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#1171 OFFLINE   RedSparrow

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:42 PM

Has anyone actually bought anything from a China / Hong kong seller?They are always mega cheap (inc. diecasts) but I just get the feeling the goods will never arrive! or will be shit.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:43 PM

Has anyone actually bought anything from a China / Hong kong seller? They are always mega cheap (inc. diecasts) but I just get the feeling the goods will never arrive! or will be shit.

I have been very tempted to, but i dont want to wait a long amount of time, and i dont want to wait for something that could be damaged. Are they factory rejects? Or just stolen....
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 09:47 PM

It's hardly third-world! I've bought tons of stuff from HK without issue, usually arrives within a week by standard cheapo airmail. Never had a problem myself - most HK international sellers seem to be more professional than UK ones.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:47 AM

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:36 AM

Has anyone actually bought anything from a China / Hong kong seller? They are always mega cheap (inc. diecasts) but I just get the feeling the goods will never arrive! or will be shit.

I have been very tempted to, but i dont want to wait a long amount of time, and i dont want to wait for something that could be damaged. Are they factory rejects? Or just stolen....

I bought an R4 van from a seller in China. No real problem - delivery was about three weeks but it arrived ok. That said, it didn't come was a box, plinth or any sort of packaging but depends whether that bothers you. Theres loads of cheap stuff on eBay coming from China, but unless its REALLY cheap the postage cost makes it not worth the hassle.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 02:30 PM

Dragged a few of my own collection out (as opposed to the stuff we sell y'see) to do a bit of shite-themed photography....

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 03:48 PM

hey lobsta do you do scenery, lampposts etc :)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:12 PM

No we don't. It's fairly difficult to get 1/43 scenery stuff in UK. Norev do make some but it doesn't seem to make it across here. Theres a bit on ebay.fr though.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:17 PM

yeah have ordered some 9cm, streetlights, (been told moss from old stones makes great grass :lol:)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:18 PM

love the Marina - just how they should look.
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 05:43 PM

love the Marina - just how they should look.

+1 - looks awesome mate!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 06:52 PM

I like to think that Marina is being transported to a workshop diorama, where its engine, suspension and brakes are being grafted onto a Morris Minor :wink: Would O gauge model railway scenery do for a background? It's about 1/48, so not too far out and real buildings do vary quite a bit in size. I would think a scout through a model railway magazine should give some suppliers.
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 06:56 PM

I think O gauge is actually 1/44 scale so pretty near exact. So yeh, the model railway stuff in that size would be pretty damn spot on...

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:00 PM

Well ive always thought of the idea of making it a proper display by using street lamps and whatnot, but id need so much more space.I always thought a display that looked like a dealership of yesteryear would look pretty neat....
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:26 PM

Altaya 1980's Collection JUST KICKED IN YO! http://stores.shop.e... ... ec0Q2em322 Solara, Fiesta, Fuego, Monza, Manta, GSA & Ronda have arrived. :D

Yay, at last!! Fiesta promptly BIN'ed :wink: I'll have a look and see if there's anything else you can pop in the same parcel...
I dont no wot there worth tbh mate only wont it for pre 68 obvserly lol hav u got any pics plz mate

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:28 PM

Has anyone actually bought anything from a China / Hong kong seller? They are always mega cheap (inc. diecasts) but I just get the feeling the goods will never arrive! or will be shit.

Occaisonally the loose stuff may have a mirror broken or something but 99.9% of my many Hong Kong/China models have been spot on and as Hirst says they seem to put a lot of effort into it. The dollar/pound rate buggered it up a bit last year but bargains are still out there.
I dont no wot there worth tbh mate only wont it for pre 68 obvserly lol hav u got any pics plz mate

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:30 PM

One I'm more likely to splash the cash for (due to the lesser chance of it appearing in diecast) is the white metal Avenger estate! :wink:

Don't - I got the saloon when it first came out as Vanguards hadn't yet announced theirs - the front end is not a very good effort. Spend that kind of money on a Neo Saab 99 instead!
I dont no wot there worth tbh mate only wont it for pre 68 obvserly lol hav u got any pics plz mate

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:35 PM

Altaya 1980's Collection JUST KICKED IN YO! http://stores.shop.e... ... ec0Q2em322 Solara, Fiesta, Fuego, Monza, Manta, GSA & Ronda have arrived. :D

I need one of those Fiestas for sure! (plus when (if) they come; the Orion, Passat, Scirocco, Polo, Senator, plus others probably)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:36 PM

Yay, at last!! Fiesta promptly BIN'ed :wink: I'll have a look and see if there's anything else you can pop in the same parcel...

