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Paul L 19th May 2017 09:14

Tribute SWB 250 Kits – An Outsider’s View…
 
Rather than hi-jack ericholm’s thread, here is my two cents worth.
( Which, unfortunately, has turned into a bit of a sermon. :rolleyes: - So my apologies in advance. )

The price of the 250 kit appears to be valued, by some, as little more than the cost of the fibreglass itself.

Whereas, in my option, its true value is linked to the outstanding talents of Chris and Dan. :cool:

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In the art world, you could question why some paint splashed about on a canvas was worth £75m in 2006.

Jackson Pollock's No. 5

http://www.rockefellernews.com/wp-co...No._5_1948.jpg

Or why a few patches of colour, that even a child could draw, was worth £53m in 2012.

Mark Rothko's Orange, red, yellow

https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-p...ark-Rothko.jpg

You could, but quite frankly you would be missing the point completely. :icon_wink:

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The value of Chris & Dan’s work must be seen in the context of both their vision and technical ability.

Mocking up the ”Nip, tuck, stretch etc........” required on Photoshop is one thing.

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...ps9818c2fe.jpg

But turning that into a life size functioning kit some ten months later is something else entirely.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s...A1F899EFA4.jpg

The sheer scale of the task involved was clearly documented on this forum, yet it is still undervalued. :icon_sad:

Instead, the small faults (and they are small) are highlighted as though the overall product is not still a work of genius.

So, yes, “the doer of deeds could have done them better”. :rolleyes:

But…

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.


In my view, Tribute did the best job they could under the circumstances and the final kit is what it is.

All suggestions about how to change/upgrade/fix this kit require a further investment of time and money to do.

And there seems to be some confusion on here about the difference between being busy and being wealthy.

Tribute is basically two men in a (big) shed, it is not Ford, or Aston Martin with a multi-million R&D budget.

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The key fact for me is that the time and money required to turn an ‘imperfect’ Tribute kit into this.

http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...pstn5xdtnc.jpg

Is still a mere fraction of what it would cost to own an original.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...7c9103b865.jpg

It is also significantly less than what you would have to pay for a “better” kit, such as the Mirage 250 GT.

http://thumbsnap.com/s/6qJyWUCR.jpg

So if you don’t think the SWB 250 kit represents good value for money, then simply don’t buy it.

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I’ve learnt the hard way that the value of a kit (to me at least) is linked to the time required to get it on the road.

I can barely keep this list of Tribute Z3 based kits up to date, as they get turned around so quickly, which has to be a good thing.

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...?t=4623&page=2

Note:
The useful links thread was my way of saying thank you to Chris and Dan for sharing their kit developments.
( As my car would never have got on the road without picking up so many fibreglass tips & ideas from them. )

So, rather selfishly, I want this forum to be somewhere that Chris and Dan can look forward to posting on.

I’d love to hear more about the Tribute ‘Auburn’ kit that appeared on Ebay.
( Plus Chris’s ‘Mexico’ project, Dan’s 275 model and zagmad’s constantly changing Alfa project. )

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qy...=w1446-h863-no

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Anyway, that is more than enough preaching from me and I’ll end on a more lighter note below.

Cheers, Paul. :)

The SWB 250 bonnet cut - As shared by Jaguartvr. :cool:

http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/y...unnamed-29.jpg

However, to paraphrase Crocodile Dundee:

“That’s not a bonnet cut… THIS is a bonnet cut!”

Swifty
http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...3&d=1419190478

Viatron
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V.../IMG_01372.jpg

Paul L
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1...o/IMG_0717.JPG

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hurnleft 19th May 2017 10:34

I've not said much on here lately but here's my thoughts.

Before I bought mine (the first one they put together as Geoff was waiting for a different colour gel coat than originally planned) I read, reread and read again Geoff's thread showing the amazing amount of work that Chris and Dan had done to get to a product ready for sale. I went at looked at their work and knew exactly what I was buying.

I thought it looked fantastic then and I've never changed my mind. The price and finish was just what I wanted as I could finish it off to a standard and cost of my choosing, in the time frame I chose, whilst driving it all the time.

I have had the car studied by a couple of local guys who used to build and paint aluminium 250swb bodies to use with adapted 330 Ferrari running gear. They were very impressed with the concept of the car, it's construction and the finish I took it to.

