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Old 06-17-2021, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is an area that is thriving nowadays with the majority of brands producing models for specific retailers. For the collector it isn't always easy to keep up with releases made for local markets so I thought I'd pull together a couple of quick reviews covering some of what has come out recently.

I start with Malaysia where MyHobbyHouse has been partnering with Panda:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/m...use-exclusives

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Old 06-18-2021, 12:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That’s a big risk for the sponsor. Most manufacturers require a certain number of models to be produced in order to produce a run.
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Would be nice to see ARD partner with Panda to get releasing the back catalogue of UK and European charter B737-300 operators of the 1990s
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Would be nice to see ARD partner with Panda to get releasing the back catalogue of UK and European charter B737-300 operators of the 1990s
I agree but sadly ARD seem to live in a different age. The UK market is woefully underserved for 400 scale models and appears to lack enterprising retailers too.
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Yes seems to be more 1/200 releases the last couple of years that we are missing in 1/400.
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I agree but sadly ARD seem to live in a different age. The UK market is woefully underserved for 400 scale models and appears to lack enterprising retailers too.

Blimey, that's a bit unfair not just on ARD, but other UK retailers as well. They've done amazingly well in producing models to fill loads of gaps in the 1/200 BA fleet and most of them have to be at their own risk. Combine that with the pandemic, shrinking budgets and spare cash, I'm surprised they've done as much as they have.
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Blimey, that's a bit unfair not just on ARD, but other UK retailers as well. They've done amazingly well in producing models to fill loads of gaps in the 1/200 BA fleet and most of them have to be at their own risk. Combine that with the pandemic, shrinking budgets and spare cash, I'm surprised they've done as much as they have.
Indeed but we are talking about the lack of UK airlines represented in 1:400 scale not 1:200. ARD seems to favour the larger scale in terms of its sponsored releases nowadays, whereas in the past it was more proactive within 1:400. Aeroclassics British and Irish series being good examples.
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Blimey, that's a bit unfair not just on ARD, but other UK retailers as well. They've done amazingly well in producing models to fill loads of gaps in the 1/200 BA fleet and most of them have to be at their own risk. Combine that with the pandemic, shrinking budgets and spare cash, I'm surprised they've done as much as they have.
Well my experience with ARD and a lot of anecdotal evidence from collectors on here and elsewhere is that they still consider themselves a brick and mortar store first and foremost. There website doesn't show proper stock values, they don't always fulfil orders and their presence on the internet and social media is minimal to non-existent. That isn't anyway to run a business in 2021 really, but in addition they have shown no interest in doing much in 400 scale for over a decade. I can't speak for other scales so if they are active in 1:200 etc good for those collectors.

It isn't just them though. I don't see AMS or other stores doing much in this space whereas Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines etc all have active stores with good relationships with the more responsive and agile newer manufacturers.
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Well my experience with ARD and a lot of anecdotal evidence from collectors on here and elsewhere is that they still consider themselves a brick and mortar store first and foremost. There website doesn't show proper stock values, they don't always fulfil orders and their presence on the internet and social media is minimal to non-existent. That isn't anyway to run a business in 2021 really, but in addition they have shown no interest in doing much in 400 scale for over a decade. I can't speak for other scales so if they are active in 1:200 etc good for those collectors.

It isn't just them though. I don't see AMS or other stores doing much in this space whereas Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines etc all have active stores with good relationships with the more responsive and agile newer manufacturers.
Sadly, it's hard to argue with these comments - right on the money.
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Well my experience with ARD and a lot of anecdotal evidence from collectors on here and elsewhere is that they still consider themselves a brick and mortar store first and foremost. There website doesn't show proper stock values, they don't always fulfil orders and their presence on the internet and social media is minimal to non-existent. That isn't anyway to run a business in 2021 really, but in addition they have shown no interest in doing much in 400 scale for over a decade. I can't speak for other scales so if they are active in 1:200 etc good for those collectors.

