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I see some members on here do the painting/assembling/detailing of models. I was just curious what those members sometimes charge? Rough estimates really. I know it could vary on model/paint/details themselves.


Southern Railway lives on
I charge based mostly on the model to be painted and what paint scheme. Usually around $100 for a paint/detail job.



Diesel Detail Freak
I usually estimate double the parts when detailing, though I come down on the price a tad when you're adding more detail, having more done at once, ect.
Painting Prices are as follows:
$35 for one (1) color & decals
$40 for two (2) colors & decals
$45 for three (3) colors & decals
$50 for four (4) colors + & decals plus cost of paint per color past 6
Additional costs as follows:
Custom decals (no white printing!) $10 per sheet
Buying the item, $cost of the item, plus $5
Minor weathering, $10 per item
Decals provided, -$value of decals that I'd pay from my supplier (Usually Walthers, or Direct from Microscale)
Multiple items, -$5 to -$25 from the total price
Return shipping is included in the price.

It's time to act now though, as I've considered removing the cost of shipping from the quote...

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