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  1. My understanding is anything under £135 including postage/insurance etc. VAT should be collected by the seller at point of sale and the seller is responsible to pass this on to the HMRC. If i place an order with Aliexpress then the last part of the checkout adds 20% to cover the VAT, which i presume they pass on to HMRC. 

    Over £135 then its collected by HMRC (customs) on entry to the UK and charged to the buyer directly with any handling fees, i presume that's why Tamico and a like will only ship to the UK for orders over 165 Euros to avoid the paperwork hassle etc. that they would have to do. All my Tamico orders since the 165E limit, have been hit by customs charges. 

    Not sure how customs tell the difference with the orders under £135 having paid VAT or not, unless there is some indication on the postage label/invoice attached to the parcel?


  2. 2 hours ago, Busdriver said:

    RC Kleinkram are always worth checking out for all sorts of thinks. Especially if you can keep the order under the dreaded threshold. They do quite a few bag kits if your just looking for a chassis.

    Unfortunately they have gone the same way as Tamico and now have a 165 Euro minimum order, without shipping costs, for the UK :( 

    Used to buy from them a lot.......

  3. Not all today but over the weekend as well.

    2 x FF01 Vectra's from EBay (another 1 on its way with hopefully a good enough for the shelf body.

    Vectra sticker sheet - for the above if its a bit rough around the edges

    Opel V8 TL01 - Ebay used 

    Opel V8 new bodyshell from Tamico - found in their vintage page as I was trying to find something to push an order to 165Euro for UK

    Civic bodyshell for a future build - not box art, Idemitsu??

    Yaris WRC kit - love anything rally related, so why not :)

    Toms GR Supra kit - lovely body so had to have one

    and enough cockpits (touring and rally) to keep me busy for the rest of the year :) 


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  4. Just got confirmation that mines on the way, so disappointing to see that some of the sponsorship decals are missing.

    I had the previous release and regrettably sold it, so was very happy to see it had been released again. I painted the red, its a lot of masking but looked great when finished. Sure I have photos of it somewhere.


  5. Got these this week :) 


    The bodyshell on top of the pile is the Chevron FSL038 LMP-70 BODY FOR TAMIYA F103RM from Banzai Hobby. Been out of stock for ages and got a notification it was available again on Jan 10th, so ordered straight away. Got here last week, I had forgotten all about it so nice surprise when it did turn up.


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  6. On 3/28/2023 at 9:52 AM, one_hit said:

    Non-Tamiya today… WPL D12 Kei truck. What a fun little truck and at $37 ready to run with battery, it’s a bargain



    They are great for the price! Here's mine, had a bit of a hard life though :) 

    Looking forward to see what you are going to do with it.


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  7. Used Tamico a lot over the years and never had a problem,  in fact I'm just waiting for a ransom note from Parcelforce for an order that's just landed in the UK and had customs charges raised.

    You just need to be aware that inevitably it will get stopped by customers coming into the UK (100% hit rate for me, but i know others have faired better and not had additional customs charges), this is due to them putting a minimum order value of 165Euros for orders to the UK. So customs will raise a charge and you need to pay that before they release for delivery to you and the additional £12 for Parcelforce to pay on your behalf. 

    I see the minimum order level of 165Euro is now stipulated for UK orders for RC-KleinKram, somebody else who i have also used may times and never had an issue, their shipping to UK was usually 2-3 days from placing an order.


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  8. Used to be, before the postage costs went up like everywhere else.

    You just have to be mindful that a 'cheap' kit (£70) can cost over £35 to ship to the UK using Fedex (cheapest delivery method, 1-2 days) , so sometimes falls in line with UK prices from the likes of Fusion and TImeTunnel.

    Easy to get carried away and find shipping is more than the parts in your basket :) 


  9. 34 minutes ago, BuggyDad said:


    Have you tended to get an import duty charge with Asiatees orders (assuming over £135)? A likely charge I guess?

    On a related note, does anyone have a rule of thumb for the percentage one should expect to be charged? 

    Everything i have ever bought from AsiaTees has had a value of £13 on the paperwork, never had any problem with customs charges, and I've bought a lot over the past 2 years. I do try and keep it below the £135 threshold but on the odd occasion its been over, no issue.

    Obviously not a guarantee you wont get additional charges, but that's my personnel experience. 

  10. 1 hour ago, alvinlwh said:

    How did you even managed to get hold of PS-67? Thing about PS-59 is that it is metallic, can be seen in @berman post. Not sure if that will look right on the Wolf? 

    Ignore me. Having a Monday morning blip, just hunted in the garage for the paint I used on the Wolf and it is in fact PS-59 :wacko:

  11. Slooowww progress due to work commitments, but managed to grab a couple of hours this morning to sort a few bits out. Rear spoiler was a nightmare to fit, its out of scale and has little to no contact with the body. I installed some rod into the body to support it. 

    Really would like to get it finished this weekend as I have a big list of others to do before the UK weather starts making it not ideal weather to paint in.





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  12. On 10/12/2022 at 9:12 AM, Yoshimitsu said:

    I don't know about that. The L&L shells and graphics are not Tamiya but they offer some really cool stuff like the Supervan, the Talbot and your 205. I really like the Legacy they do too.

    Id really like some mudflaps for the Talbot but it's not something I've tried before. Did you mention you were doing some on your 205?


    I'm making them out of thin plasti-card. I really wanted to do them out of rubber but nobody seems to do a small amount of red rubber sheet, not for a modest price anyway :)

    I've had limited time available to get anything major done, but the mud flaps are made and the front ones fitted. I'm having to use plasti-card for part of the rear spoiler, the lexan cut out just wont go together properly. 

    Need to put a divider in the front lights as well, to separate the indicator and head lamp. I am aiming to put LED's in and don't want it lighting the whole lens.



    There was a rallying event over the weekend, Weston park in Shropshire that I went too. Some great cars and happened to come across a few classics,




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