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    HK Lanc

    200? I'd guess the UK has far more than 200! Look at WNW, their 2 seaters are in excess of £100 and they sell out. And that's a relatively small niche. So I'd say closer to 20,000 than 200. However, I tend to agree that 1/48 sells more. It's cheaper, takes up less space, has less parts and builds quicker. I can see the attraction, just as 1/24 sells less than 1/32. So the 1/48 market is bigger, with more models of more types of aeroplanes. However, I'm not sure how that translates into the AM industry, as I'd guess a of the kits are bought by grannies and parents, and by part-time model builders, who may only model one kit a year, or one kit in their lifetimes. They are not going to be buying AM. Plus the existing 1/48 AM industry seems quite crowded. If you are nimble enough, you can sell quite high volumes of 1/32 AM as you have expert knowledge that many companies can't match. Maybe analyse your sales, see if you are making more money from 1/48 or 1/32?
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    HK Lanc

    As noted by others, this is a limited edition, initial production run with the clear fuselage. I'm sure the next run will be considerably bigger. At this price, a kit like this will be aimed at hardcore modellers like us. I'm sure it could, however, sell 10,000 worldwide. North America, Europe and Japan alone represent almost 800,000,000 people. Add in China's huge, fast growing, relatively wealthy middle class and the potential market climbs over 2 billion. 10,000 equals 0.0005%. Or if you've bought a Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire, then you'd maybe consider buying a 1/32 Lancaster, and I think Tamiya sold a lot of Spitfires, demand enough to do 3 versions.
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    Hobby Boss 1/32 B-24J - Initial Observations

    A lot more than 2000. I'd wager in the 5 figures, perhaps, based on nothing but a wild guess over worldwide demand. "Corrections" means new moulds, means more huge expense. I'd be very surprised if that happens, especially with 1. The way the after-market operates, and 2. The very low price. I'll take a low priced imperfect model over a near perfect expensive model every time. We can sometimes get hung up over accuracy as the be all and end all, when in fact enjoyment is the aim. I'd also guess the additional models they'd sell if they "corrected" the kit would not get anywhere near the additional cost. For most people, the box art is as important as accuracy!
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    1/32 Fokker D.XXI is available to buy!

    Perhaps you need to be less guarded about your future aspirations? If you say "X" is planned to being worked on, people will reasonably expect "X" to be available within a couple of years....?
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    Have you ever contacted an EBAY seller?

    I've long assumed some listings are just plain money laundering or tax avoidance, such are the multiples asked. Only ever contacted one buyer - he was selling 1/32 kit boxes. No kits, just the empty boxes.
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    Cricket officianados...is this Cricket?

    They'd run out of sandpaper.
  7. It's lovely. Worth noting that the £12 price is before VAT - EU members will have to pay an extra 20%.
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    Is Fly Model retooling the Ar 234?

    No way will it be a retool - the same kit, except with maybe some very minor changes and new decals.
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    HK Lancaster.

    Whenever I see this thread has been updated, my excitement levels rise. I've never been so looking forward to a kit in my life.
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    ICM 32010: 1/32 Polikarpov I-153

    It's a little beauty of a kit, reminds me of Hasegawa's approach.
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    Revell He-162

    They're not £20 anymore in Europe!
  12. Interesting. Couple of points: 1. They're tubes. They don't stand up, unless in a rack. I know there's a lid, but I'd inevitably knock them over. Guaranteed. (The idea of storing them upside-down is not comforting, but even so, they need to be point side down to accept liquid.) 2. I use graduated pipettes, transferring the paint & thinners to an empty Tamiya jar, which I have many of and a Tamiya paint jar sized paint rack. I'm not sure I see an advantage to using tubes? 3. Tamiya paint jars have screw lids that work just as well as the click lid of the test-tubes. 4. You'd have to buy the tubes AND a tube rack - more "stuff" on an already crowded desk, more expense. Empty Tamiya jars are plentiful, practically free and do the storage job just as well? I can see how a lab tech who has used these for many hours will be attracted to the idea of using them at home for his hobby. However, for an old fart like me, with years of experience of pipettes & empty jars, the benefits of switching don't really jump out at me. But that's just me. I'm old. And a fart.
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    Ever had this happen in your stash

    I've swapped kits with an American friend. I posted mine off, he sent his to me. Mine got held up in customs, I forgot about it and it got sent back - he got my kit with no problems. End result, I'm minus one kit.