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The Tomohawk Kid

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  1. Nothing wrong with that as a whole. However, what is little unsettling and perhaps unsavoury that another manufacturer saw fit to bash up another on an open/public forum, particulary when they are direct competitors, more so when its second time they have done so to a competitor. Like @rayprit I have no interest in a 1/72 VC-10. But, this thread has developed into a feeding frenzy and enough is enough. Tommo.
  2. I'm sorry, but that did make me chuckle as the VC-10 had to be one of the greatest convertors of avgas to noise, known to man. Tommo.
  3. Comet and Herald moulds certainly existed in the post Frog World, unlike the V bomber ones that did not make it to the Novo era. Yes, Frog made a 707 too, ironically in 1/144 scale, the Qantas V Jet and Aer Lingus liveried versions of the kits are extremely collectible. Tommo.
  4. They just bought the bagged shots in. Tommo.
  5. I'll add the Trinity Lightship to the ex Frog kits re-issued by Revell. This reminds me of an acquaintance I had about 20 + years ago. He had good contacts in Russia with the owners of some of the ex Frog moulds. To cut a long story short he tried to repatriate the ex Frog/Novo VC-10 mould. He even paid for an independant engineer to inspect the mould. If memory serves the main mould (the mould for the glazed parts had been lost) had been stored outside and was showing signs of rust degradation and had been dropped at least once, the mould was salvageable in the opinion of the engineer, so he forged ahead with the purchase, the said acquaintance striking a price for the mould, but the deal floundered because he couldn't afford the shipping/export costs. I think its fair to say that's a re-issue you won't be seeing again. Tommo
  6. Italeri, between '72 and '78ish were at their peak in my opinion. They produced some very nice and interesting kits during that period, some of which still hold there own today. Tommo.
  7. I receieved ny pre-order notification today. Allen, must be get through his back orders quickly as I did not order until March of this year. Tommo.
  8. Formaplane and Rareplane. ...and entirely correct about informing the market. Tommo.
  9. Its a shame 1/96 didn't develop any traction as a scale (despite Frogs best efforts) as it's ideal for large aircraft and airliners. Big enough to look impressive but small enough to make display less of a headache. Tommo
  10. 1/96 is a longstanding true engineering scale ...and size wise probably ideal for the V Bombers. Tommo.
  11. I'm pretty agnostic with regards to Airfix, I don't have any brand loyalty or emotional attatchment to them and they very rarely produce any thing I want. However, on the other hand I recognise that a bouyant Airfix is good for the hobby. I believe this does allow me to stand back a bit, with a little more perspective and I can view it from perhaps more of a business venture view point. If your replacing a kit thats been in your range for a while, there is always going to be residual stock around somewhere in the supply chain. However, that is entirely different from shooting a whole brand new run of the existing kit. Which will have some cost to get it to market, take up warehouse space and all the other attendant costs. Never mind teeing off your supply chain - announcing a new version of the kit after they have taken orders for the re-issue. It just makes no sense, wasting all that investment and goodwill, particulary given Hornby's current financial predictiment. I just can't their senior management allowing such a move. As to the time frame, 9 to 12 months to shift the re-issued stock perhaps? Followed by a fallow period? Any, with the financial clout to enable its development and manufacture. There is certainly no harm getting some of the development/design work done parked up on the shelf ready to go if that your long term intention. Isn't that what happened with the 1/24 Hellcat? If thats the case, why has another manfacturer not entered the fray in the last 40 years? I would say its a big investment and despite it being a popular notion on here, the market is clearly limited. The current kit is able to service that limited market without Airfix or any one else having to dip into their capital reserves. Will Airfix replace it? Probably, but not quite yet I venture, as viewed from my slightly distanced hill top Tommo.
  12. Of course that's always a possibility. But, why have Airfix had the 1/72 Vulcan monopoly for the thick end of 40 years? Why has another manufacturer not muscled in on Airfix's scene and mined this rich seam? Its clear why Airfix are reticent to produce a new kit, they have a product that sells that they don't have to invest into in any great extent. However, something is holding back the other manufactures. I don't know the answers, but I do find it strange. Removing tongue from cheek. Tommo.
  13. Really? Airfix have not long put on their website they are taking pre-orders for their existing Vulcan kit for a winter 2019/20 release and a few weeks later they announce a new tool kit, that in one fell swoop will kill all those sales and incur a shed load of abortive costs. Given the precarious finances of Hornby/Airfix, not a wise move and not one you'll see on any business related MBA course. Its clear their existing Vulcan mould gives them a good source of income with little investment/capital and until that mould shows signs of becoming unserviceable, I doubt there will be any new Vulcan tool. Tommo.
  14. Winter 2019/20 is anytime from tomorrow until late March 2020, plus an12 to 18 month period to shift the stock, followed by a possible fallow period? It could be a bit further out than that. But hey! whadda I know? Tommo.
  15. Fantastic Plastic update: "Here's a "What You Get" parts layout of our next 1:48 scale lifting body kit, the Northrop M2-F2/3 -- the ship that Steve Austin actually "crashed" to become the Six Million Dollar Man!!! Price will be $80.00 plus shipping. Still taking reservations at FantasticPlast@aol.com." Tommo.
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