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Title: Q1/17 New Releases - Finally Arrived! 170330
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 15, 2017, 03:20:52 PM
Still waiting factory for final confirmation on what items are ready.
In the meantime, we are going to post some boxarts for your
enjoyment... one at a time!
 ;D

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20280043%20250-7%20amp%20251-2%20Mortar%20170214-1_zpsotl8u9wi.jpg)

Enjoy!
;)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 16, 2017, 01:15:47 PM
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20280044%20250-8%20amp%20251-9%20Stummel%20170214-2_zpstz850e7c.jpg)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Yaquir on February 16, 2017, 03:35:08 PM
Looks both good.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Pinky on February 16, 2017, 07:22:50 PM
The mortar looks like it's exploding rather than firing.  Can your artist fix that?  The colour scheme isn't really accurate either for a post-1943 vehicle, but never mind.

The SdKfz 250/8 looks fine.  A bit bland perhaps.  It's odd, but I don't think I've ever seen a photo of one of these vehicles in action.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on February 17, 2017, 05:04:56 PM
It took me a while to work out the first one was a mortar carrier, I can now see what the artist was after.

It does look like it is under fire.

Oh and my usual comment about the vision blocks.

The other one is okay, except the strange wheel hubs.

Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #3 170217
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 17, 2017, 05:18:43 PM
(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20280045%20250-11%20amp%20251-7%20sPzB41%20170214-1_zpsslssc401.jpg)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Yaquir on February 17, 2017, 05:57:29 PM
Very fine  :)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on February 17, 2017, 06:32:33 PM
Is the loader asking who picked up the wrong ammo box?

That round does look a bit large.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 17, 2017, 07:02:24 PM
At the price we are paying for the renderings, we cannot ask for too much. 
We cannot use the 3D models we build to do these renderings because the
way we build these models are very different.  We can only "buy" whatever
3D files on the market, make minor changes to fit our purpose, compose
a scene, and then rendered them for box art.

It is always a struggle to get what we wanted.  However, we do come
across some very nice high resolution 3D files, and those renders gave
excellent results.  And again, these box arts are used to attract people
to look at our products, not scrutinizing them like everyone did with
our model kits, lol.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Pinky on February 18, 2017, 12:20:46 PM
Box art is important though, once you are aiming beyond people who are buying a kit for a specific purpose (most of whom probably don't care).  And good box art helps people without much knowledge of the subject matter to paint and finish their models.  I've seen some negative reviews of Rubicon box art, but I think for the most part it's very effective, and more consistent than Warlord's.   In some cases, however, it looks a bit 'off' - the mortar carrier is a good example.  The figures sometimes look weird as well.  This can undermine the credibility of your products, at a time when they are actually of a very high standard.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 18, 2017, 01:06:40 PM
This is very true indeed, but finding a good 3D model is sometimes a daunting task.
You don't know what the result will be until you bought the model, work on it and
finally rendering it.

3D figures are the worst.  There is only a handful on the market, plus the models
themselves are terrible to start, especially WW2 Germans; the Soviets are one of
the best we came across so far.  We will definitely continue to improve on our box
arts!
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: ripley on February 18, 2017, 02:25:41 PM
Not a real fan of your box art . This using 3D stuff just dosen't do anything for me ( too old I guess   ::) ) . You might want to go old school like the Tamiya  kit boxes from the 70s , great paintings / drawings of a weathered and weary pieces of heavy metal  ;D . Better yet , use the pictures you post of your built and painted kits . They look great , and it would show prospective buyers exactly what their getting in the box .
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 18, 2017, 03:34:02 PM
We prefer old school paintings too, but the cost to do just one is Soooo EXPENSIVE, we just couldn't afford them.  Particularly if you need to do at least 20+ a year!
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: H0ffmn on February 18, 2017, 11:13:34 PM
I second Ripley's idea of you using pictures of your built up and painted kits as your box art. I know that I was very disappointed to purchase your Panzer III kit, finding that a early Panzer IIIJ ,without the spaced armor for the gun mantle and upper hull, was not an option to build,even though that was the artwork on the box.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 19, 2017, 02:24:17 PM
I know that I was very disappointed to purchase your Panzer III kit, finding that a early Panzer IIIJ ,without the spaced armor for the gun mantle and upper hull, was not an option to build,even though that was the artwork on the box.

The Panzer III was the first 7 kits that we had released all at once.  Then we were a bit rushed & naive, and had not check all the renderings for accuracy.  This is also why we are redoing both the Panzer IV and III for a re-release going forward.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 19, 2017, 02:25:06 PM
Last of the Q1/17 releases:

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20280042%20M4A3E8%20170131-2_zpsz9fgmnt4.jpg)

