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Just joined. wanted to comment on the resin v diecast thread, it is very old. I would have started a new thread but cannot find where and how to do that. My post needs editing. Sorry for the rough draft erors, cannot find a way to edit. I stumbled across this site and I think there is a lot of value for the diecast collector.. Glad to have joined.
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I have worked in tool and die. High quality resin is ABS. acrylic butyl styrate. The industry does not advertise the real reason fro resin models. The molds can be made out of aluminum rather than the heat treated H13 steel needed for diecast. The tooling cost for aluminum molds can be 33% of steel. My problem with resin. You made it at a great savings. Why not pass the savings on to the collector? Outsized profits. I guess I know to much, but they cannot sell me a seale body plastic model car for $200.
Some great insight into the "how it's made" part of it, good to know! (y)

And I agree the savings should passed on to us collectors, but you know, (bad) consumer habits is what dictate the prices, unfortunatelly.
 

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I am a very open minded model car hoarder. I am definitely not a radical oppositionist on a crusade against resin (or composite) model cars, though I have always had resons of my own not to be very fond of resins.

And that isn't only because they have no opening parts, and are quite unremarkable in the "features" department. I also don't like them because they are extremely fragile, which makes them a risky choice for buying in the second-hand market. And I am mostly a second-hand market buyer, so I would not try my luck buying used resins unless I knew the seller and could go collect it in person, but not before thoroughly inspecting it myself with a magnifier.

Other than that, I like to feel like I'm getting my money's worth out of everything I buy, and resin model cars... well, most won't fit that bill, apart from maybe a few Ottos, which I have to admit are quite tempting and priced alright - provided I either pre-order them or get them on release.

However... as I discovered by myself, there is always a reason to give in and go resin once in a while. I've always wanted a Ford F-150 SVT in my collection, but the fully opening Bburago/Maisto option is just too crude and underscaled.

So, I went with the sealed resin DNA option. I have no regrets, because 1) I only paid €66 for the model itself, €89 in total with postage and 2) even looking closely, I can't even tell that the model isn't diecast and has no opening parts, it looks just awesome sitting beside my other trucks.

I find it hard to understand why do people scoff at resin or sealed models, but then praise models which only have driver and passenger doors as their "opening features" but sealed hood/trunk. Not to mention that these types of models are also terrible in every other aspect.

When a model is bad, it IS bad no matter what material it's made of, or how many opening parts it does or doesn't have.

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However this gradual acceptance from us collectors somehow encourages model makers to take shortcut and slowly replacing their full opening production with sealed stuff, while still charging more or less the same price as their previously fully open models.
I know what you mean, but the sad reality is, the model car industry makes these expensive half-ar$ed toys because they know they will get away with it. They know they will sell them, if not to you or to me, then to the next person.

We are only a few individuals discussing model cars on a model car forum, of which only a handful exchange ideas and opinions about what's on the market.

There are tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, or perhaps even millions of people out there who just walk into a toy shop and buy a 1:18 model car without even knowing what it is. Not to mention smalles scales, of which most don't have opening parts anyway...

I can only speculate how can someone is able to afford $500 on a moulded piece of resin on wheels, but the fact of the matter is: somehow, somewhere, there are people with such an immense purchasing power and so little care or understanding of the concept of value for money, that they just spend that money just like they spend on watches they never wear, or bottles of expensive booze to give away to friends, or shoes they never use.

On top of that, there is a whole new generation of "collectors" who don't even know they are "collecting" yet. They walk into a shop and buy a MCG, next time they go for a Triple 9 and next for a KK, or a Kyosho Ousia/Samurai or whatever other sealed option is out there, and for them it's great, they don't know any better, they have no idea there's a little place on the Internet called "DiecastXchange" where a bunch of people are stressing about manufacturers making products we don't agree with because of a multitude of personal likes/dislikes. :LOL:

Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is, I wish we could make a difference, but sadly, we don't... :confused:
 
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