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MAY 2021

As May draws to a close, what can you expect over the Summer?

Well, we will be continuing the African WW1 campaigns, Askaris due very soon. These will be followed by the Stosstruppen and cavalry/Camelry for the various armies released so far. these will be interspersed with new figures for the Warsaw Pact 1950s – 1970s ranges.

We will also be adding to the WW2 Western Desert ranges – Afrika Corps first, then 8th Army and we will continue to update some of our older vehicles. Very popular so far, so more to do!

Re-moulding the Warpac Engineering vehicles will also be a priority and these should start to reappear in June.

Cheers,

Chas and Geoff

QRF

April 2021

April 2021

Morning All!

Just to set the record straight and scotch some of the rumours flying around. We are NOT going out of business, neither are we retiring just yet. We ARE reducing some of our ranges and we ARE reducing some of the lines we carry as stock.

WHY? It is not, as some twit has said, because of the new plastics or CAD designs are squeezing out our ranges – the problem is the exact inverse. Despit not attending shows, COVID and not advertising, we were getting busier and busier and Chas, as the full-time staff member was getting to the stage of working 12 hours a day, seven days a week and, at his age, things started to fall off!

Selling TSS was simply part of a managed decline, we had already stopped the MOD work and the Military Recognition businesses. There are new ranges and new models coming through and these will be ‘completed’ and we may well have a successor lined up in a couple of years time. There are no plans to axe any more ranges for the time being as we continue to re-organise our existing product lines.

COVID was the main reason for realising just how successful QRF Models still is (despite our best efforts) with a huge increase in orders and we did our best to support our furloughed customers with discounts and by working long hours. We thought we had done very well, bar one disgruntled customer who told us our ‘customer service was sh*t’ as we didn’t know that his order hadn’t been delivered. Thanks MH from Devizes – that was areal morale booster!

So, what next? We will continue to renew the moulds on our existing product lines to improve the quality of the models and with more time available, we will be able to add a few variants and a quite a few new ones too.

Thanks for reading this.

Chas and Geoff

QRF

December 2020

A brief update for our Christmas/ New Year opening times.

We will be closed for from the 24th December until the 5th January, so our last posting date this year will be the 22nd December and our first date in the New Year will be the 5th January.

The email will not be monitored, so please be patient!

Unfortunately, we will also have to increase our postage rates soon. the cost of shipping parcels in particular has rocketed since June and we are losing about £300 a month on shipping alone – this does not include the cost of the packaging either! This has nothing to do with Brexit – more to do with Covid 19 and the lack of flights.

Cheers

Chas

Update…

We have had a lot of calls regarding our plans for the QRF modern ranges, but no expressions of interest for buying them.

The range will come out of production on the 31st January 2020. Not because it is not making a profit – it is! It turns over approx £60K p.a and has done since we started to downsize the business 3-4 years ago. This has never been affected by the toy company and its’ strange rendition of modern warfare. In fact, the size of it and the business it produces is the very reason that it has to go – to give my RSI a rest! What also influenced the decision was my own lack of interest in the ranges, despite being ex-Army, I have never been that interested in representing modern warfare on the tabletop. The skirmish version of FEBA and East of Suez was the limit of my gaming. The larger the tactical level, the less realistic games became and ended up as wall-to-wall tanks, with infantry coming 19th on the list of priorities.

We are proud of what we achieved with the ranges, all the vehicles (post 1970s) were used as recognition models by Armies around the world (British, Dutch, French, Norwegian, Australian, US, Pakistan, to name a few) and were as accurate as Military Recognition Cells could get them. All of them were made either from plans provided by the manufacturer or from the real vehicles which generally we were permitted to sit on, or in and photograph. Occasionally we would make the master as we sat alongside the 1:1 vehicle.

This led QRF into Defence contracting and making models of future and concept vehicles, aircraft and ships. Some aircraft of which we had made models appearing as UFOs in newspapers a year or two later! The QE carrier and its’ alternative were two massive models that we made on the 90s.

The sale, if any ranges are sold, will include vehicles that we never released to retail – GSP Ferry, various bridgelayers, Titan, Trojan, Warrior AOP, MiG 27, MiG 31, Tornado IDS and ADV, Bo 105 to name a few.

We want to have space to produce new ranges – more WW1, Marlburian, more Ancients which are easier to de-mould than big vehicles – giving my elbow and wrist a chance to recover!

Cheers

Chas and Geoff

November 2020

As lockdown in England continues, we have decided to continue with our Subscribers 20% Discount until the end of November. Use the same code in our November Newsletter to claim yours.

We are also in the process of adding four new guns to our WW1 range, primarily for the African theatre and we have now received the masters for the KAR.

Harry is now busy working on his WW2 ranges – so expect some news on that soon!

Cheers

Chas