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Grumble8710612 Dec 2023 9:42 p.m. PST

What experience have others had with ordering from MiniGeneral?

Maybe it's too late to be asking. Two friends and I went in on a purchase, through Etsy, of 1/72 vehicles and 1/300 sailing ships. Projected delivery in January from an order placed early in December. That's fine -- we knew in advance there would be a delay in shipping from Portugal.

We ordered in quantity to bring down the high shipping costs in comparison to the price of the product. It's great to see MG making some of the models that few others deign to produce -- and at a reasonable price.

For example, after years of waiting, I have finally given up on Plastic Soldier Company EVER making a 1/72 scale British A-10 tank, even though they make the A-9 AND they make 15mm versions of both the A-9 and the A-10. It would be nothing for them to make a 1/72 A-10. Nothing is exactly what they have done. Well, fine, they lost my business to MiniGeneral.

Whatever the A-10's I ordered from MiniGeneral look like when they arrive, they will take less work to fix up than converting a number of PSC A-9's into A-10's. I quit after doing ONE.

advocate13 Dec 2023 6:03 a.m. PST

Well, they may be relatively low effort to convert from 1/100 to 1/72 (I couldn't say) but my understanding is that actually making a mould is expensive, so they probably have a priority list of what they are going to invest in next.
I've no connections with PSC, or experience with the industry, but I don't imagine they are sitting around doing nothing – or that they have the resources to do everything they (let alone we) would like.

Grumble8710613 Dec 2023 9:56 a.m. PST

With modern techniques, changing the scale of a model or figure is pretty simple, as you suspect.

I don't know anything about making molds once the scale is changed, but I do know that the difference between an A9 and an A10 would only involve two or three pieces of the kit: a different hull top, leaving out the A9 mini MG turrets, etc. The turrets of the A9 and A10 are identical, with the variants for 2 pdr and CS howitzer, so nothing would need to be changed there.

Part of my irritation comes from wondering why on earth PSC didn't just originally make both the A9 and A10 models together in a 1/72 kit the way they did with the 1/100 kit. And I DO have to live up to my Grumble moniker, right? ;-)

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