i do have a question , why do people buy that many boxes just to put on shelfs ?
dotn get me wrong i think it looks freaking cool and i would love to go through those collections and see whats in them ..
already see coolness in the pics ..
but in a way i dont really get it ..
i mean you guys are never going to build all the kits in this life time , some people have multiple kist (the same) and i understand some are rare and might become real valuable ..
atm i have 4 kits in stock myself and those are already burning on the shelf ... ooh i want to start them so bad
my way is more like i want to build one kit at a time and i would def. like to make a collection of boxes , just i would want to have boxes in stock i want to build and wil build in a certain time frame ..
so anybody wish to explain the idea / feeling / drive behind the hudge collections ? like is that a hobby on its own , just the collecting of kits ?
and again dont get me wrong i think its awsome to see such extensive kit collections > love it
I see where Richard is coming from at 1 time I would buy a kit , build it and refrain which was hard from buying another kit before I was done with the current project.
Then I got the collecting bug and collected model kits until I had over 5000 of them, and one day when i had no more space to store them, and after two moves got tired of paying to have them carefully moved, came to the realization that in five lifetimes I would never be able to build them all, starting selling them off and using the money for model supplies and paying bills.
Now, I regret a lot of the hard to find kits being sold, but I do get why I sold them. I am currently down to about 100 and still trying to sell of the unbuilt kits because what i find my self doing is when i feel burnout on my current project (The Aztec Warrior, or any of the other 30 started, ill go look in the stash to start another one just to burn out on that one, and let it sit in the box) and then you get the point ill just keep adding to the unbuilt pile that I have some never touched in over 12 years. Which isn't unhealthy I just like to finish a model that I have started, but never seem to be able to, the last one completed over a two year process was my hell train build, it was very complicated and took a lot for me to stay on track to finish it, I am trying that with my most fresh and current build the Aztec Warrior but Im finding myself getting off track already.
Its a viscous cycle, and there is the building part of the hobby and the collecting end of the hobby as well which are both very good and healthy, but for me I am trying to get all the current projects finished then go back to the process of after the current build being done, go out and buy another new kit and start on that.
I say that now but keep going thru the remaining models to see what I want to keep, what I want to build, and not part with, like I said earlier I regret a lot of the hard to find kits I have sold in the last few years but keep telling my self that this is the best way to go.
So for me its a struggle, I loved having a garage full (couldn't fit any cars in it) of kits, was like having my own private hobby shop but for me was very difficult to manage, for others would be heaven.
Its one of those things that it depends on the person, having multiple kits for me for a current build means if i lose a part Ill have another one so i dont have to scratch build it or go out and find that Kit, Like the aztec warrior I bought three kits of the same 1950 ford pickup that way I have extra parts, like the doors i cut them out and if i did not like the result have another cab, and so on and so forth. its just up to that individual having cartons of the same exact kit. Some kits build up effortlessly and that is another reason. so you see if you want the stash of 5000 go for it, if buidling 1 then going out and buying the next one for your current project works, go with that as well.
That is what makes this hobby so unique and so fun, you do with it what you want to...