Rather than me starting multiple threads when I present a new 1/64 resin body, I thought it best to keep an on-going thread for all to peek in on now and then. NOTE/DISCLAIMER: ALL BODIES ARE MADE TO FIT THE 1.7" AFX CHASSIS UNLESS OTHERWISE DESCRIBED.
Tonight I will be rolling out my newly modeled Audi R8 for the Mega-G chassis. It will be a fully decaled/painted version of the Crocodile Dundee car. The R8 will be available in a unfinished kit consisting of the main body, rear wing, rear body filler/exhaust section, and a driver figure.
I just spoke with Alan from SCI. I am almost officially "in business" here on SCI. (see the announcement in my first post) I will refrain from posting exact prices until "FastBodies" is setup in the Manufacturer's Direct Forum. I will still post here, but direct all inquiries to that forum once setup. This should be in a few days and will be a work-in-progress.
Until then, here are a few parts of the puzzle as I threw this together today.
- Official name of this.... "FastBodies" Scale Racing
- Bodies or Kits will range from $15-20ea., depending on the complexity or resources needed.
- Shipping will vary as I get a grip on postage. I have always charged $5 for a package to the 48 states.
- Payment will eventually be by two methods. Personal Check or PayPal
Always check the first post in this thread for a current list of available bodies. Or, bodies that are "coming soon". For now, I will be doing subjects that will be popular to get a positive start to this adventure.
SHIPPING: this has always been a touchy subject for everyone. Buyers and sellers. In the little I have ever mailed, I have never charged for boxes, tape, etc. Postage varies. I have two ways of looking at it. Get a grip on postage rates to the lower 48 US and charge accordingly. Or, use the unpopular method and charge a flat $9.95. I want 100% satisfaction, so this area will be a work in progress.
Slot Car Show in Chicago. Well, actually it is located in Highland, IN. twice a year. I have been tossing this idea around for a year as to sell over the internet or just see what I can do at this local show which usually attracts 100-150 vendor tables. One could order from me and pick up at the show to save shipping costs. Of course, you would have to deal with the $4/gal. petrol on your own. I digress.... I will be at that slot car show in November, and will be gearing my rather small inventory up for that.
Payments: Personal checks mean slow service but this has been the only method I have used to this point. Orders will be shipped when the check clears. PayPal is the cleanest-fastest way. However, if PP is the preferred method, product pricing may reflect the off-set of the PP charges. Again, that will be a work-in-progress.
DISCLAIMER: ... all resin bodies will need minor sanding/modeling/adjustments to make it work for you.
I hope this will get the gears churning. Lots of things to absorb.
Gary, three questions: 1. Cost of completed/painted/decaled body; 2. Cost of kit; 3. How to pay you.
1. This will vary from subject to subject. Over the past 20 years, I have charged from $45 up to $150 just for the finished body not including a chassis. Shipping is extra. Here is what I have done in the past. Discuss the subject with the customer, come to an agreement. If I like the subject that is wanted, I will complete it, send photos to the customer, and the previously agreed price is exchanged, then I ship the subject. If the customer doesn't like the finished product after viewing the photos sent, then I keep it cuz I like it.
If I don't particularly care for a subject or it doesn't float my boat, then I will request payment up front. So far I haven't had any disappointments over the years.
The front wheel well in the picture of the raw body, appears to sit lower against the tire as opposed to the finished body. Is this related to how the mount pieces were glued in differently or something else? Just curious as the lowness of the raw body, really draws me in, where the difference in spacing on the finished body draws a bit of question.
The body is amazing regardless, both raw and finished to be honest. Just curious about the difference.
Yes and no. Yes the raw body sits closer, NO it is not the mounting system. The mounts for this body are part of the cast and not a glue-in style mount.
The reason the driver/left side looks like it is further away from the wheel, is becaused I trimmed too much with the dremel at the upper rear of the wheel opening. Here are pics of both sides of the raw and finished bodies. Not perfectly in focus, but you will see on the left side where I buzzed too much in the rear of the front wheel opening.