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Market Research - your top 'wanted' kits in 1/32 & larger please!


richdlc

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Hi - I know it's been done to death, but this is serious research for a model company.

 

Could you let me know your top 'wants' in 1/32 or larger - bearing in mind that since this was last done, several have been released or are forthcoming.  I don't have time to trawl through hundreds of threads looking for what's already been said...

 

It doesn't matter if it's really obscure.

 

What I really need to know (and bearing in mind that many of you are a lot older than me (36)) are the subjects that modellers have been waiting years for.

 

Do you think your choices are commercially viable / potentially profitable and why?

 

I will leave this thread up for a couple of weeks, and also post a similar one on other sites, then I will collate all the data and fire it off to the relevant person for discussion

 

Thanks very much in advance!
 

Rich

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A mainstream 1/32 Hawker Hurricane range !

A new1/32 Beaufighter series nightfighter/TFX etc

Macchi fighter family in 1/32

De Havilland Vampire/Venom family 1/32

Phantom Family 1/32

 

I think the Messerschmitt and Focke Wulf stuff has been done to death, special hobby/ MPM etc do some of the more obscure French etc subjects which probably wouldn't sell well enough to warrant a mainstream manufacturer doing them.

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Rich

 

You don't say if it's a mainstream high pressure IM company or a low volume (Special Hobby for eg) type outfit... That has a bearing as some are looking for mainstream to replace what is available as limited run stuff.

 

Anyway, stuff that would sell in 1/32:

 

Harriers - Trumpy haven't touched all the 'classic' versions - not even a sea harrier - still stuck with Revell's offering.

Vampire, Venom series

A good OOB EE Lightning

Folland Gnat

Fouga Magister

FIAT G-91

SAAB Tunnan

Westland Wasp/Scout

Gazelle (helo)

Bf 108B

Dornier Alpha Jet

Dassault Ouragan

Dassault Mystere

Dassault( Super) Étendard

Bolton-Paul Defiant

 

I think this stuff would sell well because, as George says, there's a strong sense of nostalgia attached to a lot of these aircraft - they're the sort s of kits I made when entering the hobby in the last year of the 60s and into the 70s. They are old Airfix and Matchbox kits - revamped with extra details and larger size to cater for our greater pocket money and dwindling eyesight...

 

In fact I think looking at the back catalogue of what Airfix, Frog and Matchbox produced in the late 60s and into the 70s would provide a rich seam of subject matter...

 

Just my thoughts..

 

Matt

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Hey ho - I hate to be predictable but a British Phantom, either FG.1 or FGR.2, would plug a large hole in my 'bucket list'!!

What else?

Well it wouldn't be a hardship to see:-

 

Hunter two seater

Late model Beaufighter

Folland Gnat

 

That'll do for the moment.

Is there a Santa Claus??

 

Steve S.

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I'd love to see some more options from other WWII participants, such as Italian and Russian. Some Macchis and Yaks, for example.

I'll second that. And, of course, a Do-17Z that a number of us keep prattling on about would be a hit (and, by "a number of us", I mean myself included :-) )

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I'll limit my inputs to kits that I think might actually be financially viable, I realize that a couple of these are available in resin but resin kits have a tendency to be overly pricey.

 

Me 410

Ar 234

Do 17/217

Bf 108

Hs 123

Hs 126

Hs 129

Fw 189

 

P-51B

B-24

B-26

 

Yak 1,3,5,9

Lagg 3

La 5,7

Pe 2

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I'll limit my inputs to kits that I think might actually be financially viable, I realize that a couple of these are available in resin but resin kits have a tendency to be overly pricey.

 

Me 410

Ar 234

Do 17/217

Bf 108

Hs 123

Hs 126

Hs 129

Fw 189

 

P-51B

B-24

B-26

 

Yak 1,3,5,9

Lagg 3

La 5,7

Pe 2

Definitely agree with the P51B, the trumpeter just doesn't cut it!

 

And the Ruskie stuff.

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Put me down for...

 

Do217N

Fw189

He115

Hs129

Me410

 

I know that two of these have been kitted in limited resin recently, but I'm not meant to actually touch the stuff. Also would be very interested in more "build-friendly" versions of the Macchi 200/202/205 series which would share many common sprues between these variants, should that be a consideration.

 

S

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I'll limit my inputs to kits that I think might actually be financially viable, I realize that a couple of these are available in resin but resin kits have a tendency to be overly pricey

 

 

B-26

 

 

One of Wing Scales planned releases. Too bad.

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F-84F Thunderstreak

RF-84F Thunderflash

F-86D "Dog"-Sabre

F-86K "King"-Sabre ;) (until 1957 it was "K for King" instead of "Kilo", as was "D for Dog" instead of "Delta")

F-101A/C Voodoo

RF-101C Voodoo

F-5A

F-5E

 

and first and foremost:

 

Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) as a modern tool! The Ki-43 was for the IJAAF what the Zero was for the IJN!

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