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  1. You'll have to pay me to take that off your hands. Revell should be fined for reboxing that... thing. Is this the Tei version Tamiya is releasing? Presumably they scaled down their 1/48 kit.
  2. Any information on where and when this will be available?
  3. Revell 2018

    Excellent news about that Hunter, I've waited for that. Is there a difference in plastic between the FGA9 and Mk6 kits? And does anybody know what the current options are to change it to a non-sawtooth? I'm also curious about the F-117, as far as I know the only F-117 Revell has done before is this ridiculous thing: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/143954-revell-4382-f-117-a-shadowhawk So is this a rebox from one of the other manufacturers or a new tool?
  4. A Mig-15 with shoulder-mounted wings?! They couldn't even be bothered to change the number at Lavochkin?
  5. Slightly disappointed to see this is an EasyAssembly kit. We are due a state of the art model of this plane. I'm not getting the Dragon as its just too pricey so I'm still interested if the price is right, but what I'm seeing here is not worth more than 15 quid for me to be honest, assuming it builds up well.
  6. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    Which is what Revell did in Europe with a number of Hasegawa kits, I got their Mitchell, He-111 and Mosquito cheap that way.
  7. What have you purchased 9

    Yeah, I finally got one as well a few months ago, the Fokker D-VII rerelease. More because I was curious about it than anything else. I was a bit disappointed to see the trailing edge of one wing was damaged. I hardly ever have damaged parts in new kits so for a premium product like this it was a bit of a letdown. It's not unrepairable and I have bad experiences getting replacement parts (apart from Airfix who are great) so I'll let it slide.
  8. What have you purchased 9

    God I'm jealous. My son was born on 11/11/15 so I'm pretty much barred from attending SMW until he tells me he doesn't want me at his birthday party anymore, just send some cash dad instead ok, and by the way I'm taking the car tonight, don't wait up.
  9. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    Quite right. I didn't know it was that cheap on HLJ. That's entirely reasonable, even including shipping and handling by HMRC that will be less than 20 quid. Not a bad deal at all. Life's not that bad after all
  10. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    That is Hasegawa's older tooling of the Tomcat and not the 1989 release I'm pretty sure. Ok, so 8 quid plus P&P is still cheaper than what you would pay for it over here but the newer tooling is much more expensive, 25-30 quid second hand.
  11. What have you purchased 9

    That's shocking. I didn't realize the situation was as bad as that. So even when you are insured you are still exposed. I remember when I went to the US on an exchange program from my university they forced me to get US insurance at 100s of dollars for a semester. I told them I didn't need it and that my Dutch health care provider covered me 100% worldwide. I still had to get the insurance. When I then actually had a claim because of some problem with my braces, they told me they didn't cover it. I had stopped my Dutch contribution because I didn't want to pay twice for insurance, so I wasn't covered at all and I was doubly screwed. In other news, got this off eBay: I heard great stories about the FineMolds 109s. They'd better be true.
  12. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    Your view raises the question of why the after market has grown in the last few years. From my point of view the decline of brick and mortar shops and the rise of after market are both due to the same reason: The internet. If you have a niche product like a Hungarian AF decal sheet or a 72nd scale brass pitot tube for a Boomerang you will struggle if your only sales outlet is high street shops. Few of them have the shelf space to accommodate your products, how many would they sell? Few if any. So they didn't stock them, and that's why they weren't very prevalent in the 1980s. Fast forward to now. You can offer that decal sheet via your own website, which is cheap, or get some other internet shops interested, which is slighly more expensive, but still attractive for at least some of them. By doing so the whole world has access to your niche product, and selling a couple of dozen of them actually allows you to break even or heaven forbid, make a buck or two.
  13. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    I'm not convinced our hobby is declining. I've been building kits since the mid-1980s when I was five years old. I went on a hiatus from the mid-90s to 2009, and when I got back into it I was surprised to see how much stuff was available. I don't have numbers, but if I look at what's available nowadays and I compare it with what we had in the 90s the difference seems huge. More manufacturers, more kits, much higher quality. There is of course the trend away from brick and mortar shops to online trading, but this is hardly unique to our hobby. Pretty much every shop owner is now competing with some form of online trading and you can see it in the high street. I'm into music and film as well, and it's sad to see that most major record stores like HMV, Tower Records and Virgin have ceased trading. Sure, I can still get the stuff online, or even digitally, but there is nothing like browsing through stacks of CDs or DVDs and finally finding what you were looking for. The same applies to model kits. Every toy store used to have kits, but now it's just a few specialty shops and unless you're lucky you need to drive two hours to get to one. Still, all that doesn't mean there is less interest in the hobby and in fact I think I buy more stuff now that so much is available online as it's easier to find - no brick and mortar shop can stock that much content. It's also quite obvious that model shows, at least the big ones, are doing well. Telford seems to be growing every year, and Euro Scale Modelling in the Netherlands is getting bigger every year as well. I think one of the drivers for all of this is that the baby boom generation is retiring and they have two very important assets: Time and money. My dad retired a few years ago and he has gotten back into the hobby in a really big way, cranking out kits at an amazing rate. As for young people not getting into the hobby, again I'm not sure if that's the case. I hear from my local hobby shop owner that he sees a renewed interest from kids in recent years. Sure, the majority of them will keep playing videogames (heck, I play videogames) but there are some that are looking at other things as well.
  14. What have you purchased 9

    Got my mits on this very nice lot on eBay Germany... already have the Corsair and the Fokker, but you can never have enough Tamiya kits and being Dutch I need an endless supply of D-XXIs to see me through. The Boomerang was on my wish list and the Seversky, early Typhoon and Hurricane Mk. IV are all new additions to my WWII focus area as well. Throw in a mask and a decal set and at less than 35 quid including shipping I say 'back of the net'!
  15. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    I'm not surprised at that, and I think the same is happening in Europe. Personally I love their kits; they are my favorite manufacturer. Great fit and detail, interesting reboxes and (at least more recently) good decal options. Still, I have to admit I don't think the European importers have made any money of me in decades. I get my Hasegawa kits straight from Japan, ebay or shows.
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