The same places that a lot of similar kits are sold now - in some few hobby shops as well as online. Places such as Hobby Link Japan, Starship Modeler and others seem to be fairly booming w/the kits that they retail. PL seems to have done well enough w/their Trek kits that it wasn't a loss for RC2 when they purchased Praying Mantis to decide to stop the PL Trek line.fernieo said:Hate to pee on everyones parade, but even if some company were to produce all these great kits. Where would they sell them?
Where? Any decent hobby store that's kept up with thier client wants and demands.fernieo said:Hate to pee on everyones parade, but even if some company were to produce all these great kits. Where would they sell them? The retail scene has radically changed from the 60's,70's,80's,even the 90's. Very few retailers even stock any kind of kits anymore.
Wal-Mart-They have about 1/6(if that) of an aisle w/ kits. A handful of cars, a couple of planes and the occasional oddball kit. That's it, and they're supposed to be the largest toy retailer!
Target: Zero,Zip, Nada! They briefly carried a few PL Kits, if you blinked you missed em.
K-Mart-They barely carry regular merchandise, much less any kits, next.
Toys R Us-Ugh, See Wal-Mart above. store is a joke.
Kb Toys-Zero, an occasional closeout kit might pop up from time to time.
Hobby Lobby/ Michaels- HL have a decent selection of kits, though it can be pretty hit or miss. Michaels has a small selection, mostly cars.
And thanks to Wal-Mart and other so-called SuperStores, Discount stores like Woolworths,Newberry's,Kresge's,Winn's, Ben Franklin, Fedmart,Grant's,TG&Y, WoolCo, Etc. are history. All these stores were a great place to pick up all kinds of kits.
The Local Hobby Shop- How many of you even still have a Hobby Shop nearby?
Here we have a grand total of 1, and it's mostly an RC shop. If you're not an RC Customer, they want nothing to do w/ you.
The one possible bright spot may be selling online, the downside may be the high shipping rates.
And while ordering online is ok, nothing beats finding that kit you've been looking for on the shelf.
Oh yeah, and add a Large Scale Galaxy Quest Protector to the list!
PS. If I won the lottery, the heck w/ kits. I'd attend the next Christies auction and buy the Actual Enterprise model(s).
Which is why, no offense, I want them as inexpensive styrene kits. I'm currently building Collect-Aire's 1/48 McDonnel XP-67. It was $150 three years ago when I got it. Detail is sparse, molding rough and bubbly, parts fit variable. I've spent almost two weeks sanding it so the blended wing/fuselage parts actually blend. I have THIRTEEN .45 slugs in it weighing the nosewheel down, and I had to rebuild one of the engine nacelles that shattered while I was drilling it out for said weights. I haven't gotten to the dreaded vacuform canopy yet, but i sure hope it fits better than the last Collect-Aire kit's I did.abu625 said:Many the aircraft subjects on John's list ARE available -- in resin -- from companies like Anigrand, Unicraft and Planet. You just need to know where to look...