25 Aug 2006

What are Garage Kits?


Garage kits are essentially pre-moulded model kits, which have to be assembled, glued and then painted. The term originated with dedicated hobbyists frustrated with having being unable to find model kits of subjects they wanted on the market and so started producing kits of their own. As the processes of sculpting, casting and painting produce dust and fumes, most of the sculptors used their garages as their workshops, hence the name.

Originally these kits were sold and traded between hobbyists at conventions, such as WonderFestival, but they have since gained popularity and now there are a large number of companies, who produce these kinds of kits professionally.

Kits are usually cast as separate parts and can be as simple as a two piece figure, or as complex as kits with well over one hundred parts. Due to the labor intensive nature of the manufacturing process and low market demand relative to traditional injection-molded plastic kits, garage kits are generally produced in very small quantities from the tens to a few hundred copies, as opposed to injection-molded plastic kits that are produced in many thousands.

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4 comments:

DEITRIX said...

Now I know! I wouldnt mind trying one of these out- or even better to create my own..

The Elderly said...

ah similar minds... i've got as far as mock up frame.... i can't draw but maybe i can sculpt... thats a big maybe...

Adam said...

argh! i can't craft for crap . . . are there any services that would put together and paint one for me?

The Elderly said...

Indeed adam a number of the figure sites have (an often well hidden) service for assembly and painting... hobbyfan have one for example

http://www.hobbyfan.com/assembly.php

you pay extra (as you can imagine) i can't guarantee the quality of the service but the guy on hobbyfan has a gallery of kits he's put together it'll give you some indication......

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