Hello and here’s our second newsletter of 2019.
It’s all about Mountford models really with six new submarine models released in April; There’s the Virginia Class of the US Navy (17 boats) and the Vanguard and Trafalgar class of the Royal Navy. (4+3 boats with 4 retired.)
Then there are HMS Dreadnought (the first British nuclear submarine), the Valiant class (2 boats) and the Swiftsure class (8). Prices are between £4.95 and £7.95.
- Any day now the Polar Research vessel Sir David Attenborough or Boaty McBoat Face will be released, and this is £44.95, made of metal and with various cranes and transfer detail including a Heli deck.
At about the same time will be several versions of the Cross-Channel Spirit Class Ferry of the 80’s. The first is MM501 “The Spirit of Free Enterprise” in Townsend Thoresen livery (1980-87). Secondly is “the Pride of Bruges” in P & O livery MM502 and then “Oleander” in Trans Euro Ferries livery MM503. They are all priced at £39.95 each.
Since the last letter in February we have had stock of HMS Scott, Astute Submarines, the Bay Class RFA vessels, some enhanced RFA Waves, type 23 frigates and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Also, some Provisioning Docksides and Refinery dockside models.
On the Triang front there is a steady stream of used models being listed and sold. Condition varies from mint to tatty. There are some good boxed ones to list in June and many more used accessories to add to the site.
- At last we have started listing some of the strange faulty new ships. We have some type 45 destroyers which despite being in their boxes and the boxes in other boxes of 12 and those boxes in boxes of 72 they have paint faults, deterioration towards the stern. It’s all in the same place and we think that it was due to getting damp.
Another strange thing that has appeared is with some of the Bulker ships which have developed a slight fault in their hull. The model of the hull is very slightly raised in the middle which is often only noticeable when taken out of the box. We think that there may have been some error in the mixture of metal when cast but really haven’t a clue. They still look good in a harbour setting but any that are faulty are at a reduced price on our website and on eBay. We need to look at our remaining tankers too because some have developed a rising curve at the ends.
Our Web prices will often be lower than our eBay prices, simply because eBay and PayPal charge us about 20% of the overall total including the postage. Of course, eBay is a window to the world but it is a greedy window and so is PayPal.
- The next new models from Mountford will be the Prince of Wales which is due to be named this summer; and then some River Class patrol boats in metal. (3 designs). There are Greenock Ferries to be released sometime this summer and no end of ships have been mastered and are in the queue for production.
There are another bunch of submarines commissioned for release later in the year including several RN subs, 3 French, 2 Russian, 2 Israeli and full hull versions of the HMS Alliance museum boat and the Virginia Class.
It’s all very exciting on the new models front with the best part of 40 new Mountford releases including livery variations this year. However, our range of Triang used models aims to cover everything they have made. We also stock a few items such as RN decals but want to be able to offer a wider range. Then there are some music CDs to add and another clutch of heritage railway and bus magazines. Maybe we will get around to sorting our model railways too.
Do check our web library where we store all sorts of information including models in production and those planned for 2019. It is regularly updated and increased.
That’s all for now
Yours in model ships
Clive and Dave