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Mike McCabe

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  1. I stock Flyhawk kits. Regarding mark up, you probably don't know that trade prices from Chinese suppliers are often higher than retail from Chinese sources. If you see what you think are high mark ups this is in fact nothing to do with UK or other retailers charging significantly more than usual, it is down to Chinese business practices. Also you forget that costs of shipping, import tax and operating a business in the UK are significantly higher than for those selling kits on ebay for example. So no, kits sold by UK retailers do not have 'ridiculous mark ups', if you want to try starting
  2. I was planning to get these done a couple of years ago but it fell through, it is something needed though. Any help with information on the cranes would be useful as that has been a sticking point. Mike
  3. I will be stocking White Ensign Models etch when I reopen in a few weeks. Not a full range yet but there will be in due course.
  4. As mentioned I do stock Black Cat Models but I am currently taking an extended break which will include some changes to the business. Hopefully this will mean higher stocking levels of fewer brands to try and help out with those issues of getting deliveries from the EU. Mike
  5. The Elsass is a very complex kit, a lot of etch and parts so I would recommend it only to those with a fair bit of experience in using etch and building resin kits. As a new Combrig kit the quality of detail and casting is superb, amongst the very best kits of any type (resin or plastic) currently available. I stock Combrig in my shop and have a small number of 1/350 kits at the moment including Elsass but can order anything you need although delivery is quite slow at the moment for obvious reasons.
  6. Thanks Mike, shipping to the US has gone up a lot recently unfortunately but I'm sure I can still tempt you with something! Mike
  7. They are nowhere near Combrig quality unfortunately and for what you get, more expensive. I did consider stocking them a couple of times but I just don't feel they are good value. Mike
  8. I will be releasing a 1/700 HMS Glamorgan under the Starling Models label, hopefully before the end of the year but most likely early next. www.starling-models.co.uk
  9. Pitroad / Skywave are very much active although I think the sets you mention may be out of production. Mike
  10. I have the Orange Hobby F-35b and C available in my shop at the moment. www.starling-models.co.uk/en/ Mike
  11. There are paint recommendations in the instructions for the Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats brand Charlie. Mike
  12. Thanks for the promising news Al, good to hear Martin is on the mend. Mike
  13. The Ark Royal kit is now back in stock as are the extra aircraft sets, Mike
  14. It was initially released last year but will hopefully be available again shortly. Mike
  15. I have a set of british tugs and barges in 1/700 as well as a number of other items that would be suitable along with various sets of small ships' boats. Mike
  16. I stock Sea Kings under my own Starling Models label, I do usually have Merlins but they are out of stock at the moment, they will be back later in the month. Mike
  17. It looks great Ken, you have done a fine job and the base is a very good complement to the model. As Stuart says the T class has almost sold out of the first run so an S class is on the cards. Unfortunately this will be delayed due to the need to look for a different designer, which is still ongoing, but it certainly is a good chance for 2020. Mike
  18. That isn't on the current list of planned kits, L'arsenal have a 1/700 Sheffield available. Mike
  19. Try the Black Cat Models 0.5" quads currently in my shop, they are all one part and really outstanding detail. Mike
  20. In case anyone is looking for a kit - https://starling-models.co.uk/en/all-navies-post-ww2-and-modern/648-soviet-missile-cruiser-petropavlovsk-kara-class-project-1134b-1974.html Mike
  21. Our 1/350 HMS Sir Gareth Round Table class trawler has been released, price is £54.95 and it includes resin, photoetch, turned brass and 3d printed parts and an acrylic stand. Available now from www.starling-models.co.uk/en/
  22. Of course, but I can only continue if people buy enough of them. Mike
  23. An update to this thread, since last posting the Tabard kit has actually sold pretty well and given that and the availability of a good set of plans of and S-class from a friend, then a second RN submarine kit in 1/350 is looking a strong possibility for 2020. Mike
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