Materials and Quality
My goal for Futurattraction Scale Products is to make items that display a higher than usual level of detail. This may be seen in surface detail, texture and/or colors. Detailed builds are becoming more and more the norm. As builders become accustomed to incorporating more detail, I believe textures and finishes will play a larger role in achieving the desired scale results. To illustrate my point, if you have a component that has fine detail molded into it, such as a parachute pack, with its many folds and creases, what happens when you spray a layer of primer and paint over it? Unless you are very skilled with an aerosol can, or are an experienced air brush user, much of that detail will be filled in. By casting items in resin, with a surface that already incorporates an appropriate color, especially if the increased cost is negligible, detail can be preserved.
Materials – My products will be produced out of several materials. Resin engine, chassis and driveline components are being made with Smooth-On products. I will be using both their 300 and 305 product, depending on the parts being cast. My experience with both has been very positive. As noted in the opening paragraph, I am planning to eventually offer some items in pre-colored resin, depending on the color desired. As part of my mission to develop scale products that accurately replicate 1:1 pieces, there is definitely a place for photo etch components and I fully expect to take advantage of that medium in my product lineup. As with resins, color and thickness of materials will be taken into account, as it relates to scale and in matching to 1:1 colors. I don’t want to spill the beans about some of the unique pieces I want to make available. I trust that you will be seeing them soon.
Quality – I do my best to produce and market products I am proud to sell and that come as close to commercial styrene parts quality as possible. I dislike casting flash and seam lines, and try very hard to develop molds that result in as close to no flash as possible. Many of my molds fully encapsulate the part, with only a single slice present from which to remove the part. When parting lines are inevitable, I try to place them where they are the least visible. When resin casting, it is inevitable that some pieces just don't come out the way I want them to. Flaws are usually one of three types: an internal void (may be close to a surface but is otherwise invisible when painted and doesn't structurally affect the part); voids or bubbles that are visible on a surface (presentation or other side but doesn't structurally affect the part). A major void (or voids), which will be discarded. As with other reputable resin casters, I will not sell anything that requires anything more superficial filling, particularly if on the presentation side.