To be honest, I have seen people where I used to live spend that much on a single dinner- some just have a different scale of living. If somebody like that wanted a big ISD he would get it without thinking twice.
One guy had a Sabretooth Tiger fossil in his office- (he runs a chain of expensive optical stores) -I imagine that decoration cost even more...
This model is a true studio scale model though - going with the Randy Cooper route you're getting an approximation of what the model looked like... Don't get me wrong the thing totally rocks (I have one)... but its not "really" a studio scale model in that its made and detailed with the same parts.
it depends on what floats your boat... but for $16,000 I think I could build my own from scratch - or close enough I'd be very happy with it... that's a lot of dough...
I know it's a lot of money. Just don't underestimate the amount of work that's involved in building one of these things. I put that much just into the design work to create the patterns. All those "chips" and panel lines all over the bottom (never mind the top) are a total nightmare to recreate. I'll tell you what, if someone approached me and asked me to build them an accurate replica of this subject, I wouldn't do it $16K.
True as a one of - its crazy expensive... But the patterns are made - the Files created, the molds created. At this point is pumping out the parts, putting them together, paint, detailing and weathering. Surely a LOT of work... But not to the level of creating the original patterns, files and molds.
Well - at least I hope that is the case... I know they built one... and am assuming they kept the all that stuff.
Well, not *quite* that simple. They did want to "manufacture" these in China, but I never thought that was practical and I guess I must've been right because it never happened. Now they are going to be built by hand. So, certainly not a ready-made product, but not made completely from scratch, either. It's somewhere in between. I'm not surprised those on this board are skeptical. I don't think we're the target market. Few of us can afford it, and many here prefer to build for themselves.