Had the kit been to a 'virtually ready for paint" standard, I would not have bought one as it would have been out of my chosen price range and I would not have been as comfortable with making any alterations to it.

As I've already said in my thread, it's up for sale as it's now far too nice for me and I probably should have left it in basic, as bought, in gelcoat condition, just altering the wheels and suspension, as this is the point where I enjoyed it most, thrashing it around and not worrying about the possibility of stone chips.

You pays your money and you takes your choice. I don't have anything bad to say about the company or the product.

Bob.

Jaguartvr 19th May 2017 10:56

It does seem to be the owners and builders that are more than happy with the product.
Most of the negative posts about the quality and finish seem to come from people who are not building one, or even not building a car at all.
As Bob says, the final finish is down to the builder and if they had been more expensive I wouldn't have been able to build one.

The build thread on the development had me glued to the screen impatiently awaiting the next instalment, I do miss the fact that Tribute don't have anything on the go at the moment but if they just develop cars and don't concentrate on making and selling them then they won't be around for long. All a question of balance and they seem to have it just about right.

smash 19th May 2017 14:44

Indeed...and the cost of that finish has been set at £24k.

Just because someone didn't build a car - or even own one - doesn't mean they don't have an eye for detail (sometimes a lot better than the owner/builders) or the ability to suggest improvements.

There's a distinct lack of honesty round here - what is said off the forum is massively contradictory to what people will say on it. You know exactly what I'm saying here.

Carry on swooning

Lucky@LeMans 19th May 2017 15:07

To ad my point of view, I think the finished Tribute kits that have been mentioned on this forum and completed cars I have seen in the flesh have all been completed to a very high standard and look great.
Having built the good, the bad and the ugly regarding kit cars and classics over the last 25 years I can say that I've seen it all. My only niggles as a potential customer have been documented by builders of the 250SWB models having troubles with fit and finish of what is quite an expensive panel kit at the end of the day. Really theses small issues should have been ironed out early on.
I'm holding out for the 275 convertible kit, I only hope these same issues are dealt with and not replicated onto the new car.

Jaguartvr 19th May 2017 15:18

It looks to me as if the 275 is using the 250 door skins. Hopefully they will be rejigged to sort out the previous problems and fit perfectly with the new 275 clam. The new 275 doors could then be added to the 250 kit and the 250 bonnet would need just minor adjustment to the mould.
I would like to see different moulds for the 250 coupe and convertible doors.

Mitchelkitman 19th May 2017 15:27

Just to add my 2p worth...... Yes, there are a couple of 'fit issues', but the prices are keen, and Tribute have always displayed the cars "in the raw" at the shows.Unlike some kit manufacturers, you get what you see, you aren't paying 'instalments' in the form of kit1, then add kit2 etc. There are 'issues' with every kit car on the market if you look closely, indeed there are 'issues' with production cars despite all the millions of pounds worth of investment. As long as you view any kit as a labour of love (why do it otherwise), then it's part of the achievement. Unless you can do better (from scratch ie with just a bucket of resin + some matting) then there is really no criticism to be made!
Just my opinion, others may not agree.:wave:

Lucky@LeMans 19th May 2017 15:51

The fit and finish issues are indeed relatively small which is why they should have been addressed early on. The price of the kit isn't an insignificant amount. If I spend a couple of months worth of my hard earned wages on a GRP panel set I would expect said parts to go together without getting the angle grinder and P60 out because of manufacturing errors! If you bought a £500 bath tub from B&Q and the plug hole was in the side rather than on the bottom would you really be happy to put it right or would you be a little narked ?

hurnleft 19th May 2017 18:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by smash (Post 88110)
Indeed...and the cost of that finish has been set at £24k.

All sales start with an asking price. it's actually worth the best offer/ highest bid I get for it.
I might get around to finding out next week as a car I've liked for a long time has popped up for sale and a supply of cash will be needed so the 250 could be available on Ebay.

Jaguartvr 19th May 2017 19:03

I would suggest a buy it now price not an auction.
You only need 1 buyer, look at the price the first DNA commanded. You would have laughed but they are selling at that price and more.

lancelot link 19th May 2017 19:09

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 88120)
I would suggest a buy it now price not an auction.
You only need 1 buyer, look at the price the first DNA commanded. You would have laughed but they are selling at that price and more.

