It’s over a year since our last posting on this build. And to no amazement to some, there is zero traction. In fact, once the sponsorship year closed, we declined to offer Eaglemoss | Die-Cast Club any further extensions to the sponsorship campaign. And today the remnants of the build have been sold off, and we chalk this up as another learning experience with the scale model hobby.
Our team was seriously routing for the Eaglemoss | Die-Cast Club to succeed. Our opinions through the limited time with the build were genuinely positive with the model and parts list and overall built quality, and the passion to complete the project was there as it was from day one. The challenges with the build are more with the supply chain and in short, their inability to deliver – their lack of communication internally requires some serious rethinking. Again, this is our opinion based on our perspective throughout the build, though short and not complete. Can we say this was COVID induced, probably some, but their challenges started well before the pandemic was at full sail.
In short, for those on the fence about starting their own build our advice is to proceed with caution – not sure where the brand stands today on availability to deliver and starting and completing a build is timely and expensive if you make it full course. Adding any negative fuel in acquiring parts or not getting the required parts at all can be extremely frustrating, to say the least. If you have any questions please use the contact form below and tile “Eaglemoss Build: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Build”.
As always, HAPPY COLLECTING!
I have purchased 300SL, and I need 300slr in the next step.
Honestly, this sounded like a questionable undertaking right from the start.
I can’t recall the name that is used in Europe ,but there was Unimog 406 in 1/8 scale as a kit with the same monthly subscription marketing and the reviews were similar – not sure I heard of one being finished .I saw lots of monthly parts packages for sale on e-bay over there , but it never appeared there were enough to make a complete model ..
I always found kits daunting, particularly with subscription based supply of parts. Even if getting the kit complete, I doubt that I would be happy with the results of my efforts and would always resent the imperfections that would inevitably occur when I put it together … if I ever finish. I can sense the disappointment and regret of having wasted quite a bit on time in your post . That´s why I always preferred completed models. The only „kit“ model I have is a Pocher Testarossa, but that was a professionally pre-assembled demonstrator in a display case I bought when Pocher gave up business in the 90s and therefore sold off their demonstrators.
Our build experience is 180 different with Pocher than it was with Eaglemoss. Kudos to them! What they do differently is ship you the complete model in pieces. No need to wait or continue the program monthly as per Eaglemoss.
I had a lot of success putting together the DeAgostini McLaren MP4-23 but bought it on a monthly payment after all the parts were completed.
Your story makes me even more reluctant to spend money on anything that hasn’t been produced completely.
We recently had a representative for DeAgostini contact us about the DS sponsorship program. In the end, they wanted us to sign an “influencer” contract. Basically asking or should we say telling us they would monitor what we had to say. You can guess our response :)
So much for accusing DS to be biased. We proudly PAY for our models like any other collector. As reviewers we are collectors amongst collectors like anyone else. Manufacturers cannot BUY our verdicts. And we will keep it that way!
We were just informed EM is no longer in business. Wow, just wow!