Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 11:28 PM UTC
In this report, which will probably be the last of the Nuremberg News features, another of the 'majors' comes under the spotlight - Trumpeter
The truth is, that neither on the company's stand nor, in the catalogue, there is agreat deal which is new from last year. There are however, some interesting 'hints' as to future directions.

Beginning in 1/16th scale. Two models were listed from last year - the Kingtiger and the U.S. M16 Halftrack. The former is, according to company representatives, still on track for release in 3rd/4th quarter 2008. The latter...?
These two announcements have been joined by a third:

00901 - Type88 MBT however, thae scale is listed as 1/20th...

Moving onto 1/35th scale. Many of last year's announcements are still in the catalogue. As many of these have already been listed here (or have been reviewed) I won't start repeating myself. There are some omissions however - the announced range of U.S. Half-Tracks is lo longer present. The T-62s and BMPs are still however present and some additions have been listed for the PT-76. What is being listed are more LAV variants:

00372 - USMC LAVAT

00393 - USMC LAVAD

There are however some new 1/35th scale figure sets being listed:

German Special Forces (Afghanistan)

German Bundeswehr (Afghanistan)

USMC Mortar Crew (Modern)

USMC LAV crew (?)

And that, is really, more or less it. Somewhat understandandable perhaps, with the current situation of 'announcements', 'counter-announcements' and 'Spoilers' which is marking the hobby at the moment. Few manufacturers would want to announce their entire release program for fear of being pre-empted...

My thanks, as always, to the staff of Trumpeter for their assistance.
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When that KT comes out, they are sure to get some of my money
FEB 17, 2008 - 11:42 PM
Look on the first picture of the King TIger: Sd.Kfz., also a Sturmpanzer IV? I think it makes no sense, to make the upper hull and turret from clear plastic, because for a historic correct tank you need Zimmerit.
FEB 18, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Well, the clear plastic is simply because it's a display model for trade-shows. This WON'T feature on the production model...
FEB 18, 2008 - 12:03 AM
Wow--not one, but FOUR sets of modern figures, AND two new LAV variants. Even if Trumpeter only comes through on half of these releases (and they are fairly accurate), I'll be quite happy.
FEB 18, 2008 - 06:00 AM
Thanks for the report Jim. One quick question, did the Trumpeter guys give any hint as to the cost of the 1/16 Tiger II? I would hope they would be in the neighborhood or maybe a little more, than what they charged for their big T-34's. I figure nothing was mentioned but I also figure it can't hurt to ask . Cheers, Mike
FEB 18, 2008 - 06:56 AM
I'll keep my fingers crossed that the T-62 kit(s) will be worth the wait... -YL
FEB 18, 2008 - 09:36 AM
In a word, no. However...As usual, we should get notification from the U.S: importer a few months before it's released - so keep your fingers crossed ir's reasonable
FEB 18, 2008 - 12:36 PM
Thanks for the heads up Jim, glad to see more LAV versions and the announcement of plastic Bundeswehr figures. Cheers
FEB 18, 2008 - 06:51 PM

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