If Tributes or any other similar products started to reach high , high prices ...then there is the distinct possibility that , like DNA , the suppliers might decide the hours of unpaid aggro selling kits isn't worth it !!

Mitchelkitman 19th May 2017 19:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 88114)
The fit and finish issues are indeed relatively small which is why they should have been addressed early on. The price of the kit isn't an insignificant amount. If I spend a couple of months worth of my hard earned wages on a GRP panel set I would expect said parts to go together without getting the angle grinder and P60 out because of manufacturing errors! If you bought a £500 bath tub from B&Q and the plug hole was in the side rather than on the bottom would you really be happy to put it right or would you be a little narked ?

An interesting analogy (as I'm a plumber, and can spot issues with baths that others may not), so given that you've built a few kits and classics did you not expect some issues? I'm not trying to be confrontational, just interested to know. If I saw the hole in the side of a B&Q bath I'd not buy it, if I saw it was rather too thin (as they can be from lots of suppliers) I'd not go for it, but others may not see the problem.

Lucky@LeMans 19th May 2017 20:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 88122)
An interesting analogy (as I'm a plumber, and can spot issues with baths that others may not), so given that you've built a few kits and classics did you not expect some issues? I'm not trying to be confrontational, just interested to know. If I saw the hole in the side of a B&Q bath I'd not buy it, if I saw it was rather too thin (as they can be from lots of suppliers) I'd not go for it, but others may not see the problem.

So taking this to its conclusion and before I get accused of being sarcastic;

Turns out there is a helpful B&Q forum where quite a few people have had the same problem so you don't feel quite so bad. Having read all the threads there is an easy fix to the plug hole being in the wrong place. All you need to do is drill a hole in the bottom of the tub and glass over the hole in the side, a quick skim of filler and you're all done. Its a shame that having skimmed over the hole you have lost the integrity of the avocado gel coat so you now have got to paint the complete bath tub. The consensus is that you only spent £500 on the bath and in the grand scheme of redoing your entire bathroom that's a drop in the ocean. Your bathroom is now finished and the neighbours are really impressed. You now return to the forum and thank everyone for their help and advice.

retro200 19th May 2017 20:19

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 88125)
So taking this to its conclusion and before I get accused of being sarcastic;

Turns out there is a helpful B&Q forum where quite a few people have had the same problem so you don't feel quite so bad. Having read all the threads there is an easy fix to the plug hole being in the wrong place. All you need to do is drill a hole in the bottom of the tub and glass over the hole in the side, a quick skim of filler and you're all done. Its a shame that having skimmed over the hole you have lost the integrity of the avocado gel coat so you now have got to paint the complete bath tub. The consensus is that you only spent £500 on the bath and in the grand scheme of redoing your entire bathroom that's a drop in the ocean. Your bathroom is now finished and the neighbours are really impressed. You now return to the forum and thank everyone for their help and advice.

just make sure you drill the hole in the bottom at the right end or it wont empty :eusa_doh:

Jaguartvr 19th May 2017 20:57

Just make sure you don't mix up the bog and the bath after a skinfull

Another thread down the pan:bolt:

Mitchelkitman 19th May 2017 21:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 88125)
So taking this to its conclusion and before I get accused of being sarcastic;

Turns out there is a helpful B&Q forum where quite a few people have had the same problem so you don't feel quite so bad. Having read all the threads there is an easy fix to the plug hole being in the wrong place. All you need to do is drill a hole in the bottom of the tub and glass over the hole in the side, a quick skim of filler and you're all done. Its a shame that having skimmed over the hole you have lost the integrity of the avocado gel coat so you now have got to paint the complete bath tub. The consensus is that you only spent £500 on the bath and in the grand scheme of redoing your entire bathroom that's a drop in the ocean. Your bathroom is now finished and the neighbours are really impressed. You now return to the forum and thank everyone for their help and advice.

We clearly view things differently. I'll not comment any more on this one.

Lucky@LeMans 19th May 2017 21:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mitchelkitman (Post 88133)
We clearly view things differently. I'll not comment any more on this one.

No, I won't either, but you get where I'm coming from.

DaveP 20th May 2017 00:47

Having never owned or built a kit car my opinion is probably worth eff all with regard to the products ceaselessly argued over on here.

