October 2016

Four More Warships Get Set to Join the Eaglemoss Fleet

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November seems to be starting out with a bang as four new 1:1100 scale warships are being readied to join our growing fleet of Eaglemoss warships. According to our distributor, the newest squadron consists of the following ships:

Imperial Japanese Navy Asashio Class Destroyer – Asashio (EMGC51)

Royal Navy Dreadnought Class Battleship – HMS Dreadnought (EMGC52)

Imperial Japanese Navy Aoba Class Heavy Cruiser – Kinugasa (EMGC53)

Imperial Japanese Navy Fuso Class Battleship – Yamashiro (EMGC54)

We expect these, and a smattering of back ordered warships, by the end of the week.

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Product Spotlight: Mustangs Over Berlin

 

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“The Mustang was a good fighter and the best escort due to its incredible range, make no mistake about it. It was also the best American dogfighter. But the laminar flow wing fitted to the Mustang could be a little tricky. It could not by any means out-turn a Spitfire. No way. It had a good rate-of-roll, better than the Spitfire, so I would say the pluses to the Spitfire and the Mustang just about equate. If I were in a dogfight, I’d prefer to be flying the Spitfire. The problem was I wouldn’t like to be in a dogfight near Berlin, because I could never get home to Britain in a Spitfire!”

– RAF Chief Naval Test Pilot and C.O. Captured Enemy Aircraft Flight Capt. Eric Brown, CBE, DSC, AFC, RN, after testing the Mustang at RAE Farnborough in March 1944

In the face of mounting competition and constant calls for keeping up on their game, Corgi has begun to offer several re-tooled 1:72 scale North American P-51 Mustangs that are aimed at recapturing the imagination of their collector base. Their latest venture, an RAF North American Mustang Mk. IV Fighter was piloted by Werner Christie of No. 150 Wing during the Spring of 1945 (AA27703).

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The final victory for a WWII RAF Mustang belonged to Norwegian ace, Werner Christie, who was flying his personal machine KH790. Following the conclusion of a successful bomber escort mission over Germany, Christie led his Mustangs in search of Luftwaffe fighters. Flying above Finow airfield, he noticed a flight of Fw 190s and immediately dived to attack. His first burst of fire caught the wing of an unsuspecting Focke Wulf, blowing half of the wing off and sending the fighter spiralling into the ground. This would be Christie’s eleventh and final victory of the war.

As part of their retooling program, Corgi’s latest squadron of Mustangs (AA27701-AA27703) now feature interchangeable wing flaps that allow the collector to choose between up and down positions.

 
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Amercom Ponders, “Did Someone Ask for Bombers?”

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Our distributor reports that several long out-of-stock bombers and other big wing aircraft from Amercom should returning to store shelves by year’s end, hopefully in time for the holidays.

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Most are 1:144 scale, with a smattering of the larger aircraft available in 1:200 scale. All are budget priced at just $19.99 and lend themselves towards making great stocking stuffers for the holiday season.

 
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Calibre Wings: Cheaper by the Half Dozen

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While we still await official product images for their first paring of Grumman F-14 Tomcats, Calibre Wings has thus far announced their intent to produce at least six different schemes and versions for the A and B models in the coming months, to say nothing of the D model hinted at in their marketing material. Scuttlebutt has it that they have run into some factory-related issues which has prevented them from posting anything online, but rumor has it that actual imagery should appear in early November.

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The community is expecting big things from this new manufacturer, despite running into heavy competition from the likes of Century Wings, Hobby Master and even True Scale Model Wings, all of whom now have product out the door. We certainly wish them luck getting both their photos and product in the hands of consumers before the holiday rush begins.

 
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Expanded Phone Service for the Holidays

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Beginning November 1st and running through December 20th, The Motor Pool offers expanded telephone support for anyone wishing to place an order by phone or require product information. This expanded service runs seven days a week from 8AM-8PM EST. Of course you may still place your order online or contact us via email at your leisure.

 
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Coming Soon: Walmart Marketplace

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We’ve passed the first hurdle in becoming a member of Walmart’s growing Walmart Marketplace retail superstore. Similar in concept to Amazon’s third-party retail channel, which enables merchants to sell their goods through Amazon, it will allow us to reach an ever widening group of people that may not be familiar with us, our product selection or the hobby at large. Like most online ventures, it’s a somewhat complex system to learn and gain familiarity with, particularly during the hectic fourth quarter, so its entirely possible that we may not launch this new retail channel until the beginning of 2017. We will likely start out slowly with a few products to get up to speed, then begin to expand as we become comfortable with their way of doing business.

 
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PMA Sets the Scene This Winter

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Recently, we wrote how Precision Model Art (PMA) is releasing several new 1:72 scale 88mm FLaK guns, the first expected in early November, with two more liveries following in December. At the time, we were reluctant to reveal that the manufacturer is also coming out with several pre-built vignettes, largely because of their price and issues that can arise from not being able to modify these dioramas. As we see it, our job is to curate each range, and determine its feasibility within our overall product portfolio.

