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#21 lordairgtar

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 07:39 PM

Didn't finish anything this year, but I did acquire some of my "grails". A Renwal 66 Stuts and a Renwal 66 Packard. Also a Johan sealed 66 Marlin and a 62 Chrysler 300.

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 06:55 AM

been a slow year for me, finished only 4, compared to 12 in 05, bought alot less in 06 too, been busy with other things this year.

as of grails, I don't really have that many left, did get a very restorable MPC 72 Challenger, and a mint Monogram Lamborghini LP500S

#23 Rob Hall

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 06:35 AM

Been a slow year for me...started about 20 kits, finished zero, bought 75 or so new kits, maybe 20 old kits to restore.

I spent way too much time on Internet message boards/forums talking about models rather than actually working on them...

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 09:03 AM

My one most wish to find & build holy grail is, the AMT Funny Gremlin F/C........This car has eluded me forever....The one I had as a kid got destroyed along with others like this one during the hard times my mom & I spent moving house to house after my dad died. It seems I know a lot of good folks that collect models, but no one here, where I live has one.

#25 Jason Rothgeb

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 09:18 AM

I thought back on this thread though, and I hope it didn't make me sound like a greedy, material-based person though.


Not at all Billy. I think everyone who knows you has nothing but admiration for your enthusiasm.

It would be one thing if someone who had aquired as many kits as you have had done it solely for the purpose of aquiring them, but when someone who has a collection like yours and fully intends to build each one and build everyone better than the one before, you gotta admire it.

I gotta agree with DP on his post as well. I have really seen your building progress over the last few years and it has been a joy to watch. Especially since you are at the age when a lot of guys, myself included, drift away from the hobby for any number of reasons. So keep building and try to raise the bar in 2007. No small task, given you have had your cars pictured in both magazines at your young age.

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 10:33 AM

[quote="Jason Rothgeb"][quote=Billy Kingsley]


I gotta agree with DP on his post as well. I have really seen your building progress over the last few years and it has been a joy to watch. Especially since you are at the age when a lot of guys, myself included, drift away from the hobby for any number of reasons. So keep building and try to raise the bar in 2007. No small task, given you have had your cars pictured in both magazines at your young age.[/quote]


True enough...definitely an accomplishment.

Looking at myself, I started with glue kits around age 8 and built fairly constantly into my teens and then drifted away....from 18-26 I did almost no modeling.....4 years of college, 5 years of grad school, plus the usual youthful pursuits of women and good times distracted me from modeling in my youth...

I didn't start building again and seriously acquiring models until I was out of grad school and making serious $$$. 10 years later, I have 1000+ models, but I build very little, what with the time demands of work and other interests (golf, snowboarding, etc), and spending WAAAAY too much time online.. :)

I don't know how Billy finds the time to build as many as he does.

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 01:18 PM

Thanks guys, you're really too kind.

I do plan to build them all, eventually...Except for the ones I try something new on and basically ruin them, LOL! (Everybody needs parts kits, right? :) )

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 05:56 AM

Speaking of grails, I just got this in the mail, all the way from Ukraine!! I won this auction only 2 weeks ago. I really thought these would take months to arrive.
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 11:47 PM

I scaled back a bit this year in buying kits. As for grails off the top of my head I would say that the few Nascar decals that a Friend picked up for me at Toledo and the Lamborghini Murcilago are the only grails that I got this year. On the building front I got only 5 or 6 done but I got a lot started and close to being done so this year I can maybe double my build production.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 02:47 PM

The only grail (since a grail by it's definition is the only one) on my radar was a Lug Bug kit, which it turns a great clubmate of mine was willing to part with.


The esteemed Mr. Peterson does make a very good point. There was only one Holy Grail and the majority of of us are not just lusting after that one special kit, but rather multiple kits. My own list includes The Petty Transporter and kit car, An MPC Jim Hurtibese Chevelle, A Johan Hornet Funny car, etc. etc...So how about instead we start calling them "Crown Jewels" highly desired objects but more appropriately reffered to in the plural rather than the singular. Does this work for everyone

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:53 PM

The only grail (since a grail by it's definition is the only one) on my radar was a Lug Bug kit, which it turns a great clubmate of mine was willing to part with.


The esteemed Mr. Peterson does make a very good point. There was only one Holy Grail and the majority of of us are not just lusting after that one special kit, but rather multiple kits. My own list includes The Petty Transporter and kit car, An MPC Jim Hurtibese Chevelle, A Johan Hornet Funny car, etc. etc...So how about instead we start calling them "Crown Jewels" highly desired objects but more appropriately reffered to in the plural rather than the singular. Does this work for everyone


Works for me! I always thought of a grail as that one special kit (For me, a pristine Uncertain T, at an affordable price :shock:)

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 11:44 AM

I guess my Grails would be tha Indy Novi's and perhaps some of tha old "S" series 1/32 Revell kits, but I'd have to sell my daughter to be able to afford one these days....56 Merc 4 dr hdtp or tha 56 Lincoln Mk II.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:28 PM

IMO, (which we can debate until the end of time, so your opinion will probably be different) a modeling Holy Grail is that ONE kit or model that you want the most, but can not seem to find.
The first grail I ever had was the 1958 23 window Revell Samba Bus. The box art was beautifull and the kit was the only accurate VW bus out there at the time. I looked for this kit in the back of scale auto, at garage sales, in toy magazines and other places (i did not know toledo existed back then, nor could I afford to get there) in the 80's and 90's. Funny thing was, I finally found one at a good price, the same year I started on ebay, but I did not buy it on ebay. Once ebay started, it seemed like every "grail" I searched for was only a click away. Well, I have been on ebay since the start and I get to toledo every couple of years, but there is this one kit that I know is out there, but is just impossible to find. maybe one day.....

BTW, what is your true ONE and ONLY, Holy Grail?


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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:38 PM

Mine would be a '55 Pontiac hardtop or Safari wagon

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:46 PM

Hmmm..........lessee, a 1/24 1961 Volvo P1800 Coupe made by Palmer. I have pics of the kit.........and for a Palmer it's not bad at all.

But dang if I can find one anywhere......let alone eBay! :D


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Posted 02 March 2007 - 01:40 PM

It seems that there is really only one left for me...

the 1/16 MPC NASCAR Dodge Charger.....either Petty or Baker versions.

I can't really think of any other holes in my stash closet!

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 04:28 PM

I think I have two:
The Monogram "Rattler" showrod

A 1/24 Opel Manta resin kit/conversion I've heard was made in Europe several years ago.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 06:43 PM

i think the company that did the opel also did the late model VW bay window bus. I remember checking their kits out but with the exchange rate and shipping it came out to about $85 US. I thought that was a bit high for their quality.
Love your meter cheater!, I wish they would reissue that & the moon mixer.

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PS Is the pierpont inn still on the coast in ventura? My wife and I spent our honeymoon there 25 yrs ago. We had the cheapo wedding! Back in the 70's the pierpont inn was the place that many a playa from los angeles took their mistress'! We also lived in carpinteria for 2 yrs...boy do I miss spot burger.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:39 PM

I've actually had two graile kits, and been most fortunate to get them both.

The first was the Revell Germany BMW M3 that's about 10 years old.

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The second was the very first kit I ever built with my uncle when I was 6. The Monogram Strohmobile.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 01:40 AM

I only realy have two.The first is the Road and Track larger scale Shelby Gt Mustang.Though it is available, it is rather high priced for me!! The second is the large scale 78/79 Turbo Trans Am wich again goes way too much for my blood.