapes me) seemed to indicate "fall releases", IIRC. And "buzz" - often AKA bulls**t, brochure pictures or no - doth not an actual confirmation from Revell make, of which I have seen exactly zero. Again, a (maximally) cynical interpretation: Revell-o-Gram is floating a "trial balloon" via the "backdoor" - to which possibility I would respond:
RE-POP THE DAMN ANGLED-DECK ESSEX, ALREADY!
Because I hate "buzz", "balloons" and the "backdoor" - and also because I already have a whole line of upgrades - designed above all for this mold, more than any other, as well as yet more under development).
So - for you Millenium Depression modellers and manufacturers alike: stop bumming a dime for a cuppa joe (yeah - try thirty dimes, now), and send in some pics/updates to ModelFleet!