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#21 2000-cvpi

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:43 AM

I am younger (30) than the average modeler on here, but I did not have the period of time (the distracting girl years) away from the hobby. I still got married, had two great kids and built models at the same time. So I have acquired about 250 unbuilt kits, 150 ish built models to rebuild and a ton of parts. So far my collection has stayed out of the rest of the house, my model room is not full yet. So I think I am not a hoarder, maybe a combo of collector and builder.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:47 AM

I think I am not a hoarder, maybe a combo of collector and builder.




In all seriousness, I think this describes the vast majority of us.

I'm sure very few of us may be 'hoarders' in the strictest sense ~~ which involves so much accumulation that all rooms and halls of one's abode are crammed with models and moving around or from room to room is seriously impeded.




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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:51 AM

These photos may or may not answer your question. They represent, (including the stacks behind the main one), roughly over a third but less than half of my collection, (probably closer to a third):

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Now for a more important question; does it really matter? Other than the kits around my work desk, (& some I have in storage in NC), all of my unbuilt models are contained relatively neatly in one room, a room soon to become my full time hobby room, so they aren't taking over the house by any means. It's my disposable income to do with as I please, & my hobby to enjoy the way that I do. As long as my home is neat & clean, my bills are paid & there is food in the house, then nothing else matters.

Having such a large collection ensures that I always have something of interest to build, & that often I have parts I'm not using & don't need that I'll gladly & freely give to someone looking for them, despite my undeserved "reputation" as, well, several people here have had several different & colorful descriptions of me shall we say, & leave it at that? :lol: :lol:

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Hey Mark what do you want for the Snap Cuda? I have alot of GM stuff i'll never build. Send me a PM with your wants, Only if you want to trade it off . :lol:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:57 AM

This is just an example of my 71-72 Demon Stash, Most are resin, The blue one is an original I'm need to finish up.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image And my Duster Promo Collection.Posted Image

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:19 AM

After seeing some episodes of the show,there is no way I can put myself in that classification.I do sometimes wonder am I beginning to be a collector and not a builder.I have well over 400 models on 4 tier plastic shelving and it seems everytime I go to my LHS or Hobby Lobby I always have to pick up a kit or two even though I know I don't really need them at the moment.Maybe we have some sort of model dis-order and were in denial that we have a problem,I think it could be a sort of obsessive dis-order.Kinda like the same people that take 4 or 5 showers a day,or those that are always dusting and cleaning the house and picking up after you.I think we need to go on Dr.Phil and find out what goes on in our obsessive modeling minds.:lol:



You could be right George! I go to the model aisle in Hobby Lobby or Michaels and I have to fight with myself to resist the urge to buy. I will get dry mouthed and break out in a cold sweat just fighting the impulse to buy!!!!
Then my wife comes down the aisle and reminds me I'm broke!:lol:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:04 AM

This is just an example of my 71-72 Demon Stash ...



Steve,

I don't think you qualify as a 'hoarder' ~~~ but you clearly have a very serious case of DDA!!

Duster Demon Addiction! :P


Did Chrysler even build that many 1:1's?
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:23 AM

Well in all fairness those Hoarding shows (there are two of them), aren't going to send a camera crew over to a house that has a whole load of something, but neatly organized. Not every hoarder has the inability to walk through the house for the fear of being crushed by trash and debris with 6 feet of animal feces on the floor situation. The people they show on there have more than one mental illness, or have suffered traumatic life experiences they never fully dealt with professionally. Lot of those poor souls have OCD, Schizophrenia, Agoraphobia, and other conditions that exaggerate their hoarding issues.

