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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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'!
  10. 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.
  11. Are you serious, Hasegawa?

    It's a shame about those prices. Still, it makes for yet another reason to visit Japan. I took home 15 Hasegawa and Tamiya kits when I visited in 2010. Local prices are very reasonable, especially if you consider that standards of living are significantly higher in Japan than here. So pretty much everything costs more in real terms, but a Tamiya 72nd kit goed for 8 quid, or about the same as a comparable series 2 Airfix kit over here. So in those terms, model kits are extremely cheap in Japan. I'm not sure I follow Jamie's point about the cost of importing. There are vast amounts exports coming out of Japan into this part of the world and they are not all priced twice of thrice of what they cost in Japan (cars, videogames, consumer electronics). Perhaps economies of scale play a part here? Hasegawa is not Toyota or Sony I suppose. Then again, you can find more niche products in Japanese stores in the UK which do not go for silly prices either. I regularly buy sake and plum wine online, and these are imports too and again do not go for silly money.
  12. AMG 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 109 A

    I was really looking forward to this kit but I'm contemplating rescribing the Heller kit now. It looks like less work and I already have it in the stash. You are doing an amazing job by the way. Thanks for the detailed description of your build.
  13. I'm not sure if there are accuracy issues with the Hasegawa P-40N but I've built three and it is the very definition of shake 'n bake. I love that kit. I'm not seeing anything here that makes we want to try it over that one, except maybe the exhaust ports.
  14. I'm a bit surprised by the heavy panel lines, some of my older SH kits have much finer lines than this.
  15. I've been hearing that argument for at least eight years on new Airfix kits. I don't buy it because, on the whole, their panel lines have progressively been getting better and thinner over that time. So the are definitely trying.
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