Be very careful when buying Life Like ( Proto 1000/2000) and possibly
Bachmann from the US and importing them into Canada. Canadian Hobbycraft
( the Canadian distributor/importer for these products) has started to
refuse warranty for these products that are returned without a CANADIAN
dealer receipt proving that the item was purchased in Canada. I've had two
customers recently report that they called Life Like USA and were told that
they had instructions to no longer handle Canadian warranty returns or take
Canadian parts orders.
Canadian Hobbycraft are world class dorks IMHO.
Example: I ordered LL GN GP-30s from my dealer, he ordered them from
his wholesaler who ordered them from CHC. Some time later my dealer
received a fax from CHC saying they would not be importing any US
roadname GP-30s (except 2) because they "do not meet our painting
standards", later a second shop owner showed me an identical fax. I
ordered mine via mail order from the US, of course they were perfect.
BTW they never informed the wholesaler that they were not importing
the GP-30s until he phoned to ask why he did not have them yet.
They told a Canadian distributor who wanted to bring in US road name
engines he had orders for from LL-USA, that he would be fired as their
distributor if he did. These are models they had refused to import
They sued a Winnipeg hobby shop for obtaining a DMIR SD-7 from the USA
for a customer.
Yes I know about the RS-18s and the C-Liners, but their ham handed
'dog in the manger' attempts to keep US road name LL products out of
Canada when they refuse to import them themselves makes them totally