model kits in unexpected places
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:27 AM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:39 AM
Now there's only a couple of places in this part of the state that carry models, and the selection is generally dismal. I have relied almost solely on mail order since the mid-80"s.
Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:34 PM
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:48 AM
Over the years I have found some models in some oddball places. I remember picking up the AMT Richard Petty Ford transporter with Dodge Dart stock car at a True Value hardware store, begging my mom to buy it for but no luck.
There was another time where I was with my mom at a large plumbing supply company warehouse and they had a whole isle of model kits! No other toys of any kind, just those kits and the were only 2.00 a kit!!! This was back in the late eighties. I picked up two of the MPC Dodge Force 440 police car kits among others. The kits were so cheap, my mom even bought a couple for my buddy that happen to be with me at the time.
Another time, a friend and I rode our bikes up to the local International truck dealership about ten miles from my home. We were checking out the rigs and decided to go in a see if we could get some brochures. We go in and I glanced into the parts dept. and right there on the wall was an ERTL 1/32 iH 9670 snap together cabover kit! This is when it first came out back in the eighties (that kit is really rare now!) I bought the kit and the asked me "you like to build models?" I told him yes and said "follow me". We go in the back area of the parts dept to a tall double door cabinet. He opens the door and there, stacked about four feet high were all these brand new ERTL truck kits!!!!!!! I bought a few and went home. Years later after I started driving, I thought about those kits and wondered if they had any left. I drove up there and asked the guy and he told me "yeah, we've been trying to get rid of those for years!" He made me a deal and I bought about twenty kits. I was haaaaaaaaaappy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There was another time where a friend and I were clearing land on a ranch with a John Deere bulldozer that was a rental. We needed something for the dozer so we went back to the rental place. I was standing at the parts counter and I looked up and there, on a shelf sat two, mint ERTL John Deere backhoe kits!!!!! At the time, that kit had only been issued once and had long been out of production! I asked the guy how much they were and he says "What, oh those things, Give me 20.00 and you can have both of them! SCORE!!!!!!! I was prett happy that day!!!!
Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:10 AM
When I was growing up I bought most of my models at a locally owned stationary store. During the Christmas season they sold toys in the basement but that stock was kept quite low the rest of the year and the basement usually closed off. Despite the season they always seemed to have had a nice selection of kits , mostly Frog & Airfix which was fine since I was mostly into military in the '60s. Decades later I remet the owner of the store, now an elderly man who told me that he remembered me well.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:38 AM
LOL, I totally forgot about this thread!
The automatic bump post-merge is a bit wonky right now, so the smiley worked.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:39 PM
I stopped in a small town in Illinois called Braidwood. A small independent hardware store there had 2 Ertl farm wagon kits. I bought them. I still have them somewhere around here. They were the Massey versions molded in red. They have green ones for John Deere too.