You have to understand that it is not anyone trying to make your life difficult, nor does anyone have a conspiracy against you. The UK seems to have implemented some seriously restrictive "rules" on the importing of paint and other similar substances.
Sure - someone may be able to send it - and sure - it "MAY" get through your customs. But if it doesnt, and it is held, its no ones responsability but your own. I dont know what the penalties are for importing "dangerous" substances - but while the UK has these very restrictive rules in place - I dont blame anyone for not wanting to send the items.
I blows chunks - I know - As I said in my email - I would love to help - but we dont have access to the Kyosho line of paints here - sure we could get them from the places you mention - however I dont want to be responsible for myself or you getting pinged by customs - the same predicament as everyone else is in....I know its only paint - but the authorities are the ones you need to be hassling.
Yes I realise that it's not all a conspiracy, I'm not quite that daft. I note that you mention about the UK having more restrictive rules than other countries... I don't know about that but I do note that in Germany you can get hold of the Tamiya TS paint, whereas in the UK it appeared to have been withdrawn and then banned from sale (under risk of an 80,000 Euro fine for retailers or something rediculous ISTR) which is odd since the UK is less "European" than Germany it seems, but not when it comes to European directives on substances in paint for health reasons? LOL. Hence I got my own TS8 and TS16 paint from Ebay HK. No problems whatsoever with postage.
Now then, let me explain something about the policy regarding the UK ;-
Firstly, for posting things FROM A UK ADDRESS using e.g. Royal Mail ;-http://www.royalmail...ediaId=36200675
Now let me explain the policy regards importing items FROM OUTSIDE THE UK. This comes straight from the horse's mouth as it were, since I telephoned officials at Royal
Mail to get this information ;-
I 'phoned 08457 740 740 and had a word with Royal Mail about whether I could receive a pressurised, flammable liquid canister Aerosol of Hobby paint from Hong Kong.
Royal Mail said YES
I can (I mentioned I was a private domestic customer). It is indeed perfectly legal and cannot be stopped by Customs officials.
I was told on the 'phone that the rules are that I can receive hazardous goods like this one FROM overseas via GROUND shipping and I can SEND the same goods to anyone ANYWHERE in the world but I CANNOT SEND these items WITHIN THE UK TO ANYONE!!
So, with respect Darryn, you would appear to be mistaken as regards the UK.
Also I would with respect turn your attention to what I mentioned above as regards the particular paints that I was after for the Optima, of the Kyosho Calsonic Blue and Yellow, MZW150CB and MZW150Y respectively, in that these are bottles, NOT spray, and are water soluble, non toxic and not flammable!
So you CANNOT
classify these as being dangerous substances as regards Postal Regulations.
So if there is any TC member who would like to help me out to get these, I would pay in advance, I would be most grateful.