Originally Posted by Leonardo Mello
I guess the Museum of Flight (Boeing Field, Seattle) was the driving force behind the Boeing Centennial Set (as it was the request of Air France Museum that made herpa realise many Air France classics in the past). Moreover only the tools for the »barn« had to be developed from scratch.
If any airline, museum, retailer or other customer should be able to order a certain model at a cost covering quantity herpa should give a damn about the »demand« for that model at other places.
Mr. Külgen did not explicitly say that herpa sees no demand for 737 classics in 1:500. He only stated that their current 737 classic-tools are outdated and wasteful and that a new 737 classic mould to acknowledge the phasing out of LH 737 classics would not have been finished on time.
Of course the phasing out of 737 classics was as foreseeable as herpas past production bottlenecks were unwelcome. But that’s a different story and in a world of contradictions: who cares about some rash statements in a live chat?
What Mr. Külgen IMHO made clear is that herpa is trying to consolidate their 1:500-output on contemporary »bestsellers« and among these he sees no longer the 744 or the 737 classic. Even a fascinating new airplane as the CS-100 faces an uncertain future. Why herpa released it first in 1:400 (where it quickly sold very well), a market segment where herpa has a much weaker position? Don’t ask me.