The Kit Factory Professional Props And Models

COMPANY POLICY AND ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO READ THE COMPANY POLICY, PRIOR TO CONTACTING ME ON ANY PROJECT YOU WISH TO HAVE BUILT. THIS WILL SAVE BOTH OF US A LOT OF TIME.

THE KIT FACTORY IS A SMALL, ONE MAN, OPERATION, AND PRODUCES ONLY A FEW VERY SPECIAL CREATIONS, EVERY YEAR. I WORKED SEVERAL YEARS AS A PROP MAKER, AND SCENIC/SET ARTIST IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY. CLIENTS INCLUDED, PARAMOUNT PICTURES, WARNER BROTHERS, MTV PRODUCTIONS, DISNEY PRODUCTIONS, NEW GROOVE CONCERTS, CHEVROLET MOTORS, HAWAIIAN TROPICS, AND MANY OTHERS. STAGE, SCENIC AND SET WORK FOR MUSICAL ACTS, SUCH AS NEIL YOUNG, STEVE WINWOOD, LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, FOREIGNER, THE MOODY BLUES, CHEAP TRICK, JEFFERSON STAR SHIP, IGGY POP, THE PRETENDERS, AND ALICE COOPER. STAGE, SCENIC AND SET WORK, FOR THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS SUCH AS, CATS, 42ND STREET, BIG RIVER, SWEENY TODD, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, AND MANY OTHERS… A LOT OF PATIENCE IS REQUIRED FROM CLIENTS, THIS IS NOT A FAST PROCESS. HIGH QUALITY PROP REPRODUCTIONS CAN TAKE SEVERAL HUNDREDS, IF NOT, THOUSANDS OF HOURS TO COMPLETE. SIMPLE PROJECT CAN BE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE, HOWEVER, TOP NOTCH CREATIONS, ARE PRICED ACCORDINGLY. ONCE WE HAVE AGREED TO A COMMISSION PRICE, AND REQUIRED DETAILS, A DATE IS SET FOR THE PRODUCTION OF YOUR DESIRED CREATION. THE WAIT TIMES ARE USUALLY IN YEARS, AS THIS WORK IS IN VERY HIGH DEMAND FROM STUDIOS, AND COLLECTORS. IF YOU ARE NOT THE PATIENT TYPE, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK FOR YOU. THERE ARE ALWAYS SEVERAL PROJECTS IN LINE, SO YOUR PATIENCE IS VERY MUCH REQUIRED. HOWEVER, THIS SHOULD TELL YOU THE WORK IS APPRECIATED, AND 90% OF MY CLIENTS ARE RETURNING TO ORDER AGAIN!

THE KIT FACTORY IS A FULLY LICENSED AND CERTIFIED LLC. AFTER OVER 15 YEARS IN THIS BUSINESS, WE CAN SUPPLY MANY EXCELLENT REFERENCES ON PRIOR WORK. WE HAVE 100% CLIENT SATISFACTION, AND CLIENT COMMENTS, CAN BE READ ON THE COMMENTS PAGE. I WORK ON A 50% OF THE COMMISSION DOWN, AS A DEPOSIT, THE REMAINDER, PLUS SHIPPING FEES, ARE DUE UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT. YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE TO MAKE A SMALLER DEPOSIT, AND SEND MONTHLY PAYMENTS, AS THE CURRENT WAIT TIMES WORK IN YOUR FAVOR, WITH THIS OPTION. PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE GIVEN AT MY DISCRETION.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNPACKING A SHIPPED ITEM, PER MY INSTRUCTIONS. THESE ARE SOMETIMES VERY FRAGILE, AND DUE CARE MUST BE TAKEN TO ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY DELIVERY. NO CHANGES TO A PROJECT CAN BE MADE DURING IT’S PRODUCTION, HOWEVER, YOU CAN ADD OR REMOVE OPTIONS, THAT WERE INCLUDED (OR NOT) IN THE ORIGINAL PROJECT, BEFORE THE PROJECT BEGINS.

BY SENDING YOUR 50% DEPOSIT, OR CHOOSING THE PAYMENT OPTION, YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS POLICY, AND THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THE TIME, TO READ THESE “COMMON SENSE” GUIDELINES.

