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Heller Bankrupt?
Jimmie
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 08:42 PM GMT+7
News via Hannants is that Heller have gone bust. A crying shame given their recent work especially in small scale Shermans.
Word up is to scarf up any kits you want now before there is a shortage, although one would hope that 'someone' would take the opportunity to buy the company. trouble is, everyone is short of funds for such chances.

Excrement occurs, and I pity the workforce.

Anyone heard anymore on this subject?

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bison126
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 09:18 PM GMT+7
Unfortunately, you're right. Someone is supposedly buying the company but with no links with the modeling industry.
The new owner is more likely interested in the injection press devices as it already makes plastic tools for pupils (punchs, rulers, etc.).

For me it's time to buy another VBCI.
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 09:34 PM GMT+7
I think if you check Bloomberg news that the company who now own heller still want to produce kits according to there statement made to the press lets just hope they do..
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 03:17 AM GMT+7
Lets hope they improve the quality! And re-tool the VAB kit!
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 04:46 AM GMT+7
I thought at one time Hornby(Airfix) was going to buy Heller? Or maybe it was just a licensing deal?
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 05:26 AM GMT+7
According different news on the net, Mapped has acquired Heller.

I wonder what they will manufacture from now on. Will it be always models kits or something else ?



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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:15 AM GMT+7
The moulds are quite valuable, so the new company won't throw them away, maybe sell them to someone else?

Cheers,

Christophe
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 02:21 AM GMT+7
Heller produced some interesting kits, however their AMX-13 kits have now been surpassed by recent releases. However the VAB series was worth getting. So will ebay be flooded with Heller kits at astronomical prices?
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 03:30 AM GMT+7
Hate to read that another legacy model company has passed. Aside from their old figure kits:,
Groupe Tabor
Méhariste: Saharan Camel Corps
French Colonial Senegalese
French Mountain Light Infantry

I haven't bought any Heller models in decades, so I do not know what they have produced lately.

Perhaps it is time to echo the Matchbox campaigns with a "Hurray for Heller" campaign?
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 03:37 AM GMT+7

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Perhaps it is time to echo the Matchbox campaigns with a "Hurray for Heller" campaign?



Hear, hear,.. i'm in
JPTRR
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Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 06:24 AM GMT+7

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Perhaps it is time to echo the Matchbox campaigns with a "Hurray for Heller" campaign?



Hear, hear,.. i'm in



I better duck out while the duckin's good - I do not have the time to administer it, although I might be able to contribute.