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foxbat30 Apr 2023 5:27 a.m. PST

It looks like they went out of business, which is sad, as their models were both inexpensive and quickly built, as well as accurate enough to give good results provided you added a few things from the bits box… These T34 are some sort of tribute, coming from the last order I made from them, got some more unfinished ones in the stack though…






79thPA Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2023 5:54 a.m. PST

Looks good. I've got a few packs of some of their stuff. I didn't know they went under.

MajorB30 Apr 2023 6:07 a.m. PST

Nothing on their web site to indicate they have ceased trading. The kits appear to be still available from various distributors. Maybe they have just stopped offering direct sales?

batesmotel3430 Apr 2023 6:09 a.m. PST

Their website still appears to be active with no indication that they have closed or will be: armourfast.com

Zombie websites can live on but is there an actual announcement some place of their actual status?

Chris

nickinsomerset30 Apr 2023 6:29 a.m. PST

Looks like one cannot order anything on the website,
Tally Ho!

rustymusket30 Apr 2023 6:36 a.m. PST

Yes, the website seems up to date. Did they used to sell rivers and science fiction vehicles etc. years ago? I have some rivers and could use more but I did not see anything like I remember on the site.

MajorB30 Apr 2023 7:33 a.m. PST

Did they used to sell rivers and science fiction vehicles etc. years ago?

Don't think so, no.

foxbat30 Apr 2023 8:00 a.m. PST

You can't order indeed. But the forum is back, as well as the site which was out of line a few weeks ago. Honestly, I do hope I've been wrong…

Anyways, I'd asked about them on an English forum, and got this response.

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TheOtherOneFromTableScape30 Apr 2023 9:34 a.m. PST

The parent company TDL Mouldings Ltd was disolved in Feb 2020.

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cloudcaptain30 Apr 2023 10:17 p.m. PST

@MajorB That had something to do with their involvement with the company Pegasus. They seemed linked at least.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2023 5:09 a.m. PST

I tried some Armourfast several years ago. A bit of stowage and staple grab rails and ok for gaming. The thing that I did not like was the over simplified tracks. A little more work would have been immense improvement. Still, 'Mud' is your friend with tanks!

Hornswoggler04 May 2023 5:35 p.m. PST

I always found them far too Spartan by the time you fiddled around scrounging extra bits to make them more presentable, rustled up suitable decals, etc, complete false economy in both time and money.

PSC streaked past them in the fast-build market niche, just so much better. For example, consider the Armourfast SdKfz 251 with no seats in the front!

That said, I am sorry if they are finished since there are clearly people that do enjoy working them up for the tabletop.

Grumble8710609 May 2023 11:25 a.m. PST

Glad I have some of their models in stock, but sad if indeed it won't be possible to get them anymore.

fozman15 Jul 2023 3:11 a.m. PST

Hi all,
Thanks for your interest in Armourfast & yes, I agree that they're great models.

Over on the Armourfast site, I help moderate the forum (under the "nom de plume" of "Armourfast-Colin"). On the forum, back in May, following a long overdue catch-up with Tracy, I posted the following update…

Hi All,
There have recently been a number of questions raised in areas of the Forum such as…

>What's happening at Armourfast
>When will the webshop reopen
>Are any new kits on the way
>Etc

I've just managed to have a brief catch-up with Tracy.

I was saddened to discover that she's had some serious health issues which have taken her away from the business.
However, things are now looking brighter and hopefully soon, we'll be able to look forward to more products and the online shop will reopen.

I'm sure that everyone that enjoys Armourfast products will be delighted to hear that Tracy is on the mend & the good wishes that I passed on to her will be shared by everyone.

Obviously, as this is health related, Tracy is unable to give any definitive dates as she needs to fully recover, first.

Hope that answers everyone's questions – I thought that it made sense to do a "centralised posting" to answer them all in one place.


So, hopefully that helps answer some questions…

With regard to the TD Mouldings comment, that was the business that was set up by Tracy's dad, Tony, as his injection moulding company, out of which Armourfast grew. After he passed away, Tracy was advised to establish a new company to take over ownership of Armourfast, which she did. TD Mouldings was then shut down

Hope that this all helps

Cheers
Fozman

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