I am lucky enought to be near a good hobby shop that has lots of
Humbrol / Heller / Airfix kits and supplies in stock. I was thinking
about speculating with some $$$$ with hopes that the value of these
items will climb as the supply goes away. Anyone have any thoughts??
Kits that appreciate in value tend to be ones that were not made in
large numbers and have not been kitted by anyone else (say, Renwal's
1/32nd scale Atomic Cannon or 75mm Skysweeper kits). They also have to
be disirable subjects. Most Heller and Airfix subjects were produced
for many years, and many have been superceded by better kits from other
companies. Heller's French Army armor kits are mostly unique, but have
also been manufactured for many years, in most cases since 1977. Since
the customer base for French armor is rather small, I wouldn't look for
very high prices for most items. Likewise, the customer for a 1/72 or
1/48th scale Spitfire has many more choices than Airfix. And finally,
old molds never die (almost), so most of these kits will no doubt
reappear in other boxes before long. The point of bankruptcy is to sell
off the company's remaining assets to satisfy creditors, and the molds
fall into that category. Of course, if the Revell Germany purchase of
Airfix goes through, that is a moot point.
Count DeMoney a utilisé son clavier pour écrire :
Don't speculate too much about Heller... Heller is still alive, and far
to death. I phoned yesterday to my friend who's a boss of Heller, and
even if they have some problems (thanks a lot Airfix and Humbrol!!!!),
they are far to let down...
If it's not too much trouble, could you ask your Heller buddy if we'll
ever see the new Heller 1/72 EC-145 helicopter kit here in the US?
I've been patiently waiting for it, but so far, no luck.
Hi again Martin
Here are the main distributor Heller in the USA:
phone: +1 2173983630
phone: +1 ( 856 ) 435 1555
SENTAI DISTRIBUTORS, INC
phone: +1 818 886 3113
Call them... The EC-145 will be very interesting for USA modellers:
it's a great model, but also because for US Army, it's the HC-145...
Best regards from France
It's not only the US that does that. The UK had a perfectly good
designation system that had worked for years and years. Then the RAF bought
some old F-4J Phantoms from the US Navy to replace a squadron that had been
deployed to the Falklands.
Previous Phantom marks were FG1 and FGR2 (the Mk 2 could carry a recce pod,
unlike the Mk1. Both aircraft were primarily fighters with a secondary
ground attack role). The "new" Phantoms were intended solely for the air
defence role and there was a perfectly good designation available - F3. Both
nooooooo.... the MoD had to designate them "F-4J(UK)". Why?
Then there was the Sea Harrier. The Mk1 was primarily a fighter, with
secondary recce and nuclear strike roles. Therefore it was desgnated FRS1 -
a designation in line wth the standard system.
The Sea Harrier Mk2 had the strike capability removed, and an improved
ground attack capability. The recce role was retained. One would have
thought that it would be designated FGR2. But... the US Navy had recently
redesgnated its F-18s as F/A-18. So, in a fit of ridiculous optimism -
thinking that the Sea Harrier could ever be remotely compared to the
Hornet - the MoD designated the Mk2 version of the Sea Harrier as the F/A.2.
Now we have even more stupidity with the Eurofighter Typhoon. The primary
role of an aircraft has *always* been the designator for the first mark.
Hunters, Lightnings, Harriers etc have *always* had either "F" or "GR" as
the designator for the first mark, with the trainer version as the Mk2. The
Hawk *was* designated T1, but that was always intended to be a trainer.
The initial version of the Typhoon is the T1, with the fighter version being
relegated to F2... Mind you, from what I hear the aircraft is a superb
display jet, but there are *major* problems integrating the weapon system to
the aircraft. It may *never* become a combat ready aircraft, so it might as
well be a trainer!
Yeah, it's really nothing recent for the US, just that some don't
really get any attention, like from the '60s, the A-37, FB-111 & AV-8
are wrong. I know there are others, but those come to mind right off.
Enzo Matrix wrote:
You've just noticed? How about those F-24s? Somewhere along the way
they bacame F-35s which is what the Danes designated the Drakens they
had in service. Now the mention of 'F-35' brings a mental picture of a
green Draken with red & white roundels, not that littler F-22 thingy.
I see the Hueys have made it to 'Z' now. If there are more upgrades in
the future, I wonder what their designation will be?
I also see that there's a T-6 Texan II in test. Shouldn't it be T-47 or
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
I have developed a "problem" of late.
My friend in Scottland sends me parcels of models, decals, parts and
the like several times per year in exchange for the same from me. Been
doing it for years. Usually a box of eight or nine "surprises" contains
at least a couple that I don't have. The rest go into the
Quite often the kits are incomplete, usually no box, or decals, or
instructions and sometime just parts. Those that I can't find packaging
for become "builder's kits" sold really cheap.
Of late, however, he's been sending things that I just can't pass on.
The Russian glider that I have mentoned was the first, the AA truck
being a natural for a diorama and an extra kit in the pile to boot. Now
I'm doing what turned out to be the Aviation Usk Polikarpov I-15 and 'm
really tempted to do the MPM Wellington. The KP Letov S.16 jumped right
onto my desk and I was forced to find some Latvian decals that make yet
another one a must do!!!
Now I need a new display case. Between the return to building models
and the great new diecast and the outstanding new stuff from Easy Model
I am out of space!
He also sends some non-1/72 (Dark Side...shudder!!!) stuff from time to
time. I have two Eduard 1/144 FW 190as and their 1/144 Me 109G, for
which I have an MYK decal set. No canopies, whole batch for $10 plus
postage if anyone is interested. I know for sure I'm not building these
Fly> Enzo Matrix a =E9mis l'id=E9e suivante :