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Production Schedule - Updated 170816
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:49:21 AM »
Many customers had requested a Production Schedule from us.  We are now releasing a "tentative" schedule for your information.
This will not include any unannounced projects as every time we announced something, other manufacturers will soon follow!

Q2/17 Scheduled Release *

280053   M3/M3A1 Expansion - M21 MMC & Tarpaulin Set
280054   M4A2(76)W Sherman
280055   M4A2 Sherman / Sherman III
280056   British CMP 15cwt Truck
280057   PaK 36 with Crew

* Product Code is not final, depending on actual release.  Release schedule is estimate only!

Quality Control in Progress
--------   SdKfz 2 Kettenkrad with if.8 & Goliath
--------   PaK 38 / PaK 97/38 AT Gun with Crew in mid-war uniform
--------   PaK 40 AT Gun with Crew in late war uniform
--------   MG34 / MG42 Heavy Weapon Team (with Lafette)
--------   SdKfz 222/223/260/261

Mould Making in Progress (or on queue)
--------   M4 Sherman
--------   Soviet GAZ-AA / GAZ-AAA Truck
--------   Figures for various projects
--------   Unannounced Projects

Still WIP - Drawing Board / 3D Prototyping
--------   Panzer IV Ausf D / E / F1 / F2
--------   Panzer IV Ausf G / H / J
--------   M4 Hybrid
--------   M4A1 Sherman
--------   SdKfz 7 Halftrack
--------   2cm Flakvierling 38
--------   T-26 Light Infantry Tank
--------   Figures for various projects
--------   Unannounced Projects

Already Released
280010   Panzer IV - Mid & Late War (retired)
280011   Panzer III - Mid War
280012   M4A3 Sherman (retired)
280013   T-34/76 - Early & Mid War
280014   Panther Ausf D/A
280015   Panther Ausf G
280016   Tiger I Ausf E
280017   StuG III Ausf G
280018   SdKfz 251/1 Ausf D
280019   SdKfz 251/1 "3-in-1" Set 1
280020   SdKfz 251/1 Ausf D "Stuka zu Fuss"
280021   T-34/85 - Mid & Late War
280022   German Stowage Kit 1
280023   M5A1 Stuart / Reece - Mid & Late War
280024   M8 Scott / M5A1 Stuart (Mid War)
280025   A15 Crusader Mk I / II / III / AA
280026   SdKfz 305 (Opel Blitz) 3t 4x2 Cargo Truck
280027   M3 / M3A1 Half Track
280028   M8 / M20 Armoured Car
280029   M10 / M36 Tank Destroyer
280030   Jadgpanzer 38(t) Hetzer with Flammpanzer
280031   SdKfz 251/1 Ausf C
280032   SdKfz 250/1 Alte / SdKfz 253
280033   Allied Stowage Set 1
280034   SU-85 / SU-122 SPG
280035   US6 U3/U4 Allies 2.5t 6x6 Cargo Truck
280036   BM-13 "Katyusha" MRL
280037   CCKW-353 US 2.5t 6x6 Cargo Truck
280038   SdKfz 250/1 Neu
280039   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 250/3 & 251/3 (Communications)
280040   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 251/16 Ausf C & D (Flammpanzerwagen)
280041   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 251/22 Ausf D (PaKwagen)
280042   M4A3 / M4A3E8 Sherman
280043   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 250/7 & 251/2 (8cm Mortar Carrier)
280044   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 250/8 & 251/9 (Stummel)
280045   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 250/11 & 251/7 (sPzB 41)
280046   SdKfz 3a Maultier
280047   SdKfz 305/3a Expansion Set 1 - Box Body (Einheitskoffer)
280048   SdKfz 250/251 Expansion Set - 250/9 & 251/23 (2cm KwK 38 Autocannon)
280049   Willys MB 1/4 ton 4x4 Truck - US Army
280050   Willys MB 1/4 ton 4x4 Truck - Commonwealth
280051   German Motorcycle R75 with Sidecar - European Campaign
280052   German Motorcycle R75 with Sidecar - North African Campaign
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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150528
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2015, 03:44:06 AM »
Thanks for providing this information in an easy to find format ^_^
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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150630
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2015, 05:12:04 AM »
This is going to be an expensive year for my Americans!
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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150630
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 11:26:59 PM »

So should the German stowage kit and decal sets be available at local retailers now?

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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150630
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 11:40:08 PM »
So should the German stowage kit and decal sets be available at local retailers now?
There will be a few weeks delay.  The box labels are printed incorrectly and need to be reprinted.  Sorry for the delay.


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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150706
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2015, 09:06:31 AM »
That's a shame - my credit card is poised and ready to take a beating...

Did you change the box art for the SdKfz 251 3-in-1 kit?  There's a version of the /7 on your Facebook page which looks much better - correct colours and more detail.

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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150706
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2015, 12:20:13 PM »
That's a shame - my credit card is poised and ready to take a beating...
Did you change the box art for the SdKfz 251 3-in-1 kit?  There's a version of the /7 on your Facebook page which looks much better - correct colours and more detail.
We are continually upgrading our existing products (decals, sprues, box arts), not just new releases... a commitment to our customers!
Once our stock run out, we will replace them with new upgraded batch if needed.

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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150706
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2015, 02:56:20 AM »
That's a shame - my credit card is poised and ready to take a beating...
Did you change the box art for the SdKfz 251 3-in-1 kit?  There's a version of the /7 on your Facebook page which looks much better - correct colours and more detail.
We are continually upgrading our existing products (decals, sprues, box arts), not just new releases... a commitment to our customers!
Once our stock run out, we will replace them with new upgraded batch if needed.

