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4 hours ago, Jennings Heilig said:

Name me one regular (not something like Special Hobby) injection molded kit that was ever issued once and done.  Just doesn’t happen. You don’t scrap tooling just because you sold ‘X’ copies of kits squeezed in it.  

 

You have a certain amount of business experience, at least on the decal manufacturing side of things. You surely must understand how "production runs", "stock", "storage", "distribution", "retail" and other such business-related things work. As the range increases, the above-mentioned issues multiply and amplify. I am sure you know of certain decals of yours that sold out and are unlikely to ever be reissued. Would you reissue a whole decal run if a guy said he would buy one sheet? What will you do with the rest of the production run? Who will you sell them to when pretty much everyone who wanted one got one? I produced decals that sold out and I will never reissue. Same rules apply in relation to everything, from a needle to an anchor. 

There are multiple examples of plastic model kits that were never reissued, in all scales. Oh, I remember when I used to build 1/72 models, how hard I looked for  a Hasegawa Dewoitine 520. Sometimes, once costs are amortized, it is cheaper, wiser and more efficient to invest in new products than to invest in reissuing sold-out products which, due to the "law of diminishing returns" will be harder and slower to sell. Look at every forum. How many threads are about "I wish they made a new something something..." and how many threads are about "I wish they kept doing the same thing..."?

The moulds are fine in storage. The models may be reissued and only ZM knows if and when. In the meantime, they are investing in new products. 

Radu

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2 hours ago, LSP_Mike said:

An excellent example is WNW current list of "out of production" kits, which are being released as different boxings. I have a minty fresh original Sopwith Triplane, but one can be had for 80.00, as oppossed to a collectors price.

 

exactly

i think the WNW craziness of yesteryear has disappeared - it certainly has in the UK

whatever plane you miss, I certainly don't think it credible to say you'll never see that airframe again, albeit in a different boxing

 

i've actually bought and sold various 152s over the years as i waxed and waned about whether I was going to build one or not - I'm still not entirely sure!

they'll be back

 

but I do agree with the 'if you like something that much, buy it now to avoid disappointment...' approach

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2 hours ago, LSP_Mike said:

An excellent example is WNW current list of "out of production" kits, which are being released as different boxings. I have a minty fresh original Sopwith Triplane, but one can be had for 80.00, as oppossed to a collectors price.

 

There is a difference between "out of production" and "sold out". People mix them up all the time. :-)

Radu

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I picked up the ZM Ta 152H-0 in Osaka within the last year.  I think I have two H-1’s and the H-0.   

 

Whomever is asking for one, contact me at the end of the year.   For those interested in the tactical operations check out the No 29 Luftwaffe IM FOCUS.  A great article on the day to day operations of the Ta 152 in action in the final months of the war.  In addition there are some color fantastic photos of Mistel 2 in color!   Sorry! Slightly drifting off topic here. 

 

Go Ta 152’s go!   

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