Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 02:43 AM UTC
AFV Club have through their Facebook page, published some images (presumably taken from their catalogue) of what will supposedly be getting released in 2011/2012.
Of all the announcements they've published, two stand out from the rest.

These are (both in 1/35th Scale):

AF35188 - U.S. M24 Light Tank Chaffee

AF35042 - M42a1 Duster (Late-Type) Vietnam

Now, the somewhat cynical amongst us might suggest that AF35188 is a 'counter-offer' following Bronco's announcement (last week) which is much further along than this one.

As to the Duster - good news, but this has been on their lists for a number of years and has moved from photo to Box-Art at what could best be described as the speed of a glacier in 2nd gear...

Unfortunately, whilst AFV Club do (when they get them onto the shelves) some utterly superalative models, they do suffer from a serious problem. Announcing a new product may get the headlines for a few days. Unfortunately, after a few years, it becomes idiotic when it still doesn't appear. Nor does responding to another manufacturer's release announcements with a photo (of the actual vehicle) exactly endear themselves to the model-buying public. Their announcement of the 25 Pounder or the 17 Pounder was the most blatant of blatant spoilers.

AFV Club are good (frequently brilliant) at what they ACTUALLY produce, why then, the need to get involved in those antics?
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Don't feel bad. They had promised exciting things for 1/48 scale and we saw zilch!
DEC 22, 2011 - 03:38 AM
If I didn't already have the resin one from Hobby Fan, I'd be pretty stoked about the M41. I guess I'll just be excited about the M42 instead. Too bad I sold all of my resin ammo and boxes for it when I sold the old Tamiya kit,.
DEC 22, 2011 - 03:53 AM
Great to see news like this ! The Duster is so overdue - but so so welcome ! I never built the old Tamiya version - and thank goodness I dont ever have to now. I can wait for that Feb date - after blowing serious amount of wedge on the Hobbyboss Het. I cant believe the amount of releases coming out at the moment - of the non german second world war stuff - dont get me wrong I love all that stuff also. (thanks dragon) But this is a seriously good time for - cold war builder (thanks Trumpeter) gulf war (thanks Bronco) modern (thanks hobbyboss) vietnam (thanks AFV club) and errr a stack of modern Chinese subjects and errr weirdly obscure finnish WWii (thanks Tamiya) cheers Mark
DEC 22, 2011 - 11:12 AM
I'm still looking forward to the Duster they have listed and wouldn't mind seeing the Chaffee and M3 from this listing as well.
DEC 22, 2011 - 12:55 PM
hi all on AFV clubs face book page they just said the duster will be out in jan to feb 2012 really chuffed with this Ossie
DEC 26, 2011 - 03:10 AM
Wow,I have tamiya m42 but I 'll buy AFV kit
DEC 26, 2011 - 06:21 AM
Yes, the Duster is now available for sale in Taiwan. I was fortunate enough to see the built prototype, and it won't disappoint!
JAN 30, 2012 - 03:55 AM
Glad to hear it!
JAN 30, 2012 - 10:14 AM
Oh happy day! Of course, with a new M42 and a new M24, how hard will it be to scratchbuild a reasionable M19? Not terribly, methinks...
JAN 30, 2012 - 11:47 AM

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