I thought I would start this topic because as a model builder I know what I would like to see developed into a kit. I am sure all of you have a short list.
On the flip side!!!
As a developer of commercial kits and projects, I have no idea what-so-ever what other kit builders would like to see developed. I am quite certain that this is true for the other kit developers. Its just a leap of faith based on so many factors. Including many who are respected sponsors of this site. Both old and large companies or the newer, smaller Mom and Pop type operations. We just dont know. Its a big chance to take without a direct line of communication.
Bringing a new project to market is a serious investment in $$ and time.....our worst fears....nobody wants to build it or buy it when its launched. So please....I urge you all to participate. It would be a huge ....huge help. No more Victories or Constitutions...its the last thing the hobby needs right???? Maybe not??? Please tell us.
BUT I would kindly ask that all MFG's including myself...and our sponsors...not participate in this discussion other than to say that you are watching and listening or if asked a direct question that warrants a response. I know you will be listening, just as I am eager to hear from our customers. This will alleviate any fear that we may be trying to steer the choices or monopolize the voice of all of you kit builders out there.
SO...please do feel free to share your own short lists. Or even just one. Consider this your direct line to the kit developers out there.....I know I am listening. The others would be at a loss if they dont. Otherwise, we will just keep developing the same old stuff and hopefully one of them is what you want.
BUT here is what we need to know...or at least me as a developer.
- Name of ship .....or type
- Country of origin - date
- Material choices and what style...POB or POF or Solid hull ETC
- Price range you would expect to pay...whether realistic or not
-How long do you prefer a build to last from a kit. Will you want to spend 6 months for a small kit or 6 years for that 100 gun French frigate from 1820?
-Advanced or beginner......something in-between?
You get the picture....It would be interesting to see if we have any HMS Thunderer (74 gun) at 1/4" scale in POF built from Boxwood for under $200....If we hear a lot of that, then its probably time for me to look for a new job...LOL. I learned as a young boy that if I didnt tell my parents what to get me for Christmas....I would end up with a lot of socks and underwear....LOL
and I will thank you on behalf of all of our fellow kit developers and MFGs. This will make it so much easier for our businesses to grow and the hobby itself to grow.