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The last box of the recent spate of orders arrived today ...

A small one ...

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With a massive turned metal barrel (for the Tiger) and bits to put it together.

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... and a couple of turned metal machine gun barrels for the Pz.38(t)

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Now I have to pick a kit for a WIP :unsure::unsure::unsure:

I can't build the Luch's because they don't come with the metal barrel and I can't find anywhere with 2 in stock at the moment

So that leaves the Pz.IV.H, the Tiger, the Panther and the Pz.38(t) ... decisions, decisions!

Rog :)

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So this will be my first post on this thread... as I have purchased stuff in the past and not thought it was really worth talking about, model stuff that probably isn't all that interesting...........

Shadow arrived yesterday, 7 week old German Shepherd pup:  

In another thread, I mentioned how weak I was, piling up a number of « must buys » on my 2020 shopping list. Well, I got the first of those, a rather smallish box, that fits nicely on my bench 

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Those machine gun barrels almost look bigger than the metal barrel I've fitted to the 1/35 AMX-13 I'm doing! As for the Tiger one, you could make a nifty pea shooter out of that. :D

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Delivered via UPS to USPS then to me which makes the culprit one or the other. Received this a couple of days ago. Thankfully the Taska 1/35 Pz Mk. III inside was unharmed.

 

 

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Looks sat on, then crushed to be sure and finally drop kicked to your door.  I think the only package I've ever had look that bad was one sent surface mail from Lucky Model. They've since switched the way surface mail packages get to Canada which is better but sometimes slower. 

Glad to hear the plastic is ok though. 

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9 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Looks sat on, then crushed to be sure and finally drop kicked to your door.  I think the only package I've ever had look that bad was one sent surface mail from Lucky Model. They've since switched the way surface mail packages get to Canada which is better but sometimes slower. 

Glad to hear the plastic is ok though. 

When I first saw the box I figured the plastic was broken but was surprised to find it wasn't. Lucked out on this one!:)

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10 minutes ago, krow113 said:

If it was 'impacted' into that shape I would expect damage , but looks to have been 'compressed' into that shape.

Lucky.

Probably from shoving other boxes against it.

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It sounds logical, but always find the smallest box necessary to fit your shipment in. Large boxes are usually in turn packed with other large boxes; which usually means heavy weights for the items being sent with your parcel. This can be the death knell for fragile items like we tend to send. Smaller boxes will be slotted in Tetris-style to fill gaps, which keeps the faces perpendicular and avoids crushing.

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I always try to bolster the corners with angles for support. This helps to keep the boxes' integrity, especially if you keep the filler between the kit and the outer box to a minimum.

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This is of course completely academic if your supplier doesn't give two hoots about the condition of your purchase once it leaves their warehouse!

S

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2 hours ago, Wumm said:

It sounds logical, but always find the smallest box necessary to fit your shipment in. Large boxes are usually in turn packed with other large boxes; which usually means heavy weights for the items being sent with your parcel. This can be the death knell for fragile items like we tend to send. Smaller boxes will be slotted in Tetris-style to fill gaps, which keeps the faces perpendicular and avoids crushing.

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I always try to bolster the corners with angles for support. This helps to keep the boxes' integrity, especially if you keep the filler between the kit and the outer box to a minimum.

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This is of course completely academic if your supplier doesn't give two hoots about the condition of your purchase once it leaves their warehouse!

S

Very true. My box came from Sprue Bros. and DID have ample "peanuts".

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6 hours ago, JohnB said:

Delivered via UPS to USPS then to me which makes the culprit one or the other. Received this a couple of days ago. Thankfully the Taska 1/35 Pz Mk. III inside was unharmed.

 

 

This has happened to me a couple of times - usually with Revell kits from UK (to Australia). Since the retailer should know the product they are about to ship (and therefore it’s susceptibility to damage), it is therefore, their responsibility to ensure packaging is befitting the product and the journey it is about to take. I’ve torn retailers a new one and had 3 entire model kits replaced by retailers for failing to take due diligence in packaging their product. The double cost of product AND shipping (not to mention the time wasted with customer complaint etc) should teach them to focus more on “Do it once, do it right” ... don’t let them get away with it!!! - Plastic unharmed or no - if you were a collector, the packaging is everything!!

Rog :)

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5 hours ago, Bill_S said:

I don't understand why this one is so hard to find...

This might be the last one, I would go for, if one shows up somewhere. Nice find Bill.

Cheers Rob

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Not to point the finger at someone, I bought that, because one of our fellow members whose name starts with Ha and ends with rv (no names ;)) , got me hooked onto these 1/16 things. As I own a FT-17 in 1/35 along a lot of goodies, I stumbled over this one. 
It's based on the Takom kit, with the Spanish field modification, adding a 20mm Breda cannon. Four of those were build.
As much as I love the strange looking subject, I debated a lot with me, as I'm not too keen on the Spanish Nationalists. This will probably result in an abandoned or knocked out tank, do I hear the word hypocritical? :D.
Just today, I saw on one of my online hobby stores the gadget with the worst money per equivalent rate in modelling :2c:. You can buy the track link pins (really, only the pins), made from metal (the kit ones are plastic) for more than 100€, I think, they were made by polish virgins on a wet grass field while there was a solstice.

A Chinese Tankette in 1/16 from Takom will follow soon.

Cheers Rob  
 

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7 hours ago, DocRob said:

I think, they were made by polish virgins on a wet grass field while there was a solstice.

I can't think of anything else except the poor guy who had to put sunscreen on those hard-working girls.

Hope they were girls...

S

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No crazy unobtanium pins here, just some paint and pencils. 

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The Tru-Color paint line seems to be expanding in its availability which is great. Really nice paint to use if you like lacquer based paints. Tough as nails once it's dry.

For the gearheads amongst us, they do a great selection of car colours as well.

Carl

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1 hour ago, BlrwestSiR said:

The model? Or the track pins made by Polish virgins on a wet grass field? :lol:

Sounds like some very tight tolerances at play there.

I presume they are workable?

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21 minutes ago, Wumm said:

Sounds like some very tight tolerances at play there.

I presume they are workable?

I wouldn't comment or dig deeper, as I lived very close to Poland for the most part of my live :D.

Cheers Rob

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