Cool, thanks :D Fiestas in particular are selling very fast!!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:41 PM

Has anyone actually bought anything from a China / Hong kong seller? They are always mega cheap (inc. diecasts) but I just get the feeling the goods will never arrive! or will be shit.

I have been very tempted to, but i dont want to wait a long amount of time, and i dont want to wait for something that could be damaged. Are they factory rejects? Or just stolen....

I bought an R4 van from a seller in China. No real problem - delivery was about three weeks but it arrived ok. That said, it didn't come was a box, plinth or any sort of packaging but depends whether that bothers you. Theres loads of cheap stuff on eBay coming from China, but unless its REALLY cheap the postage cost makes it not worth the hassle.

They always offer the newest releases long before they officially make it over here - nabbed of the production line surely?!?! Otherwise they would be properly packaged. I will resort to them in times when I simply must have something & it appears to be the only way to get hold of it, for instance when the properly packaged releases over here have sold out & they're offering a loose one then I may decide that it's better than nothing. But as a rule I don't like buying loose models unless it's something old!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:44 PM

(plus when (if) they come; the Orion, Passat, Scirocco, Polo, Senator, plus others probably)

I think it's more a case of IF rather than WHEN unfortunately! They might come to the UK but I wouldn't bet on it being this year. Or even the first quarter of next year. I'll be asking my contact if he thinks there will be any more although I suspect he won't really know tbh. :roll: Without wanting to sound like I'm trying too hard to sell the Fiestas, don't leave it too long as they are selling very fast and have only come into the UK in a relatively small number so won't be around forever.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:05 PM

lobster do you know much about the proposed/planned launch of the IXO ford granada in gold?And im looking at neo models as something to possibly purchase in the future, The MKIII granada being the most tempting so far.
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:18 PM

Dragged a few of my own collection out (as opposed to the stuff we sell y'see) to do a bit of shite-themed photography....

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:23 PM

Without wanting to sound like I'm trying too hard to sell the Fiestas, don't leave it too long as they are selling very fast and have only come into the UK in a relatively small number so won't be around forever.

Must be the usual Ford fascination people have...

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:26 PM

Do you have any more of that DS Michelin model yet? :P One I'm tempted to stump up for which has just come out is the Minichamps 850 estate as I'd never managed to get one, they always seemed to attract a lot of bidders & now after a few years they've finally released another one. With it being in plain white you can guarantee that 99.99999999% of them will end up as police car models making it more collectable for people who just want to keep it standard! :)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:14 PM

more ratting in the garage of VWP :lol:

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:15 PM

Do you have any more of that DS Michelin model yet? :P

No, sorry :(

One I'm tempted to stump up for which has just come out is the Minichamps 850 estate as I'd never managed to get one, they always seemed to attract a lot of bidders & now after a few years they've finally released another one. With it being in plain white you can guarantee that 99.99999999% of them will end up as police car models making it more collectable for people who just want to keep it standard! :)

Yes, any white Volvos tend to go that way. I'd say thats the reason Minichamps make them in plain white...

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:19 PM

lobster do you know much about the proposed/planned launch of the IXO ford granada in gold?

Doesn't mean much to me so maybe not. I'll check and let you know though...

And im looking at neo models as something to possibly purchase in the future, The MKIII granada being the most tempting so far.

NEO stuff is really good. It's also really expensive which is a shame as they are doing some interesting models. We are stocking some of the range, but not all of it as it's a bit difficult to sell due to the price!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:27 PM

I have purchased about 5 o 6 unpackaged 'new' 1/43 models from China and have always been very pleased with them. The mirrors and aerial on my R14 were sellotaped on the base ready for fitting too :)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 10:05 PM

NEO stuff is really good. It's also really expensive which is a shame as they are doing some interesting models. We are stocking some of the range, but not all of it as it's a bit difficult to sell due to the price!

Considering not so long ago they were upto £10 cheaper, do you think they'll cotton onto this & put the price back to where it should be??? It's a pity but at the current price I reckon they're closer to white metal prices rather than diecast which makes me want to hold on until Minichamps produce something similar! :?




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