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Postby nzkilo » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:30 pm

I got a copy of the price list from Tina then compared this to the Twinhorse internet buy price and found twin horse was cheaper. I then negotiated a twinhorse price via Tina :-)

Shipping was the biggest cost for me here in NZ so I negotiated a "slow boat from China" delivery... literally. :-)
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Postby Bigdave » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:46 pm

It only took me about two weeks to get mine.
They shipped in 10 days and about 5 days in transit and customs. BD.
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Postby nzkilo » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:54 pm

Ark will typically only use air freight which is quite quick. In this case I negotiated land/sea shipping.
Currently I believe Ark is out of stock for this kit. They indicated approx 20 days to get the kit ready to ship

Tina is very helpful though.
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Postby Bob the Builder » Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:54 pm

My kit just showed up a few hours ago. When I get home I want to crack the box and take a look at it. I won't have time to play with it for a while, but I just can't wait to get a good look at it!
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Postby nzkilo » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:06 am

remember to post photos :-)
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Postby Novagator » Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:50 am

Wow, that is a nice model.
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kit arrived

Postby nzkilo » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:52 pm

My 212 kit arrived today on the slow boat from China.

A few initial few issues I need to sort:
- missing ordered component.
- indexing between hull sections out of line, badly in some places.
- WTC tube PVC instead of clear. (not as per photos)

I've gone back to ark with these issues, we'll see what happens. Probably easily corrected. The indexing doesn't bother me overly much, sanding and some filler will sort that.

The kit is quite comprehensive from what I can tell. I'll get one of the guys at work to translate the manual for me.

Will post photos when I get around to starting.
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Postby Bigdave » Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:12 am

My indexing was the same way. It must be in their mold.
That was the only thing I did not like about the kit.
But it was not too hard to correct with some sanding.
The hull material sands very well and is thick enough to not effect the model in any way. BD.
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Postby nzkilo » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:31 am

Thanks Dave,

That was my take as well re the indexing. I think it will look top notch after sanding, filling, painting, sanding... on and on..

I've emailed Tina at Arc re the other issues, we'll see what happens.

Did you get full size 1:1 plans with your kit? as per the site.

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Postby nzkilo » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:38 am

Dave - did you rear hull conical section fit neatly against the front hull section? I've noticed its a little thinner at the rear and the top deck scribing doesn't line up?
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Postby Bigdave » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:13 am

I did not get any plans with mine. Just the manual. I did not know it came with any plans.
The front and rear sections line up fairly well. Most of the mismatch on mine was in the keel.
It took a bit of work to get the bulkheads to fit inside of the hull that hold the bayonet rings. That was the hardest part of building the kit. BD.
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Postby nzkilo » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:29 am

The site arkmodel.com advertises 1:1 drawings for both the sub and the WTC.

The deck scribings on my hull have a differing gauge on the front section to the rear.

Still battling to get some other issues sorted...
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Postby nzkilo » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:17 am

Update on a couple of issues:

** missing electric Mast component... : Apparently it was not ready as a product when they shipped the sub kit. Sadly they neither told me this when ordering or when shipping. Will apparently be another 30+ days.

** PVC WTC tube rather than clear : Apparently the clear tubes were cracking.. and they now ship only PVC. Not sure about that one.
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Postby nzkilo » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:17 pm

The drawings were advertised on the arkmodel site for both the WTC and the sub kits. I've just been informed these are not available... suggested they change the site.

I would be very careful ordering from Ark that you know what you will be receiving, I suspect part of the problem is language - however there isn't much excuse for advertising one item and delivering another.

Kit looks good though.
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about 212A drawing and WTC

Postby ARKMODEL » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:58 am

nzkilo wrote:The drawings were advertised on the arkmodel site for both the WTC and the sub kits. I've just been informed these are not available... suggested they change the site.

I would be very careful ordering from Ark that you know what you will be receiving, I suspect part of the problem is language - however there isn't much excuse for advertising one item and delivering another.

Kit looks good though.


Dear nzkilo and the friend who concern the 212A kit:
Thank you for your attention about our model -212A.
There is some thing I need explain:
NO.1 About WTC tube,when the 212A come out,we use clear tubes at first.but when I delivery it to USA.UK.HK.SPAIN....It always broken when it delivery.so..from then on,we use PVC WTC tube.it is not easy broken.

NO.2 About 1:1 drawing.we can't supply it .and also,when I delivery goods, it wasn't was delivery.at any time.


NO.3 About freight:212KIT is very heavy.and delivery it to USA.UK.....the place is far away from us,so freight is need many money.but all in all .in order to save your freight ,so I use the cheapest company china post.it is cheaper.but it is not so fast as DHL.price is cheap.

No.4 About 212kit instock or outstock.our supply time is 20-25 days.some time it is instock,some time outstock.


NO.5 About arkmodel web ,we now change it ,we delete the WTC photo and 1:1 drawing.


Many thanks for your atteniton again.I am so sorry,if our web is confuse you.sorry.about missing parts,I remeber it,when it is ok,we will delivery to you.


Best regards
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