I prefer to think of myself as a collector with intent! B) As I intend to build those model kits that I have purchased and/or traded for over the years. My wife says I just buy things to look at them, and I never build anything, but at the same time I try not to build stuff when she's conscious and at home because I would rather spend time with her than alone in the basement (insert your new marriage jokes here). I have almost doubled my stash since I actively started building again, and joined this motley band of misfits. I alone bought more models than Donald has in his stash over a two week period in March at a pair of shows. Because I wanted them, and because I can. I have a baby coming in July, and I know that's going to eat up my available income, so spend it now while I still can :lol: I don't believe I have hoarding simply because I can go into a LHS and leave without buying more than just the paint I went in there for in the first place. You can put me in a hobby show stocked with vendors, and unless there is something there that just really rings my bell in a "NEED THAT NEED THAT NEED THAT" sorta way I can leave having only spent $3 for admission. There's only one RoG kit at my LHS that has been clanging said bell that last few visits and I will probably heed it's tolling next time I go since my vendor guy I deal with says he can't order anymore, and I hate overpaying on eBay. Then I am done...until Revell kicks out the modern day pony cars they promised(the new Mustangs and Camaro kits), and the Hudson, C-300 and Lonestar from Moebius hit the shelves. I think that rationalization and ability to not buy is the thin tenuous line between collecting things you like and hoarding.

Will I build them all before I go? I dunno I'm gonna be 33 in July, but really who can ever tell if their life is at the end of their run? All the people in my family have lived to ripe old ages, but several of them probably don't remember the last 10 years (gotta say I hope we figure out the dementia thing by the time I'm old enough to not remember I have it), and of course that doesn't factor in the ones who died in accidents, and the one who committed suicide by walking in front of a train. You could drop dead of a heart attack at 18, or live to be 110, you just never know. Being the only species that is self-aware of it's end is a problem too, but that's another thread.

Edited by niteowl7710, 29 March 2011 - 09:25 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:03 AM

I have two large double closets full of kits, an attic full and an 8x10 shed full to the rafters. In all far more then I can build in the lifetime left to me. While I've slowed down my buying in the last couple of years I haven't and won't completely quit buying more.

Does that make me a hoarder or collector or is the difference between these two words just a matter of semantics. While the former has been given the status of someone with some kind of problem the term collector still suggests someone with a sincere interest in what we are collecting. One could even suggest that as soon as a kit is built it is no longer a collectible and when you see how hoarders seem to treat what they have gathered that doesn't seem like any modeller I know.

I've come to a revelation, I'm neither! I'm just a model builder who still has a lot of kits to build, perhaps more then I have time to build but that's just a miscalculation on my part.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:12 AM

I have somewhere between 10 and 20, some complete and some already looted for parts!

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:17 AM

Well my response to this based on my own stash is I AM NOT ! I am however a builder so if its in my stash i will either builder it or part it out ! Some are just out to grab what ever they can afford with no means of building so them i would call the HOARDERS !

Like my sig says fellas LETS BUILD UM NOT SHADOW THEM !

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:25 AM

Not so sure I'd call myself a hoarder, but I have over 100 started, and another 50+ unstarted.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:49 AM

As for me "Hoarding ", I dunno............Hey ,I got a lot of kits , many waiting a chance to get built . However , I build kits to act as "Supporting cast " members in my service stations . Each station generally holds about 9-10 cars/ trucks . Im branching out to include a couple of resturants too. They will include a dozen cars , bikes and trucks . Ed Shaver

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:08 AM

around 90% of what I buy is for a specific 1:1 that I want to capture the look of (more so than replicate). The other 10% are usually to good of a deal to pass up though in saying that it still has to be something that interests me.Now I have around 250 kits, built 25 last year , working on the 6th so far this year so would theoretically have about 10 years of building left if I didnt replace each built with at least one sometimes 2 more kits. I'm only 42 (though I feel much older) so I dont really think I'm hoarding or collecting. I can walk into the hobby shop and not buy anything, but that maybe more because of limited stock and unlimited prices :lol: .

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:51 AM

Despite my 300+ kits, I would not classify myself as a hoarder but my wife would!

