DreamForge-Games Grav-StuG tank model with STL file terrain
(RELAUNCH) 1/56 (28MM) scale, plastic model kit for display or tabletop gaming. ~ With .STL file printable modular stacking buildings.
This Kickstarter will fund the mold creation and initial production of the Eisenkern Grav-StuG.
The multi-part model kit will be produced in high impact polystyrene (HIPS) plastic and will require assembly using standard modeling tools and glue. 1/56 (28mm) Scale MSRP $55.00
Discounts ranging from 38.2% to 50.9% for non retail backers.
Retailer level packs priced at 56.4% to 67.3% off.
Product availability outside the initial Kickstarter.
Product availability outside of Kickstarter will be limited. Only 100-300 units beyond the total needed to fulfill the Kickstarter will be run for post Kickstarter inventory. Some of that will be soaked up by the inevitable issues; damaged kits, mispacked or missing items from a kit and kits that were lost in transit and never made it to the backer.
How will this Kickstarter differ from some campaigns?
This is a very focused Kickstarter to produce a single kit. My primary goal to keep the per kit price as low as possible. To achieve this, stretch goals, add-ons and other marketing driven rewards will not be offered.
Retailer level rewards.
I am happy to support our retail partners with pledge levels dedicated to the retail and wholesale customers. If you run a FLGS or are a distributor and would like to participate, I offer bulk pricing discounts. We can have our partners in China ship to your chosen drop-shipper in China or Hong Kong to save on shipping costs, if you do not have a HK drop-shipper we can work with you to locate one.
* Retailers please note: The post Kickstarter availability will be extremely limited and restocks will not be an option. Please plan accordingly.
* Retailer level rewards are for brick and mortar stores. We want to support those who support our gaming community with walk in establishments and gaming outlets that directly interface with the gaming and hobby community.
* If you are an E-tailer or an online distributor or a retailer who would rather not back publicly through the pledge format, please message me here and I will get back to you ASAP.
In order to control cost vs. net, I must limit the number of discount kits offered within the campaign. Given the structure of Kickstarter and its funding goal limitations, (Pass/Fail), I must ensure the project is funded and that all costs have been accounted for.
Why relaunch, what has changed?
By allowing plastic tooling to do what it does best; making perfect copies in large volume I can reduce the cost of each kit with a relatively minor impact to the total funding goal required.
Most of the costs for this campaign are tied up in paying for the tools… Making more copies of the kit is a lesser expense comparatively. Spreading the substantial fixed costs of the tooling over a greater number of kits is a way for me to add value without adding risk to my backers.
I am aware that many of the UE/UK customers will have to contend with VAT or import taxes and that those fees may be something of an impediment. By reducing the price per kit significantly, I can absorb most or all of those fees within the kit price. Providing my backers with a better value, with an eye to gathering a larger backer base.
Why did I not do this before?
I based my price point on the number of kits I felt could reasonably sell.
In the previous launch, the costs were calculated with a total number of 1200 of kits sold. The estimate of 1200 total kits were driven by my understanding of past campaigns, my known customer base and a survey regarding this kit, sent out last September. Although the 1200 total may have been a reasonable estimate, it drove the price per kit higher than I would have liked.
The last campaign was relatively close~ 998 total kits backed, 83% funded $46,484 dollars raised. Close enough that I felt one more run was warranted, with some adjustments to price to make it more attractive or palatable for those who must look at their tax burden when a kit arrives.
This campaign has been targeted with a total of 1800 kits sold. Lowering the price per kit substantially to drive volume and still fund the campaign in a way that I can deliver with confidence.
I have complete confidence in this kit, its design and the quality I will deliver.
I have complete confidence that these kits are well priced and reflects a true value.
Discounts ranging from 38.2% to 50.9% for non retail backers.
Retailer level packs priced at 56.4% to 67.3% off.
Let's make this happen!
NOTE REGARDING BARREL OPTIONS:
The short infantry support gun (shown above) will be in the kit, the options below may or may not make it into the final kit. This depends solely on the available space on the sprue, If we run out of room, one or more options may not be available... I have a reasonable amount of confidence that they will fit, but without 100% certainty I am not willing to make promises I cannot keep.
Any barrels that do not make it on the sprue due to space constraints, will be available to backers as a water-tight .STL file (at no charge), for printing on their home printers or sending in to a service provider such as Shapeways.
Two building styles:
Each building set will come with three window pane variants, three architectural window embellishments, store-front wall sections, two entrance designs that match the wall design, two roof designs, files to create interior walls and doors.
One accessory set to convert your creation:
· WWII / Weird Wars
· Sci-Fi with a 'Blade Runner' feel
The accessory set encompasses these three time periods and contains items to help set your creation into the time period of your choosing. Items such as lamp posts, signage, street lights, mail boxes and other accessories that help set the stage for your grand adventure.
