Had similar good time in my '62 Corvair coupe during lunch time. I think we got eight (8) or nine (9) in it one day, but hard to operate stick shift with someone (female) sitting on my lap. This took place in mid-70s before seatbelt laws, and before the stupid schools administrators decided to make our school a "closed campus".
Seems like the recurrent theme is everyone looking for a kit from their childhood that inspires fond memories. I'm no different, but my search had a really great ending.
What if someone walked up to you one day, and handed you a bunch of boxes that contained *all* of your Holy Grail kits???? Here's my story...
I have a much older brother who came of age during what many refer to as the "Golden Age" of model cars, late 50's - mid 60s. He was a wiz at building them, with slick paint jobs and often great detail. Then, like many others of that era, he graduated to 1:1 cars, got married, started a family and career, etc etc, and the models got boxed-up and stashed away for decades.
As a kid, I would sometimes watch him build, and was astonished by his skill. As the collection grew, I committed each car and its details to memory, vowing to obtain and build some of them for myself "someday".
Well, in my day (1970s), I was a pretty decent builder, but no Tim Boyd. Figured I could handle those golden oldies, though, so I started trying to track down some of those kits like my brother built. Didn't have much luck. Would nail one once-in-a-while. Fast forward to the late 90s and the internet, started getting more scores, but still missing so many. Prices also were skyrocketing for old kits. I was also dealing with family and career obligations; you know how it goes.
Spring of 2010, my brother, now almost 70 years old, knowing that I'm still a model car nut, hands over the aforementioned boxes, saying he figured it was time to give me the collection for "safekeeping". I just about passed out on the spot. Not only the built-ups, but some unbuilt treasures as well. And, let me also mention the "parts box" - some of you guys would go nuts over its contents.
Attached is a photo of a small sampling of some of his cars on display in my "man cave". Hope you enjoy.....
A few years ago my local model car club was having an internal contest for Model T Fords, based on the reissued AMT'25 T kit. I originally planned to build a nice T-Bucket, but my kit contained a badly deformed roadster body. Decided to build a junker out of it. Engine came from the AMT '51 Chevy, just to be a bit different.
"He who seeks to make a small fortune selling model kits should first start with a large fortune." :-)
Yup, I've often wondered how many of these "speculators" or "hoarders" lost lots of $$$ when Round 2 decided to repop certain kits, and it no longer became necessary to spend $100+ on a rare original.
Still, if opportunity presents itself, I'd rather have an original made from good ol' USA styrene than one of the repops with Chinese plastic. I *do* want to build the kits that I buy, and I find it a lot easier to work with an original kit with little flash and original styrene, so I'm often willing to pay a little bit more if that's what it takes. Also, I've gone the "rebuilder" route before, buying up glue-bombs to restore, and I found that I don't enjoy the "restoration" process half as much as just plain building a nice kit that hasn't been tampered with.