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Plastic model fittings kits - Take the poll!

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  • Plastic model fittings kits - Take the poll!

    Dave and I get it all the time... crying, yelling and gnashing of teeth. "Why, oh why won't you sell me fittings kits for my plastic model kit?"

    First off, and I don't know how many times I've said this, you DO NOT need a fitting kit to build the plastic models into functional boats. You need a modicum of skill and mechanical aptitude. That's it. All the fittings kit does is make it faster and more convenient.

    Now, having said that, I can see the attraction. I've talked it over with Dave, and we're considering re-launching the fittings kit, but in truncated form, containing the essential parts to convert the boats. This will keep the price more reasonable and allow for production.

    That said, where does everyone see the need falling. Let's see what you think! Pick your TOP three kits that you feel would most benefit from having a fittings kit available. Poll closes in a week!
    11
    Revell Type VII
    45.45%
    5
    Revell Type IX
    45.45%
    5
    1/72 Skipjack (Moebius, etc)
    45.45%
    5
    Bronco Type XXIII
    63.64%
    7
    Trumpeter Seawolf
    36.36%
    4
    Revell Gato
    18.18%
    2
    Moebius Seaview
    0%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by SubHuman; 04-22-2020, 03:56 AM.

  • #2
    Excellent, Boss. Here's a suggestion: post the likely retail on those fittings kits. That should temper their enthusiasm -- give you and me a better feel on how many of these guys would actually plunk down the cash for the product. Any idiot can fill out a wish list; the more rational will do a want/expense examination before blissfully filling out your survey.

    Let the blood-shed begin!

    David
    "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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    • #3
      Why not have then scanned ( if that is cheaper than retooling and production) then the almighty plastic spewing godless machine can mass produce them while you sleep or you sell files then the makers of the world can print their own and leave you guys be?

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      • #4
        I have put three boats in the water since getting into this hobby, and none of them had any type of linkage kits. I just assumed that this was part of the building experience> You break-out some copper, and brass sheets along with some solid brass rod and tubing, and of course a good soldering iron and small torch and go to it. To me this is what makes this our hobby. If the fitting kits are available, then I would consider using them.

        Rob

        "Firemen can take the heat"

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        • #5
          I have a question that may lend itself well to this blog?"Fabricating your own yokes" When soldering the brass rod to the collars, what solder and flux do most of you like to use, and are you using a very hot iron or the small butane torch?

          Thank for the input!

          Rob

          "Firemen can stand the heat"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post
            I have a question that may lend itself well to this blog?"Fabricating your own yokes" When soldering the brass rod to the collars, what solder and flux do most of you like to use, and are you using a very hot iron or the small butane torch?

            Thank for the input!

            Rob

            "Firemen can stand the heat"
            60/40 solid solder, acid flux, butane torch.

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            "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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            • #7
              Gotcha! Thank you very much for you response David! Your sure do nice work!!

              Rob

              "Firemen can stand the heat"

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              • #8
                I just added the Revell Gato and Moebius Seaview to the poll. Sorry for initial ommission.

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                • #9
                  I need to change my vote now! The fittings kits for the Gato and Seaview have parts that are much more difficult to fabricate than the other kits. Glad I I got them when they were around.

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                  • #10
                    They save a lot of scratch building.
                    Last edited by Das Boot; 04-29-2020, 04:32 PM.

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