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#41 ZTony8

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:18 AM

I stash them because I can't build them all at once.But since I plan to live to be 500 years old,no problem.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:47 AM

This right here

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item51aae90feb

 

I picked up 5 or 6 of these GMC 4x4 kits when Walmart had them for $7.99 so I'm good until there is another re-issue and prices come back to reality.

 

I could go through my stash and find example after example of the same thing. It gets even worse when you start dealing with resin kits and the here today, gone tommorrow nature of the resin industry.

 

 

 

I'm also lucky enough to have a spouse with her own hobbies, so she understands.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:56 AM

This right here

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item51aae90feb

 

I picked up 5 or 6 of these GMC 4x4 kits when Walmart had them for $7.99 so I'm good until there is another re-issue and prices come back to reality.

 

I could go through my stash and find example after example of the same thing. It gets even worse when you start dealing with resin kits and the here today, gone tommorrow nature of the resin industry.

 

 

 

I'm also lucky enough to have a spouse with her own hobbies, so she understands.

 

 

But Aaron it's VHTF...so much so it says that like 68 times in the description.  Apparently he totally missed the fact he's going up against someone who has one listed at $13.84...Best of luck with that one dude! <_<



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:10 AM

So why do you or we stash kits?

 

You haven't been at this too long have you? :P



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:19 AM

For me, like many others it is because the production runs are pretty short and kits can become difficult to find or just too expensive. I subscribe to the idea of "if you ever want to build it, grab it now"  This is also especially true of resin kits. 

 

Look at the Model king reissues of 2005-2008 (or thereabouts) - the nascar models, and the 70s trucks.  These are outliers, but it does go to show you can not count on them being available later. 

 

You never know what might disappear, I wish I had stocked up on gunze sangyo Aqueous hobby colors, they are great paints, but they are no longer sold in the US. 

 

I used to buy 2 of each one I liked, but with Kits getting more expensive, I limit myself to one. I do intend to build them all....



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:53 AM

 

 

But Aaron it's VHTF...so much so it says that like 68 times in the description.  Apparently he totally missed the fact he's going up against someone who has one listed at $13.84...Best of luck with that one dude! <_<

 

I know that one is high, but watching these kits for awhile I won't be surprised to see that $13.84 kit end up at $40-$50 by the end, I've seen them sell for $75.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:54 AM

Why?  Because we can.   (my unbuilt stash is only around 1500 kits).  


Edited by Rob Hall, 08 April 2013 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:53 AM

For future use. I've got a releativly small stash compared to some of the stories I've heard, about 30. For the most part, I got them while the getting was good.



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

You will learn Grasshopper, your time will come. :P



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:21 AM

     I stash kits to build them one day! lol  Every kit I buy I make a plan for,  but I've got over 700+ kits.  I have a spare bedroom as my hobby room.  I have shelves going around the room times two,  stacked with kits,  plus a closet reconfigured to hold kits top to bottom with a built support shelf built halfway.  There are a few racks of shelving also.  My goal is to build a dozen models this year.  So far I've started a few but competed '0'.  As a hobby we can collect (I think childhood memories come into play here) and some we can actually finish,  but it's exciting just to buy a new kit or find a holy grail.  I can go into my hobby room and sit there and just look around and it brings a smile to my face.  All stresses leave..it's my happy place!  Whether I open kits to for parts-swapping or reminisce about an old glue bomb, it's all fun!  Now,  I've used the other spare bedroom to store 148 kits.  Will I keep buying?  Of course I will,  if I see something I like!  I'm about six re-issues behind already!

 

ps:  I'm thinking of becoming a vampire and do a tv show...then I can build for another thousand years of so and have enough money to buy more kits!


Edited by hotrod4ever, 25 July 2013 - 03:39 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:39 PM

quote: ps:  I'm thinking of becoming a vampire and do a tv show...then I can build for another thousand years of so and have enough money to buy more kits!

 

that's not a bad idea Walter :D

 

 

 

i personally have less than 100 unbuilt kits :(   only a couple are vintage or possibly valuable(original issue sneaky pete by revell and monogram's rat vega) but i've got almost 200 built kits and all american save the lone ferrari testerosa.  i don't have any left from my childhood thanks to my younger brothers while i was away in the military.  the oldest build i have would be a 57 chevy by amt that i built in germany during the early 90's. its built kinda oldschool but with then late model vette interior.



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:54 PM

I buy kits for many of the same reasons everybody else does.

I also buy quite a few to resell. If I can get a kit for a price I can resell and make $10, I will buy it, store it, and sell it with a few more when the time comes. With eBay, models are fairly liquid - meaning within about a week I can comfortably sell about 20-30 and get the money about as fast. A small investment but it adds up and helps pay for kits I want to keep - as well as any other needs.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 05:10 PM

Because I get "in the front door, out the back door" pricing at my Local Hobby Shop....Even though I only have about 70 kits in my stash (mostly aircraft and armor) I think I am pretty much done buying new kits.



