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  1. Scale ModelWorld 2021, the IPMS (UK) national exhibition, is going ahead this year after we had to cancel last year. It's in the traditional Remembrance Weekend slot. The show will be a bit smaller than normal but we've already confirmed nearly 100 vendors, with more in the pipeline and more than 170 Branches and Special Interest Groups will be providing a huge range of displays across the exhibition halls. For fairly obvious reasons, we're expecting fewer vendors and visitors from outside the UK this year, but they won't be missing completely. The venue is The Internatonal Centre
  2. The vast majority of model makers (of any age) do sit at home, on their own and enjoy their hobby without the need to engage with other modelers on a regular basis. The model makers who get out and about to shows and who engage on internet forums and social media are (and always have been) a minority of the model-buying public. The industry could not be sustained by the sales of kits if their primary market was the show-going, internet-engaging public. For many 'modelers', their kit building is more an adjunct to other interests - tie-ins with movies and with other franchises for e
  3. Announced by ICM at a show in Moscow. Due out in 2022 apparently... I assume the announcement is legit.
  4. More kits, from more manufacturers (with new ones appearing all the time), covering a broader range of subjects, in a wider selection of scales and of higher quality than we've ever had before. That wouldn't be happening if the producers thought the hobby was in an unhealthy place.
  5. One suggestion would be to look at something along the lines of Revell's Contacta glue. Humbrol do a similar product and others such as Deluxe Materials do so as well. It's a sort of hybrid - less viscous that tube glue but thicker than liquid glues. I always have a bottle of it available on my bench for when liquid glues are unsuitable for a task.
  6. IPMS OOTB rules generally allow seat harnesses, aerials and alternative markings (not just commerically available aftermarket decals) to be added. However, they can vary a bit from country to country so there isn't a universal international standard of what OOTB means.
  7. I received a random email yesterday advertising a US-based online retailer calling themselves Scalecraft.com (not to be confused with older kit manufacturers of that name I presume). Does anyone have any knowledge of, or experience with this outfit? I have no interest in using them particularly but had not heard of them previously. There's no obvious reference to a physical location address on the website (which always concerns me) but a third-party online source suggests that they are located at 7700 Merrill Ave, Box 73 Chino, CA 91710 USA Thanks, Jo
  8. https://www.alleycatmodels.co.uk/blackburn-buccaneer-bombbay-recce-pack-airfix-6571-p.asp
  9. Lots of reasons why a company can fail (and in the modelling world, very little of that has to do with the accuracy, or otherwise, of the products). If there's that much stock left then it means they haven't been able to sell it through their distributors, which in turn means that the distributors are not confident they can sell stock on to retailers (and the retailers aren't confident they can sell it to consumers). A oft-quoted figure in the commercial world is that a single item of stock costs 25% of it's value in storage costs for each year it is in the warehouse. Therefore you
  10. No rubber option (unless you want to purchase the awful Kitech/Microace/Arii motorised 'toy'). 1/48 armor is a niche interest area so the aftermarket options are limited. I didn't have any issues with the kit-supplied link and length track.
  11. Just a thought - would similar pylons for the Mk 7 on other aircraft have similar or the same stencilling? I'm just thinking about whether you might be able to find clearer images of the stencilling by spreading your search parameters away from only the F-84 version of the pylon?
  12. Reedoak figures are generally available in several scales and various different themes (lots of aircrew from various nations and eras). There are three different civilian photographer figures. The figures aren't cheap but they are excellent. http://reedoak.com/#!/Modern-civilians/c/13281251
  13. I see we lost Hannu Mikola a couple of weeks ago too - the original 'Flying Finn'.
  14. Publishers generally only do reprints if they think there is sufficient demand for the title. With specialist reference subjects like the books modelers tend to buy, print runs are low (often just 1000-2000 copies) because the market is limited to start with and like any other product, producers don't want to be left with large amounts of excess stock. Ultimately, the only people who can answer your question are the publishers themselves. John
  15. 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.
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