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#61 pandamonium2112

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

The most i've spent on 1 kit was a Testors 1/12 Lamborghini Countach LP 500S. 1987 it was listed for $150.00, they sold it to me for $120.00 and i had no intention of not building it, i could barely hold composer for the drive home.

 

Oh the smell, never forget it. Because of the rubber they made the tires out of, the kit smelled like a Tire Store. It was incredible..

I still have it and probably never part with it (and it still smells the same)

 

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:05 AM

I have a few kit I know I will probably never build, due to subject matter, but I do enjoy owning them and will keep them in my stash. I am selling off the stuff that is common or that I have no interest in building them. And using the money to buy stuff I do want!



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:38 AM

I intend to build every old/rare kit I have in my stash. Whether or not it actually happens is another thing. Sometimes when I score an old or rare kit, I drop everything and start working on it right away. Other times, it gets placed in the "to do someday" pile. I have one kit that I can't bring myself to build and it's this one...

 

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It was still sealed when I got it and I left it that way for over a year. Temptation set in and I couldn't resist any longer and I broke the seal and I was really glad I did! This old kit has all kinds of cool extras with it and that's the main reason I won't build it. Plus, there are so many thousands of other AMT '57 Chevies that have almost the same parts or at least the parts I would be using. I know it isn't worth a great deal to most, but it's still cool to open it up and check out how the old kits were done back in the day and to smell that old styrene. To me, that alone is worth a lot. It's also made me understand to a degree the mindset of people who only collect them. Someday, I want to get one of the more common AMT '57s and build it just like this box art portrays.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

I have very few old or rare kits. Maybe two. Both Johans.

 

But I would not own something for very long if I don't plan on building it. I will build both Johans.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:33 AM

I collect only kits that I have all the intention in the world to build.  Whether or not I actually will is another thing.  I do kick myself for once having a never-reissued JoHan '67 Fury and butchering that kit to make it "better"... if I ever find another, it will be built box-stock (maybe... :)).



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

I got many rare and collectable kits, it was never about the status. It was about someday build it because I liked it for some reason.

 

I always wait for a screaming deal on it though. I am not going to pay stupid  money for a kit. I just wait and eventually something comes around other than a Pocher Mercedes for a fair price.

 

I refuse to pay $60 for Monogram Jaguar... as much as I would like one


Edited by CAL, 03 January 2013 - 08:56 AM.


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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:13 AM

I keep to build...over the last 15 years I've bought a few hundred '58-80 vintage kits, most are restorable builtups, though about 100 are mint in the box unbuilt that I paid anywhere from $50-200 for.   I do have a soft spot for AMT, MPC, and Johan '60s-70s annuals, esp. the full sizers.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:35 AM

100%  Builder here.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

I bought a few primo oldies a while back, mostly things I'd built as a kid and just to revisit the feeling of opening whatever it was for the first time. Kinda silly, I suppose, but there are a couple I'll probably never build and just take them out from time to time, look at the parts, smell the old smells, read the instructions and put them away 'til next time I need a little shot of time travel.

 

I've been buying badly-mangled, awful gluebombs to get some of the interesting subject matter from the dim recesses of time, and I can usually get enough parts together to build one nice car, or often several, for a fraction of what I'd pay for a virgin kit. Works for me, and they're all fair-game builders, no matter how rare.

 

I just kinda hope the really rare kits, if they get built, get built by competent builders, done well. Kind of a shame to see the old stuff just trashed.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

Over the years I picked up a couple unbuilt  of these. I have also since picked up another 2 or 3 builders as a 'just in case' (not a big fan of the Revell kit)

 

This one was still sealed inslde when I built it. And yes they are the original MPC decals that actually were usable. I also  have a 2nd one that will stay sealed inside because this is just one of those kits I had as a kid when it first came out ( yea I'm old)

 

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

I just spent $56 on a kit. It was Christmas money, otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford that. I've already started on it. I took pictures of unboxing it for posterity, though.
I'll also second opening sealed vintage kits. I recently got my father's stash of early 80's kits. Mostly AMT. These have been stored in the garage for, like 30 years...
Half of them, had tires melted to the parts or windows. While it is certainly fixable, to a degree, I'm sure it affects any resale "value". I intended to build a few for my dad, as he is too old, and is busy with his honey do list since retiring.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

The most i've spent on 1 kit was a Testors 1/12 Lamborghini Countach LP 500S. 1987 it was listed for $150.00, they sold it to me for $120.00 and i had no intention of not building it, i could barely hold composer for the drive home.

