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pack rat

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In Topic: Parts Pack Motorcycles

23 November 2014 - 08:31 AM

 

Not enough people want them. I doubt tastes have changed that radically since 1997, at least not enough to make selling these viable in 2015, but I submit this news blurb from SAE as proof:

 

 

 

I think the "Parts Pack" label was what killed the bikes back in '97.

 

IIRC the engine parts packs were on the hobby shop shelves when the bikes were announced, and my LHS STILL has a few of those left.


In Topic: I wonder if R2 listens ?

11 September 2014 - 02:10 PM

 

1) the model car companies today are extraordinarily short-staffed vs even ten years ago, much less decades ago.  There just simply isn't time or manpower for them to consistently maintain a view of the boards and respond.   Stated another way, if there are only so many hours in a day, I'd rather see them working on new kits for us, than shuttling that aside to man the message boards. 

 

2) companies in general (not so much the model companies specifically) have sometimes found that when they attempt to respond to criticism on message boards, it turns into a very negative situation.   E.G. the situation worsens rather than resolves itself.  They sometimes get better results by responding to individual messages rather than posts on a publicly-accessible message site.  

 

 

Having worked with Round2 for the last few years, I have to say you are absolutely bang-on, Tim....especially on the first point.

 

I also agree re the guesswork and rampant speculation that results when people on message boards start trying to fill in the blanks when little tidbits of information are released.  The various rumors that were generated when plans for a '71 Demon were announced are a prime example.    


In Topic: Where are they now?

30 August 2014 - 03:40 AM

I started doing box-art/display kits for Round2 through a friend-of-a-friend and a dusty old model.

 

Way back when the AMT Po Shop '64 Ford was released my local LHS proprietor asked me to build one for him for display in his store.  Fast forward a few years....a friend of his (John Greczula from Round2) was visiting his house and spotted the old Galaxie sitting in a display cabinet.  At the time ihobby 2008 was coming up and John needed someone to assemble a couple of test shots for the show.  I was offered the task, I figured "this might be fun", and that led to 60/70-something kits since then.

 

Yes it's fun, but there are some challenges.  Time is a big factor (usually 7-10 days in my spare time), and sometimes you're working with test shots that aren't quite production-ready.  The highlight for me was the snap '66 Batmobile....I had to mate a resin prototype body with an early test shot....and it had to be painted AND pinstriped (somehow).  I got it done, though.

 

I have to give credit to the other guys who have done work for Round2....I've done a bunch of stuff for them but I'm not the only one, and their work is amazing.

 

As to "where are they now?"....the kits usually end up in the Auto World store in Indiana if they survive the beating from being shipped to shows etc (I know of at least one that was basically trashed).


In Topic: What Irked You Today?

24 August 2014 - 03:39 PM

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In Topic: round2 archives

15 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

that's interesting, I wonder what "lost" means? like literally lost, implying the possibility of one day being found? or is it more lost as in tossed overboard in a storm, or cut up and sold as scrap?

Good point.  I forget the exact words used, but the conversation implied that the search was over, and they couldn't re-issue what they didn't have....in other words, "lost" as in "gone".