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A visit to Eduard
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 05:31 AM UTC


I had the chance to visit the Eduard company in Obrnice (Czech Republic) in early June and here is a full report with plenty of photos.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 05:32 AM UTC
Nice one Jean-Luc!

We were just gossiping about the trip in your original thread.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 05:36 AM UTC
Hey Jean-Luc

You are mean. I don't need an upgrade and I am also not (fully) testosterone driven



greets

Steffen
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 05:40 AM UTC
Hi Rowan,


Quoted Text

We were just gossiping about the trip in your original thread.



Yes, I've read the messages there. Like Steffen said I'm really busy currently and I'm sorry it took so long to write the first part of the report.

I hope Steffen won't write the MPM feature too soon so I will at least have a little bit of exclusivity for Aeroscale. Maybe the World Cup will help me...

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 05:58 AM UTC
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 06:02 AM UTC


I will show that Volker and you will have to justify why you throw darts at the IPMS Logo ... maybe I will contact Mr. Reagan too (no, not the actor)

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 07:49 AM UTC
Great pic, Jean-Luc! The shadows for the darts are brilliant!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 11:00 AM UTC
I really enjoyed your report. Did Eduard state any reasons for dropping the priority on the F-4 Phantom line? That is very disappointing news. So they are going to do a 1/32 Spit Mk. iX? Do they not know that Tamiya have already produced an excellent kit of the same airplane. And do we need more Me-109s? Well, at least we will get some nice MiG-21s.
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 04:47 PM UTC
I use a lot of there components and it is very interesting to see there factory Thanks guys.And I envy you for being able to go.




Build On,
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P.s. Nice darts!
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Posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 05:18 PM UTC
Like Justin I am very envious and jealous of you guys. The report is great and the photo's fascinating.

Thanks for sharing your visit with us J-L (and Steffen)
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Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 12:16 AM UTC
Excellent feature Jean-Luc.
A very interesting and informative read. I would love to visit a model factory, just to see how it all comes together.
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Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 12:49 AM UTC
Hi all,

Thank you for your kind comments. I can imagine a lot of people would have liked to make the trip with us...


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Did Eduard state any reasons for dropping the priority on the F-4 Phantom line? That is very disappointing news. So they are going to do a 1/32 Spit Mk. iX? Do they not know that Tamiya have already produced an excellent kit of the same airplane. And do we need more Me-109s? Well, at least we will get some nice MiG-21s.



I don't really know why Eduard have dropped the Phantom. Maybe the risk is too big with the Chinese manufacturers on the same market segment? Modern stuff is not my speciality so maybe Steffen has a better answer to give.

The Spitfire Mk.IX was already announced just before Tamiya put their model on the market. I'm sure the people at Eduard would have preferred to have the exclusivity but if they manage to do a nice but much cheaper model than the Tamiya one (without an engine for example but with a detailed PE cockpit), it will sell nevertheless. Same for the Bf109s. I'm sure they will sell as well as the Fw190 series. Good is that Eduard always do very attractive boxings.

fact is that Eduard is no longer a short run manufacturer which can afford it to design kits that will only sell in the 1000 or 2000 ex. range. They have to choose subjects with much more potential.

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 08:35 AM UTC
Thanks for sharing that Santa-Luc and Steffan, of course I'm not jealous at all I'm hoping that Eduards Spit will be as accurate but cheaper than Tamiya's with a nice Brassin interior, and I'll have a million I'm also hoping that they do a 1/32 Mk1 and MkV, and Hurricane and Whirlwind and...............Keep it up Eduard ,you're doing brilliantley
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Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 02:45 PM UTC

nice work guys !
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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 05:04 AM UTC
Hi all,

I'm a little bit surprised that there was no reaction for this picture...



I have received confirmation that Eduard will indeed produce a Fw190 D fuselage with Ta 152 style tail for a forthcoming Limited Edition...

Jean-Luc
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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 07:07 AM UTC
Jean - Luc! You are the man! Its a great piece. I am speechless. Most impressive bit of journalism!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 07:23 AM UTC
Hi Jean-Luc

I noticed the photo and it's great to hear that Eduard have decided to go ahead with Ta 152 tail for a special edition. There are a couple of interesting schemes shown in Jerry Crandall's book. I wonder if Eduard will also do a a gyro gunsight? A late-style drop tank would be a very useful addition too - much better than my hasty home-made effort.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 06:11 AM UTC
The very last picture of your story illustrates that even in the manufacturing process, it is a very hands on effort to deliver the goods to the modeler.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!