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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2010 02:52 pm
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As most know, I like to build dioramas.
I then sell them on at well below cost.
It struck me that not everyone would want something like, for example, a full size timber yard - no matter how clever the puns on the notices.
This could be because they have other things to spend their money on, don't have the layout space, prefer to make their own, etc., etc.,.

I then thought, 'what about smaller items?'.

Instead of £40 - £70 for a full diorama, £6 plus postage would cover the cost of materials for, say, a basic shed.
£6 is cheaper than buying a decent kit and I can almost mass produce them.

Here is a pic. showing a range of alternatives which would be mix'n'match.
Stone, Brick, Timber, with Slates, Tiles, Corrugated Iron.
Add-ons would be available (eg: window, figure etc. +£1 each) so the item would still be made to specification of the buyer.
Recycled packaging would be used.

Your thoughts on this idea would be very much appreciated.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 14th, 2010 03:07 pm
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The sheds above are OO but N Gauge would be the same sort of price - less materials but more Optrex.



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Hello dd,

              This is excellent "free-hand" modelling for a minimum £6 + Postage. Would suggest £7.50 min. + PP as these are Good Quality. Will you be producing these in OO and N Gauge? What other models are you considering doing?

                                                                                               Kind Regards,

                                                                                          Michael Thornberry.

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Look at the pricing for the Bachmann and Hornby resin buildings and pitch somewhere around the same. Your models are individual, not mass produced, so are better value for money.
I also suggest you do the smaller items, like your dust cart, flower beds etc., to compete with Harbourn Hobbies and the like.

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Thanks, lads.
£6 is not extortionate, then?

Yes, I plan to expand the range to include all sorts if folk want the sheds.
I should emphasise that it is not a business - I just enjoy making the stuff (as do we all).
£6 will enable the replacement of materials used but does not, of course, include time (in which case they'd be £186).



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I agrree wih Michael you are underselling them at £6

A bespoke model shed at £6 is giving it away

Sit down and look at your actual costs materials time paypal fees etc.

Most ventures like this fail due to lack of correct marketting and have nothing to do with product cost or quality of product.

Getting the product seen in as many places that the target audience read or see is the secret to any venture like yours.


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   Anywhere between £7.50 and a tenner,I'd say.They're good quality,individual,unique.Don't underprice your skills and valuable time!!!

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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I take the point but I'm not seeking to make a profit and I'm not charging for my time, Brian.
If I kept all the stuff I make to amuse myself I'd need a Hanger to house it.



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You need lots of free advertising then if you dont want to make a profit.

Magazines wont offer that that as they are a business and advertising space is revanue

Perhaps contacting someone like Andy York on Rm web that has a big folllowing may allow you a small advert on there for free if you state its not for profit or even new model railroaders.

Or even just a link to website you have would suffice.

Alternative try and aproach model shop owners to take some off of you at £6 they could sell £10-12 + vat

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Thanks for the tips, Brian.



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I have no clue about pricing, but it's a good idea and I'm sure they'd sell. There should be more items like these available to modellers.

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I've already had enquiries since yesterday so I think you are right, Mike.
I don't think the pricing is too important (as long as it makes a contribution) but, as you say, there seems to be a demand for similar work.

I will enjoy putting together a list of basic customer-led structures on my website - the word will soon get around.
Rather than block up Robert's bandwidth with my musings, I'd prefer it if folk that are interested would leave their name and e-mail addy on my website below for updates.



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Sorry - I missed your post, John.
Thanks for the thoughts.

I suppose it's obvious but I should say it's all plastic!



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As a variation on a theme, here is a Plate-Layers hut.
Commissioned by one of our richer members, these sell at £10 +p&p.

Don't take any notice of the gap under the building.
There was a pair of scissors under the paper!

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... and another view:

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Rich member is now poorer by £11.



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Being in something of a philanthropic mood as the "rich member - NOT" in question and the fact I like to encourage these budding young business entrepeneurs the above building was commissioned for Lesspoint to replace the current monstrosity by the road bridge .

Normally I would be quite happy to scratchbuild something like this but one of the side effects of my chemo treatment is that my hand/ eye coordination has been destroyed temporarily so I am unable to tackle anything but the very simplest of modelling tasks at the moment.

In view of the fact I gave DD final instructions at 8am and he posted a piccy of the finished item at 5pm henceforward in view of his speedy work I intend calling him "Road Runner" and he has knocked 87101 into second place as far as rapid modelling is concerned:thumbs

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You have mail, Richard.



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ddolfelin wrote: You have mail, Richard.
as do you, Peter...



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May take more than one day, Stu.
OK to publish it on here when it's done?
I know members like to see this stuff.



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