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Flair Models - a question

Might they come back?

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John Bisset24/09/2019 10:45:04
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A question about ‘Flair’ models. When talking recently to a model shop owner, who had just sold the last of his old Flair related stock, he mentioned that the brand had a new owner, who he had recently been in contact with. The shop owner wasn’t aware if there was any intention to restart production, but hoped there might be.

Does anyone here have any information? I like the Flair Puppeteer which I have and would quite like to build more. Old kits do occasionally come up for sale I know. It would be nice to see these back in production!

Denis Watkins24/09/2019 11:05:45
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Maybe something here John

A new owner mentioned

**LINK**

John Bisset24/09/2019 11:17:36
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Thank you Denis, I had not seen that thread. Possibly there is hope yet...

I notice there is someone in Staffordshire who regularly advertises several Flair kits, at prices which seem to vary from time to time, but (understandably) typically have some considerable mark up from the prices I recall. Anyone know anything about this ? - the name is not the same as the person quoted as now owning Flair, so possibly old stock held over from an ex-model shop?

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David P Williams24/09/2019 13:34:15
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The chap in Staffordshire is a dealer, although he masquerades as a keen modeller. He places wanted ads for specific kits or types of kit, when you contact him with one to sell he tells you he's always wanted one of these and been searching for a while, you (I) gullibly think you're selling to a fellow modeller and agree a reasonable price, then see the kit re-advertised a couple of weeks later for double the price.

John Bisset24/09/2019 14:42:27
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Thanks for that David, I suspected that might be the case. Shall avoid that route and perhaps enquire on here!

So - has anyone got a Flair Bristol Fighter kit or plans available? It looks a superb model

Ken Lighten24/09/2019 21:15:14
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I thought I was the only one who got stung by the ‘gentleman’ from Staffordshire!

Doc Marten24/09/2019 22:02:51
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When I contacted Dean he told me that he was winding down the company as he could not run it how he wanted to and that there are no plans to restart the kits.

i12fly24/09/2019 22:07:57
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highpeakmodels.co.uk

say they can supply Flair kits, made to order with 8 - 12 weeks lead time. Don't know if this is still the case but it still shows on their website

John Bisset02/10/2019 12:41:38
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Thanks Doc - sad to hear.

I wonder if that means the likes of 'highpeak models' - I shall contact them (thanks i12fly) will be able to continue supplying to order, or whether someone else could possibly buy over the rights to the company's products?

Cheers,

John B

Geoff S02/10/2019 16:00:57
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An alternative to the Flair Puppetteer might be the new DB S&S Sopwith Pup which has the same wingspan (60". It has the advantages of first, being near scale and, second, benefitting from the support DB are offering. Not sure of the price but I think it's now a shade over £200.

I bought my kit early for £195. I had to wait a while for delivery but as I wasn't ready to start anyway it wasn't a problem. I'll be starting in about a week.

Geoff

PS Just noticed Andrew's post earlier suggesting the 60" DB Sopwith Pup.  All I can say is my kit looks lovely in the box with nicely presented drawings and comprehensive instructions. I just hope it will still look lovely when I build it

Edited By Geoff Sleath on 02/10/2019 16:05:23

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