German S-151 S-boat under fire (Model by James Casey)
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THE PT DOCKYARD
Since 1997, The P.T. Dockyard has been producing 1/600 resin miniatures of World War 2 coastal craft. The Dockyard now offers over 200 different small craft miniatures from 1914 through today!
In addition, we have a select offering of unique 1/1200 ship models, aircraft and armor.
Dockyard convoy on the way to break the blockade!
Announcement December 7, 2014
To my valued friends and customers,
Looking back over the seventeen years the PT Dockyard has been in operation, the seascape that it supports has changed considerably. The coastal war gaming hobby, with justifiable pride, has benefited from this operation which has continually offered an ever growing line of coastal craft. Starting with about a dozen releases in 1997, these now span a time period from WW1 to today and have reached into other scales as well. In the vast majority of cases the models found here, not only the coastal craft but the 1/1200s and the others as well, cannot be found anywhere else in any scale. The offerings of the PT Dockyard number in the hundreds, something I find amazing.
But with the march of time come new challenges. The greatest challenge of late is the virtual blockade set up in the UK and Europe by exploding duties and taxes. Postage rates have become a burden as well, although these are mitigated by the simple fact that resin is very light, far lighter than metal. Still, postage today is 2-5X what is was when the first convoys of boats set sail in 1997.
And the competition…well that is complicated. The demise of Skytrex was not exactly celebrated at the Dockyard. Even though there are a few frustrating errors in the line (the MAL standing in as an”F-lighter” being the worst offender), they made a number of craft that I had no desire to make, thus COMPLIMENTING the Dockyard line in many cases, not competing with it. The new incarnation is now somewhat shielded by the UK trade barriers and has expressed the desire to expand. Hmmmm……
One more factor I became aware of- a number of my customers, especially the 1/1200 collectors, don’t want to deal with “fiddly bits”. In the 17 years I have been doing this, my own ability to cope tiny parts has stayed strong but not without effort. I have corresponded with a few that have needed some help or expressed frustration which means more are out there.
So, faced with new challenges and a virtual blockade of a major market, it is time to take action. Can I change the duties and ransom-like taxes to hold a package for pick-up, no. But, to the best of my ability, I can offset it and bring things into alignment.
Effective today, new pricing is in effect on all miniatures. This represents for the most part a 20% DECREASE ACROSS THE BOARD. Yes, you read this right..The PT Dockyard is lowering pricing on basically everything except rule sets. New product will be priced at this new benchmark. How? Hey, I work in manufacturing gentlemen. We lean out processes all day long, make things quicker for less effort while managing costs. The Dockyard operation in 2014 is far leaner than it was in 1997. Now is the time to get meaner… Part of this meanness was to send a handful of boats to the retirement pond, so you may see some gaps. Trust me– these are wallflowers that will not be missed.
In addition, the Shangri-La Ironworks 1/1200 will offer COMPLETED and PAINTED (basic colors) versions of all 1/1200 ships. These will obviously be at a higher cost as listed but will make it possible for many of you to enjoy models by the Ironworks without having to deal with the assembly. Customized camouflage painting will considered on a case by case basis.
For 1/600, 1/700 and 1/1200, the PT Dockyard will also offer to discuss either assembly or customization/scratch builds that customers would want or masters with a small run of castings. These will also be considered on a case by case basis. Size is an issue as I am not capable of molding anything above 9-10″ long.
This genre, this market and this operation mean far too much personally to allow me to sit by and watch as a blockade inserts itself between the Dockyard and customers who, penalized by their governments for simply ordering some model boats, have to shift to other sources. I am always happy to discuss the models, the games and the hobby in general with all of you. There are a lot more craft to build and far too much fun to be had.
Hang on all. Secure all fittings and dog the hatches. Full speed ahead.
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