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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 2:04 p.m. PST


It appears that Revell USA has gone bankrupt and sold, with all 15 employees let go and company closed. They have 30 days to clear out the warehouse in Champaign, Ill. So might be time for a warehouse sale if you live nearby, check it out!

Sad news for the hobby industry. Seems Revell, Germany is the purchaser.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Garand16 Apr 2018 3:30 p.m. PST

The US Model industry has been morbid for the last few decades, compared to the rest of the plastic kit industry. With both Revell & Monogram mostly concentrating on repops of decades old kits, with the occasional new car or aircraft kit, they are a shadow of themselves compared to what is going on in Asia, or even Russia. is in much better shape, however, as they haven't stopped to rest on the laurels of past glories that are increasingly looking threadbare…


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

Whoa. That's bad.


TGerritsen16 Apr 2018 4:52 p.m. PST

I honestly assumed Germany owned them already. Sorry to hear that these folks will lose their jobs. Revell is as beloved a childhood friend to me as AirFix is to a lot of our friends across the pond.

WarWizard16 Apr 2018 6:01 p.m. PST

End of an era.

bobspruster16 Apr 2018 6:06 p.m. PST

That bites.

charared Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 7:10 p.m. PST

Inhaled a lotta "airplane" glue putting together their models (NOT on purpose though!).

Great memories.


wrgmr116 Apr 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

+1 charared

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

Revell US only had 15 employees? Wow.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member17 Apr 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

Production was gonna be outsourced eventually if it wasn't already.

14Bore17 Apr 2018 2:56 p.m. PST

Bought many a model of theirs as a yound kid. Sad to see.

JAFD2617 Apr 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

Sic transit gloria mundi…

Recipients of much of my allowance, highlights of Christmas mornings…

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2018 6:57 p.m. PST

Lots of time spent accidentally smearing glue on the surface of tanks, planes and ships. Loved 'em even if I couldn't build 'em worth a dang. Sad news.

Marc at work19 Apr 2018 2:47 a.m. PST

Revell US only had 15 employees? Wow.

That is what makes GW a behemoth – most of our hobby, in its various incarnations, is teeny tiny. "Companies" that I think of as huge are often one-man bands – so in plastics terms, HaT is one man and a lot of outsourcing, Waterloo 1815 is one man and a lot of outsourcing, Esci/Italeri was/is I believe two brothers, and a lot of outsourcing… There's a pattern here.

Our hobby brings a lot of joy to us, but compared to the toy market, we are small beer.

Marc (the plastics fan)

Fitzovich07 May 2018 4:43 a.m. PST


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