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cspg
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posted 04-05-2013 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spacerace776:
Does any one know how much postage costs would be to the UK from Ami Ami?
If you look down the thread regarding the Apollo 11/Saturn V model, the shipping fee to the UK, 3 years ago, was Yen 12,300 for one cS member. I paid the same amount for that model shipped by EMS from HobbyLink.

Giving the 3 years that have passed (price increase to be expected; don't know about exchange rates though) and that the box may be bigger/heavier due to the helicopter, the quoted number may give you an idea. I expect it to be higher.

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posted 04-05-2013 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spacerace776:
Does any one know how much postage costs would be to the UK from Ami Ami?
Pete, this is what Apollo 11 cost me last time (March 2010). As you can see I paid a little more for Apollo 11 than we're paying for Apollo 13 but allowing for inflation I don't think it will be too far off this.
  • 39,840 yen Apollo 11 Sale Price
  • 12,300 yen Shipping
  • VAT was £80.08 and Parcelforce Clearance Fee £13.50
At today's exchange rate that would be £356.06 + £80.08 + £13.50 = £449.64.

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posted 04-05-2013 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pete, mine was it the same region of price shipped to Malta from Ami Ami and was also shipped by EMS.

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posted 04-05-2013 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacerace776   Click Here to Email spacerace776     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you all for the postage info.

I better get started on saving up, not told the wife yet.

Jon Long
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posted 04-07-2013 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jon Long   Click Here to Email Jon Long     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone who has taken delivery from AmiAmi of a Bandai Otona No Chogokin model confirm whether they keep the entire product packaging intact or not?

These models have the nice product packaging, usually covered in a tissue paper wrapping, and then placed inside a more generic brown cardboard outer box which is then sealed.

Some vendors have removed the outer brown product box, and shipped just the internal product packaging.

I'd like to make sure AmiAmi sends you a completely sealed, factory fresh unit and not one which has been opened in anyway.

Also, any description of the quality of their overall packaging would be appreciated. Thanks!

alexbaja
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posted 04-08-2013 02:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes they do send it in tissue packaging, of course we are not sure if the packaging will be the same but I can assure you that they package it very well with a larger outer box to protect the model and it's packaging.

The only problem was that when it arrived in Malta, customs had to open the tissue packaging for standard inspection and valuation.

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posted 04-15-2013 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jon Long   Click Here to Email Jon Long     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Alex for the information. Does anyone know if HobbyLink also leaves all the original packaging sealed?

Certainly understand that we do not yet know if Bandai will have the same packaging for the Apollo 13 model, but it seems likely. I own all three (Apollo 11, Endeavour, Hayabusa) and they have all been packaged in an identical fashion.

Just to confirm Alex, your orders from AmiAmi have come with the outer brown cardboard intact with no signs of it having been opened and re-sealed and looks just like this.

Also, do you remember what kind of packing material AmiAmi used in the box? Did they use crumpled up newspaper? I can't stand when people use newspaper for packing material - the ink rubs off and on to the product box. Hopefully they are using plain shipping paper or bubble wrap.

Thanks for the info!

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posted 04-15-2013 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jon Long:
Thanks Alex for the information. Does anyone know if HobbyLink also leaves all the original packaging sealed?

My orders from HobbyLink were sealed (customs didn't open the boxes). As for the shipping package, I don't recall what protection they used.

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posted 04-15-2013 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jon, I bought all three of my Bandai models from Ami Ami. The manufacturer's box in the pic you link was contained within a considerably larger shipping box...If I recall there was around 4" of space on all sides, which was filled with fairly heavy wadded butcher paper (not newspaper.) Like others', I could see no evidence that either had been opened prior to delivery.

alexbaja
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posted 04-15-2013 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jon, yes I can confirm that the inner box was sealed when it arrived at customs and was only opened in front of me for inspection.

Also as Kevin confirmed the packaging was just like he said with lots of heavy gauge greenish paper and charcoal grey thick packaging material if I remember well.

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posted 05-06-2013 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Selling for 500 Euros from andromeda24.de!

Leaving postage and import duties aside that's $250 more than from amiami!

Norman.King
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posted 05-06-2013 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In fairness, you can't leave the postage and import duties aside because you (and they) will have to pay them.

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posted 05-12-2013 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kal-El     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I pre ordered mine through BBTS. I hope they re-release the Shuttle again. That would be awesome.

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posted 06-13-2013 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm really considering dropping the $500+/- for this model.

I'm looking at pre-ordering from AmiAmi. I've never down a major overseas order like this before.

My understanding is that if I preorder from Ami Ami, I do not make any payment. When they rec' the model and are ready to ship, they will invoice me for payment and I have 7 days to get it to them. Am I correct?