 

Oh the smell, never forget it. Because of the rubber they made the tires out of, the kit smelled like a Tire Store. It was incredible..

I still have it and probably never part with it (and it still smells the same)

 

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Wow, that's almost exactly like my Doyusha 1/12 LP500s- it sat in the LHS for months while I drooled over it, then they finally put it on sale for $58 and I bought it. That was in 1986, so about the same time. The gold wheels were what did it for me. :D  

 

I have a Gunze Sangyo "High-Tech" Ferrari 250GTO full-detail kit on eBay right now- I can't afford to build that.



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

I have several kits I will most likely never build. My unbuilt ones are all A.C. Cobra's or Daytona's. Some are old and some pretty new. I won't build them not because they are rare or expensive I just like having them with the orginal box art and unbuilt.  Sometimes when they are reissued ( there are 2 now ) I will buy 2 so I can build one and keep one sealed in the box. I guess I will die with them and my daughter will inherit them. I guess her future husband will either build them or sell them on ebay. I may have to rethink this not building thing. : )



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:43 PM

I think I have only two vintage sealed kits, an MPC Ford mark IV with clear Transport Trailer and an MPC Gangbusters Chrysler. The Mark IV is pretty cool with it's trailer and you can find the trailer as it's own kit cheap and the Mark IV is out there. The Chrysler has had reissues of it as well.  Don't think I will ever open those. I have a bunch of Renwal 66 Revival kits and built ups plus an IMC Ford J car that are opened, and I intend to build them...eventually.



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:07 AM

just got the JoHan '60 Desoto Adventure for Christmas. the kit is complete but open already so problem solved. it will be built... carefully of course but built.that's what the were made for. it's amazing to me what some people want for these old kits..

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:21 AM

Build 'em, I really urked a couple of my fellow modelers quite a few years ago. I forget what kit it even was now but it was a higher dollar kit worth $75.00 and one of my friends offered to buy it. I had ideas of customizing it so I did, I've never seen such a look on someones face after I drew a saw accross it and began cutting it up but me I didn't care. I had the itch to hack it up and I did. Models in my eyes are meant to be built... I want to say it was an older Cadillac that I cut up but I forget which one it was....

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:20 AM

I intend to build every old/rare kit I have in my stash. Whether or not it actually happens is another thing.

 

That's just about exactly what I planned to say! I better start building pretty fast if I'm actually going to get it done but I can't figure out what I'd be saving them for if I just saved them.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

Build 'em, I really urked a couple of my fellow modelers quite a few years ago. I forget what kit it even was now but it was a higher dollar kit worth $75.00 and one of my friends offered to buy it. I had ideas of customizing it so I did, I've never seen such a look on someones face after I drew a saw accross it and began cutting it up but me I didn't care. I had the itch to hack it up and I did. Models in my eyes are meant to be built... I want to say it was an older Cadillac that I cut up but I forget which one it was....

I got an old star trek Voyager kit and had someone offer me $350 for that.



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

I'm a builder.  Of course I'll have to live for at least another lifetime to build them ALL. 



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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

Build 'em, it's not like there's a real shortage of old kits, they're all collecting dust in people's basements. With the overall "graying" if the hobby all you old farts are eventually going to shuffle off this mortal coil in the next decade or two there will be a glut of these so called rare/hard-to-find kits.

Looking at the fact eBay has 72,000+ models for sale all day, everday since I joined in 1998 makes me believe 95% of every kit ever made is sitting in someone's closet somewhere...

Edited by niteowl7710, 04 January 2013 - 09:29 PM.