Build/collect a model magazines,good value or rip off?

  KRONOS the First 09:03 AM 02 Sep 12
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I have noticed two or three ads on the TV for magazines which include the building of a mode?

Build the Endeavour £5.99 for 70 issues.

Classic Pocket Watches £8.99 for 80 issues.

James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 £6.99 for 85 issues.

There is some serious cash involved in the making or collecting of these models and I struggle to think that any of them offer value for money.

Does anyone here buy/subscribe of intends to buy/subscribe to these magazines?

  KRONOS the First 09:09 AM 02 Sep 12

Sorry meant to add the totals if you bought all issues.

£8.99 x 80 = £719.20

£6.99 x 85 = £594.15

£5.99 x 70 = £419.30

  rdave13 09:18 AM 02 Sep 12

I suppose there's two ways of looking at it. If you have a serious interest in the topic then subscribing to the magazine is a good way of learning and collecting information with the model as a bonus. If you subscribe just to build a model then it's a rip off.

  Quickbeam 09:24 AM 02 Sep 12

You get what they say you get. You pays your money, and you takes your choice.

  BT 09:29 AM 02 Sep 12

Its OK if you really want to spend such huge amounts of cash on a model. Its OK if they keep producing it. You will probably find that after the first couple of issues you will have to get it by subscription, and if they don't get enough people continuing to buy it it could well end up being cancelled and you have a partly finished model.

If you really want to build a model a visit to a good retailer will get you something comparable at FAR less cost, and you will get all the parts at once not over a couple of years.

  interzone55 09:38 AM 02 Sep 12

I remember a special edition of Antiques Roadshow a few years back, it was about modern collectables, and a guy turned up with a Star Trek 3D Chess Set he'd bought from the back of a colour supplement, took about 3 years to collect all the pieces at a four figure cost. The expert reckoned at a good auction he'd be lucky to recoup £100...

  johndrew 10:30 AM 02 Sep 12

How many of these magazines start out, run for a few issues and then fold due to lack of sales/interest?

  KRONOS the First 10:34 AM 02 Sep 12

Just discovered Build the Endeavour is "complete in 100 parts" - so £599...

  Bing.alau 11:40 AM 02 Sep 12

It's hard luck on a mother who has a child who pesters her to buy the first couple of parts of the model because it is practically free. After that the cost rockets per magazine and per part. If she hasn't really read the subject up beforehand she is then in a quandry as to what to do because she knows she can't afford it.

The short answer is, yes it is a rip off and a big one at that.

  johndrew 11:54 AM 02 Sep 12

"I believe the business model is to cover costs with the first two or three editions and then sit back and take the profits as the run goes on."

So, being generous, the magazine and model are worth less than £30 a throw. Money for old rope; I should get in on the act to supplement my pension - first project a paper aeroplane!!

  wiz-king 16:42 PM 02 Sep 12

A years subscription to Model Engineer would cost less and give a better choice of projects.

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