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  1. My KH kits looked amazing as well. Then I built them. They were no longer amazing.
  2. I agree, I build only pre-end WWII subjects, the subject being more important than the manufacturer - hence buying KH's not too bad Kingfisher & fairly bad P-39. I'll think very carefully before buying any other KH kits. If it's a bog standard subject, like a Spitfire, 109, 190, Mustang, etc, I'll pass. If it's something like a Beaufighter, Yak, Betty, Blenheim, Defiant, etc, I'd probably be tempted, warts and all. But if, say, Tamiya produce a WWII 1/32 kit, I'll buy it, no questions asked. I'll not touch any of their post-war subjects though, just not my thing. Wingnut Wings are almost the same, but their sheer volume of kits - as every one is one that interests me - means it's not financially viable, nor physically wise, to buy every single kit they offer, especially with the propensity for early/late, etc versions. So I'm more choosy. The build/collect thing is interesting. We all end up as accidental collectors to a degree, as our stash's expand faster than our build rate, but do people actually only buy kits to collect, with no expectation of actually building them?
  3. Very impressive indeed. Just beautifully done. Anybody who doubts that WNW are at least the same level as Tamiya, needs to look at builds like this. In fact, this very one. The ailerons look a bit cleaner than the wing - any particular reason for that? The only way it could be improved, and I'm being really, anally picky here - is perhaps a tad more weathering? Not a criticism, just me wildly trying to find something constructive to add.
  4. Sounds good! Maybe a Gotha & a Viper powered SE.5a?
  5. May I please just add an addendum to my post? It wasn't meant to be critical of MM, although upon re-reading, it may well read like that. In that case, my apologies to MM The actual product looks superb and, judging from where 3D technology costs are at the moment, $55 is entirely reasonable in relation to costs of production. My frustrations are more to to with the fact that the Beau has been utterly ignored in 1/32 for almost 50 years, so that we have to spend a small fortune on AM and scratch build various bits, in order to get a decent, accurate Beaufighter. That's certainly not MM's fault, but it does mean that the market is fairly small dues to the costs & effort involved in turning the kit into a reasonable model. The Beau would make a brilliant 1/32 kit. It looks like a very cool warplane, it carries plenty of ordnance, it's popular - especially with us Brits - plenty of schemes available, especially for a Brit aeroplane, and historically it's a significant WWII warplane. I'd snap up a new tool Beaufighter without a seconds thought. In the meantime, thanks to MM for allowing die-hard Beaufighter fans to improve the ancient Revell kit.
  6. $55 for a cockpit that contains no throttles or levers, requires additional investment in airscale decals for the dials, has no radar operator parts whatsoever, will be visible only through a fairly small, thick and distorted cockpit canopy, has zero seatbelts represented, requires significant surgery to fit and then becomes part of a $25 kit that is approaching 50 years old, with raised panel lines that requires a great deal of work to bring up to date, dodgy exhausts, poor wheel wells, oversimplified engines, incorrect props and questionable canopies?! Not sure it represents a sound investment, not unless you are absolutely screaming for a 1/32 Beaufighter. And once you buy everything, somebody like HK, Tamiya, etc, will launch a new tooled kit, because that's sods law.
  7. We're not looking for absolute facts here, it's a discussion forum, not an exam board. There is interest in seeing what people think & their reasoning, to see if any consensus develops, for instance. Tamiya & WNW feature prominently in many lists - quality is easily recognised, far more so than you appear to realise.
  8. Best 1. WNW quality & subject choice superb. 2. Tamiya quality superb. 3. Revell great value. 4. Hasegawa consistently good quality & subjects. Not Best 1. HpH overpriced tosh; 2. KH bordering on amateurish; 3. Trumpy maddeningly inconsistent; 4. ZM painfully over engineered.
  9. What will you do with your 14 Gotha kits?
  10. £53.99 with Hannants on pre-order.
  11. I love WNW kits. Love 'em. Have well over 50. But these? Zero interest. Only WNW would get away with kitting what are essentially experimental types.
  12. In answer: 1.The point is that WNW are not releasing kits, like the Dr.I, BE.2c, Jenny, etc, that will sell in huge numbers. Why? "Traditional" model manufacturers make profits. They maximise profits. Why turn away from making profits and release something like the DFW & Pflaz D.XII, which are hardly in demand? They'll probably release them sometime - I'm not claiming any "rules" that stop them doing so - but why not release a Dr.I now? It'll sell like hot cakes. 2. "Traditional" manufacturers maximise profits. That's their raison d'etre. Having smaller production runs than demand warrants is just crazy - it's turning money away. The risk of having kits and no buyers is a risk of being in business, but selling out repeatedly is just not the way to run a business - not a "traditional" business. 3. "Tons of reasons", but with WNW kits selling out time after time, it's obvious that WNW are not making enough kits. "Costs, storage and efficiency" are outweighed by revenue. What other "traditional" kit manufacturers allow a significant percentage of their entire production catalogue to sell out time after time, in a relatively short time? 4. I'm not holding the "little demand" kits against WNW. I love them! But it's not what a "traditional manufacturer" would do. It fails to maximise revenue and profits. 5. WNW's marketing is minimal. Tamiya have their own magazine, they trail new kits months in advance. WNW's don't. They have taken magazine ads, but not very many & not regularly. They didn't even sell via wholesalers until relatively recently. 6. WNW's released not one, but three boxing's of the Felixstowe - with no warning whatsoever. They have "Christmas Surprises" regularly. They have recently trailed a few kits, but that's not the norm - you are obviously a little late to WNW. 7. Again, that's what "traditional" manufacturers do. They sell kits with the most demand. I love WNW kitting weird subjects. I prefer it. But why do they do it, it doesn't maximise revenue? Because Peter Jackson wanted that kit. That's not "traditional". 8. The secrecy runs , for many kits, until they are released. No pre-marketing. Why? It's not "traditional", other manufacturers market their releases months and months in advance. 9. You know it's a DR.I decal included in a kit boxing, stop being facetious. 10. The SE.5a was being kitted before Roden released theirs. Same with the DH.2. The Pfalz D.III of Roden is a different kit to the D.IIIa. The Fokker D.VII & E.III are truly awful Battle Axe kits that are avoided like the plague. Same with the Camel. Again, it's not a "rule" - my point is that "traditional" manufacturers kit the most in demand aeroplanes. 11. A single French aeroplane, and a fairly innocuous one at that, when demand for Neiuports and SPAD's has been ignored - again, not very "traditional". Why? 12. My entire point is you claim that WNW are a "traditional" manufacturing company. The points I've raised above illustrate why, in my opinion, they are not. It's nothing to do with "rules", or breaking rules - it's just that they don't operate like other manufacturers.
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