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· Brian Ferguson
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"Plastic" bodies, as used on most modern RTR cars are injection molded and produced in runs of thousands. Detail has improved radically over the years but the demands of mass production usually mean that the molds lack super fine detail - though it may take a sharp eye to be critical of some newer stuff.

"Resin" bodies are typically produced in smaller quantities, often a few dozen or a few hundred. The molds and bodies are usually handcrafted. Detail can range from mediocre to unbelievable depending on the maker.

Plastic will always be cheaper because of the economies inherent in large production runs.

Resin is often the only way to get bodies that the major manufacturers won't do because they don't see a large enough potential market to justify the tooling.
 

· Brian Ferguson
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Resin shells are generally more brittle than plastic and thus are more prone to accident damage. Thicker resin shells exhibit this less than thin ones.

As for whether you should or shouldn't, only you can make that decision. Why not buy one, build it up, and see how you make out? Perhaps a little fear of damaging your new creation will make you a better driver.
 

· Brian Ferguson
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QUOTE Glad you asked this question. I have been woundering about this myself, but I was just to shy to ask.

As my father used to say... the only dumb question is the one you don't ask.
One of the best things about this forum is that someone always has an answer and will share it.
 
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