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#61 DougRichards

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 0153 AM

In Sydney, a city of 4.5 million, give or take, there is one shop, with two outlets, selling plastic kits.  Nearby, well a few hours drive away, there is one large retailer of kits in Newcastle, a city of about .6 of a million, that seems mainly to survive by on line sales.  Melbourne, with a population of 4.3 million, has just two retailers of plastic kits.  (Mind you, the same comparisons can be made for train sets and the like). 

 

There are a few other retailers in outlying areas, but no where near what things were like even in the 1990s.


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Posted 13 December 2018 - 1955 PM

Saw this on Facebook, all the military models were done on a 3D printer. Does not bode well for the future of modeling companies. 

 

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 2129 PM

PLA ones are still crap, resin ones OTOH...

Unless you are making proprietary models you might as well as get out of business in a few years.


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Posted 14 December 2018 - 0110 AM

It is not the arrival at the destination that matters.

 

It is the journey.

 

Except some model companies make the journey harder than it has to be.

 

If all anyone wanted was the finished product, then there are many finished models on the market.


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Posted 14 December 2018 - 0947 AM

Thing is that most people want something that assembles easy and looks "OKish".

Big companies can survive, smaller ones not.


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Posted Today, 03:06 AM

Some companies have found a sweet spot between being 'just okay' and 'damn, I have just opened the box and I have no chance of building this'.

 

Airfix has been doing well lately, releasing a good number of kits steadily.  Tamiya is doing what it can to fill in gaps.  Academy is beginning to re-release old kits after a pause.


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