Are We Model Hoarders?
Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:43 AM
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.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:51 AM
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 .
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):
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?
Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:57 AM
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.
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!
Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:04 AM
This is just an example of my 71-72 Demon Stash ...
I don't think you qualify as a 'hoarder' ~~~ but you clearly have a very serious case of DDA!!
Duster Demon Addiction!
Did Chrysler even build that many 1:1's?
Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:23 AM
I prefer to think of myself as a collector with intent! 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 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.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:03 AM
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.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:12 AM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:17 AM
Like my sig says fellas LETS BUILD UM NOT SHADOW THEM !
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:25 AM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:49 AM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:08 AM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:51 AM
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.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:27 PM
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.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:34 PM
That's funny, my better half always tells me she feels like we live in a hobby shop! What's wrong with that!?!?
Despite my 300+ kits, I would not classify myself as a hoarder but my wife would!
Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:44 PM
Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:55 PM
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!
and Yes..I do build the occasional model!
Edited by Evil Appetite, 29 March 2011 - 01:13 PM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:01 PM
That's not me. Models are for building, not looking at the outside of a box or hidden away and forgotten what's there.
Edited by Monte's Motors, 29 March 2011 - 01:01 PM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:02 PM
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