If not enough people buy the kits and parts, they quit business. I think the Modelhaus is the only one that can make a living at it. Snooze ya lose.
The usual cycle of a resin company... someone learns to cast to do a project. Friends ask for copies. They tell their friends. Next thing you know you are a manufacturer. Many people place large orders. Caster under estimates how much time and money the products really cost him, so he makes little money. Orders pile up and caster gets over whelmed, takes a lot of grief from waiting public and goes out of business.
The big quandary of the resin casting business is that there is much more demand than time to make the product. They go out of business because they can't keep up with the orders. Most guys try to do this after their full time job and it just gets out of hand quickly. The few people who are good business folks have made a long term success of the business. Part of this is having a real place to do the work. I can think of a few casters that have suffered health problems because of the chemicals. I know of a few that got shut down by local officials for the chemicals in a residence. There are strict health codes regarding the handling, storage and breathing of resins. Even the scrap product needs to be disposed of as hazardous material. In short, to do this correctly and in quantity, you will have a factory with employees, rent, utilities, insurance... the full enchilada!
Edited by Tom Geiger, 12 March 2013 - 08:57 AM.