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.
Yes, it did. I have both kits, and I think Budd "the Kat" Anderson at MPC probably took that turntable design with him when he left AMT for MPC. The AMT "Car Craft Dream Rod" kit dates back to 1964, IIRC.