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Buying parts from Kit manufacturer
Posted by Vonnie on Monday, March 09, 2009 3:00 PM

Does any one know if you can buy specific parts from kit companies like AMT and Revell and Monogram?

 I am fairly certain they have discontinued all of my favorite kits.

 
AMT made a 1970 Plymouth Super Bee Pro Street. It had Mickey Thompson tires. To my knowledge, that was the only kit they appeared in.

 I would like to get my hands on more of those. I tried to buy a kit from a vendor at a toy show this past weekend. He had 4 of those kits for $19. Needless to say i did not come home with a kit.

Maybe i am just out of touch with the modeling industry as its been about 6 years since i worked on a kit.

 I also like the chasis and engine detail from the Revell 1967 Chevelle Pro Street kit. (i think it was Revell).

Any ideas on how to get these kits or specific parts from them?

 

thank you

 

Vonnie
 

 

 


 

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Posted by markdoo on Monday, March 09, 2009 3:23 PM
Vonnie, Unfortunately, kit manufacturers do not sell individual parts from their kits. Revell has a parts replacement program, (using their website), you can order parts for any kit that you have previously/recently purchased that has a broken or missing part. This program is not set-up to sell parts, and Revell keeps records on your parts requests, so this service is NOT to be taken advantage of. The absolute best way to get the parts you need is via this Scale Auto forum. Post your parts request in the "Where can I get..." section on this forum, and many times another forum member who has the part you are looking for will either sell it, trade it, or often times just give it to you. For example, I have 2 of those Mickey Thompson Pro-street rear tires in my parts box, and if you email me with your address information, I'll send them to you. And... welcome to the Scale Auto forum!!!

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Monday, March 09, 2009 4:35 PM

yep, mark's a great guy and has helped me out too. so yes, post in "where can i get".

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Posted by Vonnie on Monday, March 09, 2009 6:05 PM

 Thanks for the responses!

 Mark, I sent you an email.

 

Vonnie
 

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Posted by bdoss on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 7:01 AM

How may I get to the "Where can I get..." section on this forum.  Probably a dumb question,  I've honestly tried with no luck.   Thanks, Bruce  

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Posted by markdoo on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:02 AM
bdoss: Using your computer mouse, click and grab the scroll bar on the right-side of your website window, and pull that scroll bar down to reveal the other topics on this forum at the bottom of the Scale Auto forum website window. "Where can I get..." is under the gray-colored bar that has "Ask Scale Auto" type in it.

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Posted by bdoss on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:36 AM

Got it!   Thanks markdoo..  Bruce

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, March 16, 2009 10:48 AM

the question is why don,t they do this ? the REVELL and AMT people seem to think that they have no responsability for the after sale requirements of the buying public . i ,not long ago got a 1956 crown vicky at a local store . when i got the kit home i discovered the steering wheel and a few other parts were not molded completely . when i contacted them they told me to take it back to any store and get another one . they said , and i quote (due to the fact that the molds were now ofshore they couldn,t help . sooo , i don,t think you will be able to buy parts from them . the ONLY company that i have EVER been able to do this with was HELLER . i wish i could have had better info for you .. oldcarguy

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 16, 2009 4:56 PM

Vonnie

Does any one know if you can buy specific parts from kit companies like AMT and Revell and Monogram?

 I am fairly certain they have discontinued all of my favorite kits.


AMT made a 1970 Plymouth Super Bee Pro Street. It had Mickey Thompson tires. To my knowledge, that was the only kit they appeared in.

 I would like to get my hands on more of those. I tried to buy a kit from a vendor at a toy show this past weekend. He had 4 of those kits for $19. Needless to say i did not come home with a kit.

Maybe i am just out of touch with the modeling industry as its been about 6 years since i worked on a kit.

 I also like the chasis and engine detail from the Revell 1967 Chevelle Pro Street kit. (i think it was Revell).

Any ideas on how to get these kits or specific parts from them?

thank you

Vonnie
 

 

Service parts for a current kit are one thing--any company that is concerned about customer satisfaction, in an form of endeavor should have a service department to back up the sales of their products.

However,  a "parts counter" ala a 1:1 car dealer or auto parts store is entirely another matter, frankly a can of worms for any model kit mfr.  Here's why:  Model car kits, unline real cars, are made, all the parts at one time--most of those old AMT, MPC, Revell or Monogram tools are huge, all the parts for the kit (save for tires or clear plastic parts) come out of those molds in one huge sprue.  So what to do?

Were they to sell individual parts, that requires a lot of storage space, plus a staff of people to man it, separate parts from sprues, catalog and organize them--and that costs money.  Ultimately those costs are borne by the customer--model car manufacturers aren't charities, when their outgo exceeds their income, their upkeep is their downfall.  So, it is quite possible for the costs of dealing with say, just one chassis, separating it from the parts sprue after it's been located, packaging it up, processing the payment, shipping it out to you probably would make the cost to you as much or more than if you just bought another kit.

It would get even more complicated, and expensive, to stock and sell parts for out-of-production kits--what to do when they run out?  Mold up a couple of dozen more?  The costs of doing that would be prohibitive--considering the sheer dollars it takes to load up a multi-hundred pound injection mold into a molding machine (and taking that machine out of regular production to to that), just to have a dozen or so kits they can rob parts out of.  Possible, but highly impractical, and expensive to boot.

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