Hoooooooo boy, dis sounds like one of the gasoline station forums I belong to. The ole Codgers there are "Beefin " about "pickers ". Hey, I started building plastic model kits because I like cars . I built the A M T "Annual kits " vs Revell, and a few others cause the A M T's went together nicely and didn't cause me agony and grief , unlike a few out there at the time which went together and parts ................. uh may or may not have ever gone onto a build .
Yeah, Viet Nam nailed everything for me by 1967. I got out of building kits in 1970 as a career was more interesting . I bought a few kits , usually A M T's during the 70's . I had lost my entire collection of builts in a flood from a Hurricane back in 1972.
Even when I returned to the hobby in 1986, I usually bought the A M T's , usually re- issues of old Trophy kits like the 36 Ford . OCCASIONALY, I'd buy a old built kit , but it had to be a cleanly built kit and it had to have been a subject that wasn't readily available , an example , A M T 1961 Buick Special wagon .
I buy kits of cars that interest me . I don't very often trade off what I have . I buy a kit because I usually have a definitive plan to build it , NOT sell it as some piece of meat . As for values , heck , that's like looking to see the weather out side . one minute sunny an 70 , the next , uh rainy and 50.......................