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I am curious as to whether Strelets has any plans to reissue
Set 186 French Foreign Legion Early XX C. or to add to/expand the RIF War sets?
I have probably been spoiled by RedBox, HaT, and other companies that seem to keep a supply of their sets on the market long after the original issue date. Now that I am interested in the RIF War, I can't seem to find any of set 186 on Ebay or anywhere else in the U. S. and that has happened frequently when I try to find other previous Strelets sets. I recently purchased HaT U.S. cavalry sets from two different sources for reasonable prices, but try finding Strelets Set 041 US Cavalry anywhere. Please, Strelets, reissue your set for those of us who try to collect them. Thanks
As far as I remember they told that the probability of reissue it was 0.01%. So looks that it’s not their priority,
You could try here:
Fausto is an excellent supplier. I have had him deliver to me here in Oz.
Isn't it an issue of the molds used being worn out? That was my impression.
I could be wrong, but aren't moulds for plastic injection moulding made from metal? If so, how do get they worn out? Could it be it's just not cost effective to do a run -> need minimum of 10,000 sets produced...but if the new/additional sales don't support it they'll just be sitting in a warehouse unsold?
Strelets use other than metal moulds. For that reason their production is cheaper than Zvezda for example.
But they last not too long, so buy the sets once they are out because then there will be no reissue for sure.
Airfix Hat and others use steel moulds, strelets use a mould that is metal lined, and they don`t last nearly as long.
I did not know about the difference in molds. What a shame to think of all of that creative work no longer able to be reproduced, especially with the level of quality Strelets artists have reached more recently. Oh well.
Found a Video on Utube from the V&A museum, it shows the technique of Galvanoplasty/Electrotyping, in short run the principle is the same but has been modified to create an injection tool where only the primary surface is metal in this case copper.
Anyway you get the idea...
My thanks to everyone for the feedback about this, and especially to Ironsides for that fascinating look at that process. I really am sympathetic with Strelets need to maximize their profit margin by using an economical process. Unfortunately, I had just started purchasing their RIF War series, and their other Arab and Legion sets, and the above mentioned set is already impossible to locate in the states. I am starting to believe that you have to be ready to buy each and every new set as it comes out of the gate. I still think that, given the artists that they have to hire to produce the more recent figures, one would think that they would want to continue to be able to sell these sets on more than just a limited run. The other interesting possibility I have heard mentioned in this forum is 3D production. Perhaps that would make their original casts go further?