On March 9th 2018, we'll be starting a "Vikings and Anglo-Saxons" Kickstarter - and we had to put MoTM on hold while we prepared for that.
But it's only two days until the Kickstarter launches - so we thought we'd put some effort into getting an MoTM out at the same time.
This should work nicely because we won't be doing any manufacturing for the Kickstarter until well into April - so the laser cutters are temporarily idle.
Unfortunately - we don't have time to design a new kit - so we're bring back an extremely popular model from our Pirate series: La Belle!
In order to keep email traffic to a minimum - we'll start the Kickstarter and La Belle MoTM at the same time - sometime early Friday evening. Price of La Belle is "To Be Decided".
"Lets Run With It" and "Renaissance Miniatures" are joining forces to offer a "Model of The Month" (MoTM) feature.
Each month, we'll unlock a new model (initially in 1/60th "28mm" scale only). We'll take orders for that kit throughout the month - then we'll manufacture and ship them all together at the beginning of the following month. No more L-O-N-G waits - no more feast/famine cycles. When the month is over - a new model is unlocked and last month's model goes into retirement and will not be available again.
If you like what we make - then every month you can get a new kit in the mail.
We'll show you what models are coming up over the next few months - so you'll can budget when some larger model is coming out.
Our usual high-quality step-by-step build instructions will be added to each model's blog entry before we ship anything.
Because this is also a "blog" - we can go into more details about the history surrounding the model - how we researched it - photos of "the real thing" (where that exists!). Also, it's a two-way conversation. You can comment on each model individually, tell us what you liked...and what you didn't! You can also chat with Steve - who is our resident designer and software geek - and Renee, who is our laser cutting expert, packer, shipper, promoter, customer-service and everything-else person.
We's especially love for you to add suggestions for new models here. To encourage you to submit ideas: If you come up with a great idea for a kit (and it's something we don't already have planned) - then when we make it, we'll send you our first prototype for free!
Selling online from a library of 150 model designs was unsustainable because we either had to manufacture items one at a time (which is not cost-effective) or we had to keep crazy numbers of kits in stock just on the offchance someone would want to buy one...possibly years from now!
Model of the Month is like running a crowd-funded campaign each month - with just one reward. We get economies of scale - nobody has feast-or-famine - new models are always available.
-- Steve & Renee