Re: WW I Kits

Hirohisa Ozaki (
Wed, 20 Dec 95 12:34:42 JST

CONTENTS : I want that everybody know very high Prices in Japan.

Steve, and everybody,

Steve said:
> I'll also admit (begrudgingly!) that 95% of my related frustration
> with this situation is just simply that I'm jealous. That green eyed
> monster is a tough one to get past. "Gads!, why is Fujimi bringing out
> that 12th state of the art 1/48 F-18A Hornet kit when we *STILL* don't
> have a decent 1/72 Fokker Dr.I !?!?!?!" (to name one possible -
> likely? - scenario).

I agree.
But I want that everybody know very high Prices in Japan.

I bought Hasegawa 1/72 Fw190D-9 for 300Yen about 10years ago.
This price 300yen was about $2 at the time.
Now, I paid 1,200yen for Hasegawa 1/72 Fw190D-9 (New released).
This terrible price 1,200yen is about $12 at trading rate of today!

New model kits of famous manufacturer prices go on rising rapidly.

Charles said:
> The point is we should count our blessings and build away. I mean
>what kit is going to win a contest built out of the box ?? Does anyone
>only build Fine Molds kits ($90.00 for a 1/48 aircraft kit ?????). And
>isn't it the point of this hobby to put something more into these models
>than just parts in one box ? I mean what has kept the cottage industry
>going for over a decade ??

I agree with Charles too.

I bought Finemolds 1/48 "Suisei type 11" for 4,800yen as $48.
I thought this price is not suitable for 1/48 single-engine aircraft kit.
>only build Fine Molds kits ($90.00 for a 1/48 aircraft kit ?????).
it go on About twice in US! Wow!

The price of Hasegawa 1/72 Polikarpov I-16 is 1,200yen.
If Hasegawa release new kit of WWI aircraft, its price is as like I-16 price,
or over a little it, I think.

For example, if Hasegawa release accurate and beautiful 1/72 Albatros D.III,
I will must pay 1,500yen as $15 for it.
Then, its price will be about $30 in US and another country, I think.

Is this price $30 suitable for 1/72 Bi-plane kit?

I purchased Pegasus 1/72 Albatros D.Va for 2,800yen as $28.
I thought that this price is highly.
Because I purchased Airfix 1/72 Albatross D.V with Aero club white metal parts,
engine, propeller with spinner, and machine-guns for 1,650yen as $16.50, and
I contented it.

I think that we should not request new products to famous kit manufacturer,
cause we will must pay unsuitable price for it and any cottage industry will
close down. It is a great loss to us.

Well, well, have enough of such a topic.
Sorry for tired all.

--Hirohisa Ozaki