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Revell 1:96 Constitution discontinued?

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  • Member since
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  • From: San Diego, CA
Revell 1:96 Constitution discontinued?
Posted by Jose Gonzales on Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:43 PM

Hi all,

I was looking up the Revell 1:96 Constitution on e-bay and noticed a big jump in prices. I then looked for the grand old model on both the Revell and Revell of Germany sites, and could not find it on either one. Has the model been discontinued?

 

Jose

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:49 PM

The evidence suggests so. It's been released 11 times, according to Scalemates. Last was in 2017 so it may be another 5 years or so before we get another one.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Friday, October 9, 2020 11:45 AM

Instead of 'discontinued', I would say that the kit is currently out of production.  Manufacturers of kits such as these, steady but never big sellers, will do a production run of 10 to 100 thousand units and warehouse them for sustained sales.  They will be OOP until there are a sufficient sale backlog

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, October 9, 2020 1:05 PM

I haven't looked on eBay at the prices, but these molds if original date back to 1965.

A kit with the figures would be desirable and at some point they were no longer included, although I don't know the status of that.

If I were to buy another one, I'd probably look for an older one I could afford with figures. I'm not sure if that was your intention or you were just observing. 

And it's entirely possible it might not get produced again until say 2062, marking the 250th anniv of the war. A dumb joke.

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    December 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Friday, October 9, 2020 4:56 PM

I have a 1976 release in the stash and just completed a 1992 release.  I got a 2006 release as a gift and gave it away due to so much flash and poor molding.  When building the 1992 release, I traded parts with the 1976 kit.  I closing, I think these molds have ran their coarse.  

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    October 2019
  • From: Cape Cod, Mass
Posted by Rick Sr on Sunday, October 11, 2020 11:32 AM

a 1976 kit in the box that I have started again. I haven't worked much on the one I was doing, being in the hospital contending with esophgeal cancer, along with radiation and chemo.

While in the hospital, my 9 year old grand-daughter got into the current build and played with it, which is why I started the 1976 kit.I salvaged all the gun deck carriages and guns, spar deck guns and carriages, brody stove and grog and water barrels. She stepped on the hull after dropping it on the floor, breaking the hull.

 

On the plus side, a lot was learned from the first build which will be applied to this one.

 

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, October 11, 2020 9:49 PM

It's scary, I built a cople of these kits when they first came out, and then later a couple more for other people.  The kit isn't much younger than I am.

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    August 2005
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by Surface_Line on Monday, October 12, 2020 4:40 AM

When the world is ready to come to an end, which kit will still be in fairly recent production?
Revell 1/96 Constitution?
Revell 1/427 (or so) USS Arizona?
or Revell flat-bottomed USS Missouri?

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    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Monday, October 12, 2020 4:09 PM

I vote Arizona.

It's full hull, It floats and the bottom is still okay for kids "carpet adventures".  What's not to like.

Great kit.  Few accuracy issues (lower hull near props contour wrong, but at least it is not flat.)

  Thanks for the question.

        Nino

 

 P.S. How many kits have been produced?

  • Member since
    August 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Monday, June 7, 2021 8:50 AM

Surface_Line

When the world is ready to come to an end, which kit will still be in fairly recent production?
Revell 1/96 Constitution?
Revell 1/427 (or so) USS Arizona?
or Revell flat-bottomed USS Missouri?

 

As long as there are 5 year old boys in bathtubs or pools, there will be a need for the Missouri. 

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    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, June 7, 2021 10:46 AM

I ended up ditching just about everything except the hull from my '76 Constitution.  Warped parts, too much flash, not-so-accurate parts, etc.  Scratch building the rest.  At some point, they also ditched the "realistic ratlines" for plastic as well - not an improvement in my opinion.  String your own - it will look much better.

Arizona will be around as long as we remember WWII and Pearl Harbor.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:23 AM

Luvspinball

I ended up ditching just about everything except the hull from my '76 Constitution.  Warped parts, too much flash, not-so-accurate parts, etc.  Scratch building the rest.  At some point, they also ditched the "realistic ratlines" for plastic as well - not an improvement in my opinion.  String your own - it will look much better.

Arizona will be around as long as we remember WWII and Pearl Harbor.

Bob

 

I am experimenting with a new technique for photo-etched shroud/ratline assemblies.  To do it with conventional PE techniques would be a big project.  I have only done one DIY PE job and it worked but was a real hassle.

Electronics hobbyists are now doing homemade circuit boards with a technique called toner transfer.  It uses a laser printer and special paper to turn your artwork into photo resist which you iron onto the copper.  There is very little difference between a sheet of photo-etch and a circuit board.  Seems you only need to use a temporary backing material before you etch.

I'll be posting the results in the Techniques forum.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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