I remember our discussions on recast vs original.happy hopping wrote:A few yr. ago, you said the resin on recast is easier to work w/ vs. the original. So what prompt you to replace your recast w/ original nowadays?
And I remember that I said that SOME recasts are easier to work on than SOME originals. In particular, some of the older Volks originals, mainly from AF series, used a peculiar light blue resin that is not very fun to work with. It seems 'harder' than currently used resins... making it more difficult to drill and sand. And it seems more liable to fracture under pressure, and less likely to bend. Volks also released kits in other resin colors, including a dark blue/black and even red and other colors. I haven't worked with these, so I can't say if they have the same properties as the light blue resin or not. The Berlin and LED Mirage w/ Flame Unit I built both used this old light blue resin. Recasts of these old AF kits can be more pleasant to work with since they use a friendlier white or off-white resin usually.
More recent originals are a different matter. Volks SSS and onwards, WSC stuff, Tani's Kaiyodo stuff, etc... These kits will generally use a high quality off-white or tan resin. The tan resin in particular seems great to work with. Different production runs seem to vary though, as I've heard of some Kaiyodo originals using a less-nice white resin. And some of my very old MM series kits use a not-so-nice white resin as well. But all recent Volks and WSC kits seem to use the very nice tan resin. In the case of THESE kits, recast resin quality is no better, and sometimes worse.
So to summarize:
-recast resin quality is often nicer than that of older kits
-recast resin quality is often similar or less nice than that of modern kits
As for why I'm now phasing out my recasts in favor of originals?
1) part of it is on principle. It's clear that recasts have been having a real impact on the GK market lately, and they may well be a contributing factor in the decline of the FSS GK industry. As such, I am phasing out recasts in favor of originals, when possible, and when affordable.
2) I have more money to spend on FSS stuff now than I did before, making originals more affordable.
3) and finally a very superficial reason - original boxes (especially those nice new silver Volks boxes) look so much nicer than those ugly plain cardboard recast boxes that are taking up space...