Why are resin
models so hard to find?
get a lot of emails for people looking for specific resin models.
Usually cars, but it could be any kind of kit, from an airplane
to a figure.
don't think people understand why it's so hard to find resin kits
so I thought I would cover some of the reasons here.
all resin products are HAND MADE, one at a time. They are
very labor intensive to produce.
starts out as a process.
First you have to come up with a product you want to replicate.
For a car model a caster will do some serious modifications to
an existing car kit or create one all of their own. Either way
there is a lot of putty, sanding and modificaions that need to
be done. This takes many hours and is labor intensive. Any flaws
in the original work will be replicated into the cast product
so it has to be perfect.
you see a body that has been heavily modified
by hand (by Kazua JJ). While he won't be replicating this
you can see how a lot of labor is involved in making a
product to reproduce.
Once that is done, a mold has to be made to replicate the model.
A mold is typically made from silicone. Resin is poured into the
mold to cast the part. Molds are labor intensive to make and add
even more man hours to the entire process to recreate a model.
Good resin casters then use a large "pressure pot" to
force air bubbles out of the resin so that the product is smooth
and bubble free. The pressure pots cost hundreds of dollars and
can be a considerable business cost.
is an example of a pressure pot. The size needed depends
on how many molds you want to put in the pot at one time.
Large pots can hold several molds to up model producton.
Once the resin has cured, the model must be removed carefully
from the mold. The silicone mold on a typical resin model can
produce around 30 or 40 products. That's if the mold does not
break or has degraded to a point to where it can no longer be
that you know how a resin model is produced you can see why they
cost more than a typical plastic model. But more important, you
can see why so few examples are made or exist.
you see a resin model you are interested, your best move is
to buy it as soon as possible. There is no way to know how
many of the resin product will be produced (unless the manufacturer
specifically uses serial numbers or sequential numbers on them).
Once the mold "blows out" - that's it. No more products
of that subject.
if the product is extremely popular, and the caster is making
good money from the product, they can make another mold and produce
more kits. But that rarely happens. Most never bother to make
another mold and move on to new products.
times people are looking for resin models that have been out of
production for decades. There are just to few of them that exist.
There are 7 Billion people on the planet and finding a resin model
where maybe only 40 were made is a daunting task.
if you see a new resin model you are interested, your best
move is to buy it as soon as possible.
you want to look for a resin model out of production then you
can try ebay, and if there is a local model show / event near
you, vendors there will often have rare kits and models. You might
don't be disappointed if you can't find a resin kit that was produced
at one time in small numbers. As with any hand made object they
are often rare, and sometimes expensive, and resin kits are no
Here - to see a list of companies that resin cast car model
bodies and parts.