Masterbilt Models Resin Kit Line
Masterbilt Models, Ralph Ratcliffe Models, and Truck Stop Models have reached an agreement whereby each of their respective owners (Bob Johnson, Ralph Ratcliffe, Trip and Cheryl Aiken) will concentrate on the segment of the 1/87 (HO) scale resin kit market in which each has specific expertise. This agreement will, we collectively believe, result in higher quality, increased availability, lower costs, and a wider product offering; definitely a classic win-win situation for everyone!
Ralph Ratcliffe of Ralph Ratcliffe Models will assume all resin production of the Masterbilt Models line. This allows a single dedicated source of the highest quality resin castings along with Ralph's unparalleled design and development talents. Unpredictable and unreliable sourcing has historically been one of the biggest problems in resin kit availability. This is resolved with Ralph Ratcliffe Models becoming the sole source of production.
Truck Stop Models will continue to be the sole outlet for Masterbilt Models branded resin kits. By eliminating the "middle man" Truck Stop Models will experience increased efficiencies in inventory availability and pricing.
As part of this product realignment certain model kits formerly offered by Masterbilt Models will become Ralph Ratcliffe Models offerings. These include:
Oshkosh FDM concrete mixer
Eagle Indy 500 race car
McLaren M16B Indy 500 race car
Porsche 917/10 Can-Am race car (under development)
Furthermore, the following Masterbilt Models will continue to be offered exclusively by Truck Stop Models:
Mack Granite - original hood (set forward axle)
Mack Granite SBA - set back axle hood
Mack RD600 conversion hood
Mack RS/RL700 conversion hood
Mack Vision (to be retired when current stock is exhausted)
All projects currently under development will be offered by either Truck Stop Models or Ralph Ratcliffe Models. It is anticipated that all new resin projects under development currently will be completed and additional new projects will offered in the future by either Truck Stop Models or Ralph Ratcliffe Models.
All Masterbilt Models resin kits will continue to be strictly limited editions and offered exclusively through Truck Stop Models.