What is will say is this though.

If we constantly discuss the pros and cons of the SWB in particular there will be no point in manufacturers, such as, Tribute linking to the forum as a point of information or interest.

I don't know Chris or Dan but am not surprised that they don't contribute as much as once they did. Making ends meet will always come first so if their busy - good!

I for one want to see more interesting cars on the road. Mine included one day.

I'll also stop arguing now - wish this one could be put to bed once and for all though. Right where is the rest of that bottle ......

Dave

Paul L 20th May 2017 06:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveP (Post 88139)
… wish this one could be put to bed once and for all though…

Dave – My apologies, as it was your previous post on the ericholm thread that prompted me to start this thread.
( In an attempt to prevent the arguments hi-jacking someone else’s build thread and keep the forum a more positive place. )

However, clearly, I have failed. :icon_sad:

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Quote:

Originally Posted by smash (Post 88110)
… Just because someone didn't build a car - or even own one - doesn't mean they don't have an eye for detail (sometimes a lot better than the owner/builders) or the ability to suggest improvements…

Scott – Personally, I don’t think anyone is disagreeing with you on this.

The point I was trying to make is that we shouldn’t confuse how the car could be improved with how good it is to begin with.

In addition, it seems somewhat unfair to apply very high standards to a product that is not priced to achieve those standards.

Call it ‘swooning’ if you must, but I still think Chris and Dan deserve credit for creating a SWB 250 kit for a Z3 from scratch. :cool:

Whilst it isn’t perfect, it is still a great starting point to build something special that holds its own compared to the more expensive alternatives.

Bob’s Tribute 250 – A great example - £24k

http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...8236d4c312.jpg

Mirage 250 – Turnkey price - £120k

http://thumbsnap.com/s/6qJyWUCR.jpg

Ross Brawn’s 250 – £8m, but it is a real one.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...323451c877.jpg

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 88111)
… I'm holding out for the 275 convertible kit, I only hope these same issues are dealt with and not replicated onto the new car.

Lucky – Can I just ask how much you would be willing to pay for a 275 kit with no issues?

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Sorry for keeping this debate rumbling on.

Cheers, Paul. :)

DaveP 20th May 2017 08:15

Paul,

No need to apologise to me. I'm just a forum watcher/member.

All,
I just think it's a shame that this media is used in a negative way. We need a balanced view but outsiders to the forum may find the limited number of contributions here not necessarily welcoming.

I for one stopped by when I first found the Kobra images on a google search. I've been addicted ever since. Less so recently though. Lack of build or development threads has an influence over this.

I do often how many other builds are in progress but others do not want to share their experience for reasons that, as a group, we could influence.

I won't win friends with my comments but, for a change, have voiced a view.

I'm off my soapbox and will make a cup of tea now.

Have a good weekend all.

Dave

Mister Towed 20th May 2017 08:55

Dave P and Paul L, I couldn't agree more with your posts above, it's a shame when unnecessarily critical and/or rude comments spoil what is otherwise a massively useful resource for the hobby car builder.

As for Chris and Dan I have nothing but respect for their ability to rapidly develop classic looking cars and get the kits into production and into customers' hands. Having recently spent far longer than intended just making a mould for a bonnet scoop I can tell you that they work miracles in no time at all.

Their kits are sensibly priced and cater for a range of tastes and budgets - who else sells a brand new fibreglass car body (Mistral) for under £800?

They offer more comprehensive kits for under two grand in the MX250, D Type, Z300S and A352, while around another five hundred buys you a Kobra or MRS 200 kit.

At the top end of their comprehensive range you'll pay four thousand pounds for a convertible 250 SWB kit and five thousand for the coupe, which, given that it includes the roll cage and sliding side windows is quite a bargain - start looking at their competition and you'll find that once you start buying all the 'packages' you'll easily blow ten grand on parts alone for a Seven, Speedster or Marlin, and more than double that for anything that looks, sounds or even smells like a Jag.

So, the kits aren't perfect and need some fettling by the customer or their build agent to get them right. But, it's quite possible for the DIY builder to buy a Tribute kit and have a fully finished, painted Mistral on the road for around two thousand pounds, a D Type for less than four thousand or a 250GT SWB Coupe for easily under ten, and the customer built cars on this forum show what can be achieved with what really are budget kits.

