I agree with you almost exactly 90%. 1. The treatment of Paul on the other board was shameful. 2. High quality metal kits would be very much of a temptation to copy, depriving the maker of just compensation for the tremendous amount of work required to create the master, engineer the molds and produce the parts. (Having made both masters and molds, I know just how much work is involved.) 3. Copies of whole models for sale as an original is nothing but piracy whether they are inferior or comparable to the original. It is theft from both the original maker and the buyer.
That said, I have always liked to build kits and modify models. I have kit bashed conversions, and I think that is approved by most manufacturers, as long as the model is properly marked as a "modified" in some way. However, I do not believe that the casting of a replacement part is piracy. I admit that I have copied parts to repair models I have bought, new and used that had broken or missing parts. I think this is fair use, since I bought the original model from the maker, or from a person who did, and MOST makers do not provide copies and spares of parts for sale. This is restoration and repair. I have also, on rare occasions copied parts to "kitbash" conversions, although I do this only as a last resort. And I have made a few replacement parts for others, mostly of OOP models. (Turrets, masts, cranes) I do not believe that this is piracy.
Ultimately, it is up to the individual manufacturer to decide whether to provide his art as completes only or to provide kit versions. (Although I do wish some of the high end makers would make available and sell parts for repair projects.)
: Things got a bit carried away on the other
: posting board about prebuilt models vs.
: kits. I thought Paul made some very good
: points as to why producers don't like
: offering kits. I also thought he was treated
: unfairly by some, and I found that very
: Of course, the main problem with producers
: making kits is piracy. A dubious buyer
: procures a cheap "blank" and from
: it makes guns, boats, hulls, and other
: parts--using the blank as a basis. It is
: possible to do this with completes, but many
: are reluctant to disassemble a $120 model to
: make parts.
: Besides, no maker likes to see his/her work
: butchered, as can be the case when some try
: to make castings and/or offer ersatz models
: that are poor imitations by way of materials
: used or colors employed. Yes, buyers have a
: right to do as they will, but once a model
: is modified enough--it is no longer of a
: given brand. Nonetheless, some will claim
: it's a Neptun, Mercator, or other brand...
: when it is not even in the same league.
: There are points to be made on the other
: side regarding kits, but at least the debate
: should be civil enough to include the actual
: name of posters. I detest cowardice, and I
: saw that happen during the debate on these
: issues. Let us not behave like that here.
: Not now.... Not ever.
: Paul, I know you might not like me
: addressing this issue here. But fairness is
: fairness, and your treatment was bullshit.
: Look, I've been in your face when I thought
: you were wrong. But those were direct and
: honest replies. I never hid behind a false
: moniker. But there you go. Civility has many
: forms, not that I have ever been accused of
: being civil.
: George/hardly a peace-maker