It is time for TMD to go back home — back to my original ‘love:’ German WW II armor and anything that will help a modeler show them in their natural setting. That means diorama products and accessories. Come on, let me tell you more about it.
I did not master much in the month of February, but I will keep my promise to release the M4 VVSS 105 mm (Early) conversion. Look for it Monday. It should sell for somewhere between $50-65, and will be made to go with the Asuka ‘China Clipper’ kit (35-034).
PRODUCTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
One of the main reasons I don’t have anything much in the way of new products this month is because I simply lost interest in U.S. subject matter. No matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn’t make myself sit down and work on another master for Allied vehicles.
I like Allied vehicles just fine, but I have always been a fan of German armor and dioramas. TMD was established with the intention of becoming a resin diorama company. That’s why, when I received Takom’s three new Panther As and a Rye Field Models Panther G this past week, I decided to clear my bench of everything OD green and get to work on my old friends, the German cats.
However, as excited as I am about the new kits, I am even more excited about the diorama possibilities presented by the interiors that come with them. I have been given an opportunity to return to my first ‘love,’ and to push TMD into dioramas, as well. So, for the next few months, you can expect a lot of German items to be pushed off my master bench.
If all goes well, by the time I shut down the shop today, I’ll only have 5 outstanding orders. I apologize, but I had to push most of you aside the early part of this week so I could fill a large dealer order that came in the day before my trip last week. I have bad timing with this dealer. He always seems to catch me when I have ‘issues’ in the shop or my personal life and I felt obligated to him. Besides, his orders help me keep my prices down. Consequently, I worked his order first and fit in your orders when and where I could.
Now, as I said, this should leave 5 orders by the end of the day. Of those, most are waiting on BEF Matildas. If that is you, please know that your order is being held so I can make new molds. If the molds turn out good, I should get you out of here by the middle of next week. Because I made you wait, you’ll find a little something extra for your Matildas in your packages. Hopefully, it will keep you happy with me and TMD.
OTHER COMPANY BUSINESS
Nothing has changed here: I have finally caught up enough to turn my attention to the web site. I even have some help with this project (I love volunteers for punishment🙂 ). The only thing new is that I will be talking to my helper over the weekend and starting to make the long-awaited changes. I hope you’ll start seeing the effects of our effort to make the web site better by the end of February.
I finally have some good news to report. First, the truck transmission cost me $2500, but — thanks to the Lord sending you guys to support me — I was able to afford it (though it has set me back quite a bit).
THAT IS ALL
Well, that’s all I have for now. So, until next week, stay safe and try to build something (preferably something using TMD resin).