Hobby News - Hat Colonial Wagons & Restocks, Strelets Price Rises, Linear-A Plans & Electronic Customs Data etc...
Firstly - Happy New Year! 2018 ended with a lot going on and 2019 has started in the same fashion. Here's some hobby news for you:
Looks like a couple of new sets and some welcome restocks will be heading our way later in January. I'll add to the website in due course. All 1/72 scale.
Pics are from Hat.com website where more can be found. Items come unpainted.
NEW RELEASES £8.99 per box (tbc)
8286 COLONIAL OX WAGON
8287 COLONIAL GENERAL SERVICE WAGON
RESTOCKS - mostly £6.25 per box (tbc)
8112 WW1 US INFANTRY
8113 WW1 RENAULT FT17 &37MM CANNON
8114 WW1 RENAULT FT17 & HOTCHKISS
8126 WW11 GERMAN M/CYCLE & SIDECAR
8127 WW11 GERMAN MOTORCYCLE
8193 EGYPTIAN CAMEL CORPS
8194 BRITISH CAMEL CORPS
8219 FRENCH CHASSEURS MARCHING
8237 ZULU WAR BRITISH INFANTRY
8251 FRENCH CHASSEURS ACTION
8252 FRENCH CHASSEURS COMMAND
8299 ZULU WAR BRITISH COMMAND
8304 NAPOLEON BRITISH COMMAND
Their latest batch of 1/72 scale releases continues to sell really well - with lots more planned for 2019 & beyond - see below - thank you Strelets!
- 154 - Japanese Type 98 AA 20mm Gun
- 155 - French Line Infantry Standing at Ease
- 189 - Pom-Pom Gun with British Crew
- 190 - Mounted Rif Rebels
- 191 - Rif Rebellion
- 193 - Austrian Infantry in Overcoats on the March
- 194 - Austrian Grenadiers in Overcoats Standing at Ease
- 195 - Austrian Infantry in Overcoats Standing at Ease
- 196 - French Infantry in Summer Dress on the March
- 197 - French Infantry in Summer Dress Standing at Ease
- 198 - French Infantry in Summer Dress Standing at Attention
- M134 - WWI French Infantry in Summer Dress
- M135 - British Infantry at Gallipoli
- M136 - Turkish Infantry at Gallipoli
- M137 - WWI Turkish Assault Troop
Keep an eye on Plastic Soldier Review for the latest updates and also look at the future sets Strelets list on the sides of their boxes.
Due to currency fluctuations their UK prices are set to rise in February - so you may want to think about stocking up sooner rather than later. If my maths is correct the increase looks to be less than 10% and in my store at least it will take a little while to filter through as I apply it to reorders and new releases.
Exciting future plans from German 1/72 scale maker Linear-A
- 010 - Germanic Warriors Set 2
- 013 - Hannibal Crosses the Alps Set 2 "Cavalry"
- 016 - Hannibal Crosses the Alps Set 3 "Elephants"
- 017 - Roman Legion Set 1
- 018 - Roman Legion Set 2
- 019 - Battle of Cunaxa 401B.C. Set 2
- 020 - Trajan`s Legion are back !!!
- 021 - Amazons "Daughter's of Ares"
- 022 - The Etruscans "Cavalry" 9th-5nd.Centuries BC Set 2
- 023 - Hannibal makes a triumphal entry to Italy Set 4
- 024 - Napoleonic Wars Surprise set
Electronic Customs Data - International Orders
From January 2019 orders sent to some countries including the USA, Brazil, China & Russia will require customs data to be submitted electronically to ensure there are no delays or rejections to incoming parcels..
I would not be surprised if this is rolled out to parcels sent to all countries in time as national customs authorities around the world try to ensure they correctly gather all the duties they are due.
What does this mean for customers?
The good news is you should get overseas parcels a bit faster as in theory there will be fewer customs delays with clearance being electronic rather than paper based.
For some the not so good news is that fewer parcels are likely to slip through the net without duties being levied and the days of trying to ask retailers to understate the value of goods on handwritten manual customs forms will be over.
Going forward increasingly linked electronic parcel booking, retail and customs systems will mean the various international customs authorities will know exactly what you paid and therefore exactly what duties are due.
Presumably the thinking is that they will generate more customs duty revenues - although this may not work out as planned as many folk may simply decide not to order from overseas so much - let's hope not as toy soldiers is figuratively as well as literally a small world and lots of international trade keeps it healthy.