Just got my RoG Atlantic (got crossed up in shipping because we moved a week ahead of schedule) and was admiring the kit last night, when a thought hit me. That kit is so nice, well made, lots of detail and parts, and it only cost about US$20. What would Trumpeter charge for the same kit? That reminded me of the thread on Trumpeter prices and the comment on price elasticity- I was set to disagree with that, but it's true. This is a relatively inelastic business because of the lack of substitutes or alternatives. Each kit is in its own way unique, with its own features or weaknesses, that make it not really substitutable. If you are in love with a particular kit of the Fruitbat, that one is the one you buy. All that being said, I shudder to think what those moneygrubbers at Trumpeter would have charged for the Atlantic- on the other hand the Guideline kit seemed to be a great deal, again well done, lots of parts, but not too extreme on price. Go figure. I can't- gotta unpack some more boxes of books.
19 years ago