AS THIS IS A SMALL OPERATION, THE PRODUCTION SLOTS ON THE SCHEDULE ARE FEW. ONCE A CLIENT MAKES A VALID ORDER, ALL SUPPLIES ARE PURCHASED TO ENSURE THINGS WILL GO SMOOTHLY, AND ON TIME. THEREFORE, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. IF YOU ENCOUNTER SOME DIFFICULTY IN FULFILLING THIS AGREEMENT, CONTACT ME TO WORK OUT AN ALTERNATIVE, I DON’T BITE. ALL FUNDS SENT IN, CAN BE USED AS A CREDIT FOR A FUTURE PROJECT, IF YOU WISH TO DELAY YOUR CURRENT PROJECT. YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE SCHEDULE, BUT GET BACK ON IT AS SOON AS YOU ADVISE THAT WE ARE “BACK ON TRACK.”
THESE ARE ALL UNIQUE WORKS OF ART, AND BUILT TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL SPECS. PROJECT ORDERS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. FOR CONTACT INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON THE CONTACT TAB, ON THE LINKS BAR, AT THE TOP OF THE EACH PAGE.

COMPLETED PROJECTS MUST BE TAKEN DELIVERY OF, EITHER BY PICK UP, OR PAID SHIPPING, WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER CLIENT IS NOTIFIED OF IT’S COMPLETION. UNLESS PRIOR AGREEMENTS TO CHANGE THIS DURATION, WERE MADE AT THE TIME OF THE AGREEMENT, THIS IS COMPANY POLICY.

CLIENTS WHO DO NOT TAKE POSSESSION OF THEIR GOODS WITHIN 30 DAYS, WILL LOSE THE PROJECT, AND ALL FUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT ORDER. WE DO NOT HAVE THE FACILITY, OR STORAGE CAPABILITY, TO KEEP PROJECTS MORE THAN THE SET 30 DAYS TIME LIMIT. THE PROJECT WILL BE SOLD, OR DEALT WITH, AT OUR DISCRETION. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE POSSESSION, EITHER BY PICKING IT UP IN PERSON, OR PAYING FOR SHIPPING, WITHIN 30 DAYS, AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED IT IS COMPLETED. THIS PREVENTS COMPLETED PROJECTS, FROM TYING UP LIMITED WORK SPACE, WHICH HINDERS PRODUCTIVITY ON ANOTHER PROJECT.

THIS APPLIES TO ALL PROJECTS THAT ARE PAID FOR, AND THAT SHIPPING CHARGES, WHICH ARE NEVER INCLUDED, HAVE BEEN RECEIVED AS WELL. YOU MUST ACCEPT A SHIPPING DATE WITHIN THE 30 DAYS IN THIS CASE.

THIS ALSO APPLIES TO COMPLETED PROJECTS, THAT ARE NOT COMPETELY PAID FOR, AT THE TIME OF THEIR COMPLETION. AGAIN, IN THIS CASE, CLIENT MUST PAY OFF THE BALANCE OWED, AND THE SHIPPING CHARGES, AND ACCEPT DELIVERY WITHIN THE 30 DAYS.

SHIPPING CHARGES MAY INCLUDE SHIPPING MATERIALS, SUCH AS INSULATING FOAMS, WOOD FOR PROP CRATES, HARDWARE, AND THE TIME REQUIRED TO BUILD CERTAIN ENCLOSURES, TO ENSURE SAFE TRANSIT, AND DELIVERY. FULL VALUE INSURANCE IS PART OF EVERY DELIVERY PACKAGE. DELIVERY FEES ARE SET BY THE SHIPPER, WE DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR PRICES.

DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SHIPPING SPEED ALTER PRICES. IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR DELIVERIES, ESPECIALLY OVERNIGHT TYPES, OR INTERNATIONAL TO DISTANT COUNTRIES, TO COST 15% TO 20% OF THE VALUE OF THE ITEM BEING SHIPPED. THIS IS AN ESTIMATE ONLY, WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER SHIPPING FEES, BY COMPANIES LIKE UPS OR FED EX.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS, ONCE I HAVE FULFILLED THE ORDER, AND IT IS READY FOR YOU, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE YOUR ITEM WITHIN THE 30 DAYS, OR LOSE IT, AND YOUR INVESTMENT.

