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      Board Status   07/20/2018

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    Patrick Malies
  1. AMT 32 Ford Tudor

    Cool, I'd love to see the difference. Thanks.
  2. 1991 Chev C1500

    Looks great Dan. Glad to know my old project found a new life, and finally got finished!
  3. AMT 65/66 Mustang Fastback body

    I'm pretty sure I have the body to a 90s NASCAR Tbird. Would that work? Or are you looking for the complete kit?
  4. AMT 32 Ford Tudor

    Anybody know what the difference is between the AMT sedan and the MPC version. I have a couple of these bodies and I just assumed they were from MPC "Switchers". I didn't even know AMT had made a sedan. Now I'm wondering which ones mine are. Only difference I can see is, one has a small notch taken out of the center of the rear wheelwells, the other one has a larger radius taken out of the same place. I just thought they were the sedan delivery without the rear door and the window fillers. What's up?
  5. WW II Jeep by MPC

    Not as tacky as the "show car shine" the rest of the picture has. Must be ready for a parade, not a battle. David yours looks great, I say it's dirty because it just came back from the front line. I don't think they had car washes out on the field! 🙄
  6. 65 Ford Custom 4 dr Sedan

    You might want to clean out the door gaps with the back of an Xacto blade before you paint it. They look kinda lumpy. Good looking car, though. How about a light gold or tan for the paint?
  7. pricing at swap meet/show

    Yes, there are the fanatics. But regular sellers just want to move product, they tend to price according to how much it interests themselves. If they like it a lot - "Cha-ching". If they are indifferent - "bargain deal". There are deals at the car shows, sometimes you just have to keep looking. I found a seller that had a bunch of 70s promos for $10 apiece. I picked up two '78 Volare promos from him. 1 blue and 1 orange, mint in the boxes. I would have bought more but that was all I had with me at the time.
  8. pricing at swap meet/show

    Always remember: Nobody comes to pay full retail price for anything! If they wanted to do that, they could stay home and buy it on Amazon. The fun of the kit show is the excitement of the treasure hunt and the camaraderie of fellow hobbyists. Go for the experience and the hope of finding something you've been looking for or have never seen before. If you go just to have fun, then you won't be disappointed. If you go expecting to make a financial windfall - then you may have it rough. Take a wide variety of goodies - from high dollar prizes all the way down to bargain basement dogs. You never know who you'll appeal to, so have a little bit of everything for every price range. Mix it up, don't just bring all of one kind of subject. At these shows, I always come across many vendors who only sell just books, or just aircraft, or military, or anime', or whatever. Since I'm not interested in any of those, I just walk on by those sellers and they don't get any of my money. However, sellers that have a variety of subjects will get my attention, because there's the possibility of them having something I may like - so I do stop and look through their stuff. Specialists also tend to know what they've got and will price it accordingly, so less chance of scoring a good deal with them. I have also found terrific deals on model cars at train shows, full size car swap meets or collector shows dealing with topics other than model cars. Since models or cars aren't their main interest, they don't want model cars cluttering up their collections and will price them to get rid of them. I found a vintage AMT '28 Ford sedan and '40 Ford Sedan for $4 each at the Train Expo that way. I also scored an original annual AMT '70 Chevelle and MPC '82 El Camino with camper shell for $7 each at the Hot Rod and Classic car show and swap meet in Pomona, CA. several years ago. I also met a seller there who turned out to have a storage unit filled with model kits and he lived near me, so we scheduled a meeting for a future date to work out a deal on some of his stuff in that unit. I got a great deal and he got more money than he made at the swap meet that day. It worked out well for both of us. You just never know who you'll meet or what you'll find, So be open to trading, making deals and talking to different people.
  9. pricing at swap meet/show

