I am curious as to whats involved with making a garage kit, like with royalties and things of that nature.
There aren't any, GKer's just do it. While hoping to sell the kits and avoiding any legal matters.I am curious as to whats involved with making a garage kit, like with royalties and things of that nature.
This method is of no protection at all. There are files on all of the producers(big and small) in the GK world. Changing the name will never protect you, they are looking at what the product is. You may as well use the real name, once you have shown a pic of the model your at risk. Most likely nothing will happen to you, unless you step on the toes of one of the license holders.Notice how many kits are not called what they are--they're given a sort of code name. One particular SW ship might be called a "cross-wing fighter". Helps keep license holders and others from simply finding out about a kit using the normal, official names. And notice how you rarely, if ever, see the official logo from the movie/TV show. That's probably a good measure to see if something is licensed or not--if royalties are paid or not.
GK usually don't fit together the way that officially licensed store kits do. Usually store kits are made to fit together easily with minimal cleanup, but GK kits sometimes have difficulty fitting together and often have lots of cleanup. But one advantage of GK's is that they can create fairly complex pieces, since the molds can flex they don't have to worry as much about overhang. The store kits use metal molds which don't allow any flexibility and so the pieces can't have any overhang and that's why some of them have lots of parts to put together.So do garage-kit makers create sculpts and cast them for sale, or do they make a sculpt, break it down into pieces, and cast them to make a kit that can be put together like a model you'd buy in stores? I've put together models that I've bought in a store, but wasn't sure exactly what was involved with making a garage kit.