As far as your question regarding recasts is concerned, it is rather difficult
"Ben Di" kits themselves are pretty crappy knockoffs to begin with, and in
general most plastic injection kits are usually too horrible to even consider
We all know that recasts on garage kits are definitely cheaper than originals,
so that is not an issue. In terms of buying recasts for garage kits, only 3
main points do need to be considered.
(1)Material--- Make sure that you are definitely buying a kit casted in good
quality resin. Do not purchase kits casted in poly, ABS, or plaster. Those
materials are in general hard to work with. They are very difficult in cutting,
sanding, gluing, drilling, and fixing.
(2)Casting--- Check for any large gaps, air bubbles, or noticeable mold lines.
The more you find on a recast kit, the harder it will be to repair them.
Although I have personally seen many recasts that comes out of the mold looking
A LOT better than the original kits. Many Hong Kong recaster will even go
through the trouble to clean, fix, rework, and even adding details to certain
parts before recasting a kit.
(3)Availability--- From my experience, I tend to buy more character figures
than mecha figures in recasts. I find the molding more acceptable on figures
than on mechas. Less details are also lost on a character model. With Mecha
kits, I pretty much end up buying originals all the time. The only time I would
buy a recast mecha kit is when it is out of production, or on a very hard to
find limited basis. Garage kits hardly receives reissues, and if they do, it
comes on rare occasions.
So the idea is just to check smartly before you buy any garage kits, whether
its resin or vinyl, recasts or original.
PS. And for those of you who feel the primal need to scream the word "illegal"
on this topic, SAVE IT. I've heard it too many times when something like this
gets discussed in the newsgroup already.
<< What are your general opinions on buying original kits compared to recasts?
There are some kits I'm interested in, but I'm just not sure...
I suppose I traditionally go for originals, since I don't support
bootlegging and the like, but some kits you just can't get otherwise, right?
What do you guys usually do? Are there significant differences in recasts?