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PostSubject: Where Can I Buy From?   Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:26 pm

Francky's modelgun website:- http://franckys-modelgun.com

SHAZHIB is a forum member and can be reached via Personal Message here

The UK's now has two modelgun retailers:


Kevin at http://www.modelguncollector.co.uk

John at http://www.plugfirecapgunsuk.com/

France is now home for http://www.modelguns-worldwide.com (formerly www.modelguns.co.uk)

pre 1870 pistols and revolvers can be found on:
www.gundeals.co.uk


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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Tue May 04, 2010 9:57 pm

MGCUK no longer ships international, except for France and Germany:
http://www.modelguncollector.co.uk/Announcement.html

Important Announcement
April 2010
Due to increased restrictions on shipping via UK airlines we are no longer able to ship to the USA and most of Europe.
We are still able to deliver to France and Germany, however some restrictions apply.

UK sales are NOT affected by this.

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:03 pm

I have the feeling that some of the older shops are closed now.

Can anyone remember Endoshoji in Japan? Their prices were quite high, but they offered rare and discontinued models too. I can no longer find them on the internet, so I guess this traditional shop is closed now.

What is the matter with modelguns-worldwide? Their site says the shop is closed due to a family illness emergency for months now. When writing an e-mail you get an auto-generated response that the shop is closed, but will be back soon.

At least denTrinity in Hong Kong is still in the business. They seem to offer 3 versions of Marushin's MP40 for a good price too: http://www.dentrinityshop.com/pr_list.jsp?cid=COL_ML&bid=MAR
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:06 pm

Endoshoji disappeared in late 2007. They stopped shipping orders and gave refunds, then soon their domain expired and web page/shop was no longer available. Pity, as many people used them for reference due to extensive photos and information on rare items. There are only some bits available through Wayback Machine, without pictures:
http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.endoshoji.com

No clue about modelguns-worldwide, Jay has not responded to my emails since the message appeared.

Den Trinity still offers modelguns, but keep in mind that once they sell something out, new stock might not be available - except Marushin or other manufacturer that is still in production.


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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:30 am

Is your post intentionally left blank? scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:07 am

Endoshji must have ceased trading some time ago. There are a handful of Retailers in Japan and Hong Kong that still list Modelguns for Sale although prices vary considerably.

Francky and shazhib still offer the best prices if ordering from Japan.
Others trading are

DenTrinity
EHobby Asia
Tokyo Toys (also trading as wwiiguns, Vietnam Guns, Special Forces weapons etc)
RedWolf Airsoft
Gunsnguys
Models on offer vary from large to small selections and some asking prices are high compared to others.

Nearer to home here in Europe there's

ModelgunCollector UK (although limited to UK only shipping)
PlugFireCapGunsUK

Quite what has happened to Jay at Modelguns-Worldwide is concerning. He's been out of action since April if I recall and there's no signs yet of anything happening to restart. I hope he's OK and that the family emergency he's going through is resolved with everyone in good health.

As you say 'Mike, DenTrinity have 3 versions of Marushin's PFC MP40, one of which is the self assembly kit but in HW now alongside the old favourite ABS version
I wasn't aware a HW Kit was available as I've not seen it anywhere else

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:35 am

MadMike wrote:
Is your post intentionally left blank? scratch
No clue what happened here :-/
Text is there, when I hit "edit" I see it all typed in, but it does not show in the thread :-/

edit: OK, after making some random changes it is displayed correctly now. Weird...
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:12 pm

HI all and a happy new year!
Has anybody heard anything from Jay at modelguns-worldwide? The home page has been updated recently but I still get the family illness reply when I try to contact him. I hope he is fine. I have however some things I need to sort out.

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:37 am

It seems that Modelguns-Worldwide have been "temporarily"closed for business since April 2010.
All we can do is await Jay's return and reopening and hope that the family illness has improved.

