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Thomas V.

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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).

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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).


  4. 5 hours ago, TheKinksFan said:

    Eduard sells so much aftermarket products, which are quite expensive, so they can price their kits competitively.Although lately they have had to raise their kit prices, and IIRC I read that they will raise them further after the E-day. On the other hand small companies like Arma Hobby have to sell their kits at a price they sell, they really can't afford to sell them at a lower price. It sucks that they are expensive, but unfortunately that's how it is.

    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.


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  5. 3 hours ago, IT_Man said:

    I'm surprised Academy didn't take the Kangnam AH-64 D as well as the A that they boxed recently. Maybe sales weren't as expected?

    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.

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  6. As mentioned before by Mr.Šulc, Seafires I.b, II, III, PR.IV, PR.XI, PR.XIX,

    XII, before Griffon Spits( that for now have been dismissed).

    Although one has to take all mentioned with a bit of salt regarding possible timeframes, it took Eduard seven years ( 2013-2020) between Late and Early Merlins , and taking into account that Mk.Vc has just been released + ambitious schedule, we may not wait seven years but few more years before another family is tooled.

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    27 minutes ago, Piotr Mikolajski said:


    Is it any obligation to question the accuracy of the model? Especially since 99% of such cases show that the questioner has no idea what he is writing about?

    Quite bald statement to say that only 1% of persons questioning model accuracy have any idea what they are saying, no matter being it a hyperbole or not.

    Its scale modelling-quite exact science, not approximative rendition, and yes should be obligation since plenty of manufacturers take quite laxed stance on accuracy.

  8. If they sold stated 2400 kits, that is everything but bad sales in timeframe since kits release, full run kits in bigger scales seldom reach more than 10k in their first few years, and their popularity is far surpassing limited injection moulding kits of second tier subjects.

    And if mentioned number is correct, taking their provenance into account , they amortized costs early down the run.

    For 100€ people expect premium quality, while having nice surface details, its still short run kit. But even as such I have no doubt that it made/ will make money for HpH.



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  9. In its heyday, Hasegawa released all F-4 family in 1/72 scale in one year ( 1990 ), till unfortunate change of focus in 2009 they produced between 6-8 totally new aircraft toolings annualy, not counting subtypes .

    In my view I compare Eduard to Hasegawa, they both heralded new level of quality in scale modelling, but again unfortunately Eduard does not have the numbers, number of kits announced( most unofficialy) surpasses twenty, with some like F4U, Me 262, MiG-15 being 6-8 year old " news", they have all the neccessary to issue far more, jets in the broadest sense are definitely what is lacking, from F-86 family, F-105, F-100 to quality Eurofighter, Gripen or F-35...

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  10. Before any new F-14 from GWH, would be nice that they re-tool inaccurate or poorly moulded F-15C/E parts( mainly canopy and exhausts) as they promised several times on their Facebook page with words " imminent " , " in the works", " asap",...as for F-14, Tamiya is in my opinion underdetailed for asking price, AMK has its share of inaccuracies so bring it on....

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