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Hi johnny, I was thinking of something similar.
I'd be happy to get the contact of Strelets' sculptor, and get some figures made, then cast them in metal. I like the more "goofy" Strelets figures (like the Winter War figs), and want support weapons in a similar style. If it's not economical in plastic, then go for metal!
To complete the Winter War range, it'd be:
- Finnish MG08/15 with 3 men crew, or 2 men crew (firing, loading)
- Finnish medium mortar with 3 men crew, or 2 men crew (2 handling ammunition or covering their ears)
- Finnish AT gun crew 3 men or 2 men (handling ammunition)
- FInnish arty crew 4 men or 3 men (handling ammunition)
- generic crewmen like standing and kneeling officer with binocular, kneeling figure directing fire
All in all: one MG with one figure attached, one mortar, 11-12 other figures. Bit too much for a standard Strelets box, but I'd say doable. For the Soviets, I'd say the same.
Or maybe a big box with both the Russians and Finns in the same box, with unique officers, heavy weapons, characters (medic, HQ staff) called Talvisota :mask:
1. we made few sets on order of Linear-B, however they committed to take a whole production run in excess of 1.500 boxes. So, although in theory, the answer is "yes", in reality it's just too much for any individual to digest, hence, pretty unlikely.
2. never (it doesn't depend on money, really. We are collectors and history connoisseurs ourselves and we make what we want to see done in plastic).
3. artillery crews without cannons don't seem too appealing to us. Having said that, nothing prevents us from making ones together with some cannons.
Please, be guided accordingly.
Thank you for your answers and OK USA artillery with guns and crews would be great even if they are only half as good as the latest Japanese ones.
what's the 1500 boxes production cost in USD? included sculptor?
I understand that the cost of making a mould is something in the region of $40,000... So the question is how much you want those figures?
$40,000 seems very high to me, 1500 boxes , well that is $2.66 per box just for the mould , never mind all the other costs and profit margins, and retailers will have a profit margin of about 33% on retail price, but they take the biggest cut per box.
Dear Mr Strelets, do I understand it right that an order of 1500 Boxes will let You on track to sculpt such a set?
Why not ask Your fans? If they order 1500 sets or more?
The cost of moulds,the design and making the masters is all relative.
Tata Nano $3.000
Koenigsegg Trevita, $4.800.000
they won't order that much.
many thanks for the reply, you being responsive makes such a difference compared to other manufacturers.
Your business your strategy of course, but I think having separate gun crews would fit your general idea well: Just like offering the marching / advancing / firing line sets for infantry, modular artillery sets with separate crews and guns would give the customer the choice of building any army in the proportions he likes.
There are many gun kits that have been in need of decent crews for decades, and hopefully you will continue to add to your artillery kit range, so there clearly is a market for gun crews (admittedly smaller than for infantry or cavalry).
If you decide otherwise, combining sprues of existing artillery crew sets (without the guns) would help as well.
WW1 early German, WW2 U. S. and British gun crews would be on top of my list. Regards, Pa
Personally I am very happy that Strelets make guns with crews and am looking forward to
all the artillery sets in the pipeline . There are still plenty of gaps to fill for artillery pieces and crews for 19th century as well as WW1 and WW2 and its great to see Strelets filling these.