Thankfully we still have suppliers that can keep us going:

Francky & Shazhib (can supply Worldwide from Japan)
www.Modelguncollector.co.uk (UK sales only)
www.plugfirecapgunsuk.com/ (Worldwide sales)
DenTrinity (Worldwide sales)

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:22 pm

Jay's site is still not active. I guess the monthly updates, as well as the "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" icons are auto-generated. No new models since April, and no replies to e-mails except an auto-reply. What kind of family illness emergency can completly shut-down an online-business for 8 months?
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:56 am

modelguns-worldwide is down for a year now. I doubt if it will ever open again.
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:13 pm

MadMike wrote:
modelguns-worldwide is down for a year now. I doubt if it will ever open again.

Something is clearly very wrong there, without doubt. Whatever the problems are, hopefully Jay is fit and well. My introduction to Modelguns was through finding Jay's site and the purchase of my Marushin MP40. I bought several modelguns from Jay following that and always found him helpful.
It is a loss that he's not trading at this moment, it'll be a bigger loss if he doesn't re-open.



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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:06 pm

Hello,

Yes I'm also waiting to this good website re open but it's clear, there are no many chances for this website.
It's a shame because it's really a good one.

Nobody could join Jay??

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:10 am

Based on change in domain registration info it seems Jay moved from France back to UK.
Domain was renewed in October 2011 (still with French address), but it now redirects to modelguns.eu which is not available.
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:46 am

Ahhh, maybe a good hope.
I really want to see this website come back. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:04 am

May not be...it's more difficult to trade guns in the UK than France (and this is the very reason that the business shifted to France in the first place)...
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:31 am

Yes, true!
So, Vive la France !!

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:06 am

I doubt if Jay will re-open his modelgun site. It was closed due to a family illness emergency for almost 2 years now, so most of his customers will have sought other places to buy. The page can no longer be visited at all.

There were a lot of rumors what had happened to him.

I also have the feeling that interest in modelguns is getting smaller in Germany over the last 2 - 3 years. Of course there are a few enthusiasts that have their sources, mostly in Japan. I know quite a few people who were mad about getting such a realistic model but when they got it, they got quickly fed up by all the little troubles that come with such a thing like firing troubles, cleaning work and parts availability, and they move on to something else.
So I doubt if Jay would be able to make a living only by selling modelguns on-line today.
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:19 am

The future for Modelguns-Worldwide or Modelguns.eu does look very doubtful from what little we know. Time will tell if he returns or not.

Interest in Modelguns, based on Forum membership, seems to be growing steadily in France and Spain particularly over the last couple of years. For whatever reason members were mainly concentrated in the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Very few people from France and mainland Europe had joined up. That does seem to be changing rapidly.

If Jay was to return I'm sure he'd find a market to sell to but in the meantime there's only one Retailer outside Japan and Hong Kong able to ship Modelguns to Europe. He's doing well too so the customers are there.

I can see how newcomers will tire of Modelguns breaking, essential maintenance, cartridge care etc when Airsoft AEGs provide such a huge varirty of guns that take little maintenance, shoot at targets but they are two very different hobbies, as people soon discover.

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri May 18, 2012 1:50 am

Does anyone know if gunsnguys is still in business?
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri May 18, 2012 4:00 am

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri May 18, 2012 12:53 pm

Update on G&G's shopfront: they'd actually expanded by buying off portion of that small RC model shop next to them so now they're 50% bigger than before (bought something exclusive from them and will show you all here later Very Happy )...but for them still no plan to revive their online business unfortunately...
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Fri May 18, 2012 8:54 pm

Hey Jim, each time you post a message you say " I buy a new replica"....I wonder how many replica you have Shocked Shocked Shocked
Maybe you can open a shop only for this forum Smile Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Sat May 19, 2012 5:19 am

Nowhere near with those die-hard collectors with deep pockets...lost count but many are in same model only with different materials...large-scale collections commenced since returning to HK around 2005...

I will tone down as I start to feel I'm slowly becoming a show-off silent ...
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PostSubject: Re: Where Can I Buy From?   Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:39 am

Big props to shazhib, very good to deal with, and patient. Thank you very much, I am more than happy with the service you provided, and will be buying from you again.
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