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#1 Mrdarkmonkey96

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:19 AM

Hi guys, I'm looking to get into larger models, and can't afford the 600 dollar kits... Any ideas where to start? Kind of a spoon feeding type question... But I now literally nothing about larger models..

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:44 AM

Hi Anthony, keep an eye out for kits that have been started on ebay or try something a bit smaller like 1/16 instead of 1/8, you'll find 1/16 kits are cheaper. Alternatively have a look at some of the scratch built stuff on here. Above all, enjoy yourself, try and make the most of the kits you can afford.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:28 AM

When I started building big scale kits, the very first one was the Monogram 1969 Camaro, in 1/12 scale.

Also in 1/12 scale, and still findable on eBay at many price ranges is my favorite large scale kit, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sports Coupe.

This kit was released by Monogram in the 1980s, and re-released a few years ago by Revell. There is even a comemorative version to celebrate the '57 Chevrolet's 50th anniversary.

They are very simple to build, have no issues, and don't have a ton of parts like the newer 1/12 scale kits, so, they are a gret starting point.

On the 1/16 scale kits, AMT has a great kit of the 1956 Ford Thunderbird, also findable on eBay.

AMT also have a 1/16 scale 1964 Mustang, but the kit is not that good.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:40 AM

A very simple way to start you out. Get a hobby lobby coupon and buy the 1/12 mustang, or the chargers. The mustang is around 45 after taxes depending on sales tax. The chargers are a bit cheaper.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

I've started to pick up 1/16 kits, more so for the availability of a variety, the bigger you get, the more your choices slim down.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:33 AM

Thanks guys! I really want to get one of those 1:12 69 camaros.. Any idea where?

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:36 PM

The $600 kits are over rated, if you're talking about Pochers. Many of them look like enlarged 1/18 Bburago diecast cars. Detail is soft or overdetailed in areas where it makes no sense (rotating crankshaft).

Check online auction sites. I see builtup big deuces all the time. I just got a second chance offer on a glue bomb Lotus 72D F1 car for $135. You'll also see lots of Corvettes, E-type Jaguars, and 1980s Camaros.


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:45 PM

The $600 kits are over rated, if you're talking about Pochers. Many of them look like enlarged 1/18 Bburago diecast cars. Detail is soft or overdetailed in areas where it makes no sense (rotating crankshaft).

 

Only the "modern" Pochers (Porsche and Ferraris) would fit that description. Any of the Pocher "classics" are a completely different thing.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:45 PM

Model car swap meets are a good place to pick up older and semi built larger kits along with boxes/baggies of parts.  Also yard sales and flee markets can be a good place.  At yard sales if you do see what your looking for ask if they have any models....lots of times they can bring out a box or 2 cheep also!