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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2016 17:06 pm 
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Just looking through the airfix website and everything seems to be dearer.

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Could this reflect currency values?

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2016 17:13 pm 
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Blimey, looks like all the kits have gone up.
Plus 50p for basic series 1, £1, £2 and on as the series goes up.
Enamel and acyrlic paints up 19p a tinlet. 50p onto a rattle spray can

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2016 17:44 pm 
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It was noted earlier this week on the Airfix Forum
http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/forum/price-increases/?p=1

Not really surprising given the state of Hornby, the currency exchange rates etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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Blimey, looks like all the kits have gone up.
Plus 50p for basic series 1, £1, £2 and on as the series goes up.
Enamel and acyrlic paints up 19p a tinlet. 50p onto a rattle spray can
:shock: :shock: That´s quite a lot !
Just had a quick look on the site where I recently bought the Airfix StuG...and the Price has gone down 64 cents :? Though I doubt that´s a reflection of the recent currency changes.

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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wow nearly 20 pence on a tin of paint . I only buy if I really have to know I have switched to Vallejo because you actually do not use so much and you get more for your money . I have only brought one full price model this year from Airfix all the rest have been sales and black Friday . I have started to be a bit more savvy with my purchases as i am lucky asI have a good selection of models in my stash . I also think it is taking models away from the pocket money generation with the price increase . i understand the increase but in the long run i think it will go against them and other manufacturers i will not even look at Hasegawa kits because of the prices they ask

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
PostPosted: Thu 13 Oct 2016 19:20 pm 
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Kinder get more pocketmoney than you think.
My daughter's friends get quite a sum and I believe them typical.
I get Humbrol at my LMS; up to last week or so he sells them at £1.20 a tinlet, probably go up to about £1.40/45

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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That's cheap Fred, I think the "cheapest", my LMS has Humbrol for is 1 Pound 90p, the dearest I've seen it for is 2 Pounds 40p., (same shop Airfix starter kits 12 Pounds).
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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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Perhaps this will lead to more production being onshored.

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Don't think that will help much. The feedstuffs for paint are pretty well all priced in dollars, I think, so unless/until sterling's health recovers they'll just go on getting dearer.

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Maybe this is about "where I shop" but the last Hasegawa kits I got were the equivalent of £10 each for single engine fighters, and were a licenced tie-in with an Anime show where high schools have flying clubs that operate warbirds.

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Hornby have a very tricky business model to balance, with costs massively reliant on oil prices (and hence exchange rates), while revenue is entirely dependent on optional purchasing. This produced disaster in the late 70s. As with all manufacturing, the key is quality - customers may be willing to pay the higher costs for better product - so retooling may be the best strategy. I would expect to see the product range shrinking, as old moulds becoming unacceptable, but with enough more expensive re-tools to keep interest and income stream

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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Well, for example, I'd be happier to see the Hampden re-released with a note saying "Old tool, but where else will you find a 1/72 scale Hampden?" than one saying "New release".

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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Why are tinlets (and model paints in general) so expensive?
Seems a lot of money for such a small amount of paint.

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Its not the paint per se; its the metal tin, the printing of, the distribution etcetera

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My favourite axe to grind - cost of consumables. If you cost paints out per litre then compare it with a litre of Dulux from B & Q it's a bit eye watering. According to my maffs, Humbrol enamel currently sets you back £135/litre. I do take what Fred says, the packaging and distribution for such small quantities is a considerable on cost, as is making available the huge number of colours, but there's no doubt in my mind that it's a nice little earner. Not just Humbrol, either.

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 Post subject: Re: Price rise
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Well, even there it depends a bit. I'm also a fan of Japanese "tuner cars", and one of their companies, "Top Tecres (anag)", has a custom mix gold that is only (at least legally) available from them and the last time I saw a price about 10 years ago was US$200 per litre.

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I would expect to see the product range shrinking, as old moulds becoming unacceptable, but with enough more expensive re-tools to keep interest and income stream


Logical, but have you seen Hannant's latest list of Airfix kits that are 'finished' (i.e. can't be re-ordered)? There seems to be a high proportion of new tools alongside the predictable long-service warhorses finally being pensioned off.

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Airfix seem to work a 3-5 year rotation of the range :wink:

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Dont know if i mentioned this seems the unreleased 1:48 ju87b has jumped from a pre discount price of £21.99 to a eye watering £27.99
The P40B has jumped to £21

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