I wonder how many aftermarket sets never get advertised /attention from vendors?

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I wonder how many aftermarket sets never get advertised /attention from vendors?

Joined: October 7th, 2007, 4:55 am

May 7th, 2012, 2:02 am #1

I located a resin 1:48 figure from Asia last week, through luck, really, and was wondering how much aftermarket never makes the major vendors, online or otherwise, and gets known basically by word of mouth?
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May 7th, 2012, 2:16 am #2

when someone previews aftermarket stuff and then it is impossible to get because the production run is small and they sell out before I can order one! Its those 3 words every modeler hates to hear, OUT OF PRODUCTION.

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Joined: March 7th, 2005, 2:24 am

May 7th, 2012, 2:37 am #3

I hate when NO instructions set is posted in reviews - some of these things I want to know how much work I'm gonna invest or if I can live without the modification. Perhaps the Mfgs. might think about posting those to a FB site if they don't have a stand alone website?
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Joined: January 4th, 2007, 8:44 am

May 7th, 2012, 2:56 am #4

when someone previews aftermarket stuff and then it is impossible to get because the production run is small and they sell out before I can order one! Its those 3 words every modeler hates to hear, OUT OF PRODUCTION.

A deal, deal! Maybe He's a Republican?
60 feet of bridge I can get almost anywhere. Schmuck!
and after 25 years in production, there can't be many left!

Happy Modelling! Roy
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 1:18 pm

May 7th, 2012, 3:05 am #5

I located a resin 1:48 figure from Asia last week, through luck, really, and was wondering how much aftermarket never makes the major vendors, online or otherwise, and gets known basically by word of mouth?
hear of, let alone see, even w/ my monitoring of so many modelling onlines/chatrooms.

Many smaller than cottage producers out there I guess. Add in those out of the mainstream, in the backwaters of the Third World, and forget about it. Must only be for local modelclub buds or friends of those 'in the know' locals.

If not for HS I'd prob never have been intro'd to Radu Brinzan's fine line of items or Mike West/LSM.

I mainly build 43rd resin/metal race cars kits and there are many garage/cottage guys, in Japan alone, making very limited prod, very cool but $$$$ stuff for guys like me but I only seem to hear about them after they've sold out! I'm on chatrooms and take the few specialist magazines, yet I always seem a bit too late. And w/ their limited appeal, eBay is usually not a viable alternative.

Think what it'd be like w/o the www, in the Stone Age w/ lil' ads in the back of model magazines!
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 11:36 pm

May 7th, 2012, 9:47 am #6

and after 25 years in production, there can't be many left!

Happy Modelling! Roy
Visit my blog at:
http://barracudacals.blogspot.com

"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger; Which is why they make straight jackets out of such sturdy material" R.S.
You are quite right, there is probably quite a lot of stuff that has been produced but it never gets listed by a major vendor.

The reason is quite simple. They can't make enough! We get offered quite a lot of AM products which we don't take on because the producer can't gurarantee delivery in a reasonable time if at all. And you guys would rightly complain even more if we were to advertise things that we could never supply. So we don't take them on.

Fortunately Roy Sutherland is not one of these.

David Hannant
www.hannants.co.uk
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

May 7th, 2012, 3:54 pm #7

I located a resin 1:48 figure from Asia last week, through luck, really, and was wondering how much aftermarket never makes the major vendors, online or otherwise, and gets known basically by word of mouth?
supply and demand - most aftermarket appeals to a relatively niche market

number of units produced - a big wholesaler isn't going to touch an outfit that makes 100 sets in a 2 year period.

availability of stock on hand. many aftermarket sets are made to order. The small outfit doesnt make 1000 of a set and have them laying around. You buy it - they make it.

direct sales - small profit margins make it better to sell the stuff direct than involve middle men and the need for more production, fancier packing, etc.

You might run into licensing issues if you had a splashier presence online. If you sell some Pratt and Whitney engines out the back door you can get away with it but put them in a big colorful package, advertize them all over the web, and you might get a CAD letter in the mail.

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Joined: January 4th, 2007, 8:44 am

May 8th, 2012, 12:43 am #8

You are quite right, there is probably quite a lot of stuff that has been produced but it never gets listed by a major vendor.

The reason is quite simple. They can't make enough! We get offered quite a lot of AM products which we don't take on because the producer can't gurarantee delivery in a reasonable time if at all. And you guys would rightly complain even more if we were to advertise things that we could never supply. So we don't take them on.

Fortunately Roy Sutherland is not one of these.

David Hannant
www.hannants.co.uk
Your latest order just shipped out about 40 minutes ago!

Every day seems to be a race with the PO closing!

Roy

Happy Modelling! Roy
Visit my blog at:
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