Has anyone ever compiled a relatively complete searchable spreadsheet, book, document, database, etc..., on model kits based on genre, kit manufacturer, car make/model/year, etc..., in the hopes of research? I know there are several models of musclecars that may not have seen the styrene treatment or may have only ever been released once in all the years of the hobby, and it would really help those of us who are looking for MIA years, specific releases, etc.
I know there are several old timers here that could rifle off every Johan model ever made. or how many different versions of '69 Dodge Charger out there in the wild NON Dukes (LOL because it's such a touchy subject around here!), but for those of us that are either relatively new to the hobby or don't have the cataloging skills, it would really help the community out tremendously. Even if only to help locate that one elusive model year car you've always wanted to build but never knew it was produced.
Ok. The MPC rereleases of all the Dukes vehicles have been out there for some time now, and you can't walk into a Hobby Lobby, Hobbytown, or Wal-Mart without seeing a few of these kits. At least, that's the way it WAS. Now for some reason the Road Runner has all but disappeared from shelves, and the MPC repop tin out there is up to $60+ in price! I understand Daisy's car is now discontinued, but that is a major skyrocket in price, like a $45 jump from the average $15. Is there something I'm missing? Or is it because JUST NOW I decide to try and pick one up, only to realize there's few left out there?
Roscoe's Monaco, on the other hand, is slowly starting to dry up at the hobby stores, but is still readily available online. I just found both at Ballzanos.com and took care of my problem that way, but it's astonishing how fast a kit can get marked up like that.
1: Self-printed decals - all "JP" decals came from pictures on the web.
2: Spot lamps - dug out of parts bin.
3: CB radio/Firestik II - parts bin.
4: Seat belts - cloth ribbon and PE.
5: Medikit - balsa wood glued together with sheet styrene, then painted blue with medical logo decal.
6: Jerry can - from another Jeep model kit.
A nice kit overall, but it really shines when the builder takes the time to add detailed items to it. I even thought about making my own "Hi-Lift" offroad jack and plate attachment to it, but decided to keep it like this.