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What could go wrong,has gone wrong! But in reality these sets are aimed at the youngsters who want to "play with the tanks and soldiers. Most of us started out modelling that way and if it encourages others to become modellers in there own right then in my book thats a good thing. Give them a break, at least they are on the right track.
Yes I think the the title of the kit 'Stalingrad' is just marketing to give it a broad appeal.
And 99% of the public would be unaware that some of the kit's contents are a year or so later than Stalingrad.
If Revell called it 'Operation Bagration' or 'The Memel Offensive' it might more accurately match the contents - but it would hardly have the same marketing impact as 'Stalingrad Battle' to the mass market that they hope to sell these sets to.
This message has been edited by neilyall on Jun 27, 2012 8:41 PM
With apologies to the historical accuracy of the combination, those are two really excellent 1/72 tank kits. I can't speak to the infantry. I'm curious what this set will retail for, because it could be quite a nice deal if it's priced well below the combined prices of the separate kits. I'm sure most folks could scrounge appropriate decals for the T-34 (or just build it without markings, which would fit the type just fine).
Then again, given Revell's price trends in the past 5 years, I won't hold my breath for a bargain.
EDIT: Something funny I just noticed. The T-34/85 shown in parts breakdown/assembly is a late-model, consistent with Revell's previously-released kit. But the one shown in the painting guide is initial production, with the D-5T gun, rounded front fenders, and forward-placed cupola. I strongly doubt that Revell has re-engineered their kit, so it's probably just an error in the painting guide, but it's strange, nonetheless.
This message has been edited by drew.gleason on Jun 27, 2012 7:29 PM
I'm not a wargamer, and the types of dioramas I build have no room or use for the 'action' or 'combat' poses that come in Revell figure sets.
And its not worthwhile for me to buy these types of figure kits and modify them when other makers produce good quality ready to paint figures in 'non fighting' poses.
There are plenty of wargamers out there who might be interested if the sum of everything in the box is considerably less than if bought individually, though most wargamers tend to stick to one side (?) so would wind up with spares or swaps..
Again I think its the mass appeal market that will buy these, unless the set is so well priced that the figures are a 'giveaway', which somehow seems unlikely.
This message has been edited by neilyall on Jun 27, 2012 10:12 PM
This set has been on the shelves here in Vienna for a week or two, at 30 Euro.
Revell seem to specify the pricing of their kits, which is uniform across the city here, so I guess we can translate that into your context by noting it's exactly the same price as the Ar 196 and Ventura (and the SA330 Puma).