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Old 07-31-2014, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Witty / Apollo "Gone out of Business". All workers have been sacked and the factory has closed. It's been reported that Witty 1:72 and 1:400 as well as Apollo 1:400 are winding up business and are no longer dispatching models to retailers. There you go...
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about Witty/Apollo leaving the industry. Feel bad for their workers and hope them the best in lining up another job.

Thank you for putting this to rest on the DAC, there's another thread that had some debate on this manufacturer being still open or shut for good.

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That's a real shame, especially for those put out of work. I only recently picked up several of their 747-400's and thought they were really nice. Also their 1/72 Hawker Sea Fury is a beauty, glad I picked up a few of those before they become rare.
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C'est la vie.....
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Too bad, I was enjoying a lot of what they were releasing, especially the 747s. I still have a Star Alliance LOT 763 and Etihad A321 on pre-order; I wonder how that works out...
Good news for my wallet, but that's about it.

And of course, hopefully something comes up for those who were dependent on those jobs. At the very least, hopefully they had some sort of warning so that it wasn't so sudden and out of nowhere.

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Unless they come back as something else, there goes the chance of ever seeing a South African 747-300 in the classic 'Springbok' livery. Iraqi airways 747-400 also.
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I hope that one of the main players will purchase their 747 moulds or at least the CAD drawings so we can see more of them released. Even though they copied the AC Il-76 mould, I hope Andrew will consider implementing some of the Witty improvements such as the darkened engine intakes, the wheels showing the typical Russian green axles and a stand hole (for me being a photographer).
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I'm sorry to hear this news. I SINCERELY hope that GJ or PHX will buy their 747-400 mould though. Its the only one of the B744 that I'd buy so let's hope the Apollo/Witty 744 mould will live on...
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Yes, they are quit with no reason.
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They were too expensive for me. I'm willing to accept some imperfections to save a bit of cash. Man does not live by models alone. Or at least this man does not.
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Yes, they are quit with no reason.
Paying your workers and suppliers is a normal part of doing business.
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Unless they come back as something else
I think I'll be more surprised if this *doesn't* happen.
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I think I'll be more surprised if this *doesn't* happen.
I think its different in this case as their entire factory has shut down, not just the brand.
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The MOULDS !!!!!!!
What is going to happen with the moulds ????????

Do Gemini or Aeroclassics have any plans for the moulds ?
Did Gemini use any of these moulds?

What are the wider consequences of this closing --apart from the riddance of the "dippy" 744 upper deck and the "zinc history" ?

Will the B720 moulds (wings and engines) be discovered and reclaimed by ACLX ?

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Gemini, stick to your own 747s, they are great, just fix the pylon junctions !
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Consulting the database, +/- 130 WITTY 1/400 release in less then 2 year, I believe 60% of previous unsold releases at higher prices ... I am not sure this is a way to stay in business in this industry .. do we really loose an important 1/400 producer ??
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I'm surprised that Klein isn't here, dancing on the grave.
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I hope GJ does not buy the BigBird 747 moulds. If they do we'll only get more superior Delta 744s. They'd probably be put to better use by AC/JC/PHX. PHX could use the Witty workers too, hardworking bunch with good QC.
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Too bad to hear that; Hope to grab some of their models before it run out of stock.
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G'day,

doing some research "WITTY INDUSTRIAL CO. LIMITED".

WITTY INDUSTRIAL CO. LIMITED also knwon as 威達製品有限公司 is a business incorporated in Hong Kong on January 9, 2004. Key Financials are not available as WITTY INDUSTRIAL CO. LIMITED has not filed accounts. Accounts are required to be filed on or before 20/09/2013.
List of Hong Kong companies subject to winding-up ...
02/Jul/2014 .... Witty Industrial Co.
And... from a badly translated (using Bing) Hong Kong classified advertisment.. The manufacturers tooling dies are up for sale too. So, it's doubtful that any type of re-birth is going to happen as Witty is liquidating everything...
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The MOULDS !!!!!!!
What is going to happen with the moulds ????????

Do Gemini or Aeroclassics have any plans for the moulds ?
Did Gemini use any of these moulds?

What are the wider consequences of this closing --apart from the riddance of the "dippy" 744 upper deck and the "zinc history" ?

Will the B720 moulds (wings and engines) be discovered and reclaimed by ACLX ?

PS:
Gemini, stick to your own 747s, they are great, just fix the pylon junctions !
Gemini 747-400 mold is just AWEFUL.

1.Nose gear position is too forward.
2.Fat head give their Jumbo a foolish looking especially from the front face.
3.The winglet/expanded area is added from a 747-100/200 wing mold so you can even find the soldiering line on the parts.

Way worse than even the Aviation400/IF400/Witty 744 molds.

Though AP quited the hobby I'm sure there'll be anyone else to buy their superb BigBird 747 molds and make good use of them, as long as the molds exist.

Let's just wait and see.
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Thank God I managed to get my much loved IL-76 models which they did and I personally thought were fantastic!!
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Yufei, You make good points and your eye is very keen, not to mention your superb conversion and technical skills. I wish my eyes and hands were still in warranty !

[email protected] least in the U.S., Big Birds generally cannot be found.
--Gemini I do believe r/e the 744, and the classic 747s present the best engines.
--GJ does need to correct the pylon junctions & seams
--Phoenix's 744 nose cannot be reality (a joke really), is more akin to a "Galaxy" or an Antonov, though their engines have improved significantly. (if only they can get the MD-11 ones right all on the same plane).
--So I can't say awful by what is available. Variety here appears to be the issue.
--Sharing of Phoenix tooloing responsible for 744 nose ??? The classic 741s and 742s were better. WHY ???????????????


