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Old 26 Jan 2004, 13:24 (Ref:851106)   #31
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There are a few mondeos on ebay (surprise surprise ) some of these are the early model whilst others are the slightly later version with the boot spoiler - none of them have the rapid fit scheme though
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Old 26 Jan 2004, 16:51 (Ref:851348)   #32
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i would liked to of had a Rapid Fit Mondeo. i think another company should start making the models again of the new cars. i certainly would like to see the new cars as models.
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Old 28 Jan 2004, 12:07 (Ref:853571)   #33
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The high investment costs and the potentially small market prohibit manufacturers from making BTCC models, particularly to the high level of detail now expected.

Consider the tooling costs : Brass master model, Pressure Dies for body and floor pan, seperate Injection Moulds for interior, roll cage, glazing, front lights, rear lights, grille, then artwork for the decals, and a tampo printing fixture. All of this would be around 30,000 for a 1/43 touring car.

Then you maybe need the appropriate licences or permission from the car manufacturers, team, and sponsors - you can't just sell a model of somebody's car, there is intellectual property to consider. Some may be glad of the interest and exposure, but the more astute may want a cut of the action.

On a production run of 10,000 models, the above would add at least 3.00 per unit cost to recover the investment - and would they shift 10,000 Muller Vauxhalls ?

RC bodies are a different matter - overall impression and impact are more important than detail, the vac-form tooling is considerably cheaper, they are one-piece, one-colour (transparent), and they fit standard chassis.
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Old 29 Jan 2004, 18:12 (Ref:855498)   #34
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I heard that the Fords weren't made due to the massive licence fee Ford wanted - bummer
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Old 30 Jan 2004, 01:45 (Ref:855906)   #35
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I very much doubt that it down to lazyness.

Probably that the previous Mondeo models didn't sell, and they thought that it would be a waste of money making the model only to sell a few hundred.
Respectfully, that means there are more Vauxhall than Ford fans around? OTOH, I guess it's because the shape didn't change much over the years so they could resuse the same bodystyle? But wasn't there street versions of the '97 new bodystled Mondeos in 1/43?
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Old 30 Jan 2004, 08:42 (Ref:856141)   #36
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I heard that the Fords weren't made due to the massive licence fee Ford wanted - bummer
you mean that they wanted loads of money for them to make the ford mondeo/focus?
thats abit greedy isn't it?
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Old 30 Jan 2004, 09:24 (Ref:856200)   #37
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Respectfully, that means there are more Vauxhall than Ford fans around? OTOH, I guess it's because the shape didn't change much over the years so they could resuse the same bodystyle? But wasn't there street versions of the '97 new bodystled Mondeos in 1/43?
I don't know how many Vauxhall models were sold, or wheter that year's Vauxhall was even made.
Wasn't there a Minichamp later spec Mondeo? I can't remember if it was 1/43.
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Old 30 Jan 2004, 09:33 (Ref:856214)   #38
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I don't know how many Vauxhall models were sold, or wheter that year's Vauxhall was even made.
Wasn't there a Minichamp later spec Mondeo? I can't remember if it was 1/43.
There's an early spec Mondeo available in various colour schemes and a slightly later spec version (with boot spoiler) in a couple of different colour schemes. As far as I know they didn't make a model of the final schemes used by Ford in the BTCC (rapid fit).
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I've got a couple of 1/43rd diecast BTCC cars, two RS500 Cossies one Rob Gravett and one Andy Rouse and the Listeriene BMW M3.
Has any body else got any of these or are they getting rare now??
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Old 2 Feb 2004, 14:03 (Ref:860186)   #40
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i haven't got any of those. i've seen Andy Rouse's Ford in magazines like Autosport and Robb Gravett but no more?
i've got a lot of the 1997-1998 and 1999 seasons models but no early models.
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RS500's come up quite frequently on ebay (mostly in the black/red Texaco cloour scheme). I've got a mixture of BTCC, STW and SUDAM Super Tourers a few DTM/ITC cars and some WRC machines.
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The black/red Texaco RS500 was the Eggenberger (if spelt correctly) european touring car, so was probably more widely available.
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Found this on ebay, I've never heard of Dragon, but the detail is there.

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Is that one of those self build kits? if it is i've only ever seen the Volvo 850 Estate from 1994. thats the only one i've got?

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Yes it is, along the same lines as 1/24th plastic model kits from Tamiya/Hasagawa, produced in the same part of the world aswell (I believe).
I think they are not a bad quality kit - only had a good look at a tank kit and they look quite good!
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