Oh, and the panel gaps on Ross Brawn's 250 look a bit iffy while the side vents look like they came from ebay for a fiver inc. delivery from China. Ferrari should be ashamed of themselves...

Lucky@LeMans 20th May 2017 12:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul L (Post 88140)
Dave – My apologies, as it was your previous post on the ericholm thread that prompted me to start this thread.
( In an attempt to prevent the arguments hi-jacking someone else’s build thread and keep the forum a more positive place. )

However, clearly, I have failed. :icon_sad:

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Scott – Personally, I don’t think anyone is disagreeing with you on this.

The point I was trying to make is that we shouldn’t confuse how the car could be improved with how good it is to begin with.

In addition, it seems somewhat unfair to apply very high standards to a product that is not priced to achieve those standards.

Call it ‘swooning’ if you must, but I still think Chris and Dan deserve credit for creating a SWB 250 kit for a Z3 from scratch. :cool:

Whilst it isn’t perfect, it is still a great starting point to build something special that holds its own compared to the more expensive alternatives.

Bob’s Tribute 250 – A great example - £24k

http://imagehosting.rodsnsods.co.uk/...8236d4c312.jpg

Mirage 250 – Turnkey price - £120k

http://thumbsnap.com/s/6qJyWUCR.jpg

Ross Brawn’s 250 – £8m, but it is a real one.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...323451c877.jpg

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Lucky – Can I just ask how much you would be willing to pay for a 275 kit with no issues?

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Sorry for keeping this debate rumbling on.

Cheers, Paul. :)

About £3995, same as the convertible 250SWB. There would be no reason to expect the new kit to have the same little issues that are known to exist in current models ie door and bonnet fit.

Jeff's post above backs up these thoughts and I know Richard at Nubodi is pushing the quality aspect. Only to be expected as he is the main build agent he wants a straight forward build.

My first kit build was a Viper Cobra back in the late 80's. It was a comprehensive body and chassis kit in gel coat. The GRP work was excellent, the panels all fitted without issue and the gel coat polished up really nicely. Its a long time ago but the kit was only £995 !!

swifty 20th May 2017 13:43

I think that it's not an issue for problems to be discussed on the forum it's this type of feed back that a business requires to move forward albeit that printed words can sometimes come across a little harsh. I for one have been looking at this rebody for some time now but are holding back to see if the few minor faults are ironed out at the moulding stage, they certainly are not a massive issue however 5k for a body should mean it fits from the beginning without having to take a cutting disc to make it fit.

I am sure tribute are happy with what they have achieved and the examples I've seen in the flesh live up to expectations so hopefully tribute will take on board the few minor issues and develop the mk2 moulds.

froggyman 20th May 2017 13:49

I'll pull the flush on this thread then.

Paul L 20th May 2017 14:43

This will be the last post from me on this, as I appear to be making things worse, rather than better. :rolleyes:

I also agree that this sort of debate works better face to face over a beer, rather than in the written word.

So I will just modify Lucky@LeMans bath analogy and call it a day.

You see a beautiful roll top bath at a stately home, but this is effectively unobtainable/ludicrously expensive.
( The Ross Brawn 250 )

An architectural salvage yard can sell you similar original baths, but they too are beyond your financial reach.
( The Mirage 250 )

At which point you find there is an option of buying a cheaper bath from a small supplier & doing some work on it.
You then find there is a bath building forum where others will help you create something you can enjoy.
( Tribute 250 )

Or you can get professional help to take the small supplier’s bath to a whole new level, with a factory standard finish.
( E.g. A Tribute 250 prepped and painted by JeffH :cool: )

http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psgwlafzuy.jpg

Given that B&Q has an annual turnover of £3.9 billion & over 25,000 staff, I don’t think it is a fair analogy for two men in a shed.

Cheers, Paul. :)

Lucky@LeMans 20th May 2017 18:11

My very very last post on this one !

I can sort of see what you are getting at Paul L. You've mentioned all the options in your post above. I love the shape of the 250 SWB and will love the 275 for the same reason when it becomes available. I do admire the work done by Chris and Dan and they have lots of orders on the books.
Because it will only cost around £3995 ( same as the Kaliforina kit ) I will have to accept that the detail might be a little below par and some parts might not fit at all. Its a bit of a shame because I thought that aspect of the kit car business was long gone. The forum provides lots of help and advice so the problems can be addressed.

