One of the best bits of news I've seen recently appeared in the latest SAMI
(February 2000) and I'm surprised no-one else has seen it. (Unless my
newsreader missed the whole thing, which isn't unheard of.)
Apparently Accurate Miniatures has responded very rapidly to the recent hikes
in kit prices and as a result the UK price for the new Mitchells is going to be
39.00 or less, rather than the threatened 50.00+ which was being circulated
before the new year. If I understand the situation correctly the same
arrangement applies to their exisiting and other new kits as well, so hopefully
the Grumman fighters will come down to an achievable cost as well.
If this comparatively small US company can break the mould in yet another way
(their first being to deliver mainstream kits to standards unheard of only a
few years ago) then perhaps some monolithic Oriental manufacturers might back
down from a 'take it or leave it' attitude where their prices are concerned.