Happy new year all! 2018 has arrived so let's see if their is news about upcomming releases this years. More and more companies are using the strategy of announcing new releases all year round when the models are ready to appear on the market. That prevents disappointment when a release is rescheduled and possibly stops competition from entering the market with a similar item just before you release it. But there are still companies daring to announce up to a year (or two in the case of Trumpeter) what their plans are.
Revell's releases for the first quarter are already known sometime now but information about the later releases is now also known. Source I QI, soucre II QI Source I rest of 2018, source II rest of 2018.
Just released at the end of 2017 are in 1/72 the M2/M3 Bradley (Kit. No. 03143) this the first version of the Bradley IFV to see service and the model is a re-release. An other re-release is the Challenger I in 1/76 scale (Kit. No. 03308) this is a re-release of an old matchbox kit and includes a simple diorama base and rubber band tracks. The genuine 1/72 version with link & length tracks is also still available (kit. No. 03183) so be sure to get your preferred scale right.
For 2018 the following releases are planned:
- 03265 M109 howitser US version. This is the early short barreled version. Expected in April.
- 03262 Pz. Kfw. VI Tiger I H (re-release, January)
- 03263 Sd.Kfz. 7 Late version (re-release plus some new parts, February)
- 03264 SWS with 15 cm Panzerwerfer 42 (probably an ex-MACO kit, March)
- 03266 Pz. Kfw. II Ausf. L 'Luchs' (probably an ex-MACO kit, June)
- 03267 Pz. Kfw. IV 'Wirbelwind' (probably an ex-MACO kit, July)
- 03268 German staff car G4 (upcoming ICM kit in a Revell box, August)
- 03269 JS-2 (Existing Zvezda kit in a Revell box, August)
Other noticeable releases
Other releases announced that caught my eye are: Kit. No. 06767, 06768, 06769. Undisclosed releases linked to the STAR WARS 'Han Solo' themed film to be released in December of this year. In the new 'Technic series' a few releases of existing models but now with electronics for sounds, motors and light. The 1/32 scale Ju-88, the 1/16 scale VW 'Beetle' and the 1/72 scale Flower Class Corvette. In 1/144 scale the Antonov An-225 Mrija is announced, it must be an massive kit in even 1/144 scale. In 1/16 scale ICM's figures are released in a Revell box and the SWAT team member and SWAT team officer. In 1/72 the OV-10a Bronco is a fun release, this a Academy model in a Revell box. Finally 1/24 scale the Unimog road cleaner with snow plow and slat distribution system is re-released. A nice choice since these can be seen in many parts of Europe during the autumn and winter months.
All in all I have the idea there are fewer releases announced for modern armor fans then in 2017 and 2017, but that finally gives a change to catch up on the stuff and build i because I feel I pilled under the spectacular releases from the last few years.