WorldClassAccident 20th May 2017 18:35

I suggest everyone comes along to the Tribute Owners BBQ to see the actual cars and discuss this over a pint and a hog roast.

Meat and Motors


The Tribute Automotive Owners Club BBQ is definitely on June 10th 2017

There will be just 10 show car places.
There will be room for other people etc but just 10 in the Car Show spaces of honour. Depending how this one goes I might arrange bigger things in the future in other parts of the country but I need this to be a success first.

The lucky people who are quick enough to book their space in the car show will get a free, yes FREE, BBQ Burger. Look at the menu on pub website and you will see these are great burgers with no added donkey meat.

The lucky people who are quick enough to book their space in the car show will get a free, yes FREE, Tribute Automotive t-shirt

The lucky people who are quick enough to book their space in the car show will get free, yes FREE, automatic entry into the public vote for the "Car of the Show" with a keg of beer as the prize!!


I have borrowed this place : http://www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/venue/southampton/



11:00 - 11:30 Meet at the pub
11:30 - 13:00 Drive around Southampton / New Forest with photo stops
13:00 - 15:00 Official BBQ and Hog Roast talking bollocks session
15:00 - ??? Well I plan to stay at the pub and drink my fill, you lot can do what you like :-)

obr 20th May 2017 22:37

Thanks for posting this Paul, I totally agree with what you have said.

I've seen so many negative comments on this forum and always been put off responding to them because I'd get drawn into arguing with the type of people who I would make every effort to avoid in everyday life.

For me it is very simple though, they have ruined this section of the forum and tainted the whole ethos of Tribute. If by any chance Chris is reading this then please accept my apologies on behalf of them, they just dont have the intelligence to understand your brilliance.

Should my comments be deemed so offensive that I have to be removed from the forum then it would be sad, however while the people I refer to are around I don't want to be here anyway.

Mister Towed 21st May 2017 07:54

Well said OBR.

The disappointing thing for me is that we've covered all this ground before about 18 months ago -

http://www.madabout-kitcars.com/foru...ead.php?t=5730

What would be useful though is if anyone could just add a list of the kit manufacturers who offer better quality (classic) kits for the same price as Tribute charge for theirs, as that would be a useful resource to allow potential customers to make an informed decision prior to purchase.

I'd also like to know how much DNA charge for a kit at the moment as I can't find a price list on their website and might like to build one myself -

http://www.dnaautomotive.com/

As for the price/quality complaints regarding the 250SWB body from Tribute, perhaps it's time to ask whether five thousand pounds in 2017 actually is a lot of money? After all, it's only what a pro will charge to paint it for you.

Looking forward to seeing the list of alternatives that are better value.

Jaguartvr 21st May 2017 07:58

DNA are no longer selling kits, turnkey cars only.

Mister Towed 21st May 2017 08:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 88192)
DNA are no longer selling kits, turnkey cars only.

Thanks for that Jag.

Kind of makes any comparison with the Tribute kit pointless then.

Paul L 21st May 2017 08:39

Did I mention I am sorry I ever started this thread?

I certainly didn’t want it to involve trading insults. :icon_sad:

So may be this quote from the original ericholm debate is a better way of explaining it.

Quote:

… It doesn't help when Tribute display unfinished cars for sale on Ebay. That unpainted 250SWB in black doesn't do the current product any justice. Put up a photo of one of the stunning finished cars…
The photos Tribute use are a fair representation of what you are buying from them, a great kit but with some flaws.

As neither of these cars have modern production standard panel gaps and both have clips holding the bottom of the bonnet.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/40...=w1105-h820-no

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/5A...=w1271-h820-no

These photos show what you should be able to put together “out of the box”.
( I am honestly not sure why some builders have more fitting issues than others. )

Whereas this is an example of a photo used by Nubodi to advertise their services. :cool:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/13...w=w984-h633-no

What you are paying Richard and his team to do is bring the basic kit Tribute that supply up to a factory level standard.

So, to me at least, this debate boils down to people expecting a Nubodi standard at a Tribute price, which is fundamentally unfair.