Enjoy!
;)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: ripley on February 19, 2017, 02:51:56 PM
Thank you for all work you are doing to improve your kits . Its very unusual to find companies doing this , and it is appreciated by us , your customers . Thank you too , for asking us for our feed back on what your doing ,  we understand if some of the things we come up with are a little out side of what you can or want to do , but thanks for asking . Relating to HOffmn's post , if I had a dollar for every model kit I bought that had  the pieces inside the box to  match the picture on the box top , I'ld have a lot more money than I do now.  Check out some of the newer Dragon 1/35 repops , they removed all the photo etch , metal barrels and idi link track , but the box still says you get them  ::)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on February 19, 2017, 05:27:40 PM
I echo Ripley's comments (though I have never bought a Dragon kit ^__^).
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: tyroflyer on February 19, 2017, 06:35:56 PM
Agreed. Much better to show us what you want to do and get some feedback before actually producing the product. Wouldn't be too good to produce something and get criticised after the event. I hope we don't get so annoying you give up on asking for the feedback!
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Box Art #2 170216
Post by: elias.tibbs on February 20, 2017, 03:57:29 PM
One of the very few complaints I'd have about a rubicon model is the box.

Following on from what others have said above, nowhere on the box does is show a completed model.

Only the 3D front picture and the other side theres only the drawing on the back, which may become a bit more redundant once you release your decal guides. .

Although I don't mind the front images (I actually like them), something on the back to show off your kits would be nice.

Warlord for example only use images on their resin kits (although they use paintings on front/images on rear of their plastic kits)

Or you could always do something similar to what GW did serveral years back and carry on doing the front covers like you are now, but inserting the actual model into the image.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - More Product Details 170228
Post by: Rubicon Models on February 28, 2017, 09:52:50 PM
More details on our Q1/17 New Releases:

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20Q1-17%20New%20Releases%20170228-1_zps07zmtadg.jpg)

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20Q1-17%20New%20Releases%20170228-2_zpshbtgzbso.jpg)

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20Q1-17%20New%20Releases%20170228-3_zpspwlvopgj.jpg)

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/FB%20Q1-17%20New%20Releases%20170228-4_zpsxlliiftj.jpg)

Enjoy!
;)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - More Product Details 170228
Post by: Pinky on February 28, 2017, 09:58:18 PM
Really looking forward to the Sherman and Stummel!
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - More Product Details 170228
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on February 28, 2017, 10:43:50 PM
Definitely the Sherman.

Not quite sure what for.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - More Product Details 170228
Post by: ripley on February 28, 2017, 11:02:46 PM
Love that Stummel kit . Hopefully the figure sprues from these kits will be made available  , really don't need a mortar track or 2.8cm gun , but could really use the figures for conversions
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - More Product Details 170228
Post by: elias.tibbs on March 09, 2017, 03:17:38 PM
I might be getting 10 Shermans...
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - More Product Details 170228
Post by: Rubicon Models on March 10, 2017, 12:36:25 AM
Love that Stummel kit . Hopefully the figure sprues from these kits will be made available  , really don't need a mortar track or 2.8cm gun , but could really use the figures for conversions

Quite sure the price for the complete expansion lot is more or less the same price as a "normal" weapon team!
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Assembly Instructions Uploaded 170318
Post by: Rubicon Models on March 19, 2017, 12:19:43 AM
Assembly instructions for our Q1/17 New Releases had been uploaded to our "Official Assembly Instructions" section.

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/RM%20Q1-17%20Assembly%20Instructions%20170318-1_zpspcuapept.jpg)

Here is the link:
http://forum.rubiconmodels.com/index.php?board=5.0

Enjoy!
;)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Assembly Instructions Uploaded 170318
Post by: Pinky on March 19, 2017, 11:30:23 AM
The M4A3 looks like a lot of fun - so many options and extras.  I have plans for at least 4 of them.  When will these kits be released?
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Assembly Instructions Uploaded 170318
Post by: Rubicon Models on March 19, 2017, 12:12:00 PM
The M4A3 looks like a lot of fun - so many options and extras.  I have plans for at least 4 of them.  When will these kits be released?

Spend a lot of time and efforts on the M4 Digital Library project. 
The M4A3 is the first product from this project.  The rest of the
M4 releases will be as fun too!

Scheduled to be release end of this month, early April at retail.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Assembly Instructions Uploaded 170318
Post by: Pinky on March 19, 2017, 02:04:45 PM
Great - can't wait.

It's a big thing for a kit to be "fun".  That means more than just accurate or well designed.  It looks as though the M4A3 will be really enjoyable to play around with, straight out of the box.  I think it'll be popular.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Assembly Instructions Uploaded 170318
Post by: ultravanillasmurf on March 19, 2017, 04:14:13 PM
Scheduled to be release end of this month, early April at retail.
Excellent, just in time for Salute.
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Finally Arrived! 170330
Post by: Rubicon Models on March 30, 2017, 11:04:10 PM
We are here for your money! Q1/17 finally arrived at our warehouse at 10:30pm!
Will arrange dispatch tomorrow to all channel partners worldwide!

(http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag377/RubiconModels/Misc%20Images/Q1-17%20Arrived%20170330-1_zpshtbma7e0.jpg)

Yeah!
;)
Title: Re: Q1/17 New Releases - Finally Arrived! 170330
Post by: Pinky on March 30, 2017, 11:43:48 PM
Save 4 Shermans for me!

Oh, and a couple of Stummels.