Lotus Elan

Elan+2 1/24th scale model

PostPost by: lotuselanjohn » Fri May 08, 2009 5:24 pm

I've been seeking a +2 model to no avail for a long time....
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PostPost by: theelanman » Fri May 08, 2009 5:27 pm

smts will make the +2 for you...would just depend on quantity....IIRC they are happy with a run of 25~50 units.....
price was about ?50 built or ?30 as a kit....ring and ask if you're interested....
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PostPost by: barefoot » Sat May 09, 2009 8:32 am

Count me in, an orange or lagoon blue one please!
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat May 09, 2009 8:54 am

smts will make the +2 for you...would just depend on quantity


That's not what they told me? Any idea how many they need to make in a run?

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Sent: 24 February 2009 09:28:43

Jason,
Thank you for your kind enquiry.
Sorry, but the Lotus Elan is a discontinued line.
We have not made a Lotus elan +2 for some five years or more.
Cat No RL16.
Kind Regards, SMTS
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PostPost by: atthelimit » Sat May 09, 2009 9:04 am

Hi all,

I'm not surprised about SMTS, when I spoke to them it was a definate no, I don't think its a question of how many they would need to do a run, its about the moulds being degraded so they would need to retool.

I bought one of there Lotus Carlton kits towards the end of their run and its very poor an will need lots of work on it to be any where near a decent model.

Kim
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Keep the interest going guys we are a long way of 150 at present but if we can keep it going then we will get there, besides this forum there are modellers out there who without a real car or even particular affinity to Lotus take one anyway. So this means I don't have to get the whole 150 from this forum but I do need to get a lot closer yet!

Kim

Does bare foot have 2 real Elans, one blue one orange?
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PostPost by: alaric » Sat May 09, 2009 11:11 am

Could you advertise this on ebay somehow?

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PostPost by: Tintin » Sat May 09, 2009 4:13 pm

atthelimit wrote:The finished kit would retail at about ?75/80 and built examles about ?125/135 ....So if you would DEFINITELY buy then can you please let me know.


I DEFINITELY want one - in kit form!

Is that really sufficient as a "registration" or do you plan to do it in a slightly more "official" form?



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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun May 10, 2009 12:23 am

Yes I would definitely buy.

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PostPost by: atthelimit » Sun May 10, 2009 6:36 am

Just a bit more comment on some of the posts.

A) Sean, Advertising on Ebay. I'm not sure about this one, it is probably against some rule to just advertise an idea or proposal, anyone know? Secondly with this forum I am sure that those who say they would want one mean it and I can rely on the numbers. I'm not sure the same could be said if we juts put it to everyone on Ebay.

B) I am doing something along these lines in a modeling forrum as well and the upake is about the same at present but after only a few days it is quite encouraging.

C) TIM, As for an "official" registration I will probably get to that at some point if the project looks like its going to get off the ground. I didn't want this to look like some scam, send me ?10 now and god knows when, if ever, I might send you some bits of plastic. I think that when the project is agreed and I have seen the proptotype model etc it would be reasonable to ask for a holding deposit and have a more formal approach, until then I don't think it would be appropiatte.

D) So far on this forum there are about 13 or so, I would obviously be having a couple and from other sources there are about 11 orders so lets say we have 25 for certain. Thats not bad. Once there is a prototype model and people can see something tangable I think more people would order one, with a prototype I can also see if there is any interest from the specialist modeling retailers, I know of a few, they would only perhaps take a couple each as stock, no want wants money lying around on shelves but if I advertise it in a couple of trade magazines then maybe some more orders would follow.

E) I knew this would not be easy, but I am covinced that if a nice kit/model was available then I should be able to sell 150. I don't need to place the whole order to get the prototype built, just a whole heap of money for their time and effort, photographing, measuring and then modeling. At this stage I am encouraged.

Thanks to everyone for the interest and comments

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sun May 10, 2009 7:48 pm

Just finished my kit. The casting is not A1 but it is better than nothing.
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PostPost by: atthelimit » Mon May 11, 2009 6:44 am

very nice!
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PostPost by: theelanman » Mon May 11, 2009 10:55 pm

Jason1 wrote:
smts will make the +2 for you...would just depend on quantity


That's not what they told me? Any idea how many they need to make in a run?

From: smts.models ([email protected])
Sent: 24 February 2009 09:28:43

Jason,
Thank you for your kind enquiry.
Sorry, but the Lotus Elan is a discontinued line.
We have not made a Lotus elan +2 for some five years or more.
Cat No RL16.
Kind Regards, SMTS


well thats a bit of a bugger.....
I only said they would say yes as the m100 lot have just asked if they would be prepared to remake the m100....and they said yes if it was for about 25 units.....
they havent made the m100 for longer than the elan and +2...but they said yes....
I dont know....:(
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PostPost by: atthelimit » Tue May 12, 2009 7:46 am

I'm sure it's something to do with the mould being poor. I think to produce it again they need new moulds so its propbably not viable for small runs.

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PostPost by: oldokie » Wed May 13, 2009 5:56 pm

I'll take at least one! I've been looking for one in 1/24 scale since I bought 50/0183 in '77!!
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PostPost by: ckirkw00d » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:48 pm

Guys,
If you are interested, I have found a supplier of the SMTS Elan+2 who still has stock. I don't know exactly how many though. The price is around 9600 yen and 2800 shipping. The total in UK pounds is ?80.60
Here is a copy of their reply with appropriate address.

[email protected] <[email protected]>

Dear Colin,

Thank you for your inquiry.
We have in stock and can ship to the U.K.
The shipping would be 2,800 Japanese Yen including handling charges.
We can accept PayPal.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Regards,

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