    The parts bins and bags of junkers are my absolute favorites, I spend most of my time looking UNDER the tables rather than what's set up on top of it! While everyone else is looking through the unbuilt kits, I'm finding gems and bargains in the junk. A seller, at the local kit show I go to, sets up multiple very large boxes (5 to 10) of bagged parts, projects, pieces and glue bombs. That's all he brings, and he's constantly busy during the entire show. He probably takes home more cash than any of the other vendors - I know he gets MOST of mine! Best fun I ever had at a kit show.
  10. pricing at swap meet/show

    Top 10 list of things to help you KEEP the stuff you brought to sell: 1. Don't price anything, let people have to search for you to ask for prices. Never be at your own table and leave an uninformed friend or spouse there to have to keep saying "I don't know" to everyone - they'll love it and be sooo glad they came. 2. When someone asks you "how much?" Be sure to open the box and look through it as if you've never seen it before and are just now trying to think up a price. A real booster is to go on Ebay at that time and try to find another one for sale, that way you can put an accurate price on it. If one sells at that price, they must all be worth that much, right? 3. Spend all your time being on your phone or too busy talking with your buddy to talk to potential buyers. Works best with rule #1 4. Put everything behind locked cases as if it was a museum. 5. Don't let anyone touch your stuff, after all it's too valuable to let them see what's in the boxes! 6. Be indifferent and snobby to answer questions, if they want it they'll pay whatever your price is. (Refer back to rule #1) 7. Be sure to RAISE your price if someone dares to make an offer on something. Better yet, smash the said kit in response to their offensive offer, that'll show 'em! 8. Always put your most interesting stuff in plain view with a sign that says "Not For Sale". Even better, get really irritated that people keep asking you "How much for it". 9. Tell everybody that you don't really need to sell this and say - "If I don't get what I'm asking I'll just put it up on Ebay". With an attitude like that, buyers will absolutely be dying to pay whatever your price is. And finally rule #10. Overprice everything to be sure you don't get ripped off! Even glue bombs and broken parts must be worth a lot..... somewhere. Honorable Mention... Pack up your table and leave early. After all, if they haven't bought anything by now, they must not be looking to by anything at all! Later on, reminisce about the day by complaining to your friends that nobody goes to these shows to buy, they just want to window shop. Of course they don't, that's why they willingly paid admission to get in and then had to elbow their way through crowds of other "window shoppers" with cash in hand, trying to find special deals that snobby sellers don't think they are entitled to. Please understand the irony in my advice. These are just some of my personal pet peeves, and I've seen them all!
  11. Grand Superfly/Sweathogs Grand Prix

    Probably true. I wrote to Round 2 asking to reissue this gem. I found a badly built one that I'm converting to a Hurst. That half vinyl top and moon roof are perfect for it. I cast the front area from a stock version and the rest of the kit is still "stockable". I remember seeing the Sweathogs version in the hobby store when I was a kid, I've been trying to find an affordable one ever since. One of my grails. I love this Grand Prix kit!
  12. anybody trade for these

    Where's the Cadillac? I see 3 Chevrolet, 2 big block Fords, 1 Pontiac... And a partridge in a pear tree.
  13. This HAS to be THE crapiest box art EVER!!!!

    I agree 100% Most of us old timers may already know what's inside the box, but what if someone is new to the hobby sees this? Do you think it's going to instill a fire to say "Oooh, I've gotta spend my hard earned money on that!" It's all about selling. You wouldn't buy a bottle of putrid, cloudy-looking green beer in a dirty bottle, or a box with rotten looking food pictured on it, would you? What's ON the box is supposed to promote what's IN the box! Point is, some art director in packaging and product promotion signed off on this, saying "This is good enough to sell this product." At that, I'll say they were wrong. OK, I'll put away my soapbox now.
  14. Lindberg '79 Caddy - Jo-Han mold or clone?

    Why do you think it's a clone? The story I read about, was that they simply acquired the forgotten and abandoned tool from a shop. It had been left there since the late 70s - early 80s, around the time AMT was in transition to Matchbox. The new owners simply forgot it was missing. Glad it was never scrapped!
  15. If you're not sure, post a picture so we can verify if it's a 66 or not.