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  1. It's the manufacturer that sets the price they sell to distributors at. That will vary depending on where that distributor is located and how good a customer they are. In your scenario you seem to be defining the manufacturer and the exporter are separate entities. My point is that they are one and the same - the distributor is buying direct from the manufacturer.
  2. The price of any product will be pitched to compete with similar products in the market where it's being sold. If you pitch it wrong, it won't sell. Inevitably that means the starting price will vary from market to market. The cost of actual production is relatively stable, but once it leaves the factory gates anything beyond that is negotiable. The manufacturer will have set a minimum level of profit they wish to achieve on the product (depending on their business model), but they can spread that return across their entire market reach. If a distributor in one country
  3. The cost of a kit varies around the world - not because distributors and retailers are screwing customers in specific countries, but because the price is pitched to suit the spending power of the local market (any product, any market). If you buy from overseas, the overseas retailers are not offering you a major discount, they are generally selling at the prevailing retail price in their country. Your 'discount' comes from the differential between what their retail price is and what your local retail price is. So you'll argue that this proves your point, but it doesn't.
  4. I'm not sure I agree with that - when I had access to a trade account with a large toy and model distributor about 20 years ago, I would expect to pay roughly two thirds of the retail price for any kit I purchased (taken in reverse, that meant the retail price was roughly 50% higher than the wholesale price). The price differentials I'm seeing today suggest that's not changed significantly over the past 20 years.
  5. If the tests were done in September 1982, that makes it 'post war', rather than 'late war'. (conflict was 2 April - 14 June).
  6. Large manufacturers have zero interest in selling to retail customers - that's not how they do business. The logistics and effort involved in selling tens of thousands of kits individually to customers would not be commercially viable. They sell in bulk to distributors, who sell in turn to retailers who then sell them to you and me. The retailers might be bricks and mortar shops/chains, they might be large online retailers or they may be small one-man online retailers who have set up an account with the distributor. The retail price for the same kit is different across
  7. As a point of comparison and to put this in context... In 1981, the average weekly wage in the UK was £115, so the Spitfire would have cost roughly 1.5% of the average weekly wage. in 2019, the average was £585, so the Spitfire would cost roughly 4% of the average weekly wage. On that basis, the 'cost' has gone up by about 2.5% overall as a proportion of the average weekly wage in 40 years.
  8. Ebay is not a representative market for assessing what models are being sold for. Despite how it's changed over the years it is still fundamentally an auction site where the interest of the buyers sets the value of a product, not the manufacturer. If you don't like Ebay prices, shop elsewhere. There are scores of reputable online retailers all over the world that sell kits at or below the manufacturers' recommended retail prices. Give them your business rather than relying on Ebay. Dave Roof is correct. The level of investment required to produce a kit is immense and ma
  9. I'd re-read the section 'solvents' - that explains it pretty well in a modelling context. In the hobby context, a 'true' acrylic is one that uses water as the solvent. Other acrylic paints use other solvents (lacquer for example) and are not therefore 'true' acrylics. It's also an easy way of defining what thinners work best with the paint - you could use water to thin lacquer-based acrylics but they respond better to other, more compatible thinners (IPA-based thinners generally). 'True Acrylics' is not a scientifically accurate explanation - it's a shorthan
  10. I think you're dealing with two niche areas in their respective genres - 1/35 aircraft in an aircraft world and 1/48 vehicles/armour in an AFV world. I doubt we will ever see a situation where there is parity in subject choice in either of those cross-over environments. Curiously, Airfix have just announced a 1/35 scale Austin K2 ('Katy') ambulance for release in late 2021. It's firmly aimed at the armour market but is still directly related to aviation themes. 1/48 armour/vehicles are (always have been) a niche interest. That's reflected in the relatively limited range
  11. I have to echo David's comments. This book and the multi-volume 'Verlinden Way' series have been my modelling and diorama go-to resources for many years. It doesn't matter that they are 'old', the principles they talk about and the advice on composition that they provide are timeless.
  12. Some of you may have seen that the Poles recently discovered an unexploded 12,000 pound 'tallboy' bomb in a shipping canal - dropped by the RAF during an attack on the German cruiser Lutzow in 1945. Whilst they were making it safe, it went very unsafe. Nobody injured but a fairly big bang. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54522203
  13. We'll either find an effective solution to Covid or we'll adapt our lifestyles to accommodate it (most likely a combination of the two). Even if infection rates reduce massively over the next 12 months, Scale ModelWorld 2021 (and any other public event) will inevitably be laid out differently to ensure we are avoiding or mitigating any obvious opportunities for renewed transmission. We take the view that it's about finding new ways of doing things rather than sitting on our hands and hoping the problem will go away. We now have 12 months to redesign SMW and make it succ
  14. The Humvee parked against the hangar (extreme right) is carrying a spare wheel on the rear - highly unusual (almost unheard of) for an early 1990s US vehicle - much more likely on a post-2000 vehicle.
  15. The Daily Mail (aka the 'Daily Fail') is a tabloid newspaper with a reputation for sensationalising stories to within an inch of their lives - one of several such newspapers in the UK. Like many of their kindred, they don't always spend too much time checking facts and figures if the story makes good headlines. I would be wary of taking anything they say too seriously without checking it against some independently verifiable data from a reliable source.
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