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Old 08-21-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Being rather new to this hobby and having never been exposed to the world of custom models, I was wondering if someone can tell me what it is and what it involves.

If I were to get a custom made model, what sort of quality can I expect from the best custom model makers, when compared with the best of the mass produced versions?

Do custom model makers have their own mould, or do they buy an existing plain model from a manufacturer and put their own liveries on there?

Is it possible (or even legal) for a custom model maker to re-create a very rare mass produced model?
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:42 AM   #2
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Being rather new to this hobby and having never been exposed to the world of custom models, I was wondering if someone can tell me what it is and what it involves
Hi, welcome, you've got the Custom bug! There are many different types of custom models, ranging from plastic kits that you see Brad, Zubart, Kai and myself do in this section and you've got diecast/plastic models (Hogan, IF200, etc, etc.) that you do not have to put together but you must re-paint them/decal them. Sadly this is what people are doing these days and not taking the time to build a plastic kit (any fool can do it; thats why I do it!), very sad. And than you have everything im between you can think of, but the two mentioned above are the most common you will see.

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More times than not you should expect higer quality since you are paying a nice sum for one it is expected that it is pristine and has extra detail. The massly produced ones are produced in bulk, as you know, and do get the extra detail/fix touch of that of a custom maker. But do be aware, some people will do a shi.t job and not refund your money. There are some nice guys on here who live in Miami who IMO are the best. Dont know their names...

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Do custom model makers have their own mould, or do they buy an existing plain model from a manufacturer and put their own liveries on there?
NO! Most times than not they have the client send them the model (i.e.IF747AerLingus) and they totally strip it of the livery. In some cases I guess they could but the ammount of work trying to obtain a blank model sound pretty hopeless. Some guys have people completely build the model from the box and make it a one-of-a-kind. Hasegawa's 1/200 kits whoop all of the 1/200 manufacturers a.s.ses (if build right )

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Is it possible (or even legal) for a custom model maker to re-create a very rare mass produced model?
Of course...what law would that be breaking? If you produce a model of your own, than its yours. No one can claim that you stole their design etc as it will be different in very small ways. Would it matter anyways if it was not legal? I mean your not going to the beach with it, are you...? I have many illegally produced decals of various airlines but I build them anyways. Not like Delta's going to come knocking down my door.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I was considering getting a PH 77W and getting a decent custom maker put the regular CX livery on there as a last resort if I cannot find the model that I've been desperately wanting for a l-o-n-g time.

I'm not the biggest fan of plastic kits, although that's mainly because I just don't have the patience to build them. I won't rule it out completely, though, this is a path I will consider going down in the future, but right now, my preference is for 1:400 die cast, be they custom or not.

If all I was asking for is a livery put on an existing die cast model, how much will I have to expect to pay?
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:37 AM   #4
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It depends on the person you commission how much they charge, and how difficult the job will be. My example: I commissioned Mastercustoms in Miami to take a blank JX L-1011 and make it into a Northeastern Yellowbird. He did a great job, and the cost was $60. But the model required very little stripping, and the design was not complicated. Mastercustoms used decals and sealed with a clear gloss lacquer. There are several customizers you can contact, you can try Brad Shinn and D M Bronner as well. Be aware, most of these guys are pretty busy and booked up.
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The hardest part in making your own model out of wood e.c.t is the nose cone! how do you make one?
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