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  1. Just to rub salt into the wound, I've just been sent an email, kindly letting me know that the kit in question (which they allegedly don't have) is now on sale if I'm interested. Cheers, Motty.
  2. G'day All, Thanks for your comments and suggestions. To possibly clarify a couple of points. The price of the kit itself has not been the issue. That has remained consistent. Yes, money was actually debited from my account but, yes, there was also a full refund. No issues there. I understand that I'm probably giving it more concern than it's really worth. I just find it offensive that they're (I believe) lying to me about why they won't fulfil my original order. It's not as though it was an absolute bargain either, as the landed-price was right in the ballpark of what I would expect to have to pay for that kit. Also, if taken at their word that they genuinely have no stock, even now, as I type this, they still have the same kit advertised on ebay as "6 available" a week and a half after telling me they had none. They're a fairly well-known name too from what I see, Not some dodgy fly-by-night operation. Anyway, again, thanks for your all feedback. All valid points. Cheers, Motty.
  3. G'day All, I couldn't really see anywhere else more suited to this, so I hope it's ok here. I'm in Australia and looking for advice or thoughts about an issue I am currently having with an online UK retailer. A week and a half ago I found that a UK Retailer was advertising a specific (rare) kit that I wanted. I sent an email asking if they were definitely in stock and how many. The reply was, Yes, in stock and a few left. That weekend I placed an order for three (two for me, one for a mate). The order went through fine, money was charged. All good. A day or so later I get a notification that my order has been cancelled, saying, Sorry, but somehow our system was faulty and we don't actually have any left. Money refunded. I asked how this had happened seeing as I specifically checked before ordering. But, basically, they said our stock system didn't register them properly and we're fixing it. They also said they expected a restock in the future. But things started to look a bit Suss. While looking into it further, I also found that they have an ebay shop where the same kit was still listed as "1 left". I tried ordering from the site again and the system would now only let me put 1 into the basket. But, when I went to see if I could still get that 1, the postage rate had changed. When I ordered 3 previously, the postage was 30 Pounds. (total), but when I went back to see if I could even order 1 (after they had "fixed their system"), the postage was now nearly 80 pounds for 1! They didn't answer my email asking If it was still possible to buy 1 and why the postage rate had changed. Then, this weekend just gone, I see that their ebay shop shows "6 available"! The thing is, this was a one-off release, earlier this year Only available by pre-order from the manufacturer (retailers included) and never reissued. So they couldn't have had a restock. And, when I went back to the shop, I could now put 3 in the cart again, but, again, the postage was now 110 pounds! So I believe the issue is really that their system screwed up and might have charged me the wrong postage but, rather than admit that, they lied about not having any stock. Their latest email, which arrived as I was typing this, still insists that they're having issues with their system and that they don't have any stock. But the ebay page still showing "6 available" (which would be an issue with ebay if they don't actually have what they're advertising) and the sudden change in postage rates makes me *highly* suspicious of this. They're also insisting that new stock is on the way next month. I believe they should have supplied the kits as, any error in their system was not my fault, and they've since lied about it. I've got screen shots of my order refund which shows the original postage and another of three in the cart afterwards showing the higher rate. I've also got a shot of their ebay page saying "6 available" as well as the emails saying it's about stock, not postage. What are your thoughts on their behaviour? Am I entitled to demand the goods be supplied at the original rates? Do I have a case to make a formal complaint against them in the UK? Thanks for any advice you may have. Cheers, Motty.
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    Anyone here from ARC?

    I've finally had success! I contacted the team via the facebook group and, after a bit of looking into it, one of the team was finally able to get the validation email to get through. Thanks for your time and help here too. Cheers, Motty.
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    Anyone here from ARC?

    Thanks very much again Chris. @Mike, I've been checking my spam folder on my provider's site and haven't seen anything turn up there. Edit: I didn't think about checking via their facebook page. D'oh! I'll look into that after work if nothing has happened by the time I get home this afternoon. Cheers, Motty.
  6. The F-35 definitely has visible RAM panels. It's just that they are reasonably subtle, and the type of paint used has a huge effect on how visible (or not) they are depending on how the light hits them. They are very visible in these shots for example,, and look pretty close to just how Tamiya has depicted them. And yet, same jet, same day, same time and light, but a slightly different angle and, MAGIC, they're almost invisible. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean they aren't there (much like the jet itself ). When I watched a video of the kit being reviewed recently, as the fuselage parts were being moved around under the lights, they did much the same thing. From several angles it was hard to make out the RAM details in the grey plastic at all then, just as the light hit it the right way, POP, they stood out like the proverbial. Without actually holding one in my hands yet, from what I have seen, Tamiya has done the best job yet of depicting the surface details. And other modellers that I know, who work on them, generally agree. Cheers, Motty.
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    Anyone here from ARC?

    Well, it's been another couple of days, I still haven't heard from anyone at ARC and I'm still locked out of my account. Cheers, Motty.
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    Anyone here from ARC?

    Thanks very much Chris. Cheers, Motty.
  9. G'day All, Sorry for posting this here on BM, but I've had no luck on ARC directly. I was updating some info on my profile at ARC yesterday which included changing the email used for my account. The forum said that an email would be sent to the new address so I could confirm it, but that email has never arrived so it won't allow me to access the site (logged in) until I do. I've hit the "resend email" option dozens of times and I also tried contacting the admins via the "contact us" button, but it's been 24 hours so far with no email and no response from an admin. The forum software has also been sending me notifications to the new address I set (so there's no problem with the address), but not the confirmation emails. And, yes, I've been checking the junk and spam folders on the account as well. Is there anyone on here who might either be an admin over there or be able to get in touch with one on my behalf please? Many thanks for anything you may be able to do. Cheers, Motty.
  10. G'day Pappy, The canopy, at least, seems to be tinted. More pics here (I hope) https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=510960064372926&set=pcb.510960221039577 as also linked on our club facebook page by John. Cheers, Motty.
  11. For those who may be interested, it looks like everything you need to make a slatted F-4E is included in the F-4G kit, other than the relevant cockpit parts. Cheers, Motty.
  12. Fair enough. That answers that question. Cheers, Motty.
  13. It does seem a bit odd (to me, at least) for Tamiya to release their own new-tool A-model then also announce a reboxing of another brand's kit for another variant of the same type, at the same time. It would be like them releasing their F-4B and also releasing a rebox of the Academy F-4J at the same time. I know it's too early to say until more is seen / known, but I wonder if there has been a level of cooperation in the design and production between Tamiya and Italeri for these? Cheers, Motty.
  14. That "Tip of the Spear" is an excellent book on the subject. Lots of great photos and information. Cheers, Motty.
  15. Just like busses. All of a sudden, there's a bunch of them. If they do the belly strap as photo-etch, I'm not sure how it will go. I used similar items on a Hasegawa hi-grade F-4S a little while ago, gluing them on with superglue and, because of the different expansion rates between the plastic wing and the long, metal strap pieces as the temperature changed, the metal parts kept separating from the wing. In the end, I had to make up some plastic ones, using the etched pieces as templates. Cheers, Motty.
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