Hey, Bill G. I am really impressed with your work! They appear to be all scratch-built from 3-view drawings. Well done! John R.
Thanks, just caught this. I enjoy scratch builds from 3-views, and really like the unique, rarely modeled subjects. Gotta love the one-offs. I'm working on an Avro type F now. I think it's actually a bit too overmodeled.
You're right, it's a dream job. As in, it's a job that exists only in your dreams. Getting paid decent money to build kits for people who will let you take your time and enjoy the process and work on the planes that you are interested in building is nothing but a dream. In the current market, you'll have one of two kinds of customers: cheap *****s and perfectionists. The cheap *****s will want you to spend 20+ plus hours on their projects and will want to pay you $50 to do it. And, of course, you'll have to supply all the tools, glue, exacto blades, etc that the job requires so that comes out of your pay. The perfectionists will pay you what the job is worth, then they will critique every tiny detail of the build. If they find one scratch or bump on the wood they'll want you to do it over, if a canopy has a dot of glue or a scratch from being handled they'll want it replaced, or if a scale color doesn't exactly match the documentation according to their eyes they'll want you to strip it all off and start over. Nevermind they don't hold themselves to such standards and nevermind that once they've taken the plane out and flown it the first time it won't be pristine anymore, but guys who are willing to pay well to have something built will think it has to be museum perfect before they're happy with it.
I've always thought that people are somewhat of a combination of those two. They say that they aren't interested in paying much money, but that they won't drill you too hard on perfection. Once you start the job for them, you will find out that they want perfection, just like everyone else does. Bottom line: If you can't charge for perfection, then don't bother, since they'll want it anyway, even if they say that they don't.