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Offline Pup7309

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Last of the WNW?
« on: November 13, 2022, 11:12:47 AM »
https://spruebrothers.com/wingnut-wings/

Hopefully if confirmed, Sprue Brothers will be selling off the the last of WNW inventory. With Andy’s possibly to come.

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2022, 01:13:26 PM »
and all sold out..

that gotha UWD  would have been a fun build, but way to damned expensive

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2022, 02:00:55 PM »
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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2022, 08:37:00 PM »
Andy's Hobby Headquarters has a container full of WNW about to be released.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA8_fAhg-8Y

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2022, 09:40:56 PM »
Andy's Hobby Headquarters has a container full of WNW about to be released.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA8_fAhg-8Y

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The Andy's HHQ shipping container (40ft) isn't expected to arrive on the west coast until mid-December, then it'll have to clear customs and get transported to Phoenix. His list of expected inventory will be posted and he'll be taking preorders starting at 6PM EST. On his video he also said that his affiliates in the UK/EU will be receiving some from a separate shipment.
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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2022, 04:56:01 PM »
Hi
Looks like most kits went super quick I tried to order The 1914 Taube and Early Rumpler but alas looks like they only ship to US and Canada. Sigh.
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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2022, 04:20:00 AM »
Hi
Looks like most kits went super quick I tried to order The 1914 Taube and Early Rumpler but alas looks like they only ship to US and Canada. Sigh.
And Mexico... but Sprues Brothers seem not to have the shipping limitations. I am waiting...
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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2022, 06:52:38 AM »
Wonder if any European dealer will receice a share. US shipping has become rather prohibitive and it’d be nicer to pay taxes less than three times.


Hannants has the USD on (slight) discount by the way.

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2022, 01:26:36 AM »
Does no one find it odd that years after WNW ceases operation enough kits to fill 40ft containers appear on the market? Where are these being shipped from? Were they released after the financial situation was sorted out or......we know the Lancaster situation with Border. Yes, nice to see them but....

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2022, 04:48:49 AM »
https://www.hannants.co.uk/manufacturer/wingnut-wings

"We have just listed a selection of Wingnut Wings we have on the way to us. They will not arrive for a few weeks, so we recommend you backorder them which will reserve any that you may want. All new kits bought direct from Wingnut Wings in New Zealand."

 To backorder you will need to go to each individual kit.
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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2022, 02:50:18 PM »
As I understand it what we are seeing is the clearance of warehouse stocks from the NZ warehouse. Wingnuts planned to do online sales themselves but someone chucked it into the 'too hard' basket and the stock was instead sold off to international model retailers.

Naturally this has spawned theories about Wingnuts reviving the business. Not happening, all of the WnW staff now work elsewhere and while the Wingnuts company still exists, there's nobody there to design or make kits. What we are seeing is the last hurrah and from here on in the Wingnut kits will largely be condemned to circulate in the ether as collector items at stupid prices.

Those who fantasise that Sir Peter Jackson will sell the tooling of the WnW kits to another manufacturer lose sight of the fact that he's not the sort of businessman who gives away valuable assets to rivals. The tooling (which is housed in China and South Korea) will go into storage, like the full sized Lancaster replicas he made for the Dambusters movie that never happened.

The Meng Fokker Dr.1s and Border Lancaster happened because Wingnuts had not completed payments to the toolmakers, and the tooling was forfeited. Wingnuts did apparently complete payments for the Handley Page O/100 and O/400 kits, which is why they have not been grabbed by another manufacturer.

So all in all the last appearance of these kits at retail prices is a bittersweet moment and a sad ending to a company that revolutionised the WW1 hobby.

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2022, 04:48:04 PM »
Thank you, Dave, once more for your clear summary of the facts!

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2022, 05:20:55 PM »
To answer my own question, Hannants and MBK will receive shipments. H already has it on backorder.

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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2022, 06:22:38 PM »
To answer my own question, Hannants and MBK will receive shipments. H already has it on backorder.

Can you really confirm anyhow, that MBK are getting the shipment?

EDIT. I have just found the confirmation in a Youtube film. Thanks :-)
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Re: Last of the WNW?
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2022, 07:17:00 PM »
So far:

Modellbau König (Germany)
Sprue Brothers (USA)
Andy's Hobby Headquarters (USA)
Hannants (UK),

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