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    There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    Replicas are great. But with the plethora of images available online of concept cars that will NEVER be built, I believe that these images should be used to produce the same cars or inspired versions. With these unique exotic cars you will never have to concern yourself with how "spot on" they are to the genuine article, as you do with replicas.













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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    i agree.

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    http://www.madmechanics.com/general-...like-the-best/

    Well here is one that is under development. Most of the buck has been completed roof and rear bumper is all that is needed, then the second rear, but that will come later.

    And another

    http://www.madmechanics.com/general-...-f250-concept/

    and another

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    i keep considering making a one off using oem headlights and taillights from another car but then i think of my chances of actually completing it.

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    there are so many cars to do but it does take alot of time and of corse MONEY then if you decide to sell one everyone wants to splash it. ill prob never do another one for sale

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    I agree 100%. But unless you've jumped into an original design, you don't even know what you don't know yet. Replicas have ALL of the engineering already done. For example, door glass clearance, wheel well clearance. All of those concept cars look good but are they buildable? Will a 6 ft tall 225 lb person fit in the car? All of those seem like no brainers but the designers often are just looking at the design from an artistic point and not whether it is actually buildable. Once those changes are made the car may not even look worth building. The best way to get started with original designs is like SSC, Gagliardi and others have done and that is modify an existing design so most of the engineering is done. The other issue is cost, I have done replicas, the development cost for an original design is many times higher. Although you are right probably overall lower cost for the builder due to fact there is drive fis no need for authenticity which pushes some of these builds to be too expensive.

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    Quote Originally Posted by katana
    there are so many cars to do but it does take alot of time and of corse MONEY then if you decide to sell one everyone wants to splash it. ill prob never do another one for sale
    This is why I think that replica builders like yourself should offer your custom designs as conversions only. Base the custom car around a donor, do the rebody, stretch, etc. as part of the package. They'll be turnkey custom cars that benefit from economy of scale.

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    I really like the 4th and 8th ones!!!

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    Re: There Should Be More Original Kits Available

    Quote Originally Posted by LP640 Roadster
    I really like the 4th and 8th ones!!!
    Here's the rest of what I have for those two concepts.


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    5 and 10 are my favs..they are very clean and classy!

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