Resin kits are a kind of plastic which you do not use tube glue to
attach the pieces but your fancy super glues. These kits are hand-
cast, the producers can only make a limited amount from a mold.
Therefore the molds have to constantly be refurbished. They get maybe
125 or so kits from a mold then it has to be refurbished. Although
it's more trouble to make the molds they don't cost what a plastic kit
mold would cost, which are 100's of thousands of dollars to make.
That's why you don't see many great new plastic ship models.
They usually come in only 1/700 and 1/350 scale. Built correctly
you could find these models in any Naval Museum. Detail is outstanding
and they are more pricey than plastic, they are hand poured but, they are beautiful.
These kits are not for
the faint of heart. I always suggest a less expensive resin kit, to get your
feet wet and then build that special ship you want to build. These kits contain
resin, pewter and brass photo-etch parts. Some ship kits will only come
out in these fancy resin kits. These are not easy kits to build for the beginner
so if you are ready to sink your teeth into a real project, even if the ship is
only 5" long then you are ready to build something special.