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Airfix QC issues strike again. Defective Sea Fury kits.

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On 03/03/2018 at 08:29, JeffreyK said:

To their credit, Airfix came through and I had a new fuselage half and clear runner in the post yesterday, both without defects.

 

I do not know whether or not tooling and manufacturing are handled by the same contractor in the case of Airfix, but it is my understanding, that it's best practice to have the kit plastic moulded in the same factory or at least by the same company where the the steel tooling was done.

Otherwise, if the results are below expectation, you easily end up in a circle of blame that leads nowhere. The injection guys will say "the tooling isn't right". The tooling shop will say "the injection setup is wrong" and so on, with no one owning up to any mistakes. And being remotely located, Airfix will have trouble putting their authority foot down to sort out the mess. As I said, I don't know whether or not this applicable here, but it could be a factor in this.

 

J

You have nailed one of the main issues I think there, tooling and production in different places.

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Pleased to report my replacement starboard half along with a canopy arrived today, so thank you Airfix for the prompt response.

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On 3/3/2018 at 6:29 PM, JeffreyK said:

I do not know whether or not tooling and manufacturing are handled by the same contractor in the case of Airfix, but it is my understanding, that it's best practice to have the kit plastic moulded in the same factory or at least by the same company where the the steel tooling was done.

J

It might be ideal practice, but it's the exception rather than the rule.  Tool making is an expensive bespoke activity, running moulds is an inexpensive repetitive one  Most factories producing injection moulded parts use tools produced elsewhere at specialist facilities though with large organisations it may be that one tooling facility provides moulds to multiple production lines

 

Shane

Edited by Shane
correct typo

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