Nick Williamson Pretty awesome upgrade for Revell on this kit. But for some reason, I saw tonight that they discontinued it in April, and all we're left with now is the old played out A and D models. That doesn't make much business sense.
26. October 2012, 05:04
Tom Ward Hi Nick
Hobbyboss and Hasegawa still have a "B" version in 1/48 but as you know they cost over $75 to $85 each. Sometimes you wonder how does Revell keep from going out of business 100%.. I have the Hobbyboss and Hasegawa "B" versions if your looking for one drop me a note.
Nick Williamson I've contacted Revell, and they say that they do plan to eventually re-release both of those kits again, which is good news, but again. I can't understand why they wouldn't just leave those out, and pull the old ones. Part of me probably thinks that they've just managed to flood the market with the old D and A kits, and are now just waiting for the backlash to sell out so that they can make room for their newer kits. Hopefully we'll see something new soon. As you said, the alternatives are rather expensive and I personally think the Revell 14 kits build pretty well, especially if you get a little creative with them.
4. November 2012, 17:29
Tom Ward You know you can find a bunch of revell kits at Michales craft store and for a cheap price. They will be a few bucks cheaper then your hobby shop and so much better then ebay.... I feel builders are willing to buy the more expensive kits then wanting to buy revell thinking they are low budget with no detail but they will spend $$$$ on after-market for that $85 kit which is just anal and stupid!!! No matter how much after-market you put into a kit it's still not going to fly. lol lol
5. November 2012, 11:04
Nick Williamson It's funny you say that. I just got into a rather lengthy conversation on a forum not long ago about why people opt to pay more for kits that can be had for less elsewhere. I personally do all my kit shopping at scalehobbyist.com. By far the cheapest place that I've found anywhere online for kits. People were almost offended that I made the comment about it. Some piped in about how it's about being loyal to good customer service (although I've had nothing but pleasant experiences from SH) and others had other reasons that were just kind of ridiculous. Don't understand why people don't shop around...especially in todays economy. I used to have a Michaels here in Ft. Worth, but now Hobby Lobby is the new thing. Not such a bad thing considering they run a constant 40% off coupon for any item in the store, however their modeling collection in not much to write home about. Wouldn't be bad if they would at least rotate stock every once in a while, but I guess the hobby isn't what it once was, though it seems to be thriving within it's own community so we'll take what we can get. And as far as evilbay goes, I shy away from that unless it's a no nonsense good deal. I just picked up a Black Box resin cockpit for the Italeri S-3 in my stash for about ten bucks less than I would have paid for it elsewhere. Those are the deals that I shoot for. They're rare, but I try to keep an eye peeled when I can. Outside of that, my only other dealings with ebay are to sell some of my completed builds.
5. November 2012, 16:39
Tom Ward Have you tried Phil's Hobby Shop?? They are online and they free ship anything orver $50.00 and they also have some of the lowest prices... As far as after-market about the only things I buy are 1/35 barrels for armor and 1/350 main gun barrels, 1/350 propellers and a deck here and there. But yo buy all these after-market PE stuff is a waste when it only gets covered up or lost with-in the model and you can't see it. I'm not a fan of ebay anymore!!! The prices are not all that cheap the way it use to be. I remember when you could buy a 1/350 Trump. Carrier from S.Korea and pay a total of $80.00 now it's $70.00 for the kit and $30.00 for shipping. Your better off looking at home on Craigs List or Scalehobbiest or Phil's..
8. November 2012, 13:57
Nick Williamson I'll take a look at Phil's. I'm with you on the aftermarket. I only invest if I know it's something that's going to stand out in the project. Otherwise, as you said...it's simply a waste of money. I like to work with PE in jets and such because it really brings out the character of cockpits. But I'm equally as facinated with hand detailing a really highly detailed cockpit as well. So it goes both ways, just depends on what the finances and viewing call for. And totally agree on ebay. People offer somehting that looks like a deal, only to later find that they're charging the other 50% towards shipping. Seriously....it doesn't cost $42 to ship a 14 oz. box full of plastic two states over. lol.
12. November 2012, 08:23
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