My kits are stored neatly and the finished ones are in a display case. I think that as long as I intend to build them, then I am not hoarding them. I have been known to buy a kit just for some parts with no intention to build the kit. It is those kits that I am willing to part out if someone needs something from them.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:27 PM

my wife once said i was a hoarder in denial. then i said to her "well hun, so are you with your collection of purses" B) since that day, it's been like, "if you want it and have the money to buy it, then do it if it makes you happy" wow :blink: i thought it was a lie, now at around 30+ kits in my stash and counting. she still hasn't told me to stop.

i see it more like this. we are collectors with intentions to build, sell, trade or even give out as a gift. some kits i have had for about 10 years now, not long for most. there are kits in my stash that would never trade, but if the day came that i had to sell them, i would.
ill be leaving a price for every kit for my wife to sell if paydirt comes some day. even if im only turning 30 in may, you never know right??

i have the intention of building all of my kits. no matter the rarity of them, they will get built by either me or either/both of my kids if they wish to do so. :D

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:34 PM

Despite my 300+ kits, I would not classify myself as a hoarder but my wife would!

That's funny, my better half always tells me she feels like we live in a hobby shop! What's wrong with that!?!? B) :D

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:44 PM

After some thought about this topic, I have concluded that I buy kits when I can because in twenty or thirty years there may not be any new models coming out. In thirty years I will only be sixty. So hopefully I will still be around and able to build. I do think that at some point I will reach the maximum number of boxed kits that my wife will tolerate in the house. When that happens I will move them to the garage.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:55 PM

I only got back into the hobby 4-5 years ago, and have close to 3000 kits in my collection. I couldnt stop buying them for a good 3 years. Seeing I was out for so long, i bought every one that interested me,( which was...every damned kit on the shelf) from Hobby Depot and eBay, as well as a few sellers I came across while searching the net for MPC's 1/20 scale Saber Vette. If the kit I chose to buy that day was a 2 or 3 in 1..you can bet I bought 1 or 2 more just in case I wanted to build the options. I was pretty sure I was done buying kits , then R2 announced they'd be releasing alot of old AMT/MPC kits, now, I'm spending cash on those! Bought 6 copies of the 66 PS Nova the day it came out! And I'm not done with them! I contacted them and asked if they plan on releasing any of the old MPC Pro Stock kits and yes, those are probably coming out next year. My best friend gives me ###### all the time, last week he saw me come home with 12 of Lindbergs Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee kit. Hell, i couldnt pass it up, $10 per kit. Could you!? B) Also, I decided to box up a few hundred kits, and sell'em, we all know I'm not gonna build'em in this lifetime....but I cant bring myself to place the ad!

Well, it could be alot worse, this could be the 80's/90's, and I could be spending my money at the local Metal bar every night! \m/
Now, I'm gonna check out what Dennis has over at Model Express!

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and Yes..I do build the occasional model!

Edited by Evil Appetite, 29 March 2011 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:01 PM

Model hoader would be someone with over 300 unbuilt kits AND :blink: have 20 kits that 3 are the same and unbuilt. B)

That's not me. Models are for building, not looking at the outside of a box or hidden away and forgotten what's there. :D

Edited by Monte's Motors, 29 March 2011 - 01:01 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:02 PM

I would call myself space challenged. I dont have a good dedicated place in the house where I could work on a build without having to put everything back up at the end of the day to keep clutter down and also keep anything from getting damaged from our 3 dogs and 2 cats in the house. This has really hindered the two builds Im currently working on, however that is finally changing.

I almost have my 10'x20' building all set-up where I can do my models and not worry about spilling paint or putting everything back up and Im the only one in there so it will stay as I left it without the critters running around possibly breaking things. I have to install a window for my A/C and put my work bench together when it gets here and I will be ready to rock on some models. Of course now that I will have all this dedicated space will I keep my stash to only 25 kits or run out and buy 2,500 more kits? Hmmm.. even if I did I still dont think I would be a hoarder! HAPPY MODELING B)