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  1. lancia

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    F1tommy, If I may ask, what is the ballpark shipment cost for a Hiro 1/12 from Japan to USA, and do they package the model kit well, with plenty of protection? Thanks.
     
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    I would contact Hiro for shipping. They give a 10 % discount for pre orders and the whole thing cost around $720.00 including shipping with the discount. That's cheaper than any vendor I have seen. Never had any issues with packing.
     
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    Looks great but Pocher/Hornby has still not released the Mercedes SLR announced in 2018 yet.
     
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    That was quietly canceled some time ago.
     
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    The LeGrand Mercedes SLR will be released this summer, it was the 300SL Gullwing that Hornby backed out of and subsequently released by Eaglemoss, it was also released fully assembled in a few colors.
     
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    There's a lot of talk surrounding the upcoming release of the Pocher Lotus 72 about the popularity of the 1:8 scale kits with older builders. Also some comments about which are some of the better kits and the drawbacks of the part-work subscriptions.
    I wish that the distribution of these kits was better and that kits were not so limited by region. Also wish that one of the major companies involved - Model Space - wasn't so much of a crap shoot when it comes to customer service. They need to be less of a call center and more of an actual company before I'd be comfortable dealing with them.
     
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    Tamiya is doing the Senna in 1/24th scale. Of all the cars they could have done they pick maybe the ugliest sportscar in production.

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    Totally agree with the Stig; if there's a defect in one of the subscription issues it takes weeks or months to acquire a replacment-if it arrives at all-i'm currently waiting three months now for a replacement for defective paint on a GT40 door. It appears ALL of these companies rely on IXO,and others to tool and manufacture the models , so why can't any company offer worldwide shipping, distribution is done by fullfillemtn centers anyway.
     
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    It is really to bad they don't sell world wide. Maybe it has something to do with the news stand EU tax laws as they are all sold thru news stands to get around tax. The parent company Hachette seems to be the one coordinating alot of these models.
     
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    Hachette is definitely the big player and it's a bit weird how some of the models seem to have been "shopped around" before being available. I think it's also very weird how some, notably Centauria, have not been marketed at all in North America, maybe not even in other big markets. I also think that Pocher's marketing stinks. Look at the list of "stockists" on their web site and there are only a handful of small local hobby shops listed while the one specialty dealer - Brady Ward - isn't even listed.
    I think Pocher have, so far, not cashed in on the surge in big scale models very well. They announced back with the Hornby acquisition that they would be re-releasing models from their back catalog which they haven't done and now say is unlikely to happen. They under-produced the Lamborghinis as demonstrated by the very high prices in the secondary market. I think they should be announcing and producing 3-4 new models per year and instead we've had one in, what, 3 years in the car sector?
    Oh and as far as pricing - I hadn't thought through the newsagent tax angle but that makes a lot of sense. That is a problem for the US market and helps to explain why the part-work kits are SO much more expensive here than they are in Europe.
     
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    Wondering just how much of that kit is taken from the one that they mastered years ago for Black Box Prototypes?
     

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