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HOW TO GET THE KITS YOU WANT FROM FMW
When you offer great items at great prices on a continual basis, there are bound to be a few people who end up last in line and empty handed. For quite some time, that’s been the story at Fred’s Model World. We hate to turn modelers away with nothing, but by the time the website is updated every five weeks, the majority of the good kits are gone.
After considerable thought, we have come up with some tips to get more kits from Fred’s Model World. First, we will be updating the site sooner, before all the best items are gone. We can’t guarantee you will get everything you ask for, but the chances will be improved. Here’s some more ways to get to the good stuff sooner.
Get on the regular mailing list!
Fred’s Model World puts out a mailing list approximately every five weeks, mailing out several hundred printed catalogs around the world. The mailed list is sent out 7-10 days before the website is updated, because we feel regular customers have earned first crack at the hottest items on the list. How do you get on the list? Send a .80 cent SASE to me at Fred Sterns, 48 Standish Road, Buffalo, NY 14216. If you place an order,we will put you on the regular mailing list for several issues. If you continue to order on a semi regular basis (a few kits every 3-4 months will do it), you will remain on the list indefinitely and not need to send another SASE. You can also make an order by emailing or calling to place the first order, then we follow the same guidelines for putting and keeping you on the mailing list. If you are only looking for a certain kit or two and don’t need to be on the mailing list let us know-each list costs $1.50 to send.
Email or mail me a want list
If you are looking for specific items, no matter how many, email or mail us a want list with your name, address, email address and phone number, along with the model kit manufacturer and description of the kit. We will keep the list on file and contact you if we find the kit.
Call or email me with kits on or NOT on the website that you need. We check in 40-50 new items a day, so if the item you need is not on the website we may have it in stock or may soon get it in stock. Feel free to check with us once every 7-10 days if needed.
NO MORE FRUSTRATION
Hopefully, these tips will help you get the kits you need from Fred’s Model World. We are looking to increase our customer base at all times, in order to share the variety of unbuilt and built models we are constantly receiving. Your suggestions are welcome-please email us at email@example.com
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FAR OUT VISITORS
By Fred Sterns
Thanks to all of my customers who have
taken the time to see me personally this summer!!
MORE EBAY FALLOUT!
I subscribe to a great bi-monthly newsletter called the Kit Collectors Clearinghouse. This is a fine publication put out by John Burns dealing with model kits of all types. There is usually a good classified section for buyers and sellers to run small ads. John noted in a recent issue the dramatic decrease of ads in KCC, and blames much of it on ebay.
It used to be interesting subscribing to Scale Auto, KCC and other model mags, especially sending away for sales lists advertised in the classifieds by builders and collectors thinning their models. Those days are coming to an end. These days, if you want to buy a kit, it’s either buy on ebay and compete with the world, or go to a dealer and accept whatever price is listed.
When I got back into modeling in 1990, after being out of the hobby for nearly 10 years, these ads were where I bought most of my kits. Prices were reasonable and I was able to stay within a tight budget and still buy some nice kits. Paying book price was an option to settle for if you really wanted a kit and had to go to a dealer. Paying book price or above is now reality, and finding bargains is about as rare as a 1911 Chevy model. I seldom win anything on ebay, mostly because I am still on a budget, even dealing full time as I do. In terms of selling, I’m still putting on only leftovers from my list. These sell at a reasonable price on ebay.
I’ve been hoping for the excitement over ebay to die down, but it’s
merely leveled off and not declined. That’s great for sellers and maybe
not so favorable for buyers. I believe this prosperous economy had led to
too much free money being thrown around. Modeling is a great hobby,
but it’s important to decide what to spend your money on. My advise
is to try and get your money’s worth and believe that if you get outbid on
a particular model kit, wait for the next one to come along at a more reasonable
I’ve heard numerous complaints about AMT/ERTL/Racing Champions customer service in recent days. In the past, when you had a defective kit, they would gladly send you a new one. For whatever reason, modelers in many cases are not getting any cooperation with defective kits in the past few months. I don’t know if this is really true, or what is going on with Racing Champions, but please be aware of this possibility when buying kits.
OLD AMT PAINTS
by R.D. Mink
Here’s some information on old AMT paint colors offered in the mid-1960's. These were obtained through an Auto World ad found in the November 1966 issue of Car Model magazine. Individual paint color numbers were not listed, but colors are as follows:
Custom Spray Lacquer Solid Colors
Devil’s Red, Royal Blue, Emerald Green, Aztec Gold, Fire Orange, Frost Grape, Root Beer, Ultra Violet, Peacock.
Custom Spray Lacquer Metallic Colors
Red Violet, Blue Fog, Green Mist, Orchid Silk, Burnt Charcoal, Sterling Silver.
Custom Spray Lacquer Candy Colors
Ruby Red, Oriental Blue, Mint Green, Base Gold, Base Silver, Wild Cherry, Tangerine.
The list price on these cans of paint in 1966 was .69 cents each.
There was also a color called Competition Yellow available.
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