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Old August 25th, 2011, 07:49 PM
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Thinking I shouldn't have sold my 1/32 Vac Intruder kit.
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Old August 26th, 2011, 05:05 AM
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Old October 1st, 2011, 11:49 AM
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It was a big tease! A ruse! I'll believe it now when the damn box is in my hands! That and it will prob cost your first born to get... Not impressed any more...

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Old May 24th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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Providing detailed engines is one of Trupeters trademarks. Some modelers like to have detailed engines in their kits. So Trumpeter includes them as a matter of routine. Weither it's a WW II subject or modern jet. Their philosophy is that if you don't want to use it just add it to your spare parts box.

The subject of kit costs is a separate issue. Trumpeter sells their kits at very reasonable prices in China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, etc. The big problem is when the kits are exported to the USA, Europe, or Australia. The distributors, the shipping companies, government taxes, and the retail sales outlets are the ones responsible for marking up the prices unreasonably. They do not produce the kits but they make a nice little profit getting the kit from China to your doorstep.

I estimate that Trumpeter gets 40% of what you pay and the middlemen get 60%. If the middlemen could be cut out of the equation you would pay 40% for the kit plus 10% shipping for a net decrease of 50% of what you are paying now. Take a good look at Trumpeters kits and tell me what you think of that kit if it was 50% off what you paid for it. Modelers would be delighted. I buy my kits in Manila and Hong Kong and I pay half of what they cost in the USA.

The bottom line is that Trumpeter does not want to compromise their core philosophy (detailed engines, positionable flight controls, rubber tires, metal landing gear, etched metal frets, detailed gun bays, numerous weapons options) for the sake of saving a few bucks. They would rather see the middlemen lower their thirst for profits.

But they do need to make sure their kits are accurate!!! We tell them this every day. They are improving.....slowly.

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It helps because it is obvious. Trumpeter should sell direct if they actually care about modeler's costs. They make a lot of money using middlemen. It's cool. We can't order from Monogram or Tamiya directly either.

Still.....you shouldn't treat us like we were slow......lol.

I don't want engines or Gatling guns all detailed and then covered up. I want superb parts fit and an accurate outline. Accurate cockpits and weapons would be a plus.

Trumpeter has much work to do on both. I'm building an "USS A-7e". The weapons load is generic and half wrong. The cockpit is pitiful. I ended up getting an Eduard seat and an Aries cockpit.

Premium kits should not require so many accessories. Just saying.

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Old May 24th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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A-6F didn't have burners, just non-afterburning F-404's. Acoustic signatures alone against the rear fuselage would have discounted the use of burners on that design. The A-6F's REAL advance was in an all digital avionics package. The A-6G was a cheaper version with all the new avionics but retaining the J-52 engines.

I remember as an apprentice here in the UK working on some parts of the airborne test pods for the A-6F programme at NGL in Yeovil.

Would have been a great aircraft but the Navy chose to remain true to the A-12. Whoops!
The airfoil would have precluded afterburners. Afterburners are for supersonic aircraft. This plane could lift 18000 pounds. That was its job. Lifting and dispensing.

The real weapon in the A-6 arsenal was the Prowler. It accidentally blacked out half the east coast in the seventies. Electronic suppression is as good as a nuke.

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The trumpeter A-6A is listed as "in stock" at Stevens. Mega Hobby is also listing it as in stock.

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http://www.trumpeter-china.com/a/en/...0605/2407.html

It is very impressive.

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I got mine today!!! It's soo awesome!!! See my thread in the jets section for more info.
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I lost out on the first batch of Intruders. I have to wait for the next batch to come in.

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I'm actually going to wait until all the hype wears off, and the folks like Squadron have to do like what they're doing with the HobbyBoss F-14D, and mark it down to ridiculous prices to get rid of the overstock that they took in hopes that everyone was actually going to pay the MSRP just to have it up front. If you can wait, the Black Friday sale is only five months out. Get it at 50% off.

Then again, I am headed to EagleQuest this weekend for Squadron. Not sure if they'll have it as a part of the 40% off sale in the warehouse shop-a-thon or not, but we'll see.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 11:06 AM
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It's here:

Not at that price! You can keep it. I am not going to pay down the national debt to have one... I want to buy one, not get raped! At this price the plastic in that box better be nothing short of genius. I'm betting that is not the case...

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Old June 21st, 2013, 12:27 PM
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It's here:

Not at that price! You can keep it. I am not going to pay down the national debt to have one... I want to buy one, not get raped! At this price the plastic in that box better be nothing short of genius. I'm betting that is not the case...

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Actually, it's pretty damned impressive. I'm not upset in the slightest for what I paid for it.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 05:22 PM
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Actually, it's pretty damned impressive. I'm not upset in the slightest for what I paid for it.
The price is not that bad actually and it will come down once the first surge is over.

Tamiya sold their F14 in 1//32 for 129.00 years and years ago. It wasn't half the model this one is. Same with their big Enterprise kit. It was 169.00.

These new Trumpeter kits have the best molding and clearly defined parts that I have ever seen. My A-7 has no flash and no press seam lines.

You get what you pay for. It's all relative.

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Unless you have some life or death crisis that mandates that you have a completed one of these done in the next six months, do yourselves a favor, and just wait. Exercise the delayed gratification, and save yourself about 40-60 bucks in the process while you wait for the price to lower a bit after the mad rush. What I notice is that a lot of places buy shit like this in huuuuge bulk, then when they don't sell it like they have to, they turn around and mark it down 40% every other week *ahemsquadron.comahem*
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Old June 25th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Unless you have some life or death crisis that mandates that you have a completed one of these done in the next six months, do yourselves a favor, and just wait. Exercise the delayed gratification, and save yourself about 40-60 bucks in the process while you wait for the price to lower a bit after the mad rush. What I notice is that a lot of places buy shit like this in huuuuge bulk, then when they don't sell it like they have to, they turn around and mark it down 40% every other week *ahemsquadron.comahem*
The after market accesories will be coming out by then as well.

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