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

Mental illness.

 

Seriously, I suffered building during the Pac Man era of video games. You could have anything you wanted as long as it was a Corvette, Firebird, Camaro or Mustang. I remember driving sixty miles on the hopes of finding a Monogram Stock car and being thrilled to find a PRO STOCKER! This was before the internet days and you might find advance notice in the one magazine that served the hobby that was pretty good then (hasn't been for at least ten years).

 

No seriously.....mental illness.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:27 AM

     I stash kits to build them one day! lol  Every kit I buy I make a plan for,  but I've got over 700+ kits.  

 

  I can go into my hobby room and sit there and just look around and it brings a smile to my face.  All stresses leave..it's my happy place!  

 

I have to agree with this.

 

I buy kits because i want to build them. And because i love the idea of having my own hobby shop. So i start with my own private hobby shop. Eventhoug i paid for a kit when i bought it. It still feels like getting a kit for free after pulling it out of the stash a couple of years later. And i don't think i bough my last kit. Maybe ill never stop buying kits maybe i somday say its enough(probably not). For now i just love looking at what i still have to build.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

I've always been a collector so it comes naturally to me to have a model car collection.  I have close to, if not, 1000 kits and old restorable built ups and my fair share of resin.  I have been doing this for 25 years and the collection grew by leaps and bounds in the early years, but much slower today.  I'm more likely to buy cheap parts kits of subjects I fiddle with today.  

 

For the longest time, I was saving things for the future. Whether it was a kit, a resin accessory or decal. Only recently did I decide that the future was now and I've started using these great things on projects.  For instance when I realized I had a dozen of the '50 Ford pickup, one of my favorite kits,  I dumped the 5 unsealed kits into a large tub for building and parts.  Since then I have two more of this vehicle in progress. I screwed up a few parts in the process, no problem I just dug into the tub for another. And that makes it fun for me.

 

I have a friend I see at shows and when we passed carrying bags of purchases we'd quip, "More kits for the estate sale!"  So if I leave some behind someday, you guys can all fight over them!



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:42 AM

As a teen in the mid 80's I'd get Johan USA Oldies kits (the '60 DeSoto Adventurer being my favorite) for $4 each at a 5 & 10 store in my grandma's town. I wish I could have bought every single one they had back then. Not for resale or hoarding, just because I liked the makes and models of those kits more than say a '53 Vette or a '69 Camaro and now the price on those simple kits is pretty high.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:59 AM

my reason for stashing kits:

1.  it started with my love for the chevy impala.  I had to have 1 of every year from 58 to 67.  My favorite is the 64, and now i have like 8 of that year.

2.  being in a club, i find that the club does various group builds of certain cars, like the charger for example.  i don't know which charger i like the most so i get many different years and hope to finish all for the group build, but if i can't, at least get my favorite one done.  The rest sit in the pile waiting to be built.

3.  going to model shows/contests, i usually frequent the vendors.  I find something that catches my eye, and then i find out that he has a bunch of similar kits at a price that i just can't pass up.  then i get home and go through all of them, then put them in the closet hoping to build them one day.

4.  i've had really good luck with people just giving me kits for free.  i come to work, there'd be a stack of unbuilt models there given to me by somebody who still hasn't told me who they were.  Showing up at the LHS and coming across a guy giving away stacks of boxes full of models for free.  i can't help it that i want to be a charity case for models lol..

5.  presents from birthdays and christmas.  can't just give them away!



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

It's a sickness, no really, I love cars and this is a way to have all the cars I've ever liked and can't afford in 1:1. I hope to live long enough to build maybe half of them. (I'd tell you how many I have in my stash but I'd have to kill you). Well maybe it is really a sickness.:D

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:51 PM

George, here is another way to look at why we stash our kits,  with model kits, you never know how many times a kit is going to be issued, some get reissued for 40 plus years, so get one run and they are done, so if  you want a kit, its best to buy it when its first issued, because you may not see it reissued again.  Sure, most of the kits that have OOP for long periods of time can still be found online, but how much as the price gone up on that kit.

 

And if you are a builder of Japanese kits, they almost never reissue kits, so once they done, they are done, and once the supply runs out, good luck, and when you do, they are going to cost you.

 

So buying now ensures us we will have the kits that we want , and not have to take out a second mortgage on the house to buy that kit that we passed up years back

I agree completely with this and have experienced the same problem of trying to find a kit that had once been on every LHS shelf but was now difficult to find. I do admit that I have more kits in the stash then I will ever build but consider that I'm saving them for others to build in the future. LOL