Well I'm not convinced they did try with the Lotus. Although I don't have one, it seems to measure out at 1/29, which is pretty consistent with the CanAms. So the future looks bleak to me. But I'd rather keep out of the spotlight, kid...
Well, I guess Scott didn't see any Vanquish news from the London or Nurnberg fairs and he wanted to check if anyone around knew something ...
Regarding the scale of forthcoming releases I'm not optimistic at all. My dealer told me they would be too large because VMG want to keep the same chassis and the fact that the Mirage (a Le Mans car, not a Can Am) is indeed too large proves him right.
That's why people who are unhappy about the scale should not buy VMG cars anymore till they are the right scale.
I certainly didn't buy any Mirage car even though I love that car (as usual, VMG make excellent car choices !)
That's my worry - do I need to buy a couple of Lotii now?
Of course, it might be a case like the Bburago F40 about 15 years ago. Bburgao sold a 1/18 diecast F40 for about £10. Nice model, if lacking in detail but nothing a few hours with a paint brush wouldn't cure. Some resin kit specialist even made super detailling kits of photo-etched parts etc.
Anyway, there was arumour not long after the car was released that the tooling made been damaged and there woud be no more. Panic set in (among some at any rate) and I recall seeing an ad offering £200 for an example of what my corner shop were still offering for £10.
Why the hell should they go belly up?????? Just because they did not have a stand on the toyfairs? I do not know how this is in London but stands in Nuremberg have to be ordered two years in advance and are pretty expensive. Most small slot car manufacturers did not have a stand in Nuremberg, their news were shown by their respective distributors and Vanquish's German distributor did not have a stand (and it seems that this was the same case in London).
They have announced some new models for February: A new variant of their (excellent) Mirage and a McLaren M8E. The Alfa should come out in April and will be to the same scale as the Mirage while the Courage Peugeot will be a 1:32 model (that's what they promised). The next F1 model will be the March and it's due for release in March
- at least that's what I've been told.
There is no substance to these rumours and I can't see the point in spreading them.
Personally, I don't give a "Castlemaine XXXX" about the scale of Vanquish's cars. They are excellent models in their own right. They should carry on as they are (scale wise), just sort out that Diff !!
Their cars are for the most part aimed at the USA collector market and unless they move their production to China like MRRC have done recently, or increase their wholesale prices to their USA customers by around 18%, then the current $ situation, scale situation, and differential situation is all going against them at the moment.
The diff is the cause of the scale issues.
My advice to VMG is ditch the diff, keep the prices low, produce proper 1/32 scale cars.
QUOTE What's this? Me in agreement with the Rider?
Do not worry - Blair's Third Theory of BS explains it. Simply, if you say enough about any subject for long enough then you will find yourself in agreement in parts with everyone.
Anyway, Mope' I am quite sure that the worried chiefs at Vanquish will rest easy tonight knowing all they must do to recoup the turnover and profit lost in exchange rate fluctuations is, by your reckoning, reduce prices, give up their unique selling point and re-tool for new models.
I think we need a new symbol to attach to some posts to warn readers of the Twilight Zone nature of some of the logic used. A few bars of the theme tune would be nice too.
Unfortunately, we already have a mobile Twilight Zone.
QUOTE I guess the $2 pound is not helping VMG.
Two of which nation's dollars to the £GBP?
QUOTE Their cars are for the most part aimed at the USA collector market
From where did this pearl of wisdom arise?
Nothing wrong with expressing a personal opinion, but please don't present it as a 'FACT'.
QUOTE The diff is the cause of the scale issues.
Ditto above comment - it's an opinion, not a fact.
Can anyone make sense of simultaneous advice to 'raise prices by 18%' and to 'keep the prices low.'?
The advice to dump the problematic diff and conform to 1/32 scale is actually sound, but loses credibility by association.
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