Time flies! 2016 has been a good year for RetrokiT, plenty of shows, plenty of new releases (52 of them all in all!), and some important decisions taken in regards to the future. Amongst those is the idea to go and meet new people at other shows, and given there is a limited number of week ends we can ‘spare’ for RetrokiT (most of us do have at least another job, and a family, you know!), this will mean not attending to some of the shows we have been regularly seen at over the past few years, including… Telford. But our expanding network of distributors means that some of our products will continue to be available at Telford and some other shows (including some we rarely or never attended to) while we push our boundaries to the South and the East. We aim to keep releasing new products at a rate similar to that of the past few years and also hope to introduce yet another Aircraft range by the middle of the New Year. More on this later, of course. In the meantime, it’s high time for our last show of the current year, in London Islington, where we hope to see you and wish you in person the Season’s Greetings..!
The first batch of new items is now available online as we set off for the UK for Scale ModelWorld. A busty bust (!) of Jessica, our Fluffy Princess (perfect companion to any of our Bananaaa!), our latest Bananaaa! (Bananaaas at Tiffany’s!), a cockpit detail set for the Tiger Model ‘Cute’ Spitfire and of course, our latest complete 1/144 kit, the Curtiss P-6E. Those lucky enough to go to Telford this year will find us in Hall 3, in the corner right opposite the big Eduard stand.
Hallowe’en. Still involved with my other business, face & body-painting, until late tonight, but I’m finally catching up with mails and orders from the past week when I was near Paris then in the UK with limited access to the net..! We will be attending to a small show in Tournai, Belgium, this coming week end, before travelling again to the UK for the IPMS UK National Convention, aka Scale ModelWorld. Lots of new items to prepare for those shows, update leaflets, price lists,.., little time to actually do any constructive work on new patterns, but we will still attempt to display a few ‘coming up soon’ items in Telford, just to, if anything, whet your appetite. The RetrokiT stand should be at the same location as last year’s in Hall 3, so come & say ‘hello’ if you are lucky enough to be in Telford that week end!
We now are right in the middle of the busiest time of the year, show-wise. Our next two stops are in France, then we will visit Tournai in Belgium and then the ‘big one’, Telford in the UK in November.
Our next show is coming up, one of our favourite haunt, where we also offer a special award for the Best Egg Plane selected from all models on show (not just the competition, where there is, by the way, a dedicated class for Egg Planes). Come and say hello and see all our latest releases!
Our next big show is coming up real soon, Scale Model Challenge in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. The RetrokiT stand will be ‘different’ this time, with an emphasis placed upon Gundam and Maschinen Kreiger kits (including accessories and figures!). We welcome pre-orders for any RetroSF, RetroWings and RetroTracks items as those will not be available ‘off the shelf’ at SMC 2016. And we are offering 5% off on all SMC pre-orders placed through our e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Pass on the message!
Fans of the ‘Caped Crusader’ rejoice, the subject of our very fist complete 1/72 aircraft kit is an early WWII-era bat-winged aircraft..! This resin kit includes a detailed cockpit interior, separate moving surfaces and injected plastic clear parts (courtesy of our good friends at AZ Model). It is quite a sizeable model with a span of 17cm and a length of 14cm. Colour-wise, it’s all good as long as it’s black!
It’s high time to get your eggs out, or give them a go if you have not done so before..! For a dozen days only, we are offering any three RetroWings Egg Plane items for the price of two. This offer is only available online, on orders placed between the 5th and the 17th of September. The price of the cheaper item will be refunded through PayPal once the order has been dispatched.
This will be our last trip to Heiden, Germany, on 10th of September, to take part in the popular International Small Scale Convention. From 2017, this show is being combined with the Euro Model Expo in a larger hall a little bit further North, in Lingen, Germany, and will take place on 25 & 26 March.
The following day, Sunday September the 11th, we will be in Mol, Belgium, for another important scale model show of the season, the Scaleworld event organised by KMK.
We had been talking about it for a while and a final decision has now been taken. The 1/72 RetroTracks range is now being discontinued for good. Part of the range had already been passed over to Tas Models and MBM Models (both based in the Netherlands), and the last 14 kits have now been handed over to MBM Models, who will in time restart production and carry those kits under their labels. The reasons for this are numerous, some not so nice to talk about, some far more positive and we will focus on the latter, basically leaving us more time to develop yet more RetroWings and RetroSF products. Obviously, any remaining back orders will be met and dealt with as soon as possible, and we also hope MBM Models are able to re-start production quickly to avoid any lasting disappointments! Beware though that illegal copies of certain RetroTracks kits are being sold from Eastern Europe and we can only ask modellers to stay away from those kits, as purchasing those illegal (and inferior, as cast from actual resin kits rather than from original RetroTracks patterns) copies only makes life harder for those who legally obtained the patterns and who will be kind enough to re-start the production line… We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and clients who have helped and supported us in our 1/72 AFV endeavours for over 11 years now..!
So on to other things now and we are very happy to offer you from today our latest two Egg Plane complete kits, the Airbus A340 and A330. The Hasegawa Jumbo Jet Egg Plane was always in our eyes a very cute but very lonely kit and it is now joined by two other ‘jumbos’ of the airline industry. Those two new RetroWings producs should soon be joined by a Concorde Egg Plane kit too..! Stay tuned as we have a few more new goodies to present you over the next few days…