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

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September 2021

Back to work and hitting the ground running! Well, in my case now – ambling. Thank you all for your patience and quite a few of you do read my vague ramblings on here.

We are expecting some new bits and pieces by the month end, including some more WW1 releases, but more on that toward the end of the month.

Some pearls of wisdom though have ocurred to me as I get more mature, grumpier and closer to retiring.

We are frequently asked – ‘ I have bought such and such a manufacturers models, do yours fit in size wise?’ We haven’t a clue! For our modern/postwar ranges, we have usually been supplied drawings by either the MOD or the handbooks from the vehicles themselves, or we have sat in/on the real vehicle and of course Bovington Tank Museum has been a fabulous source of material while we were doing a huge number of models for them. So, assuming that the original manufacturer has the size right – so do we. We don’t generally take sizes from Google!

We also try to get the sizing right in length, width and height. We haven’t stretched any dimension to make it look right or so that it can be based or unbased next to something that is or isn’t.

We are rather proud of this!

Also, there is no such thing as ‘chain’ mail! Only mail.

Lastly, Alfred the Great never fought Vikings – he fought the Danes. Vikings were a ragtag bunch of pirates/marauders/ mercenaries who appear in the 10thC in the Anlo-Saxon chronicles. Never before. They would have been a mix of Norse/Danes/Irish/Scots/Byzantines/Moors/English and other assorted troublemakers.

Lindybeige would love the two statements above…

Chas

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August 2021 Time for a break!!

As you will have gathered, we have stopped our regular Newsletter. A couple of reasons for this – time being an obvious one, but we have decided to freeze our prices despite the near tripling in price of tin in recent months, so to offer an extra 10% on our already scandalously cheap prices, seemed a bit too much!

We have been busy, quietly adding to the WW1 Africa ranges and for me, adding to our WW2 Western Desert range too. Afrika Corps first, then Western Desert Force. We will be adding to the Italians too.

However, time for a break!

We will be closing for our summer shutdown at close of business on Thursday 19th August and will re-open on Monday 6th September. All orders in by close of business (17.00) on the 18th will be cast and dispatched on the 19th. After that, it will be Tuesday 7th September – Sorry!

We have also been busy remoulding a lot of our older products with the occasional re-model/rebuild and we have also been trying to get rid of the older photos and replace them with new.

Geoff is now back to modelling too, so shortly, to compliment the 1/2400 Seawulf ships, will be 1/1200 scale Aircraft – lots of them! Soviet, British, US, French, Swedish and others. Not just Carrier-borne, but land-based strike aircraft and long range recce too. All I need now, is time to mould them. There must be nearly 50 aircraft and Helos.

Cheers

Chas and Geoff

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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

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