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Esci 1/9 Series: The Lost Kits
jargonking
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2007 - 03:20 PM UTC
I've been scouring the web looking for information on the Kettenkrad as I have both the Esci 1/9th and the Dragon 1/6th to build.
On one italian site I came across these pictures from an old catalogue of three Esci kits that never made it into production.
The two motorcycle combinations are obvious variations on the existing moulds but the Nebelwerfer took me by surprise. That would look pretty cool behind the Kettenkrad....I might just have to try scratchbuilding one...
I also recall someone telling me that they planned a Schwimwagen and Willys Jeep too but the series never really took off.
Anyway here are the pics...





Hohenstaufen
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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2007 - 03:35 PM UTC
Looks like there was a Guzzi "Alce" (Elk) in the wings as well. I don't remember the FN coming out as a solo, not that I think they were ever used as such. Shame these never came about...
jargonking
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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 06:43 PM UTC
I think it's a shame too...the ones that were released still look impressive today, especially the Kettenkrad and the Harley.
I love the personal equipment that was included too like the weapons, helmets, gas mask cases etc.
tatbaqui
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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 07:19 PM UTC
Hmmm... a trip down memory lane. Is ESCI still around? Not sure if they still do manufacture. I recall they also had a 1/9 panzergrenadier -- never got around to buying till someone beat me to it
jargonking
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 04:08 AM UTC
Sadly,Esci are no more but the molds still exist and have been kitted by both DML and Revell.
I forgot all about the Panzer Grenadier figure....another one I never got around to buying...
slodder
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 06:15 AM UTC
The kits I've seen (probably remolds) are quite good and fun builds too. I'd like to see the last two, they are great subjects.
flakgunner
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 07:31 AM UTC
hey,
It's to bad ESCI still isn't around,going way back,down memory lane,I can remember when they released their 1/9 Kubelwagen,it was a jaw dropper,our LHS had one,on the shelf,it was quite pricey for the time,and never was able to buy one.

Joe
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 07:36 AM UTC
I remember seeing the other 1/9 scale kits on store shelves as a kid, but couldn't afford them.

Darryl
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 05:45 PM UTC
You can still find bargains on eBay...I've just picked up the Revell re-issue of the Kettenkrad for 26.00...it still has the price ticket on it showing 56.99....and it's a fantastic kit...
muttley
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Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 06:36 PM UTC
even when Esci teamed up (or was bought by) Aurora it still died, I remember their 1/72 scale toy soldiers which were cool
Hohenstaufen
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007 - 07:28 AM UTC

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I recall they also had a 1/9 panzergrenadier -- never got around to buying till someone beat me to it


You didn't miss anything with this one, not a patch on the bikes. The detail was very soft & minimal for a figure this size, & the pose was dead boring, he was just standing doing nothing. To use him sitting on the bikes would have required surgery so major you'd have been better off starting from scratch. I did complete mine, adding a few scratchbuilt bits of my own, & it sort of looked OK. There was no webbing or harness supplied, just a belt (in a sort of rubbery plastic if I remember). They provided badges & medals as transfers, not really good enough in this scale. I'll try & dig it out & post a picture.
tatbaqui
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007 - 10:28 AM UTC

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I'll try & dig it out & post a picture.



Hey, that'll be cool. I think it was in dark green plastic (?) -- had the chance to inspect the kit then. Yes... I think the plastic was a bit soft, the pose was quite ordinary -- I'd say the box art was ok though. I recall opting for their 1/35 Sappers instead, as it had better detail and poses for the scale. Then Panzergrenadier was gone by the time I decided to buy it. Oh well...
tatbaqui
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007 - 10:33 AM UTC

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Sadly,Esci are no more but the molds still exist and have been kitted by both DML and Revell.
I forgot all about the Panzer Grenadier figure....another one I never got around to buying...



Would the other 1/9 DML bike be an ESCI mold as well? The one with (I think) a Fallschirmjager -- that's one hard find as well.
battery
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007 - 11:23 AM UTC
A trip down memory lane. ESCI were and still are decent kits and could be even better with the AM stuff on the market today. I was very excited when Italeri started to re-release the old 1/35th (closer to 1/32nd IMHO) figure sets, but then the stopped before releasing the kits I was hoping for, WUWT!
grom
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007 - 12:40 PM UTC
I remember the panzer grenadier I have the remains of the kit up in my loft somewhere.I also seem to recall they either released or were due to release a British para and a US marine.I remember at the time they also released the1/35 Red Devils set a big descision for me at the time was to buy the panzergrenadier or the red devils as they had both just appeared in my LHS to buy the paras would have left me short of money to buy the big kit decisions desicions.

Phil H