Mark Haveman just returned home from the 2017 Chicago I-Hobby Show. While many quality vendors were there it seems that slowly other major vendors are skipping this show. Nevertheless, we stopped by the Minichamps/Kyosho/BBR/Spark booth, as well as Highway 61, Signature, BRM, Scalextric, Ninco, Carrera, and SCX. We stopped by many others as well but we limited our pictures to those that we feel were most interesting and exciting. Most of the pictures represent future products so these pictures are some of the first available anywhere. Most of these products are already on our web site so you can preorder if you choose. At this point we don’t now have accurate information about the planned time release of any of these cars. Please be patient as we wait for additional information.
Model brands that were not present at Chicago this year were AutoArt, Exoto, GMP, Maisto, and some other minor brands that may be carried by hobby distributors.
I have a sense that the buying crowd (retailers and hobby shop owners) were NOT present in big numbers. This year’s attendance may be an indicator of the slow demise of future trade shows. I am not predicting this, just that several vendors were disappointed with the crowd and may choose to stay home next year.