As if you want a production car standard kit, then you need to paid DNA/Mirage prices.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, its not raining at the moment and I've been working on my own car since 8am, so I've got to go...

Mister Towed 21st May 2017 09:24

At least now I can understand why Nubodi quit this forum and why Chris and Dan don't seem to bother with it any more either.

Bye now and could the last person to leave this forum please turn the lights out.

lancelot link 21st May 2017 14:06

DON'T DRAG ME INTO IT !!!

The Formosa isn't perfect either ...and wouldn't be authentic if it was ...its not bad though !

I am in a slightly different place to some on here ...The S*mmio's were in need of a lot of straightening out ..no secret ..but definitely priced accordingly .... The Formosa is my attempt to up the game on previous renditions sticking to my re-body technique that I love .. ...its a bit difficult to make the comparison with the 250 SWB , they are different concepts really , very different builds , very different outcomes ...

The nearest comparible , in my view is the DNA ...But as you say not available anymore in kit form ...they were around the 7 grand mark I think and are a really nice bit of kit ...as they should be ......3 grand dearer than the Tribute should buy a lot of reduced effort.

But , I actually think they are too good ..super crisp gaps and swage lines that look 'manufactured' ..if that makes sense ...almost too good to be original ...and thats why I can't comment really ..as I prefer the warts and all styled cars from an original aspect but fully understand current builders wanting to build to the highest standard achievable ....

Out of interest ....and I know your answer Jeffy baby ....but if Tribute addressed all the issues , got the panel kit arrow straight , dealt with all the issues , perfect fibreglass etc... would you all be prepared to pay the equal 7 grand for the Roadster and a comparable , say 8-9 grand for the hardtop ?

I suspect many of you wouldn't , but would choose taking the option of the cheaper version and dealing with the issues yourself rather than spend the extra bunce .....

Considering the high prices being quoted to build the cars and also being asked of cars for sale , insurance values etc....and the reduced bodyshop bill or agent build bill starting with a higher priced , higher quality kit ... you'd all still be onto a winner .....

Nubodi Automotive 21st May 2017 15:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff H (Post 88203)
LOL @Towed.

No constructed reply then ? so you flounce, brilliant.

FYI Nubodi has been banned from here by Tribute as Chris felt the arguments were not helping , I bet he is delighted Paul started this thread ?

I have said it before, the cars look great finished and done to a good standard, I admire what Chris has achieved, don't forget he has no body work experience to fall back on.

The buck needed more time spent on it, this has been admitted by Chris himself, I have spoken to Alan who painted Nubodi's NO7 car which by the way I thought was really well done apart from the inner bonnet gap, Alan will tell you they need a ton of work to get right.

I think I will bow out of this now, it seems if my opinion does not align with yours then I will always be the bad guy.

Just to set this record straight. We have not been banned by Chris at all. We do not have time to post and have no incentive to, especially when the forum degrades to this level.

Tribute Automotive 21st May 2017 17:31

My carefully considered, polite and factual answers will follow in a few days.

WorldClassAccident 21st May 2017 19:22


My carefully considered, polite and factual answers will follow in a few days.


Don't bother Chris, just come to the BBQ and we can have a full blown cage fight!

:-)

Love and peace guys

JG 22nd May 2017 11:21

Have been away for a few days so just catching up.

As long time users will be aware I've had to close down threads in the past for various reasons to protect the forum from sinking to lows I don't want it to go to (plus the forum is not here to air legal disputes)

I've read this thread through and I personally only see peoples opinions being aired, and so far in a non confrontational way, so not sure why there is a bit of vibe from some.

Before someone blows, remember, this is just a forum to discuss the good and bad of kit building and enjoying the results there after. Sometimes it seems a bit like a football fan site where you are either Man U or Arsenal and nothing in between.

Chill chaps, summers coming .

Now I'm going to get some popcorn and will see what Chris has to say :pop2:

WorldClassAccident 22nd May 2017 13:09

Cage fight was a joke

Love & Peace was a hope

:-)

Tribute Automotive 22nd May 2017 20:25

The inner skin mould for the front end section of the SWB had additional steel bracing added over 12 months ago, meaning that the completed front ends since then fit without any modification.

The 275 door skins/moulds are longer on the leading edge and could be used on the SWB kit with modification the existing front end mould.


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