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Some years ago i wrote about the 3D-technology here at the forum.
I guessed then that it could cut the ridicolus prizes, why pay 50 euro for a starlux antelope when You could copy it in a machine?
Some of You replied, as I remindered it, that the copies wern't the real thing.
This raises the question of why You collect. I have always wanted more animals of different species and if possible in different poses.
And I actually don't care who made them. It seems that some of You really think the same when You buy the fantastic models that members of this forum make.
I have recently bought a group of Mininatures models. All the impalas, the secretary bird, a zebra, a rhino, a dik-dik and an ostrich.
They are all amazing! And they are all generally better than most of my former animals in the 1:32 scale.
There are still things to discuss about the quality of Shapeways print, the plastic material, the surface, will they last long and so on but the future is bright and will solve all matters I think.
As kid I would have preferd this models to many of the toy animals. Some of the old ones are really as good but most are not.
So will this kill the market? Or just divide it into those who collect animals as antiques and people like me who wants good models?
I will just skip my searching for the Jeol Impalas, why pay a fortune for really not that good models? Or the Britains metal Bushbuck, because it is the only 1:32 on the market when Mininature can make models better and cheaper. (All though the prizes still is to high).
So my conclusion is if the market explodes with 3D-printed animals, will the toy animals go down in value and will we soon be able buy everything we wan't?
What's your views on this?