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  1. Chimpion

    1/32 1914 Dennis Fire Engine

    This makes up into a really nice model despite its age. I know what you mean about the figures, but they look good when painted.
  2. Chimpion

    Airfix 2019

    I'm hoping the special announcement this year will be a 54mm kit of Harry Kane lifting the World Cup. I don't much care whether it's in the white and blue or red colour scheme.
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    Spot of the Day Part 2

    The mind boggles....
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    Hand painting vs Airbrushing

    There's also a third option - a spray can.
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    Tamiya 1/24 Mercedes SLR McLaren

    The model looks to be coming along very nicely, but that has to be the most bizarre choice of photobooth I've ever seen. Complete with full view of Mrs. Nuts' handbag.
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    Airfix 2019

    Therein lies the real unspoken challenge. Customers like Allan give the volume which provides the economies of scale to pay for new tooling, but doesn't allow Airfix to make much (any?) profit. Customers willing to pay full price provide the profit, but tend to get upset when they find out they could have got the goods cheaper. Keeping both kinds of customers happy is a key challenge facing most retailers. I'm sure it's not an easy one to solve in Hornby's line of business - the CEO refers to this dilemma in his statement.
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    Airfix 2019

    I don't know the answer, but then I'm not CEO of Hornby so it's not my job to know. Things like product mix might help, which is hard when money is short. If you release 25 kits, you don't care if a few don't sell. When you only release a few a year, you need them all to sell well. I don't doubt that the CEO is aware of the options he has. The fact that he doesn't hint at a solution might well be because he can't find one that is likely to work. As I said, I really hope I'm wrong. I think actually this may well be much more serious for Hornby than for Airfix. I can imagine plenty of people will pay £25 for a new tool model for the enjoyment of the build, even if it's not the subject they really wanted. Would many people pay £100 or more for a locomotive that doesn't inspire them?
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    Airfix 2019

    It worries me that he sees the unpredictability of sales volumes as a given he has to live with. It's part of the CEO's job to find a solution to that problem. I see no real sign of that in his statement. CEOs are there to make upbeat statements. The truth is usually hidden in what isn't said. I hope I'm wrong.
  9. Chimpion

    Hornby secures £18m lifeline

    I agree with this. I think what it essentially means is that they now have the financial headroom to continue product development. If the credit limit is reached development becomes almost impossible because regardless of the profitability of the product the initial investment outlay cannot be financed.
  10. That is truly astonishing. With the background detail I'm still not convinced you haven't just gone to the local farm and photographed a real one.
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    I felt his pain - overheard conversation

    Maybe I should have seen this coming, but I didn't intend my posting to trigger sexist or mysogonistic diatribes. My wife doesn't see the attraction of my hobby but doesn't have a problem with it - she's bought me some nice kits the last two Christmases. I think it's normal to find other people's hobbies odd - I can't understand the attraction of knitting, for example. I do think this bemusement can lead to funny incidents like in my OP, hence my sharing of the event.
  12. At Cosford today in the room with the collection of models (apologies if you recognize yourself). I notice a couple and a youngish child come in and heard the following conversation : SWMBO: Maybe you could put your Airfix model in here! HWMO*: You're not getting rid of it that easily! SWMBO : I'll be happy just to see it finished. * He who must obey We've all been there......
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    All about the Carpet Monster...

    I think it's a force related to the Pauli exclusion principle, which prohibits two particles from simultaneously occupying the same quantum state. I believe there to be a Pauli-like repulsion between part and kit which causes rapid acceleration of said part in a direction oriented away from said kit. This is also why we need to glue the parts to the kit.
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    Airfix Classics Launched

    This strikes me as a strange move. They announced that part of the Hornby turn-around strategy was to reduce the range drastically, and now they are going to release old stuff to bring the range back to the previous size. It may well be exactly what they need, but the way they've presented it might give the impression of rudderless leadership. From a modeller's perspective a wider range and a clear distnction between classic and new tool is of course welcome.
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    Rover SD1 Estate....

    It's interesting that none of the executive Rovers were released as an estate. Mercedes, BMW and Audi all sold plenty of estates but Rover and Jaguar never released one in the 70s, 80s or 90s. The Montego doesn't really count