It isn't just them though. I don't see AMS or other stores doing much in this space whereas Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines etc all have active stores with good relationships with the more responsive and agile newer manufacturers.
Whilst a lot of what you say is true, to a certain extent, you seem to gloss over the one thing that makes all this possible and that's money. If they've moved from 1/400 to 1/200 specials then there surely has to be a partial monetary reason for that. Whilst the chaps at ARD are collectors as well, they're primarily a business, they can't just chuck money down the drain on releases that might/might not sell, especially in todays climate, so having done their research they've gone down the route they have. In my opinion, and I fully accept you disagree with it, it seems uncharitable to have a pop at these retailers on this subject, when it's not your money at risk.
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Whilst a lot of what you say is true, to a certain extent, you seem to gloss over the one thing that makes all this possible and that's money. If they've moved from 1/400 to 1/200 specials then there surely has to be a partial monetary reason for that. Whilst the chaps at ARD are collectors as well, they're primarily a business, they can't just chuck money down the drain on releases that might/might not sell, especially in todays climate, so having done their research they've gone down the route they have. In my opinion, and I fully accept you disagree with it, it seems uncharitable to have a pop at these retailers on this subject, when it's not your money at risk.
It is interesting that in the rest of the world it is 400 scale that is growing and getting the exclusive models and not 200. Perhaps it talks to an aging collector base in the UK and Europe as surely older collectors are more likely to gravitate to the larger more expensive scales? Whereas I'd hypothesize that in Asia the collectors are on the younger side.

Trust me if I lived in the UK I would probably have done something by now but stuck out here in NZ it is difficult.
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Here's part 2 covering some of the other SE Asian nations where retailers are taking the initiative in 400 scale. How many of these releases had you heard of:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/m...lippines-japan

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Indeed but we are talking about the lack of UK airlines represented in 1:400 scale not 1:200. ARD seems to favour the larger scale in terms of its sponsored releases nowadays, whereas in the past it was more proactive within 1:400. Aeroclassics British and Irish series being good examples.
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Well my experience with ARD and a lot of anecdotal evidence from collectors on here and elsewhere is that they still consider themselves a brick and mortar store first and foremost. There website doesn't show proper stock values, they don't always fulfil orders and their presence on the internet and social media is minimal to non-existent. That isn't anyway to run a business in 2021 really, but in addition they have shown no interest in doing much in 400 scale for over a decade. I can't speak for other scales so if they are active in 1:200 etc good for those collectors.

It isn't just them though. I don't see AMS or other stores doing much in this space whereas Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines etc all have active stores with good relationships with the more responsive and agile newer manufacturers.
As a collector, I have been buying from ARD for the last twenty years, but since the last year or so they have screwed me over many times. They have accepted my pre-orders and have failed to supply models. They have no proper stock control. Over the past year, due to failed fulfilment of my pre-orders, I have sometimes had to pay double the prices on eBay because by the time I learn that ARD cannot fulfil orders, the item is sold out at other suppliers.

Since Trevor passed away, they are short staffed. Mark answers the phone calls, does sales in store and over the internet. He doesn't even have time to tell me over the phone to look up my orders and tell me if he can fulfil them.

I politely mentioned all this to Paul Burge but nothing has changed. I have overpaid some £1000 on eBay because of ARD's failure to fulfil my orders, and Paul Burge didn't even have the courtesy to offer me a £10 gift voucher for my suffering when I mentioned this to him.

I have recently been ordering from Lovejet and Aircraft Model Store because I can be assured I will receive a model that I have been after.
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Would be nice to see ARD partner with Panda to get releasing the back catalogue of UK and European charter B737-300 operators of the 1990s
I doubt if Panda models want to be partners with anyone, at least in England. I offered them my TU-104 mould and said that it would go nicely with their TU-134 mould. I offered my TU-104 mould for free because it is better than Bob Cass' suggestion of throwing it away, but Panda Models didn't even bother to rely.
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This is indeed an interesting aspect of the hobby to shed some light on Richard! May I suggest you take up Airline exclusive (Inflight sales or Marketing) 1:400 models next? I can think of 2 like Jazeera Airways and Zest Air. Both were 1:400 A320s on the GJ mold.

As for the retailer exclusives, keep it coming... There are few done for Airshopdiecast as well AFAIK. The retailer from Philippines...
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This is indeed an interesting aspect of the hobby to shed some light on Richard! May I suggest you take up Airline exclusive (Inflight sales or Marketing) 1:400 models next? I can think of 2 like Jazeera Airways and Zest Air. Both were 1:400 A320s on the GJ mold.

As for the retailer exclusives, keep it coming... There are few done for Airshopdiecast as well AFAIK. The retailer from Philippines...
Thanks. Airshop Diecast is from Indonesia. I have written about them quite a bit before see:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/m...p-diecast.html

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https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/m...ew-panda-737-8

I don't really have any information about inflight or marketing models
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