Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by steve25, Oct 17, 2007.
Are pre-printed models better?:?
Hmm - pros and cons of pre-printed models:
I don't have to worry about messing up the scale during printing.
No fighting the wife for her ink for the photo printer.
One copy unless you scan and print or purchase more than one.
Reliance on paper choice of the publisher.
You can't print various parts on different thickness paper.
I can't really think of anything else. Obviously choice of subject is going to lead you to pre-printed models in some cases and digital models in others.
One other disadvantage of pre-printed, you never find free pre-printed models, where you can find lots of free digital ones.
Is chocolate better than vanilla? The answer is "it depends" They each have pluses and minuses
Printed kits have the advantage of a potentially finer print quality, waterproof and/or special inks - such as metallics, paper chosen by, at at least with the knowledge of, the designer.
OTOH older kits may be lacking any or all of these qualities. Mistakes are pretty much permanent, either on the part of the designer, printer or builder. Once it's done it's done, and the only way to fix it is to buy another copy (builder), include corrected parts in the next kit or printing (designer)
Digital kits have the advantage of easier storage, quicker delivery and the ability to reprint parts in the event of a mistake.
Print quality can be limited by the file type, your printer and choice of materials. There's also a size limitation as very few people have A3 sized printers at home.
At the high end printed kits have an advantage and newer ones keep getting better, at the low end a decided disadvantage (old Mały Modelarz kits).
In the mid-range digital kits have the pluses - depending on your own set-up.
Answer you question? No, not really, but more things to think about. The designer is ultimately the important question. Some designers works are available in both printed and digital formats as well.
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