Even in this age of Ready to Run models there is still a market for kits to create those models that have been missed by the RTR manufactures.
Every model that is worked on is unique, whether it’s for a showcase cabinet, a model railway layout or destined for a museum display, based on an off-the-shelf kit or out-of-the-box model.
Details make the difference between an average model and a unique scale replica. Each model is carefully researched and detailed as accurately as possible, within the limits of scale of the model. These details are done with readily available detailing parts or custom-made components as necessary.
Now this is the tricky bit as if you ask any professional model maker how much they charge for commissioning a particular model, and they’ll more than likely tell you it all depends on the job in question.
With regards to loco and rolling stock kits, it all comes down to a combination of the materials the subject is comprised of, along with its age and the quality of the parts. A thought to bear in mind is that, a kit may look nice and shiny in its box, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be easy to build. It may well be of poor design, and so more commonly referred to as “a scratch building aid”, or if white-metal then the castings may require a great deal of fettling/tidying up before they are of use.
If you would like to discuss having a kit built then please feel free to contact me for more information.