Saturday, 20 February 2010

New Arrivals and News -20th February 2010

Well, if it was hard last week to find some interesting
'stuff' then this week is even harder - unless you are into MGBs
that is. As the new arrivals list is so short, we have included
all the new release decals to make it look a bit longer. The best
news this week is that the Marivox range of 1/72nd Swedish topics
is available again.

MV7201£10.99 Saab J-22A/B Swedish Fighter with improved decals and etched part. Up-graded version...

MV7202 £13.90 Saab 105 Demonstrator and SK-60A/B/C/D versions Decals for 9 aircraft

MV7203 £11.40. SAAB 17. WWII Reconnaissance, Maritime Patrol, Dive Bomber 6 versions. Decals for 16 a/c

MVLE1 £17.99 de Havilland Vampire Mk.I (J28A) The Heller kit with new wings and etched. Decals RAF, Sweden

Oh, and the MGB? It's Airfix (of course) AX50090 - £8.99 - 1/32nd MGB Roadster Includes Precision poly cement, 2 paint brushes & 6 Acrylic paints

That's all for this week. Check out the weekly list of new
arrivals here!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

New Arrivals and News -13th February 2010

Not too much of excitement this week. It has been difficult to select new items to feature here.

Academy are releasing some interesting, if not exciting, models over the last few weeks and this week is no exception. Two of note are as follows:

AC13221 - M4A3E8 Easy Eight WWII Korea (with Master Box figs).
This one is following the trend with both Tamiya and others of including some Eastern Europe made figures in their armour or aircraft sets. This kit is a nice combination centred on the Korean War and is good value at £24.99.

AC12422 F/A-18D Hornet US Marines (twin-seat) £18.99
Another very nice Marines Corp Hornet at what is seen nowadays as a 'reasonable' price for a quality 1/72nd scale kit (how times have changed!).

Web Site News
Well, the new facility for re-using an existing credit card seems to have worked well and is liked by everyone. The next step is to provide a look up on existing orders. We are hoping to implement this over the next two weeks. This will give you a list of all your outstanding items along with expected shipping dates.

We have completed our testing on the weekly newsletter so look out for that to be arriving over the next few days. If you haven't signed up for it, send me an e-mail ( and I will add you to the list. Expect some great special offers.
We are planning on two great offers over the coming few weeks.
  • One will probably be a paint offer along the lines of 'buy x bottles and get y bottles free'.
  • Another will be rather special. Along with our of our suppliers, we will be offering a range of special sets comprising a kit (starting with the Hobby Boss range) and all the attendent Eduard etched and masks. These sets will start at around 15% discount of the retail price but we are hoping to make that 20% on some sets.
Incidentally, we are expecting to be able to offer Testors Model Master enamels soon - this is a great range of FS matched paints that have a huge reputation in the US and will now be available for worldwide shipment from us - without the purchase of a kit, of course.

That's all for this week. Check out the weekly list of new arrivals here!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

New Arrivals and News - 8th February 2010

Well, we have a blockbuster this week. Xtrakit's release of a 1/72 Supermarine Swift FR.5 has had a tremendous impact. It looks to be a very nice kit and extremely cleanly moulded. It is probably moulded by Sword, which means no alignment pins but apart from that, this should be a good one. Plus the nice clean 50's camo. One of our shop regulars pointed out that the aircarft on the box has two (yes 2) squadron markings on it. It appears to be that the remnants of 4 Squadron merged with 79 Squadron hence the 4/79 label and both Squadron's markings on the aircraft. At £17.99, these are flying out the door so I guess the first delivery won't last long - memories of the Supermarine Scimitar some months back.

The second kit is the new Academy Admiral Graf Spee. Limited Edition which includes a wooden deck, photo-etch, brass gun barrels, nameplate and brass chain. At £79.99 it's not cheap but it looks like being quite special.

For the full list of New Arrivals go - here!

News of the Web Site. There have been two major changes to the web site.
1. We have now removed the Paypal option from the site for the reasons we explained last week. We are unhappy to be taking money for items before we ship the goods. This is especially important now that we are listing more future releases.
2. We have amended the Credit Card process. If there is a credit card on your file, you are reminded of this with a reference to the last four digits of the card number. If you wish to use this card, then you can and the sale completes. If you wish to change the card, just click on the new card button and enter the new details. If you currently have a valid credit card on file with us, this is much faster than the Paypal process. Just to remind you, we have an encoding process that we use on all credit card numbers that renders them unusable until we decode them. This means you can give us your card without worries.

Changes to come on the site.
For some time, we have been looking at giving you the option of looking at your current outstanding orders. We have an advanced ordering system built into our software that works closely with our suppliers' web sites. We shall be adding a new login option for existing users which will enable you to see your orders and the current state of availability. This will take a week or so to arrive but we are sure that you will find it helpful.

Don't forget David's modelling blog at where he is currently struggling with a 1/48th Monigram Catalina.