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Hopes Dashed! No more WWII WNW kits

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I had a chat with Bryan Wall (WNW Product Designer) at Telford today, and he told me that after the Lanc WNW are sticking exclusively with WWI subjects. The Lanc is very much a pet project for Peter Jackson, but the amount of effort needed to produce the more complex WWII aircraft to WNW's standards means they won't be doing any more in future. Richard Alexander was standing right beside him when he told me, and he didn't contradict Bryan...so I'm afraid those WNW wishlists are going to have to be purely WWI subjects from now on.

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Awwww... I was so looking forward to their B-29.

 

How long will they stick with *strictly* WWI and not branch out in to later biplanes or other between the wars stuff?  If they did stuff like USN and USAAC stuff from the yellow wings era they'd clean up.

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Nothing like shooting themselves in the foot is there? But i suppose that's what you get when you get someone running a company that doesn't care about the whole model market and only  does kits for personal gratification.

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Personally, I was upset about WnWs going into the WW2 business. They are the only company making multi seat WW1 planes. There are lots of companies making WW2 planes, but far too few making WW1 planes.

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1 hour ago, Jennings Heilig said:

Awwww... I was so looking forward to their B-29.

 

How long will they stick with *strictly* WWI and not branch out in to later biplanes or other between the wars stuff?  If they did stuff like USN and USAAC stuff from the yellow wings era they'd clean up.

I can only speak for myself but my interest in "between the wars" anything is pretty much zero.

 

They have a near infinite supply of WWI subjects to choose, and the company's motive for existing is not to get rich.


So I'll go out on a limb and say they continue to pump out WWI subjects indefinitely.

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40 minutes ago, cbk57 said:

I don't find this to be a surprise.  While we may wish for something else, WNW has always been pretty clear they are a WWI specialist.  I don't feel like they owe anything regarding the rest of the market.  

 

I feel the same. It's been very clear from the beginning that they specialize in First World War aircraft. I also thought it was finally understood that the Lancaster was a happy anomaly because of Mr. Jackson's personal interest and pursuit of his own film/television series dealing with the Dambusters. Once the Lancaster news was released though many people projected their own interests into what WNW should or shouldn't pursue...more Second World War aircraft, between-the-wars, and racers, etc.  

 

They don't owe modellers anything. The idea that they are there to serve us somehow is odd. It's his company, and they're doing quite well I'm sure with what they are producing. And it sounds like there are more interesting subjects to come. 

 

Richard

Edited by R Palimaka

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1 hour ago, CATCplSlade said:

I thought this was always understood.

It was assumed by many of us, but they'd never actually confirmed it.

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58 minutes ago, AlanG said:

Nothing like shooting themselves in the foot is there? But i suppose that's what you get when you get someone running a company that doesn't care about the whole model market and only  does kits for personal gratification.


I suppose that’s your opinion.  I’m sure not everyone agrees with it.  No model company “owes” the market anything.  I’m sure WNW will do just fine, even without making WW2 stuff.

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51 minutes ago, ringleheim said:

I can only speak for myself but my interest in "between the wars" anything is pretty much zero.

 

They have a near infinite supply of WWI subjects to choose, and the company's motive for existing is not to get rich.


So I'll go out on a limb and say they continue to pump out WWI subjects indefinitely.

 

There was a infinite number of aircraft in existence in WWI?  That's news to me!

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34 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:


I suppose that’s your opinion.  I’m sure not everyone agrees with it.  No model company “owes” the market anything.  I’m sure WNW will do just fine, even without making WW2 stuff.

 

Your right. It's my opinion. I have absolutely no interest in WWI aircraft. Happy for those that do. PJ strayed into WWII to boost his own ego and give other modellers hope. Guess we should know by now that it was always going to be a false hope. Could i ever afford the Lancaster? No. But i can admire the quality.

 

I just think that dipping a toe outside of WWI and seeing the interest it caused would make good business to continue. But hey. I suppose if you've got millions in the bank then it's easy not to give a stuff about markets.

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Dont believe a word of it, WnW have a great track record of not leaking anything about possible new kits and so Richard Alexander will stand there and tell no more WW2 subjects but may well have say a Wellington in there pipeline just because Sir Peter wants one and we will k ow nothing until WnW deem it fit.

 

Regards. Andy 

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