Fred have you guys at the museum considered making resin sculptures of the CAD scannings you do of the sculptures? I think it would be a truly great collectible, and it could be priced not to high so many would likely buy them.
Hej Matti, We used to sell scale resin copies of some of the sculptures, but the production costs were high in the days before scanning and 3d printing. The shop has talked to us about using the scanned data to produce copies, if they can get the cost into a reasonable area. Even with modern CNC milling and 3d printing, there is still some hand work in finishing masters for resin casting, etc., but the initial tooling cost of making scale masters is much lower. Would you think people would want them painted or unpainted? Fred
Personally I would want it unpainted, but its hard to guess what the common visitor not interested in painting would think.
I guess painting would be prefered by many if its a good quality paint job, but that would make the products more expensive and perhaps harder to sell. A perfect 1:1 copy of a real Vasa sculpture is music in my ears, and would be totally awesome to hang on the wall but I dont know what the market would be for it.
PS: Are there any resin replicas left to buy from the earlier attempt?
Hej Fred and Matti, I too would like to get a copy, unpainted, at a 'reasonable cost. Since I am already a Wasaphile, I might not be a good source to answer your marketing question. You might consider talking to a few hobby stores in Stockholm. When I and Ron were there this year, we found a 'standard' or traditional store plus one that speicalizes in fantacy figures and gaming.
Members on this site and on Model Ship World are a prime customer base, and there may be others, too, like Ships in Scale, and the Nautical Research Guild. Perhaps if you, Fred, posted your question on MSW, you might get some more focused feedback. It is too difficult to estimate the potential without more input.