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The Tomohawk Kid

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  1. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    If that is the case, the pricing and marketing strategies for this range are questionable. Thomo.
  2. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    The Revell classic range sales were extremely sluggish and to be honest the subject matter that Revell range had in their classic range was far more appealing subject matter than Airfix have announced to date. As pointed out by many on this thread the price point of this classic range does not appear to take account of the secondhand market, were the vast majority of kits announced to date can be sourced easily at the same or lower prices. As others have pointed it just seems a quick way of getting military and marine kits into their range. Don't get me wrong I believe there is a demand for these so-called classic kits, but the clear signs are the demand is modest. To me the intial batch of kits could have been chosen a little more carefully and sold as limited editions, that might have enhanced the appeal along with a bit more consideration to the price point. As regards the Airfix Club kits as far as I can make out the vast majority of club kits are in the existing range and issued with revised decal options and from where I'm sitting they seem to sell very quickly to members. Furthermore, one assumes it's those that have a real interest in Airfix that become members of the club. If a limited edition members only classic kit was going to sell well one would have thought it would have sold well to club members. Thomo.
  3. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    the Airfix S1999 Hawk was a commercially available kit and like the Eagle was a rebox of the Fundemension kit and unlike the Eagle is a pretty good model. The Airfix Orion like the Eagle is not very good and at the best is a caricature of what appeared on the silver screen. Along with the SR.N1 Airfix could look at a re-issue of Free Enterprise II cross channel ferry. Thomo.
  4. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Agreed. A quick glance at the Airfix's classic range web page, in my view most of the prices are too high. Yes Airfix is a business and they are around to make money but in this case there are no development or mould cutting costs. A 15 to 20% reduction in price is likely to yield far more sales. Thomo.
  5. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Airfix also produced a numbered limited edition club members only HP Jetstream repop in 2005 (based on a vote if memory serves) this was going to be the start of a whole slew of limited edition classics for club members. As per the Kitstarter project it was the only kit produced, which all adds fuel to the fire that interest in these classic kits is modest. Thomo.
  6. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    I'm not convinced it is a good idea by Airfix, it might have been if they had lopped 15% to 20% off the retail price and/or made their classic range limited editions. The Skyvan I saw was not on eBay. The problem is (I include myself in this statement) is when looking for OOP stuff the default position is eBay, when one widens the net a little one gets a little nearer the true value of most these items. Thomo.
  7. The Tomohawk Kid

    New Data protection rules. Is Britmodeller in compliance?

    Yes. I subcribe to CultTVman mail outs, he is US based and sent a GDPR opt in/out email so the implications are clearly far reaching and welcome. Thomo.
  8. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    I concur. Airfix have got to be careful here, the vast majority of what they have listed in this classic range so far is easily and cheaply available on the second hand market. In reality very few 'classic' kits command serious money (eBay is not a good barometer here). Despite what folk say on various fora, the demand in my opinion is vastly overstated for the huge majority of classic kits. Take a look at the Revell Rotodyne, it had not seen the light of day in near 60 odd years when re-issued as limited run of 5000 a few years back it was welcomed with huge open arms, yet if one one wants one now it can still be snagged for between £15 and £20. Not long ago I also saw a 2004 reissue of the Airfix Skyvan for £15. Thomo.
  9. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    The Product Enterprise Fireball XL5 die cast model is said to be based on the Airfix/Kitmaster kit. Thomo.
  10. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Both the Fireball XL5 and Stingray kits never formed part of the Airfix inventory and both were to all intents and purposes a sub-contractor commission from Lyons Maid. Albeit in the case of Fireball XL5 it was an inherited contract after Kitmaster went belly up. Strong indications are the moulds were returned to Lyons Maid after the required shots were sent out/used. Thomo.
  11. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    If Airfix are considering repopping any car kits, the obvious ones to my mind would be the Bond Bug and the Beach Buggy. I don't how attractive sales wise they will be, but DNA Collectible have just released (this month) a high quality expensive ready made 1/18 model of the Bond Bug. Which suggests there may be a market for the Bug at least.
  12. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Yes. I was told that the mould was dropped and damaged beyond repair and disposed of many decades ago. There are a number of kits on the market that have supassed it anyway. Thomo.
  13. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Correct. To add to this the Eagle and Hawk 1999 kits were not Airfix originals, they originally bought in bagged shots from Fundemensions and added Airfix instructions and reboxed them. The Eagle was not even a good kit for the time. The Hwak on the other hand is a very good and I believe Round 2 have or are going to rerelease it as well as produced an all new 1/48 scale kit. The Airix Orion III is simply rubbish and is a loose characterture of the filming miniature and it would be superflous release with the Moebius and Stargazer kits currently on the market. Thomo.
  14. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    I'm not sure thats a good business model as you only need two people to artificially inflate an price therefore it does not mean there is a ready market for any particular kit. Thomo.
  15. The Tomohawk Kid

    Airfix Classics Launched

    Possibly, but I thought collectors would have wanted first generation boxings. I just think it comes down to vendors and eBayers chancing their arm on prices thinking that they look rare as opposed to actually being rare, there are plenty of these re-issues knocking about including the near entire range of the Revell classic's and previous Airfix repops. If they were rare one would have to hunt a bit harder to find them. Thomo.