Friulmodellismo - Direct Order Excellent Quality for T-34-85 track links!
I’d previously said no more Friulmodellismo tracks but Sector35 was out of stock. Finally decided to ordered direct from Friulmodellismo. Shipping was prompt and the product arrived in about three weeksfrom Hungary to USA
The quality of a set shipped in March direct from Friulmodellismo was as good or better than a prior set made in 2012.
Has a counterfieting pirate been wholesaling low grade copies into the hobby supply chain? Basically did some bastards high-jack the brand name?
That would explain why Friulmodellismo pulled distribution back to Direct Purchase only. Requiring direct buy would cut out most of the opportunity to hijack the brand name. We’ve seen a fair amount of Ebay counterfeit figures etc so I can’t help but wonder if that was happening to Friulmodellismo products over the last year or so on a grand scale. Any one in the know?
There’s been a fair number of comments on the forum and other parts of the internet that Friulmodellismo track quality had plummeted over the last year or so. I encountered it with four sets of “new Friulmodellismo branded tracks links” I’d purchased. They were horrible with poor cast quality, massive pour plugs, flash, holes needing redrilled instead of de-burred and so forth.
Here’s the “clean up” residual from a new set of Direct from Friulmodellismo.
Link mold quality excellent. Equal with the partial track run of 2012 vintage spare links.
Total amount of shavings & deburr flash, a fraction of the mess the last four sets had.
Prior sets had as many as one link out three or four links with nasty casting plugs. Three full plugs and a couple partial plugs. About on par with the high quality older sets before issues occured.
Only three incompletely cast links. All could be used if really needed. This is much better than the ten to fifteen defective links in the four prior sets purchased.
Based on this experience, I would purchase Direct from Friulmodellismo again.