Jef,f the aftermarket manufacturer of the truck stuff that you show is in Czechosovakia. and they are big truck oriented producers, not car accessory guys.
Moebius 1956 Chrysler 300B
Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:35 AM
Once more, I'll be happy to provide test shots or kits to bonna fide aftermarket accessory makers. So that they can produce aftermarket accessories for our kits.
I have more than enough to keep me very, very busy for as far into the future as I can imagine - without added complexities of producing "premium kits". (At this moment my list of projects - ie. kitsunder development has 35 items on it)
You'll just have to trust me when I say that I have my hands full just getting simple plastic kits from concept to shelves and that added PE sets in kits won't be happening anytime soon.
That's the end of the story from here for now.
Edited by Dave Metzner, 16 July 2013 - 09:39 AM.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:51 AM
Not much likelyhood of Moebius"premium" car kits anytime soon as far as I can see. If you were sitting where I do you'd understand -" Premium" kits might happen some day - just not anytime soon!
I'm ready to work with any bonafide aftermarket manufacturer of PE or resin parts now - I'm happy to work with these guys so that they can produce their own stuff for our kits.
You have to realize that I don't have time to chase them down and make arrangements to work with them.
Since I am the ONLY product development guy at Moebius Models my time is devoted to getting all of our kits (not just cars) from concept to boxes on the shelves. I usually have about 30 projects under way at any so I do not have time for much else.
If I'm approached by people that I recognize as actual producers of resin or PE parts while in process of developing a kit, I'll try to get test shots or kits at no cost for those folks.
Our view is that aftermarket parts for our kits helps sales of our kits.
I already furnish test shots to several resin casters. I furnish Sci Fi test shots to lighting kit developers, Resin casters and a PE guy now.
If a model car photo etch producer with a real track record of selling PE add ons successfully approaches us, I'm sure we'll find a way to get test shots or kits for them to work with.
I did a lot of photo-etched parts from 1991 to about 2007. The film (they call the tool to photo-etch) charge is about $400 and the sheets run about $50+ (depending on thickness) each. Whatever you can fit on a large sheet of brass, stainless steel.
Mine were done on AutoCAD originally by a friend. He got burned out and couldn't do it anymore, so he gave the files to me. I had to buy AutoCAD, which at a discount costs me $2750 plus a 486DX2 computer with 16MB RAM at a further cost of $2500. Things may be cheaper today, but to do the job requires some up front money.
Learning any computer language has a learning curve. I did all the work by myself because nobody who could use the program could understand the product I was designing. Then the AutoCAD DXF files needed to go to a company to go through a program called Gerber to make a film. It took a while to train that person how to convert my job to film.
There were some failures, as some jobs didn't work out as planned. Every mistake another $400 film and junk parts
My point is that it is a labor of love, and not an easy thing to start by one self. It is probably better to let the after market guys like Model Car Garage decide to make them, or not.
Posted 03 August 2013 - 04:11 AM
I was able to see one of the "test shots" of the new Moebius '56 Chrysler 300 kit last night at a club meeting and it looks SWEET!
Posted 03 August 2013 - 02:41 PM
Great... that'll be another add-on to my new "Class of '56 Build Mission."
Posted 05 August 2013 - 03:09 AM
I posted this in another thread, but since we're on the subject, here's the boxart...
Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:30 AM
OH that's downright beeeeeyouteeful!!!! Oh yeah, gonna get me one a them rascals!
Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:06 PM
That is a beautiful box-top. I have to say, largely because of Mr. Svendsen, Moebius has what has to be some of the best packaging we've seen in a long time.
They're getting there with the product, too.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:00 AM
I agree with Charlie on Sean's box art!! I can't wait for this one...and the Ford pickups!!!
Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:00 AM
Defintiely looking forward to this one. I loved the 300B ever since I saw a black one in Automobile Quarterly way back when.
Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:23 PM
Box looks nice. I liked the 56 much better than the 55. The taillights on the 55 always looked like an afterthought. The 56 was a nicer back end. I'll buy a couple for sure.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:13 PM
I want one or two myself. And yes, I have to agree with everyone on the box art. it's beautiful. Gets my vote for one of the most beautiful box designs EVER for a model kit.