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  • Member since
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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Some news from Squadron …
Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, November 19, 2022 6:57 AM

Brandon Lowe, the owner of Squadron, posted on SteelNavy that he has reacquired Freetime Hobbies.  Brandon sold Freetime and Blue Ridge Models several years back when he thought he wanted to get out of the hobby business and concentrate on 1:1 scale motorbike graphics.  

He purchased Squadron from their bankruptcy holder earlier this year.  When I talked with him at the IPMS nationals he said he had big plans.  A week or two back he mentioned, almost in passing, that Squadron would soon stock Blue Ridge Models.

In yesterdays post on SteelNavy he said that he had purchased Freetime and that their warehouse stock had been shipped from North Carolina to the Squadron warehouse in north Georgia where it would be inventoried and put up on the website.

I don't know if there will be one or two two business entities.   Freetime had a small recognition among mostly ship modelers.  Squadron had a larger presence until their management woes and bankruptcy.  Brandon has been working to reclaim that.  

Anyway,  good luck to Brandon and Russ Lowe.  Wish you all the success in the world 

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, November 19, 2022 7:35 AM

   Great to hear that an icon of modeling has not only come back from the edge but is planning on prispering as well. I will happily give as much consumer support as my checkbook will allow.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Saturday, November 19, 2022 8:29 AM

What type of models does Blueridge produce?

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Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, November 19, 2022 8:41 AM

Eugene Rowe

What type of models does Blueridge produce?

 
Ships & submarines.    Their USS Badger, WWII Great Lakes training carrier, is a small jewel.    
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Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:58 AM

Speaking of new Ship stuff. I got a big flyer/catalog in mail from Model Expo.  This expanded hard copy has new stuff including new lines of POB ship models.  I was under the impression these were declining, but here are new brands.  Have no idea if they are worthwhile or not, but it seems to me that ship modeling in general is doing well these days.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, November 25, 2022 9:14 AM

Well, I bought a pre-order from Freetime Hobbies, which came today. The shipping slip said it came from Squadron Hobbies. Looks like the transition has been in place for a bit. 

 Bruce

 

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Posted by German Armour on Friday, November 25, 2022 10:18 AM

Interesting news.  I wonder if their is any CDN navy ships in their lineup?

 Never give up, never quit, never stop modelling.Idea

 

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 7:29 AM

I have started getting emails from Freetime again.  I enjoyted doing business with them in the past.  They were a great source for resin kits.

Squadron seems to be getting back to its roots.  

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 9:12 AM

EdGrune

Brandon Lowe, the owner of Squadron, posted on SteelNavy that he has reacquired Freetime Hobbies...

Ah, OK! In another forum, someone mentioned that "Freetime and Squadron are run by the same person", but provided no details.  Now it makes senses.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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