Posted by Ralph Wood on July 31, 2020, 7:01:26, in reply to "Re: Um..."
Be aware that Fairy Kikaku is the epitome of a garage kit company, likely a one man operation working from his dining room table in his spare time. While the subjects are indeed attractive, the kits require a LOT of work: there is a lot of flash and molding irregularities to clean up, the detail is spotty to nonexistent, the small parts are usually best replaced, and the instructions are very basic. On top of that, the maker usually can't cast parts larger than a couple of inches long, so often the ship kits' hulls are cast in several pieces which need to be joined end to end, though I have seen some larger castings from this company.
As far as availability is concerned, if you want a kit right away, the Other Site is your best bet. You can back order from HLJ, since they have an excellent English language site, and have an advantage in that they're in the same country as the manufacturer, and may even deal with him directly. It may take quite a while though, since most likely the maker will collect back orders until he has enough to justify making a new rubber mold; when he does a production run, HLJ will often purchase a few extras and list the kit as In Stock, though they usually don't last long...
No, sorry. I don't know of anyone else selling it. I googled: Fairy Kikaku 1/700 Thor, and found only HLJ, NNT and the evil site selling it. HLJ had it on back order, and NNT lists it as not in stock, needs to be re-ordered.
Bit of an obscure kit from a bit of an obscure maker, and listed as released 3 years ago. If resin molds only give about 30 pulls, and this company did one pull 3 years ago, and eBay sellers bought the majority of those, one could understand this situation. That is a hypothetical on my part, but illustrates about how you might want to think about availabilities.
Ralf @ NNT is an accessible guy, who sometimes even posts here (and NNT is a site sponsor here.) I would contact him, and ask how readily he thinks he can get more in stock. He is far more "grounded" in the details of such a thing, being in the business, while I just speculate on stuff.
Best of luck to you, Randall!
Thanks so much for the help. I really have been away from the hobby too long. I've noticed that the site that shall not be mentioned sells them. Do you know any other seller?
Are you certain you mean Scalemates? They do not sell anything. They are just a "kit database site." The main thing I use them for is their timelines/ kit re-release or re-issue data.
For example (from my last major use of them) they list all the Italeri 1/720 Nimitz class kits on a timeline of when they were first issued, along with all the other companies that also sold those kits (mainly Testors and Revell) and they show box art of those releases. As they rely on contributor input, they can only list "known reviews" if someone submits one to them. So, for many kits, they "don't know of any reviews available." So, they are not a good site for finding kit contents. Their "strong point" is kit histories.
But, they are not retailers. They sell nothing. Sorry.
Notice this is not for sale...no way of ordering. See the blue box labeled "Full History"? That is their "review." Since this is the only kit of this by this maker, and it has not been re-released as anything else, the history listed will be brief. Find something that has been "repopped" "a million ways to Sunday," and then you might find this site more useful.
Notice that they do point out this kit is available from Hobby Link Japan...you can go there to order one. If you search the web, you might also find other sources...HLJ is just "where they're aware it is available" because either HLJ themselves, or someone else, put a link there.
I realize that this site may have been discussed here in the past. So I humbly ask if anyone has done, hopefully happy, business with them? They're offerings have induced a state of happy insanity in this ageing modeler. Swedish battleships...ooooh ahhhh.