ANDREW, PLEASE SAVE THE Av400 L10-11 mould; It could be a gem with minimal tinkering...........Ohhhh the possibilities !!!!
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Apollo 747-400 Spirit of HK and AWC were released after this thread was started, no?
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With them closing , a lot of my dream 747s will never come true .
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With them closing , a lot of my dream 747s will never come true .
For sure. I really don't see anyone releasing SAA 743 in "Springbok' livery or Iraqi Airways 744 in the recent colors. The list goes on and on.
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It is their last release of this brand. Two birds are ready but not yet offical release in overseas. Only available in Hong Kong & China.
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Question for retailers, have you received confirmation from your distributor / importer that the final releases (for example Aeroflot Polar Il-76 with CCCP registration) will still be shipped out? Or will these now only be available through Chinese retailers who were able to get then before the Witty-Apollo inventory and tools got impounded. I assume US/Europe retailers already pre-paid to have these shipped?
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he must have had so much booze it must take a while to recover... -)

Honestly it is very upsetting, they did interesting stuff with a great potential for the future. Now... I don't know what it is going to be now, pretty much not much...
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How much would such moulds cost? If a collector could get hold of them, we could possibly see them put to good use with some nice releases/commissions.
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I'm really hoping to see them doing this:



But with the closing of Apollo, it's not gonna became a reality.
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With them closing , a lot of my dream 747s will never come true .
Why not? The moulds are not going to be melt down but sold. I understand JC is buying some of them and perhaps AK will buy the BigBird400 747 moulds? Those are the only two possibilities unless Inflight200 starts an 'Inflight400' series, which would be good news also.
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I doubt the owners of Inflight200 have an appetite for getting into the 1/400 business.
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Does Witty have any 1/500 moulds left?
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You are wrong! I happen to know that they already have a new 1/400 mould being prepared!
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The missing B.707s still needed to be done in 1/400: Uganda Airlines, Luxair,

DC-8s still needed to be done in 1/400: UAT, Iberia ('80s scheme), Air Ceylon, Air Spain, Seaboard World (-63CF)

Aeroclassics Comets still missing- Dan Air (4 & 4C), United Arab Airlines/Misrair/Egyptair, Kuwait AW, Sudan AW, East African AW, Saudi Royal Flt.
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You are wrong! I happen to know that they already have a new 1/400 mould being prepared!
Well if you already knew this, then why did you post the below just 14 hours earlier?

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There's no plans for a new mould from Inflight.
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Question for retailers, have you received confirmation from your distributor / importer that the final releases (for example Aeroflot Polar Il-76 with CCCP registration) will still be shipped out? Or will these now only be available through Chinese retailers who were able to get then before the Witty-Apollo inventory and tools got impounded. I assume US/Europe retailers already pre-paid to have these shipped?
To answer your question regarding the Aeroflot IL-76 "YES" just arrived today.

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Well I received the final Apollo models today. The Aeroflot Polar CCCP Il-76 and LOT Boeing 767 Star Alliance. The 767 looks spot on, that mould deserves to be rescued by a manufacturer. The Il-76 was also done with the same registration by Aeroclassics. But, this one has nicely darkened engine intakes and what I really like, the wheel axles are painted in "Russian" green. It also has a stand hole so I can take my photos. To me these little details should have been adopted by Aeroclassics but I doubt that will happen. I will miss Witty / Apollo, no matter what.
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I remember whether its jetboy or someone else, mentioned that this year is gonna be a Year of Unlicensed Spring Cleaning.

So, looks like Apollo/witty is the first to go...
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Then if that's the case, they'll all go and we won't have a hobby before long.
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Just recvd my Garuda Dc10 in red/orange cheatline from Apollo.
Beautiful model and on even par with my Aeroclassics versions.( correct flag too!)

Shame its the end of the road - there were some nice releases why we had them.
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I also had a couple of Apollo models recently arrive - the Virgin Australia 777 and Singapore 747-300. Happy with the VAU, however the SQ has a paint defect on one side...oh well. That 747 mould is REALLY good though, hope someone snaps it up.

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Did not care for their pricing though. Some models did seem like a "grab and go".

Would many in this forum agree that with Aeroclassics, Phoenix, GJ, JC, and Herpa, that we have enough manufacturers to keep a steady stream of well made models (and enough competition to keep QC alive and well)?

Honestly, there are what, 20-30 1:400 scale models collectively produced each month by he above mentioned folks. Even Brinkley could not keep up with the pace back in the day.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:27 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Did not care for their pricing though. Some models did seem like a "grab and go".

Would many in this forum agree that with Aeroclassics, Phoenix, GJ, JC, and Herpa, that we have enough manufacturers to keep a steady stream of well made models (and enough competition to keep QC alive and well)?

Honestly, there are what, 20-30 1:400 scale models collectively produced each month by he above mentioned folks. Even Brinkley could not keep up with the pace back in the day.


But seriously, I think Witty had one of the best QC for a while at least. I've never received a Witty/Apollo model with a broken/bent/wrongly attached anything.
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When it comes to accuracy, Aeroclassics has not exactly been stellar this year, might I bring up the complete blunder of the fake registrations painted on the Koryo releases or the mis-printed wing colours on the Aussie Fokkers, incorrect type printed on an Aeroflot Il-76, the list goes on. In terms of design errors, would not be surprised if they score the worst so far this year.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:07 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I just received my Witty IL-76 with the big engines (Russian AF).
Excellent model and I'm a very happy recipient of many Apollo, Witty models.
Don't care about any opinion other than my own. I'm disappointed they're going.
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