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS!
SIMON “PAPA SMURF” MERCS

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PUBLICATIONS WITH ARTICLES OF KIT FACTORY PROJECTS BY SIMON MERCS

RECENT AWARDS

THE SCIFIANTASY MOTY AWARD FOR 2016. I HAVE WON 7 AWARDS OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS FOR MY MODEL AND PROP WORK!

A FEW PRESTIGE KITS AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS! MANY MORE IN STOCK, JUST ASK!

THE ANIGRAND STAR WARS STAR DESTROYER KIT. RARE AND VERY PRICEY, WE HAVE 2 IN STOCK. TO CORRECTLY DUPLICATE THE ILM MOVIE PROP, IT REQUIRES APPROX. 3000 FIBER OPTIC STRANDS, NUMEROUS LEDS, AND FX CIRCUITS. OVER 30 INCHES LONG, AND ONE OF THE MOST PRECISE CASTINGS OF THIS ICONIC SHIP EVER SEEN!

RANDY COOPER’S FANTASTIC “SPINNER” KIT FROM THE AMAZING FILM “BLADE RUNNER” 24 INCHES LONG, AND SO DETAILED! LIGHTING POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS ON THIS PROJECT! BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION STAND/BASE IS INCLUDED. THE MOST ACCURATE “SPINNER” KIT EVER PRODUCED! WE HAVE ONE IN STOCK FOR THE SERIOUS “BLADE RUNNER” FAN!

THE HALCYON NOSTROMO KIT HAS BECOME QUITE RARE, SINCE THE HALCYON MODEL CORPORATION WENT “BELLY UP” SEVERAL YEARS AGO. A PVC/PLASTIC/RESIN HYBRID KIT, IT IS EXTREMELY ACCURATE, AND DELIVERS A STUNNING DISPLAY. MANY LIGHTING OPTIONS AVAILABLE! WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE ONE IN STOCK FOR A CLIENT COMMISSION.

THE BEST, AND MOST ACCURATE KIT, OF STAR TREK, THE ORIGINAL SERIES, ICONIC “PHASER 1”, BY JOHN LONG! THIS KIT CREATES A SUPERB “PROP” STYLE COLLECTIBLE. FULLY FUNCTIONAL, SHORT OF VAPORIZING THE NEIGHBOR’S DOG! ALTHOUGH STILL AVAILABLE, THEY ARE PRICEY, AND THE WAIT TIMES TO OBTAIN THEM CAN VARY! A”MUST” FOR DIE HARD FANS!

THIS KIT DID NOT HAVE A BOX, OR A BOXTOP ART GRAPHIC, AS IT CAME IN A CRATE! SHIP IS 66 INCHES LONG, AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONSUMER KIT EVER PRODUCED. THIS IS THE “MOTHER” OF ALL STAR TREK KITS. PRODUCED BY JIM KEY STUDIOS. FEATURES EVERY DETAIL THE STUDIO VERSION HAD, AND MANY OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE, LASERS, DETAILED SHUTTLE BAY, YOU DECIDE!

A KIT I HAVE BEEN FASCINATED WITH FOR YEARS! THE LARGE SCALE (1/350) SPACE BATTLESHIP “YAMATO” FROM THE JAPANESE ANIMATED SERIES “STAR BLAZERS”! MOTORIZED CANNONS, TURRETS, LIGHTING, AND EVEN A REMOTE CONTROL UNIT INCLUDED! IF THIS DOESN’T GET ORDERED, I WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO BUILD IT FOR MY PERSONAL COLLECTION! STUNNING LIGHTING POSSIBILITIES ON THIS PROJECT!

THESE ARE ONLY A FEW OF THE RARE OR HARD TO FIND KITS I HAVE IN STOCK.

KITS ALONE ARE NOT FOR SALE THEY ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO CREATE CLIENT COMMISSIONS

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