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Re: SCB Essex is a tough sell.
I've upgraded my MT Miniatures and Dragon Antietam with your SCB islands...not necessarily for accuracy but for looks. thanks for the hard work behind them!!!
Perhaps the sales of my aftermarket 3D-printed SCB islands may give us some insight in why kit manufacturers have shown such little love for SCB Essex class kits.
With so few kits available in any scale, sales for my 3D-printed aftermarket products for SCB Essex class models have been more than disappointing. I very much regret to report that the 3D-printed SCB islands I offer were among the most technically difficult, and therefore costly, to research and design, and remain among my worst sellers.
I wish it were not so.
Over time, it became clear that there are several reasons for dismal SCB aftermarket product sales, the biggest being the dearth of kits to put them on. But there are other important reasons, too, mostly having to do with the market.
Because of significant, conspicuous differences in each ships' island's appearance, and significant differences across the service life of each ship, researching and developing different island designs was very costly. With very few sales for them, every SCB island designed was done at a significant loss.
Typically, potential customers were limited to only those that served aboard the ship or were related to someone who did (father, uncle, grandfather, mentor). Those few potential customers would usually tell me that they would only purchase an SCB island if it had the exact features of the specific ship the customer was interested in during a specific cruise or event. The modeler wanted the 3D model island to look exactly as it appeared when the customer served aboard that ship on that cruise, or when their loved one did.
Generally, unless I could produce that specific island for that specific cruise, no sale.
The work and cost required to research and create a specific island configuration is simply too great to create one design attractive to just one modeler for only one model ship.
Best Essex class SCB island seller: USS Hornet CVS-12 as it appeared during the Apollo 11 recovery operation. Total SCB island sales in all available scales: just 4. Yes, you read that correctly, 4. Three for the Revell 1/530 scale kit and one for the 1/350 scale Gallery kit.
By comparison, the best selling WWII-era Essex class island in all available scales: USS Yorktown CV-10, 1945, as it appeared during the sinking of Yamato .
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