(WITH STUG $10.00 per file set, $30.00 for all three sets)
Each set is a separate STL file collection and is added to an existing pledge for those who have already backed for one or more Grav-StuG’s. The cost for each file set for backers of the StuG is $10.00 per set, a 50% savings. If you would like all three sets, simply add $30.00 to your pledge.
(STL FILE PLEDGE ~ ONLY ~ $20.00 per file set, $60.00 for all three sets)
Those wishing to back for the STL files only, without backing for a StuG model kit. Each file set is $20.00. If you would like all three file sets, simply pledge for $60.00, using the “STL FILE REWARD ~ONLY~ ” backer rewards section.
· Please note- This is not an all-inclusive license; you are granted the use of these file for your personal use only. You may not sell give or transfer these files to any other party or post them in a manner that allows for transfer to third parties. Nor are you given the rights to manufacture for sale product based on these files….
-They are for your personal use only-
Expected delivery date of all STL files is October 2019 (There is no shipping charge) Files will be delivered electronically.
Shipping charges and any tax/VAT or other charges related to importation to your destination country will be the responsibility of the backer.
Taxes/VAT are typically collected by invoice from your local mail carrier but may require a trip to your local post office to pay the required fees. These fees vary by your location so please make yourself aware of what to expect.
Shipping will be invoiced to the backers after the close of the Kickstarter.
I expect to invoice for shipping just prior to the fulfillment of backer rewards. Expect an invoice in late July or early August.
We won’t know the exact weight of the kit until I receive the T1 test shots from China with a box sample. I have estimated the weight based on our APC release. (while accounting for the size and sprue differences). Backers will be invoiced the actual shipping and handling charges that were billed to DreamForge to ship your rewards.
Retailer level rewards:
Retailers are also responsible for shipping and any associated tax/VAT of their destination country. If you do not have a drop-shipper in HK, I am to work with you to locate a suitable option. Please contact me if you require assistance.
Below are the current shipping cost 'estimates' based on the backer reward levels.
Shipping will be handled through HK post, using e-Express where available. e-Express service extends to the following countries:
United States, Canada, Brazil, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Macao, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
If you do not see your country listed, the pledge will need to be sent by HK-Speed Post or HK-Air Parcel, both of which are substantially more expensive (roughly 4 to 6 times more than the e-Express fees). So please plan accordingly.
Kickstarter allows for possibilities that may otherwise not be achievable. Tooling costs for plastic kits are outside the realm of many small companies such as DreamForge. Without crowd funding the capital required would be insurmountable.
Not every project will succeed. By utilizing Kickstarter, you the backer decide. Considering the sizable upfront costs of a venture such as this, it is far better to know in advance a product's viability.
Why back now?
Due to the limited production run, availability outside of the Kickstarter is not guaranteed. The reason for this is the minimum order quantities required to initiate a production run and the additional costs for a small batch run. The kit may be made available in future Kickstarter’s as an add on item, after the close of that campaign. This will still require that we meet the product minimum order quantity.
The pricing on this kit will not get better post Kickstarter. I will need to pay to have any new runs sent from China to the US. This is an expense that often costs more than the initial production cost and will need to be folded into the kit price. I will not be running deep discount sales on these items. The inventory inherited from the WGF transition (My current kits and stock on hand) and my agreement with WGF allows for deep discount sales of existing stock. I will not have that option with any new production kits.
Shipping from the US to anywhere outside of the US, is EXTREMELY expensive; sometimes doubling the total purchase price.
It has been said, ”Support the art you enjoy”. Each success can build for the next, allowing DreamForge to release new kits, and in time, reach back into the existing catalog to rework and re-run some old favorites. Even if this kit is not one you see in your collection, perhaps you have a friend that would love one as a gift. Without your support, this kit will not see production as a plastic scale model.
An eye to the future:
The long-term goal is to have all molds reside within the US, allowing for local production and reducing the cost of delivery. Increasing the margin available for the health of the company and the flexibility in pricing or shipping discounts offered to the customer. Providing the margins necessary to re-enter the distribution network, so that we might see DFG kits available at your FLGS.
DreamForge-Games is owned and operated by me. My hands touch most aspects of the operation and are one hundred percent involved in the product design. The only aspect that I do not directly oversee is the warehouse and fulfillment side, located in Utah.
I have run two other Kickstarter's that funded and were delivered. With the help of WGF, we brought 35 plastic model kits into production and released them into the retail supply chain. This is an amazing accomplishment for a company our size and one I am deeply humbled by.
Thank you again for your support,
HERE IS A SMALL SAMPLE OF MY WORK FROM PREVIOUS KICKSTARTERS.
Risks and challenges
With any Kickstarter there are risks. Unforeseen issues are not uncommon. Issues that usually result in the delay of backer rewards.
I have tried to account for the proper amount of time with this campaign. Despite my best efforts, there is no guarantee that everything will unfold as planned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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