Although it’s back in the Chicago area, the Show has moved venue, from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, to the Schaumberg Convention Center, located about 10 miles (16km) away to the west.
Reboxed Polar Lights TV Batmobile (above) in an AMT-style box. Reissued car kits from MPC and AMT (below). Some, such as the 1996 Nova, have new-tool parts.
'The Munsters' theme (above) applied to one of AMT’s existing Chevy monster trucks. A presentation of Star Trek kits (below). Most are now under the Polar Lights name, but one (bottom left) is an original AMT
Perhaps a slightly weird new resin kit, especially under the AMT name, will be Dirty Donny's 'Two Much' (above) flagged as a two-headed goon. Maybe it's a potential successor to the zany world of Ed Roth. The 1:20 scale Surf Buggy (below) is a reissue of one of Lindberg’s classic kits.
More from Lindberg (above) that will become available from Round 2 over the next 12 months. Note that models such as the 1:32 scale 1957 Chevrolet (centre top) originated as Pyro kits.
Pleasingly for science-faction fans, the Lindberg US Moon Ship (below) will be launched again. Maybe the other three kits in this space series will follow - let’s hope so. The Moon Ship dates from 1958, and the new issue features a reproduction of the original box-art, though the box itself is bigger this time around.
Another welcome reissue from AMT is (below) the Star Trek Exploration set, 1:2 scale replicas, only ever issued twice, the last time in the 1970s.
An intriguing new fantasy kit (below) is from 'The Wizard of Oz', featuring the Wicked Witch of the West, with one of the Flying Monkeys. No details have yet been released as to whether it will be resin or styrene, or under which brand name - my guess would be a Polar Lights snap-together styrene kit.
Most Lindberg and Hawk kits are being reissued as they were originally, though there are some exceptions. The Lawman Super Stock drag car (below) is a new version, based on the older Plymouth Belvedere, with new decals and over 20 new-tool parts.
Plenty of Polar Lights kits here.
iHobby Expo takes over Schaumburg: US news-video report, with plenty of radio-control stuff. Wait for the ad to play first!