I know that I typically should ask them, but thier FAQ does answer the questions, but seems to be not quite perfect with the english translation. I just want to be sure before dopping this kind of cash!

Does any advantage exist to do a bulk order for other CS members? I wonder if shipping would be less?

cspg
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posted 06-13-2013 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Constellation One:
Does any advantage exist to do a bulk order for other CS members? I wonder if shipping would be less?

If you pay import duties, it might be a good idea to combine orders. Shipping might be less but you can only buy 2 models per household.

As for payment goes, that seems to be correct (last time I bought the Apollo 11 model from Hobby Link but since Amiami is offering a discount twice as big...). You can pre-order, no payment can be made because they don't how much shipping will amount to (at least that's my understanding of the transaction).

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posted 06-13-2013 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I ordered mine from AmiAmi I supplied my CC info right then so then can just charge my card.

cspg
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posted 06-14-2013 04:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I probably did the same, but I can't remember.

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posted 07-23-2013 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for USS Voyager 74656   Click Here to Email USS Voyager 74656     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just placed my order online, I am trying to confirm something and I hope that someone here can help. The vendor in Japan I ordered from through Amazon has it listed as Apollo 5, but since that has been sold out for a long time can I safely assume that since this is expected to be released in September (per the vendor), is it safe to assume that it will be the Apollo 13?

Thank you all.

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posted 07-23-2013 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you mean Apollo 11 (rather than "5"), then it too is being re-released.

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posted 07-25-2013 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AmiAmi is ready to ship

cspg
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posted 07-25-2013 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah but couldn't log in...

Especially when you're using the wrong password!?!! LOL!

Norman.King
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posted 07-25-2013 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my "ready to ship" email too. The problem is I'm no longer sure I want Apollo 13 given I already have Apollo 11.

Help convince me.

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posted 07-25-2013 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry Norman, no help here.

I finally decided to pass on this one. I also already have the original Bandai Apollo 11/Saturn V, and having recently acquired the Corgi Apollo Recovery model, this just doesn't add enough to my collection to justify the expense. "Your mileage may vary," of course.

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posted 07-25-2013 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To paraphrase S.R. Hadden from the film "Contact":
Why buy one when you can have two at twice the price?

cspg
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posted 07-25-2013 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Up next the Skylab version (after all, they already have the first and second stages ready!)?

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posted 07-25-2013 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't buy a second one, I missed the first Apollo 11, so I am in for one now, but I passed on Apollo 13. It's like the Apollo 11 and 13 Saturn V's from Dragon, not enough difference to justify the cost.

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posted 07-26-2013 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my shipping info this morning. Note that shipping cost was $107.00.

alexbaja
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posted 07-26-2013 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My shipping was $125

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posted 07-26-2013 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there no US hobby dealers that can stock or obtain this great looking model display?

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posted 07-26-2013 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by alexbaja:
My shipping was $125.
Same here.

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posted 07-26-2013 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Darn it, I'm so weak.

For anyone else in the UK these are the totals... Apollo 13 at 38,220 JPY and EMS Shipping at 12,300 JPY for a total of 50,520 JPY (approx. £332.52).

I've got to add to that import VAT at 20% (there's no way this will slip through customs) and Parcel Force handling fee of £13.50 should bring it to my door at about £412.52.

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posted 07-26-2013 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Norman.King:
...should bring it to my door at about £412.52.
Wow, you guys get fleeced. Mine has shipped.

Norman.King
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posted 07-26-2013 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by David C:
Wow, you guys get fleeced.
Welcome to Europe.

GACspaceguy
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posted 07-29-2013 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived today. No time to put it togther but there are three Service Modules (one showing the damaged section) and three Command Modules (one for splashdown diorama). More info to come.

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posted 07-29-2013 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for h00ktern     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same thing for me; the box is sitting in the living room. I was amazed how fast they shipped it, and I received it (exclude pre-order wait time).

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posted 07-30-2013 03:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Arrived this morning, 7/30. Surprised also about how fast it arrived. $77 in taxes and import duties. Excellent packaging. It's just as tough to take out of the box (same configuration as the Apollo 11 one) then to place it back in...I didn't realize that this one cost me about 20% less than the Apollo 11!

And I don't have any device to take picture with, sorry (I'm old).

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posted 07-30-2013 04:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos, photos please.

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posted 07-31-2013 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the production model any different than the prototype version that was used to advertise the model?

cspg
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posted 07-31-2013 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only difference I've spotted from the pictures posted on HobbyLink Japan, picture on the far right, is that there are three service modules. I don't know why this is so.

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posted 07-31-2013 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacerace776   Click Here to Email spacerace776     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I placed my order and made payment, just waiting for delivery now.

HOORAY, I finally got one.


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