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  1. Arma is nowhere near finesse of surface detail of Eduard, also their capacity of producing new kits or variation of is again heavily not in their favour( for now), again as said Eduard and Arma are cooperating as well being competitors( P-51D), but given strong Eduard position in 48th scale and ability to cover lot of ground very quickly( all marks) makes no sense, as well quality being not the same, since topic of pricing is forbidden, we wont go there, but of course it will play its part, definitely not in Arma's favour ( just as Airfix 05xxx Spitfires and Mustangs after Eduard Weekend boxings of the same subjects, not to mention Ovetrees).
  2. Their Su-25 is absolute bestseller, Mi-24 family big flop, Zvezda is still being normally imported by their EU distributor Hobby Pro from Graz, but sales have been down since Russian agression.
  3. Eduard announced their Hurricane family( I-IV+ Sea Hurricane dozen times througout last three years, again recently confirmed on modelforum.cz, how and why will Arma compete with Eduard in 48th scale...
  4. And to be completly honest I'm fed up with people taking things at face value as well as being served being lots of b.. by people who have more than a passing interest in the company and are more than biased...within 23 pages of this topic, there should be place for every aspect of the brand-pricing included, but in time when some are willing to fork out 600€ for Lancaster, 110€ for Spitfire or 26€ for Airacobra , in the future we will all get what we deserve-overhyped, overpriced products. Rant over.
  5. Special Hobby( mainstream toolings), Revell, Airfix, AZ, Sword, all of them are to bigger or smaller extent outsourcing their production, and no one is charging 25€ for a single engined WW2 fighter, not to mention that mentioned outsource do to lower cost of final product, not higher one. While its huge advantage to have whole production " in house" and of course it lowers per item cost, today with runs of 2500-6000 for mainstream kit being new normal,per item price difference is not big between outsourced and ones own product - tooling parks/factory machinery cost a lot of money, taken that into account Eduard should be charging far more to amortize their investements...( although to be fair- they did get some sums from EU funds).
  6. 1/32 Fw 190D-9 1/48 F-22A 1/35 DUKW 1/48 Cletrac 1/72 Fi 156
  7. Arma overpriced their products when they were resin producer, and are still doing it today, there is no objective reason ( even in this time) why mainstream kit of a WW2 single engined fighter costs 25€, they had the brains to see that 72nd scale market has been neglected, and profited from it, and they have every right to do so. My problem is that others have seen ( at least in theory)that people are willing to pay such ludicrous prices ( Clearprop included )and are following with similar pricing policies for both new tooled and older repops. In the long run, such overpricing won't do good to no one-both buyers and Arma.
  8. AH-1Z was/is absolute bestseller, and have no doubt that with the same quality and similar fair pricing Academy Apache would outsell even Zulu, Kangnam was quite poor, and definitely not only inaccurate but quite a struggle to build-yes, very poor seller.
  9. Oh how I wish it to be Academy instead, with full licensing and full access to KAI and RoKA examples, or US Army ones, have doubts that Takom will capture Apache properly.
  10. Seriously overexpensive for size and detail, have no doubt it will be superb, but this is entering Tamiya street price( without engine), should not be more than 60-70€, at worst.
  11. This will end as Tamiya 1/48 MM outside Japan-not selling.
  12. We have to be thankful to Modelsvit for that, SH had to up the game, but seeing pics still find it quite lacking in detail in most places, all will depend on price, if properly priced will do well...
  13. Great choice since Academy is 24 years old and many other marks were not covered, but 24,5€ for P-39, no way( least for me).
  14. Take everything what SH says with more than a grain of salt, unfortunately they are pioneers of term " cornering the market", number of announcements far outweights number of released kits, with 1/3 never being tooled, rest taking in some cases almost a decade.
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