Read your comments, Mark. Felt that they were denigrating. Thought I might enlighten you on a few things relative to scratchbuilt models.
1. In addition to making 1250 scale models, I collect a small number of art pieces by artists such as Kinkaid and Richard E. Williams (known as the painter to the Presidents). I have learned to be satisfied with COPIES of their works, as the originals were way too expensive for me. The copies are well done, but they aren't originals. Where art and artisans are concerned, "you get what you pay for"! An original is one of a kind. No one else has one exactly like it.
2. Over the years, I have made and sold 300 (more or less) of my models to collectors worldwide. A fair percentage of them have been custom models (some never before attempted as far as I know) for a particular collector. I don't remember anyone sending one back because it was too expensive and merely "nice".
3. In my posting, I was trying to do collectors a favor by quoting prices which are, in general, about 50 - 60% of what such models usually sell for. I do not try to beat commercial producers prices.
I hope this has been helpful to all. Thank you all again for your comments.
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