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 Author  Topic: Italeri Higgins project is NOT dead
David Waples

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of David Waples  Posted on: Jul 24, 2020 - 6:04am
Hi all,
I heard back from my contact at Italeri. He advised that the project is not dead, only postponed. He has not been told to delete or archive his work on this project. He explained that the situation is as before, only delayed.

If you're interested in seeing this kit brought to market I would suggest going to the Italeri web site and expressing politely your interest in this model and hope they decide to release this kit.

Dave

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Will Day

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Will Day   Send Email To Will Day Posted on: Jul 24, 2020 - 5:10pm
Great news. Thanks, Dave!

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Jul 25, 2020 - 6:08am
Seconded, nice work David and thank you for some badly needed good news!



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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Drew Cook  Posted on: Jul 25, 2020 - 9:42am
Good news for Higgins vets, fans, modelers, and the PT boat enthusiast community.

Here's hoping Italeri comes through.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of billpr   Send Email To billpr Posted on: Jul 26, 2020 - 2:20pm
Great news, Hope to see it some time this year. Then maybe we can write them for a 77 ft Elco.


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  TED WALTHER

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of TED WALTHER   Send Email To TED WALTHER Posted on: Jul 31, 2020 - 8:51pm
Bill;
That is a good wish, but I doubt it for the 77'. Italieri at least has a completed prototype Higgins(I think), Dave did they show the Higgins at the German toy festival a year or two ago? So, if we see the Higgins show up, consider it a miracle. Especially, since all these companies are consolidating or being sold.
Take care,
TED


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David Waples

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Quote:

Bill;
That is a good wish, but I doubt it for the 77'. Italieri at least has a completed prototype Higgins(I think), Dave did they show the Higgins at the German toy festival a year or two ago? So, if we see the Higgins show up, consider it a miracle. Especially, since all these companies are consolidating or being sold.
Take care,
TED





I agree Ted. I think a 77' Elco is a long shot. That said I believe that Dick sent them a lot of information about it. I suggested PT-59 because of the JFK connection. But they chose the Higgins route. I think the Higgins boat has broader appeal, especially for European modelers.

As far as I know they have not started any new work on this project. They certainly have not made any molds.

Hopefully now that Italeri's network is more stable this one will come back again.

It might not hurt to write Trumpeter and Revell Germany and express interest in a 1/48 and 1/72 scale 77' boat respectively. Revell has had great success with their Elco releases and Trumpeter I think did well with their Elco releases.

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Jeff H

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David
This is great news, or at least better news! I’m off to Italeri’s web site to do my best.

Thanks!
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billpr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of billpr   Send Email To billpr Posted on: Aug 2, 2020 - 6:13pm
Thanks, Ted and David, for the input about the 77 ft. Elco. I guess the idea isn't in the best interest of the mold makers. Europe is the market and the items they want sell. I'll e-mail Revell Germany and see what they have to say. Can't hurt.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Aug 3, 2020 - 6:16am
I would guess that European modelers would prefer the Higgins since they have a fighting history there. I'd also guess that carving a Higgins mold would be considerably easier than an Elco 77 with its complex cabin shape. And there are better references for the Higgins especially with Al's recent research and excellent drawings.

That sounds like a good idea Bill, I'd love to see a decent kit of an Elco 77 too!



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