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#1 ianguilly


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:20 AM

Ever get that one kit (or several) where you can't bring yourself to open or even build? I recently got 3 " holy grail" kits and I know I can't bring myself to build them. I kinda wanted them since I've been chasing them for years. They will go in my collection just so I can say I have them. Anyone else run into this?

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 06:51 AM

Not here. I only buy a kit to build it. I'm not a collector.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:06 AM

I don't have any that I won't build, but I do have several that I won't build until my skill improve. 

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:29 AM

I bought some just to buy them and I doubt I will ever build them just considering the back log of kits I want to get to.


But, if I get to them, they are fair game!

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:47 AM

I have several Cobra kits that I have no intention on building.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:54 AM

I buy kit for build them, unfortunately it take time... The only kit that I own and will not build is this, a 1948 Jeepster.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:20 AM

I have a few I doubt I'll build .


But this is the only one I have zero chances to build. Although I bought it as a sealed kit with all intentions to build,. But not to long after I bought it I found another one but started,, so I built it instead .


It was factory sealed when I got it,,,, and is still sealed inside dead mint kit . It's one of the kits I had as a kid many many years ago . And always wanted another one to see if I could do better justice as an adult. Was browsing around ebay a few years back and stumbled on it,,and had to have it. I think i paid something like $100 for it . But paid something like $35 for the started one.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:21 AM

The one I finished .

And yes it came out much better than I remember the original one did many years ago. Those are all original kit decals . Built 100% straight out of the box.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:39 AM

I love vintage kits and consider myself something of a collector, but do have intentions of building all of them. I'll just have to stay in perfect health until I'm 150+ years old!


The kits I do have that I've no intentions of building are the ones that are so horrible they're not worth the effort. At the top of that list – the infamous AMT '58 Plymouth Belvedere!

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

I've bought a few kits to see what others are talking about, some I just got for reference for similar other kits, and some that, when opened and analyzed, I knew were too bad to build. These will never be done.


Some kits I got, just to follow other builds and threads:


62 Corvette

Lincoln Futura

Morgan 3-wheeler

1/16 Model T

1/24 Jaguar XK 120


Kits too bad to build:


Revell/Monogram 1/12 Mercedes Gullwing (originally Renwal)

Revell/Monogram 1/12 Ferrari 275 GTB (Also originally Renwal; Gold Star for worst garbage ever released by a leading worldwide brand)

Lindberg Auburn Boattail Speedster

Minicraft Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud


 Smaller kits (1/24-25) mainly for comparison and reference for larger scale kits:


Monogram Cord 812 Phaeton

AMT Mercedes Gullwing (one of the best at any scale)

1/32 Pyro & AMT Bugatti T59

Edited by sjordan2, 10 July 2014 - 09:10 AM.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:03 AM

Chrysler workers years ago had a bumper sticker that said. "I buy what I build" with a little xacto art work I changed mine to "I build what I buy"

and stuck it on one of my boxes I used for transporting good to toy shows.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:19 AM

I never set out to be a collector and don't consider myself one. Yet there are several I won't build. I'm not driven by raw consumerism. I maybe have a greater sense of future and maybe feel like I'm keeper of the kit until someone else wants to enjoy what I've been able to enjoy. On some things, just appreciating the plastic is enjoyment enough. But I always buy with the intension of building, it just occasionally evolves into something else.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:39 AM

I build them all.  It's a kit and know me, I'll never sell them. And besides, kit boxes take up a lot more room than a finished model. IMO

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:47 AM

Buy to build not collect same as my Hot Wheels 140 Mustangs all opened and displayed

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:53 AM

I agree with Harry,  buy and build..

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:23 AM

I build/restore everything I get....even if it takes me awhile to get to it.  I do have a few I will purposely wait till I feel my best to work on though.  If I have one I doubt Ill ever build its ether traded off or donated to the group.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:08 AM

not only do I build them, I steal parts from them whenever necessary.


ps: how do you know that sealed kit contains anything other than scrap plastic sprues? don't laugh, its happened before.




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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:19 AM

Not here. I only buy a kit to build it. I'm not a collector.


I don't have any that I won't build, but I do have several that I won't build until my skill improve.

And this

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:48 AM

I buy what I plan to build, but my Father-in-law, about 30 years ago, bought me a Pocher 1/8 Rolls Royce kit with about 4,000 parts.  It is still collecting dust in the basement stash area.  There are kits I got that I no longer have a desire to build.  I get rid of those at times.  A lot are door prize wins that I ponder over before deciding.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

I think it's been fairly well covered.


I buy stuff I like. I sometimes buy kits just to see what's in the box.  It's a collection. I don't care if I ever get to building a specific kit, but when inspiration hits me, it's nice to have the required kits in stock. I do enjoy my unbuilt kit and rebuildable model collection and I do spend a lot of my modeling time just pouring through it, groking kits and dreaming of the possibilities. So the hoard does serve a purpose.  


The collection doesn't haunt me that I need to build them like some guys!  I laugh at the posts by a guy who has 11 unbuilt kits and feels pressure that he needs to get them done.   I don't care. Nor do I consider them puzzles I need to build box stock. I have no idea what will happen with my kits, whether I'll build to replicate a neat photo or they'll wind up a donor for a project. It doesn't matter. Nor do I care that my finished to unbuilt ratio is constantly climbing. I'll build maybe 6 models a year in a good year, but I'll buy another 50. Who cares, it's a cheap pleasure.


I have no guilt. I've never sacrificed anything my family needed to buy models. Everything I own was bought from expendable funds.  Nor do I need the money they represent now.  If I sold them, the cash would disappear into my household and in the end I'd have nothing to speak of.


The end? I know and understand that I will never build the majority of my stash.  I haven't done any grand purges because a lot of what I have wouldn't fetch any serious money. For the chump change they'd sell for, they're better off in my basement. So that's where they will stay.  I'd rather save a kit to sacrifice for a project than sell it for $5 or $10.  


I do know that there is an end sometime in the future. Whether I decide it's time to sell, whether I sell them one at a time on eBay, to my club mates or at a swap meet, or sell the whole mess to a dealer. Or if I croak, my wife will sell them or get that 40 yard dumpster! In the meantime, it's my fun and my sanity.

Edited by Tom Geiger, 10 July 2014 - 01:54 PM.