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Postby silversurfer1947 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:10 am

Wonderland Models has a Tamiya sale on. Includes a wide range of rc and other models, including some sizeable discounts on full option tanks. https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/sale/tamiya/
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:42 am

Oooohhhh... so tempting! No, not the still stupidly overpriced full option tanks but some of the old re-released Tamiya's classic 1/10 buggies and race cars for around a £100. Sweet memories of the 90's :)

Might take another look...

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Postby Max-U52 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:43 pm

You guys must be used to high prices over there, because most of the tanks wonderland has on "sale" are still cheaper at the AAF Tank Museum. The percentages look good until you check the original price and find it's way too high. Who pays a thousand pounds for a JP? The percentages are what they take off from Tamiya's ridiculous required MSRP, which no one sells them for. Almost all vendors sell for substantially less than the MSRP.

But that 1/12 van was very cool. 8)
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:21 pm

The full options can be bought cheaper from Europe, but the UK prices are around the same discounted price.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:40 pm

Wonderland models are stupidly overpriced to start with, even the discount prices are too much... They are only reducing to what other people sell them for to start with!! Now a good deal would be taking 20% off the cheaper prices.

https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/produc ... d-willy-2/

https://www.modelsport.co.uk/tamiya-wil ... oducts/288
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Postby Max-U52 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:47 pm

I went back to their website and dug around a little more and I must say I'm very impressed with Wonderland models. I didn't know that they were a brick-and-mortar hobby shop. I might be a dummy, but I'm willing to pay more if I know it's a brick-and-mortar hobby shop. I really think we have to support those places to make sure that we still have them when we need them. If I had to wait 3 Days Every time I needed a bottle of paint I'd go crazy. We have a couple of very good local hobby shops here in Detroit and I try to buy from them on a regular basis.

Anyway, the virtual tour at their website is very, very cool. I saw all kinds of stuff that I'd be willing to spend money on. :haha:

Should I ever make it to Scotland I'll have to drop into Wonderland models. @)
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Postby silversurfer1947 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:56 pm

Ad Lav wrote:Wonderland models are stupidly overpriced to start with, even the discount prices are too much... They are only reducing to what other people sell them for to start with!! Now a good deal would be taking 20% off the cheaper prices.

https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/produc ... d-willy-2/

https://www.modelsport.co.uk/tamiya-wil ... oducts/288

Whilst price is a huge influence, comparing Wonderland with modelshop is a little like comparing apples and oranges. Wonderland have a physical presence on the high street with all that that entails - the cost of the building, business rates and staff to physically serve the customers. They will never be able to compete on price with internet only merchants. In one sense, it is our own fault that physical modelshops are gradually disappearing as we transfer our business to the web in search of saving money.
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Postby lmcq11 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:09 pm

Always need to shop around for the best deal no matter what sale is ongoing at one place. Its so easy to compare these days.

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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:17 pm

The very fact that they are discounting all their Tamiya range may suggest they need to turn some stock into much needed cash. I hope that's not the case but good model shops are going under left, right and center.

Simple bits like brass rod for fabricating model pipe runs, antenna or grab handles is easy to buy if you have local model shop that stocks it but locally l've had one close and another who can't afford to restock, so soon to go under too. Even the big chains like Hobby Craft no longer stock Tamiya rattle fans - too expensive to hold the stock l was told!
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Postby Ad Lav » Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:01 pm

Richard, I completely agree.

I would rather go in a shop and buy my kits but when the price difference I so huge we all go online.

My local (45 mile trip) hobby shop does stock them, similar prices.

https://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk/t ... option-kit

FWIW - Axels is a proper brick and mortar model shop, his prices are very keen.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:08 am

Ad Lav wrote:Richard, I completely agree.

I would rather go in a shop and buy my kits but when the price difference I so huge we all go online.

My local (45 mile trip) hobby shop does stock them, similar prices.

https://www.sussex-model-centre.co.uk/t ... option-kit

FWIW - Axels is a proper brick and mortar model shop, his prices are very keen.


...And Axel's is where I bought my Tiger 1, It was a shade over 500 Euros when I bought it (ca £440), and that's way cheaper than any UK outlet- discounted or not.
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It's still at a reasonable price (postage is no great deterrent either):
https://www.axels-modellbau-shop.de/kat ... n-kit.html
For Russkie fans, there's a Tamiya KV-1 on offer there for 499.95Euros (circa £420)
https://www.axels-modellbau-shop.de/kat ... cessories/
I might as well mention that someone is breaking a Tamiya Tiger 1 on Ebay.co.uk for parts. There's a full set of wheels, sprockets, and idlers and more besides.
I spent hours staring into Model Shop displays as a kid; but my pockets were always way too short of the required pennies for the Frog, Airfix, and other kits in there. Even the humble Swoppet toy. : :|
Still, It would be a tragedy if these shops full of kids' and grownup kids' daydreams ever vanished from the High Street.
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Postby Jarlath » Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:25 pm

Unfortunately the way of brick and mortar stores is dwindling... The cost of overhead is the reason.

Tamiya's are GD expensive to start with... (I remember 1/35th Tamiya's going for $25 CDN for an Abrams, and now the prices are nearly $100 CDN. That was a shock after nearly 20 years of being out of modelling).

Plus people are cheap and want to get everything for nothing. (I'm trying to sell a 1/16 Tamiya Tiger myself, and people just want to lowball, to which I ignore them)...
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