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Anyway, for a limited time, our distributor has offered these same dioramas at somewhat reduced prices if ordered before November 15th. So, we’ve decided to list each of the five dioramas on our site to gauge consumer reaction, particularly during the holiday season. Keep in mind that these sets do not come with any of the vehicles or figures shown in the images, so customers have some latitude with how they want to populate these sets with any item they see fit.

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Moreover, the Malinava Counter Attack Set E comes with street lamps that actually work, so you can display it as a night action. Its not clear if the set is battery operated or requires a plug-in outlet.

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So, we will offer these sets at reduced prices until November 15th, then raise them up a bit should orders come in after that date. Enjoy! Note: As a special bonus, we are including a free Fabbri 1:72 scale diecast tank with each diorama ordered at no extra cost.

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High Seas, High Tech: The Gallant Above the Hunted Below

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Perhaps its a case of the yin meeting the yang, but two new warships are entering service this month, one for the US Navy and the other serving with the Russian Navy. For the US, the Navy formally commissioned the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – USS Detroit (LCS 7) – on the Detroit River, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service. More information on the ship and its capabilities can be found here: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2016/october/161022-rms-us-navy-commissions-newest-littoral-combat-ship.html?__prclt=1Ex7kode

On the other side of the ledger, and loitering beneath the waves is the Podmoskovie, which was commissioned way back in 1986 as a Project 667BDRM Delfin-class (NATO: Delta IV) SSBN designated K-64, colloquially known as a “boomer”. Over the course of nearly two decades, the massive submarine was modified to conduct special missions. But exactly what those missions might be remains somewhat of a mystery. According to The National Interest, “Podmoskovie and her sister BS-136 Orenburg—a former Delta III SSBN—are roughly analogous to the U.S. Navy’s secretive USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)—which is a highly modified Seawolf-class boat. Carter is roughly 100ft longer that her two Seawolf-class sisters with the addition of a Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows the submarine to launch and recovery of various unmanned vehicles and support special operations forces. Podmoskovie is thought to be similar in concept—but the Russians are not exactly keen on sharing those details for obvious reasons.”

More information on the Podmoskovie can be found here: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russias-super-secret-spy-submarine-returns-sea-18171?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Early%20Bird%20Brief%2010.26.2016&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

 
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Holiday Shipping Deadlines

 

united_states_postal_service_logo-svgAs we approach the hectic holiday period, we thought it made sense to lay out all of our shipping deadlines ahead of time so our customers, both here and abroad, can determine when they need to get their deliveries in the mail to receive them before the holidays. So here goes:

December 10th – Last Day For Priority Mail International Shipments Outside the US for Christmas Delivery

December 12th – Last Day for Express Mail International Shipments Outside The US for Christmas Delivery

December 15th – Last Day for First Class Mail Shipments Within the US for Christmas Delivery

December 17th – Last Day for Priority Mail Shipments Within the US for Christmas Delivery

December 21st – Last Day for Express Mail Shipments Within the US for Christmas Delivery

Hanukkah comes later this year on December 24th, which can be challenging for the postal system since it means more packages are being shipped concurrently with Christmas deliveries. Needless to say, the sooner you get your orders into the system the better, particularly if weather- or work-related issues and/or delays pop up across the nation. Keep in mind that once we hand off the parcels to the USPS, we have no control over their delivery, routing or location, so we strongly recommend not waiting until the bitter end to place or inquire about your orders. The aforementioned deadlines can also be viewed on our Calendar page.

 
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Third Party Payment Options

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We recently resolved a problem we encountered accepting payments through Amazon (Checkout with Amazon) so all systems are green for go this holiday season. Likewise, PayPal has been operating smoothly of late, although payment notifications were slow to be sent out this past weekend as the Company worked to resolve some latency issues they were facing as well as a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDOS) by a malfeasant operator yet to be identified.

The benefits of using either payment method in lieu of a credit card to complete an online transaction are clear cut. First, neither company provides the merchant with the customer’s credit card or banking information and instead stores it through their own secure and encrypted payment system. So, there is no need for the merchant to contact the customer and review their billing information with them should an order need to be processed outside the customary 30-day payment window. Likewise, there is no need for the merchant to require that the billing and shipping address match, since both payment systems provide the merchant with payment protection in case the situation warrants. The downside is that the customer is remitting funds to the merchant ahead of the transaction being completed. Ordinarily, this isn’t a problem if the item(s) in question on the order are all in stock and can be shipped out immediately. It can cause some consternation for the customer if the order cannot be shipped out for whatever reason (the order contains either back ordered or pre-ordered merchandise), so it can appear as if the merchant has accepted the funds without showing anything for it. Please keep all of this in mind when determining which payment option you wish to use when placing an online order.

 
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