I hope this answers questions from the D90 fanatics (like myself) who have emailed me or expressed interest about this model. I had to wait to get all of the information in order so I apologize for the delay.
And again, once I actually recieve the item, which should be pretty soon, I'll give you my impressions and then YOU can grab the ball from there ... The difference in price on whether I buy 1 or 10 isn't that much, and I really don't have the time to 'ship' it out to everyone so you'll have to 'wing it' like I did, contact the guy and go from there. But after you read the following information that he sent me, I think you're mind will be at ease if and when you decide to order yourself a model. I don't think this guy is a 'rip off' artist. And he gives all the information if you wanted to spend the time & make it yourself, that's pretty honest in my book. (But again... We'll have to wait and see right ?!)
I'm not making any money on this, just spreading the D90 love... He's finishing mine up very soon and when it's shipped I'll give you all the contact information because I'm not waiting over a year for this one like I did that freaking WOODEN MONSTROSITY.
My Email transcripts below:
FIRST EMAIL REGARDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A REGULAR RC MODEL & THIS ONE:
The differences between the model and the original rc toy are :
1 scratch built roof mounted driving lamps and work lamp ..fully working
2 scratch built expedition roof rack/ladder
3 scratch built bumber/winch with towing eyes/fairlead
4 scratch built steering guard
5 custom interior including ;complete reworking / scratch cubby box /scratch transmission tunnel gear selectors / scratch seatbelts/scratch mats/ scratch grab handle/scratch pedals/accessories/reworked facia with dials.
6 paint job /including weathering/highlighting and shading and mud /dust.
7 scratch built roll cage
8 scratch built snorkel
9 all expedition accessories incl scratch made towing strops/covered spare wheel/boxes/containers/fire extinguisher/bed rolls/tools /chains/ropes/ large canvass roll /pots /pans..national flag
10 jerry can conversion to rear door.
11 scratch built sand channels
12 tree sliders on rear tub
13 all landrover badging /adverts
14 door hinges
I have not got the final cost breakdown as yet, i am still waiting for an invoice from tamiya parts ...as some items are borrowed from their wild willy 2, and juggernaut kits ie clear lens covers, jerrycan, steering wheel.
I am hoping to get the cost down from £250 to £220 per unit plus postage , this is including the full custom interior and all working lights on the roof which i did not do on my model .
I hope this answers your questions , i will try to get hold of a pic of the original to show you, a very general breakdown is £60 for the rc kit approx £70 parts /materials and £90 for all the above work which is about 13hrs in total.
I will send another progress update to show you what i have done so far later today.
(this was a day or so ago...)
SECOND EMAIL REGARDING THE COST BREAKDOWN & PARTS:
The following is a breakdown of parts/materials to make the defender model.
1 Base rc car £57.99 inc next day postage from www.mailorderexpress.co.uk
and type defender in the quick search.will give you a picture, and the full spec there.
2 Electrics ie wire/ battery connectors/switches/bulbs to wire up the 4 front roof lights and 1 rear work light £5.99
3 Paint 8 x pots of tamiya acryllic paint @ £1.50ea =£12.00
4 Glue == 1x pot of plastic weld glue @3.99,though only a small fraction used = 0.20p
2 x tubes of super glue @ 2.99 ea = £5.98 + 0.20 ...£6.18
5 Tamiya parts available at www.golstarstockists.com
tamiya parts bag p for 58256 juggernaut = £4.99 (light lens covers)
tamiya parts bag l for 58242 Wild W II = £ 6.50 (gear selectors/ steering
wheel/jerrycan + other parts
which are just binned) .
tamiya parts bag h for 58242 Wild W II = £4.99 (components used to make
part of winch and fire
extinguisher + other parts
which are binned)
tamiya sticker bag for 58252 Wild W II = £3.50 (used for stickers on the
expeditian kit and body )
tamiya parts total inc £2.50 postage = £22.48
6 plastic sheet = £1.09
7 plastic rod = £9.05
8 some expedition kit from www.hammerhelm.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
bedrolls/boxes/canteens metalcases/woodwn chest = £3.40 + £2.00 post = £5.40
9 Other fixtures fro dolls house shop frying pan £1.65
travel case £1.99
10 Towing shackles from www.tankzone.co.uk
(made in Aluminium, working ,and 4 of each)
11 12x tubes of smarties use the plastic lids to make the lamps £2.50 - let the nippers have
the smarties !
This is all i can think of , i might have missed some small items off, however i have not included in the total the use of my own oil paints , masking tape, brushes, electricity for hand held tool and compressor for airbrush, and time/petrol to get to local model shop thich is a 1hr 20min round trip.... ( have you seen the cost of petrol over here now ...£0.98p per litre !!!! ).... thats why only the rich /famous or mad have V8s !!.......oh and all the agro from the Mrs for making a mess !!!!!!
A big part of the cost is the tamiya parts ..this is a 1.10 scale kit ,there is nothing at all on the market in this scale (trust me i have looked )to readily and cheaply use as accessories.
All the military stuff is 1.35 / 1.16 or 1.6 ...all way off , i challenge you to find a 1.10 scale jerrycan anywhere else !!!
This brings us to a grand total of £138.72 + £90 for me to build it =£228.72 or £220 if you order more than one .
I think this is quite a reasonable price, bearing in mide it takes about 13hrs to make each one, what i am in effect doing is taking a low detail childs toy, and making it into a detailed model for landrover enthusiasts with many working and accurate features.
These models are uniqe , no-one else i know of does this conversion, and though you can buy model defenders at 1:18 scale they are half the size, no where near as detailed ,and do not have as many features as this, nor hand made .
Yours is the second one in the world !
Also they can be custom made for each client , specifying colour .spec and accessories and degree of wear/dammage /mud.
If you look in a modelling magazine and see how much a proffessional model maker will charge to paint one 1/35 scale figure (about 2.5 inches tall ! then it really shows what good value this is .
I hope this puts your mind at rest , i remember as you said you have been shafted before , but i assure you, as i said, i made the first one for personal pleasure , and have since found that other landy enthusiasts seem to like them too.
Oh, I did specify that I wanted mine in 'new' condition, not ruffed up or scratched up... Yes, it does look better (maybe) beaten up a bit, but I
want to do the beating up to it. (you know what I mean).
I'll let you all know how it goes ... and I'll find out how much shipping is... I forgot to ask him about that.