We look forward to seeing you there on the 12th and 13th of November, The International Centre, Telford, TF3 4JH.
Monday the 10th of October, in unseasonably bright sunlight for the West of Scotland, saw the visit by Steve Ellison with his Land Rover Pulse Ambulance. Steve was kind enough to make a trip to our beautiful corner of the world to let us measure up, and to take in the views and culture. Good luck on your travels Steve, hope the weather holds up! And yes, the sirens still work!
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.
Its good to get back to some meaty cast armour for a change! Coming soon, our Centurion Mk2 conversion for the AFV Club kit.
From the Ultra-modern MWRAP turrets and weapons through Gulf and Cold War gas masks to very fine German WW2 helmets, this latest batch of releases joins a fantastic range of well researched and expertly executed resin figures, weapons and accessories.
Lots of packing and shipping starting today, perhaps into Saturday also if I don’t get a move on……
We are just putting the final parts together for the first batch of Hornet kits K111, more news soon! Thanks to everyone who have already placed orders, those orders more or less take up all the first batch!
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