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robdebie

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  • Location The Netherlands
  • Full Name Rob de Bie

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  1. robdebie added a post in a topic Found a very (extreme?) rare modelkit, dare I say it?   

    Eric sent me the following information: "The RX-7 was Hasegawa's second 1/12 car model. The first one, the Nissan Z32 Fairlady (300ZX), had not been a success due to some QC and design issues combined with a rather steep price. For the RX-7 Hasegawa took a different approach using ABS for body, floorpan and load bearing chassis parts instead of a prepainted polystyrene body over a heavy metal chassis. Hasegawa then sent out pre-production versions of the RX-7 model to all Hasegawa importers and distributors and also to Mazda importers worldwide. I got an opportunity to examine one of these pre-production models at the Dutch Mazda importer. At the time Mazda-Netherlands also sold model cars and kits at their dealerships, such as the Hasegawa 767B and most of the Tamiya Mazda kits (RX-7, MX-5, 787B). The importers were thus given a taste of the kit before (hopefully) ordering some and they were also asked for their opinions on the model. The kits sent out for evaluation were deliberately incomplete test shots, to keep these free kits from interfering with sales of production kits later on. The test shots gave a good impression of the final model, but some key parts were missing, others lacked some details and some parts won't fit properly, as indicated in the accompanying letter. Some items are missing from the kit in the pictures, in particular the sleeve that was around the box. This sleeve was out of brown corrugated cardboard and had text and a line drawing in black on the top side. These sleeves were unique to the pre-production models and were not fitted to the production kits. Concluding, it is a rare kit, since only a few were sent to each country, but of limited value because it is an incomplete test shot that can not be built, so it may only appeal to collectors." Another small mystery is solved :-)
    Rob  
  2. robdebie added a post in a topic Found a very (extreme?) rare modelkit, dare I say it?   

    Erik, don't move until you've spoken to Eric Verschuur, a fellow IPMS-NL member of you and me. I think he's the most knowledgeable RX-7 model collector around. You could start by checking out his website:
    Eric's Rx-7 Home Page
    I will notify him about this thread and ask him to contact you.
    Rob
     
  3. robdebie added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    Thanks too! Here's a close-up, showing the brand and the filler cap.

    Rob
  4. robdebie added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    Thanks!
  5. robdebie added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    Do American car meetings in the Netherlands also qualify for this thread? If yes, here are two cars of last Saterdays meeting in The Hague, with maybe 150 cars attending. I don't know zilch about the two pictured cars, maybe someone can enlighten me?


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  6. robdebie added a post in a topic AMT 68 El Camino   

    I found three of the above photos in 'Strategic Reconnaissance 1956-1976' issued by the 100th SRW, scanned them at 600 dpi, and posted them on my website for downloading. Beware, large files!
    https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/various/images/elcamino-p162.jpg
    https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/various/images/elcamino-p168.jpg
    https://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/various/images/elcamino-p218.jpg
    Rob
  7. robdebie added a post in a topic Why resin kits are expensive - with actual numbers   

    I'm not my66s55, and I'm definitely not an accountant, but here's how I would look at it.
    I redid the whole calculation for the complete run of 100 products, sorry for deviating from your 25 product run approach. I made the following listing of cost and hour items, from your data. There's one big guess: the time spent on casting and demolding a single kit. I guessed one hour.
      Master pattern: 0$
      Master changes & preparations: 8h
      Master painting: 140$
      Mold making: 32h (four times)
      Silicone: 1472$ (four times 368$)
      Consumables: 0$    
      Resin: 1360$ (you need 3.4 sets of 10 gallons for 100 kits)
      Consumables: 0$
      Hours casting and demoulding: 100h (***** I guessed 1 hour per kit *****)
      Ebay fees: 1650$
      PayPal fees: 509$
      Handling: 100h
      Postage: 1665$
      Donation: 1650$
    If you now add up all the cost items, and all the hours worked, you can calculate the hourly rate:
      Total earned: 16500$
      Total spent: 8446$
      Nett: 8054$
      Total hours: 240
    8054$ divided by 240 hours gives an hourly wage of 34$. If you leave out postage (which would normally not be included in the price) and the donation, your hourly wage jumps to 47$.
    I would say that the calculation is maybe a bit on the optimistic side, since is are no cost for the master, and the cost and/or depreciation of equipment. And maybe some other items are overlooked, like the kit's box and labels, and the shipping box. Plus you would need to count also the hours spent on Ebay, communication with customers, returns, broken parts.
    Rob
     
     
  8. robdebie added a post in a topic SAE April 1991 in return for some custom decals? - CLOSED   

    The topic is closed, a trade was made.
  9. robdebie added a post in a topic SAE April 1991 in return for some custom decals? - CLOSED   

    Carl, sorry for the delayed reply, I was away for a few days. The yellow scallops with a red outline are perfect for an Alps, with the limitation that the yellow will be a bright lemon yellow, not an orangy warm yellow. Brown is a difficult color for an Alps, but maybe the 'Buzzing Buzzard' scallops are gold? Gold is an easy color for an Alps.
    Can you send an e-mail to robdebie xs4all nl to discuss the details off the board?
    Rob
  10. robdebie added a post in a topic SAE April 1991 in return for some custom decals? - CLOSED   

    If you mean 'modern' flames, with color gradients: no, the Alps printer cannot do that at all. Old-fashioned single-color: yes. If you have a picture of what you want, or something similar, I can be much more specific.
    Rob
  11. robdebie added a topic in Wanted!   

    SAE April 1991 in return for some custom decals? - CLOSED
    I'm looking for Scale Auto Enthusiast from April 1991. They are offered on Ebay, but most sellers don't ship to the Netherlands where I am. So I thought I would propose a trade: you send me this issue, and I design, print and send you a small set of custom Alps decals. Here's an example of what I make:

    Please let me know if you're interested in a trade, preferably via robdebie at xs4all dot nl. Please also include details of what decals you want, so I can see whether I can make them.
    Rob
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  12. robdebie added a post in a topic Anyone with access to a 1983-1986 T-Bird?   

    Tim, thanks, I'm already active on the Randy Ayer's NASCAR forum. For my headlight question I thought I might have a better chance on this forum.
    Rob
  13. robdebie added a post in a topic Anyone with access to a 1983-1986 T-Bird?   

    Brian, thanks for the measurements! I'm happy to report that the openings in the kit's headlight match your dimenions pretty well. It might be enough to figure out how to finish the modification of the kit parts. I can't do casting at the moment, but if that changes I will run a small series.
    Rob
  14. robdebie added a post in a topic Anyone with access to a 1983-1986 T-Bird?   

    Casey, thanks for the photos, they are always useful to compare to the kit. I hadn't thought about T-bird forums, but that might be the answer to my question. I will try that in the next few days.
    Rob
  15. robdebie added a post in a topic Anyone with access to a 1983-1986 T-Bird?   

    David, you're right that he was an independent, with his family running the team. I already searched high and low for information, and I found quite a lot. It lead to lots of body modifications, and I'm now ready to correct the headlights, but I'm a bit stuck there..
    Rob