VICARA Military Sculptures and Plaques in England are selling a 1/35th scale Ferret model on a base which they claim to be “hand-crafted by their specialist sculptors in the North East of England”. IT IS NOT.
This product is based on our original Accurate-Armour Ferret Mk-2/3 kit designed for us by a well known modelmaker in Kent which has been built, filled, figures added, then moulded and recast and sold on a base. This is a blatant rip-off and we would advise anyone who has purchased this for themselves or as a gift to demand a full refund from Russell King at VICARA . And please report him to UK Trading Standards at the same time.
UPDATE FROM VICARA:-
Any information regarding Casting process, Military sculptures, Models or Copyright issues, please contact the Manufacturer ‘Olde Earth Castings Ltd. So according to Russell King at VICARA it is this other company in Northumberland and directed by Martin Gorman who are the North East of England “Hand-crafters”.
All information welcome.
Look at his site (and the manufacturers site) and you will see many other products which appear to be cheap plastic kits designed in Japan, Korea, China etc. subjected to the same bogus “hand crafted in the North East of England” recasting. Another blatant violation of Trading Standards law, and our advice for customers is the same as above.
Finally, adding insult to injury there appears to be the recasting of UK military badges and logos. Really?! ALL UK armed services badges, crests, and logos are MOD Crown Copyright!
Look at the images above posted by VICARA on Facebook (now with our text) and their own web site; look at his site:- http://www.vicaramilitarycollectables.co.uk/
Those of you around the world who have our Ferret kit (built or not) can compare for yourselves what you have with those images and it should only take you a few seconds to see what we mean.
Designing and manufacturing original work in the UK is a hard way to make an honest living for a small family run business like ours, so having our designs and products ripped off by opportunistic thieves with no morals will not be tolerated. Please share, re-post, forum post, tweet and copy so that as many people as possible are aware of these rip-offs. Thank you very much for reading.