Someone once said the journey of a thousand miles begins at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport…. or something like that.
So today, I embark on a great journey. To start my own model company.
Now, I don’t have any money to invest in it. Nor time. Or really much enthusiasm. At this point, I will probably limit my entrepreneurial efforts to this blog post. (Heck, I had to spell check “entrepreneurial”…)
However, should I suddenly find myself with a few million dollars laying about, here’s my plan.
First, I picked a name at random. Fixuardiya. Just a random collection of letters really, with no connection to anything in the modeling world whatsoever. Totally random.
As is the proposed logo. Totally random too. Random, random, random.
I think my first release will be a 1/48 P-63A Kingcobra. Why the P-63? Well, for one, no one knows much about it to make all the red lines meaningful. (And those red lines WILL appear, trust me.)
It’s also a kit that has no recent, easy to build competitive release available. Sure, there’s the MPM kit, and it’s not bad, but my P-63A will be much more buildable.
After that, I’ll probably do an F-82. I’m not sure which version. One of the early letters in the alphabet.
Those two should help my fledgling company work out the manufacturing and engineering bugs. Since everyone will be so excited to get those two kits, no one except for those eight or nine people who always complain anyway will notice. (And we all can name them, and we all ignore them. If you’re not sure who it is, then yes, it’s you. Trust me. Check the ink in your red pen. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.)
After that will come a long series of releases of Mustangs and Spitfires. (Definitely the Spitfire Mk. XIV, of course!) But no 109s or 190s… plenty of those around.
None of my company’s boxes will be end-opening. Ever. They’ll be very sturdy.
The plastic will be smooth and glossy, and not that soft stuff that’s more akin to butter. no sir. Only the best plastic for Fixuardiya models. Sprue connections will be tiny. Very tiny.
Parts count will be low. Maybe in the 60-70 piece range at most. Sure, all those parts other kits have are cool. But c’mon…. you’ve built the Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire. The Accurate Miniatures P-51A. A great kit can be built in something less than triple digit part counts.
Decals will be high quality, but not with so many options you virtually pay for a decal set along with the kit. Two, maybe three options. And they will include cockpit stencils. Every. Freaking. Time.
Seats by Ultracast. ‘Nuff said.
Of course, there’s lots more I’ll do with my model company. Well… probably. Assuming it doesn’t stop with this blog post.
The first step, of course, will be earning my first million dollars towards the model company. I’ve always heard that is the hardest part. Maybe I’ll skip the first million and just zero in on the second million.
So now you’ve seen my plans. Expect great things. Not necessarily from me, but expect great things.
But the logo- that’s pretty good, huh? 🙂
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