Well I can tell you that on a personal level I can definitely put 2012 into the “let’s not do that again” basket. There were highs but there were definitely some lows in there that I’d rather not have to go through again. But on a modelling level it was pretty much all highs and I’m hard pressed to think of all the things that made it a good year in plastic for me. Off the top of my head winners would be the Sd.Kfz.8 series making it into plastic, the new Sd.Kfz.232 range of kits, the continued high quality output from the likes of Bronco and Amusing Hobby, and the huge growth in trucks, especially Allied ones. If I had to identify a low there is only one that stands out and that would be the promise of great things in 1/32 scale aircraft from HK Model not coming to fruition.
Each year I look back and there are great things that stand out, and at the same time I look ahead and wonder what the next year will bring, so it’s always nice to get to this point and see that yet again I can tick off a few things from my last “hopes for the coming year” wishlist. Of course that also means that now is the time to cast a look back into the crystal ball for 2012 and run down the wishlist once more for those things that still haven’t seen light of day.
Still waiting on a new Wespe and Krupp Protze in 1/35 from DML along with a Tunisian Tiger ( one that doesn’t cost uber dollars on ebay ). Still wanting a bus and a tram from anyone halfway decent. In fact I’m greedy, I’d like several buses please. Still waiting for Tamiya to turn their Steyr 1500A into a 2000 and add a few variants like an ambulance and a radio truck. Likewise still hoping they’ll do an 8.8cm FlaK 37 version of their Sd.Kfz.9.
What else ? Geez, can’t believe I missed these, still waiting for anyone ( preferably Bronco but I’d be happy with anyone mainstream ) to do a new T-28 and T-35 so I can stop being tempted to pay stupid money for one of the old ICM kits. I know it’s ridiculous but I really want a Char 2C as well, and of course still hoping that Tasca has a Sherman DD, Crab and Dozer in the pipeline.
Then there’s WWI armour. Still hoping someone will take the plunge and at least do a state of the art FT17. I really, really want a good Mk.IV Male and a Whippet but I’m happy to compromise because I’m close to giving in and buying an Emhar one and hitting it with all the resin AM bits it needs.
And while I’m being greedy I still want a 1/35 Ju52 and a 1/32 Fw200 Condor. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.
So that’s my wishlist for 2013 and I’m hoping that in a years time when I’m doing this that I’ll be able to once again tick a few of those off the list. I know that in the meantime a lot of new stuff will come along, probably including stuff I never even thought of, and more importantly didn’t realise I wanted till it was put in front of me. I know that in reality I could go the whole year with nothing new coming out to interest me and I’d still have plenty to keep me going, but I’m just not wired that way.
So bring on the new kits for 2013, there’s a small space in the very top corner of the stash that could probably fit one more kit.