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That's awesome!  I don't suppose you would consider an upgrade to the T34 tracks?  I think it should be possible to get something that looks more realistic.  I love the kit overall, but the tracks leave me somewhat flat.

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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150706
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2015, 11:13:31 AM »
That's awesome!  I don't suppose you would consider an upgrade to the T34 tracks?  I think it should be possible to get something that looks more realistic.  I love the kit overall, but the tracks leave me somewhat flat.
The T-34 tracks (and another one piece tracks) is a design issue for any two piece plastic injection mould.  We simply cannot put any details on the sides because of undercut issues.  When we were at the product concept design phase, we had debated how to go around this issue, and we decided to do a single piece track instead of complicating the track assembly -and- most important of all - provide ample sprue space to include various options and variants for the vehicle!


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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 150706
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2015, 01:49:37 AM »

I appreciate that difficulty.  I was hoping for something more realistic on the surface that you can mold - at least interlocking links of track, at best the waffle pattern.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.


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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 151229
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2015, 03:44:29 PM »
Last update on Production Schedule for 2015...  Please read first post above!

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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 151229
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2015, 08:37:22 PM »
Thanks for the updated list.

Even without the M4A3 kit, that is a great lineup of US armour.  Once the Jeep and CCKW are out, you'll have most of the bases covered - at least in terms of the latter part of the war.  I guess an M7 Priest, an M4A3E8 Sherman and maybe an M24 Chaffee would round things out (although I suspect the wargamers would prefer an M4A3E2 Jumbo), but this is already a really good range of models. 

A shame about the delayed release of what was intended for Q4/2015.  I hope that doesn't mean a big delay on what was going to be released in Q1/2016 - I have plans for the SdKfz 251 kit! Did you finalise the decals for the M10/M36 and the M8/M20?

As for the need to be more secretive, it would be unfortunate if we aren't all able to see and comment on your projects, but it does feel as though you're being tracked by 'others'. 


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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 151229
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2015, 11:11:46 PM »
Even without the M4A3 kit, that is a great lineup of US armour.  Once the Jeep and CCKW are out, you'll have most of the bases covered - at least in terms of the latter part of the war.  I guess an M7 Priest, an M4A3E8 Sherman and maybe an M24 Chaffee would round things out (although I suspect the wargamers would prefer an M4A3E2 Jumbo), but this is already a really good range of models. 

The M7 will have to wait... it will be after we have done all versions of the M4 tracks / suspensions / road wheels / lower chassis / hulls / turrets first!
We are trying to build up a digital library for all the M4 key parts for future use!  It will be a long process.  But once done, we will be able to release any M4 variants in a snap!


A shame about the delayed release of what was intended for Q4/2015.  I hope that doesn't mean a big delay on what was going to be released in Q1/2016 - I have plans for the SdKfz 251 kit! Did you finalise the decals for the M10/M36 and the M8/M20?

The delayed Q4/15 releases had nothing to do with mould or decals.  It is just bad planning on the pre-production logistic material, namely the color boxes.  A lesson well learnt!  We have not changed anything on the decals, will stay the same as posted.


As for the need to be more secretive, it would be unfortunate if we aren't all able to see and comment on your projects, but it does feel as though you're being tracked by 'others'.

The secrecy is something that we don't prefer to do.  Even though it is the same vehicle, but when you see a very similar approach to a design, you will always wonder... hmmm!
Lately, we have seen a few "bad-decision" releases from other companies which we think were stemmed from our WIP of similar vehicles.  Simply no idea why in terms of market demand or game-based decision.

'We are proud at what we are doing.  All our releases are vehicles that are in high demand for both gaming and modeling use; softskins are a good example.  With digital miniature sculpting now working smoothly, we will be spending a lot more time to develop our skills in that area.  Hopefully a robust new product line for 2016!

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Re: Production Schedule - Updated 151229
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2015, 10:22:59 AM »
The M7 will have to wait... it will be after we have done all versions of the M4 tracks / suspensions / road wheels / lower chassis / hulls / turrets first!
We are trying to build up a digital library for all the M4 key parts for future use!  It will be a long process.  But once done, we will be able to release any M4 variants in a snap!

I'm not pressing for an M7; I agree that the other Sherman variants would be more useful. 

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The delayed Q4/15 releases had nothing to do with mould or decals.  It is just bad planning on the pre-production logistic material, namely the color boxes.  A lesson well learnt!  We have not changed anything on the decals, will stay the same as posted.

There were a few minor issues with the decals as posted; I guess you had to finalise the kits and move on.   

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Lately, we have seen a few "bad-decision" releases from other companies which we think were stemmed from our WIP of similar vehicles.  Simply no idea why in terms of market demand or game-based decision.

Warlord rushed out a couple of plastic SdKfz 251 variants; the timing did seem more than coincidental.  Their M8 kit was announced (by Italeri) several months ago (not long after Rubicon announced they were doing one), but from the photos it looks rather odd; I wonder if they just scaled up their existing 1/72 scale kit?  It certainly looks inferior to Rubicon's. 

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We are proud at what we are doing.  All our releases are vehicles that are in high demand for both gaming and modeling use; softskins are a good example.  With digital miniature sculpting now working smoothly, we will be spending a lot more time to develop our skills in that area.  Hopefully a robust new product line for 2016!

And rightly so.  I think your softskins, and vehicles like the SdKfz 250, are going to be extremely popular. 

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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2015, 04:13:24 PM »
Means the M3 Kit a conversion for the M5 light tank "Stuart"?