Monday, January 04, 2016 - 02:11 AM UTC
Hot on the heels of the 1/35 scale AT-AT from Dragon, Revell Germany has announced a TIE Fighter from Star Wars - The Force Awakens. This seems like an intentional trend in 1/35 scale as a larger scale format for Star Wars kits.
It should be interesting to see where this goes. From the web site:

Pre decorated snap kit of the FIRST ORDER SPECIAL FORCES TIE FIGHTER from the new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens . The elite of the First Order starfighter pilots have access to specialized craft, such as two-seater TIE craft outfitted with enhanced weapons and sensor systems.
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They'd better d... well have a Pilot this time!!!!!!! If they have something like this and want to attract Kids to this hobby (It is snap tight) They need to put that kid in the pilot's seat with a pilot figure. It is marketing 101, If he sees a pilot he/she can picture him/her self in that cockpit..... Get wise to your customer on this. If one of us old folks don't want a pilot, we won't put it in. (this is a sitting pilot for the cockpit)
JAN 06, 2016 - 07:51 PM
Unfortunately there's no figures with this kit. I wonder how much a tooled figure could add to the cost of a kit that the would not include them.
JAN 06, 2016 - 10:05 PM
I'm sure that some of the guys on the sculpting forum could knock out some pilot figures and sell them
JAN 07, 2016 - 02:54 AM
Why are the guns "filled in" and where is the extra Special Forces Tie gun pod that hangs off the bottom? I wouldnt think adding a pilot to a kit of a Tie Fighter spaceship thats supposed to be FLOWN ( even in their advertising this isnt a hangar queen ) would be too much of an ask, nor would a gun pod.. im not impressed at all.. and at 1/35 its a wasted opportunity. Its clearly not a serious kit and i cant be serious looking at it Bandai's 1/72 model for comparison: LINK LINK
JAN 07, 2016 - 09:55 AM
Revell's taking a serious beating at several modeling forums for their Star Wars: The Force Awakens kits. Compared to the Bandai kits, they are not the same caliber but they are also far cheaper and more readily available (for modelers in the states, anyway). Bandai is only licensed to sell them to Asian distributors so getting one isn't as easy as say, going to Hobby Link Japan's webstore to order one. As a snap-fit kit, Revell is clearly looking at younger more novice/first time modelers but if you're the type of modeler who likes to do a lot of your own detailing, these kits have potential. I just bought a Revell Skill Level 2 X-Wing fighter from SW:TFA (also no pilot ) but it can be made into an attractive display piece. This kit is about 1/50. Master model maker Alfred Wong (see his B-Wing kit here) recently completed one of those kits (he added his own pilot) and these are his results:
JAN 07, 2016 - 06:33 PM
Im surprised the Revell X-wing doesnt come with the bottom two guns missing like the Tie Fighter I cant see how Revell think these kits are aimed at first time modelers.. they wouldnt know how to scratch build pilots and gun pods would they. Unless they think first time modelers are stupid and havent even watched Star Wars, this Special Forces Tie can have two pilots not zero. Maybe Revell havent watched the films and think Tie's and X-wings are Drones? Im pretty sure the Bandai X-wing is snap together too, so would be far better for kids/newcomers coming into the hobby, first impressions counting. From Dragon Models Limited website LINK "Recent years have seen DML's products marketed under the label "Revell/Monogram" in the USA, "Revell" and "Italeri" in Europe, and "Hasegawa" and "GSI" in Japan, all ODM products." It wouldnt surprise me if Dragons 1/35 AT-AT came to the UK boxed as a Revell kit to get round this ridiculous licencing farce. That might be the best thing Revell could do to save its reputation.
JAN 07, 2016 - 08:29 PM
Once upon a time all the airplane kits had pilots. Heck I have a stash, and can modify for looks but I can a beginner (like we all once were is better served with a pilot. Especially in 1/35. Heck, Revell 1/72 WWII fighters all had the same pilot. Airfix's new BE-2e has pilots. Revell forgets that those starter models have a play value, You can't fly the thing with out a pilot. Otherwise a very nice model.
JAN 10, 2016 - 10:24 PM

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