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In Topic: LS Engines

21 December 2014 - 06:24 AM

VCG resins carries a variety of LS engines

In Topic: AMT Parts Pack prices

19 December 2014 - 01:52 PM


if this is just your tire collection, I can't imagine how many rooms the other stuff fills!


That is not all the tire collection, but about a third.  Kit count is only about 450, if you exclude the HO train stuff still in the moving boxes.

In Topic: AMT Parts Pack prices

19 December 2014 - 10:24 AM

It seems that these topics generate a range of opinions across the board and never get to a real conclusion because those that generated the price do not post their reasoning for it.


For us, there is something called marginal utility.  Rather than go through the economic theories, the gist is that there is a price point where the value of the object is not worth the price.  And, that price point may be different for each of us and at different points in time.  For the example stated in this thread, the value may not be worth the $15 price usually, but could be if one were trying to cobble together a contest entry of a drag car that requires this wheel set.  Notice, I said could be.


I don’t know if it still holds true, people like Art or Dave could confirm, but the suggested retail price used to be about twice what the manufacturer sold to the distributor (with no allowances for additional discounts).  Thus, a $20 kit at the local LHS would get the manufacturer $10 (gross not net).   Various cost components of making a kit (or parts pack) have already been stated, so I won’t belabor them. 


One thing both Revell and Round2 indicated to me in interviews, though, is that they cannot just run a partial or specific tree through the molds.  This goes for producing a parts pack or any kit variation.  Molds usually carry multiple parts trees.  If you look at the big block Chevy engine Revell offers in many kits, they don’t have a specific mold for it.  They have the design and they move it into another mold pattern for another kit.  They may also need to modify the design for the engine bay, mounts, accessories, et al.   I’m positing the tires are mass produced separately and just need to be packaged.


Getting to a comment that we car modelers in general are cheap, I have heard that from multiple sources.  Even a few local LHS’ that have recently closed felt that.  I was cited many cases where modelers would come in and window shop (even looking at kit contents) and then go for it at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or online.  The LHS’ said they couldn’t survive on just selling paints or tools and couldn’t match discounting.  So, the inevitable happens.


We all want a fair price, good deal and quality for our money.  So I can understand why that seems a tough price to pay.  But, I suspect for pricing, the manufacturers looked at their potential market; the cost to produce, package and market; and the projected sale loss of a donor kit with the parts.


Personally, I have amassed a stash of different wheels and decide their value before I put my money Down (sample below).













In Topic: Hello from Washington State

17 December 2014 - 05:57 AM

Hello John, since you show your are in Bothell,  have you yet connected with the Puget Sound Auto Modelers Association yet?

In Topic: Source for a decent GM LS engine and transmission?

15 December 2014 - 05:09 AM

The Revell Corvette ZR1 kit comes with the ZR1 intake/supercharger and the Z06 intake/injection. So you could do either a LS7 or LS9.


You may have only been referencing the engine.  If so, I'm sorry.  But they are Transaxle, so a transmission would still need to be sourced.  The aforementioned Silverado engine is automatic as, I will have to check, are the Revell current Gen Camaros.