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    Doug Dirks

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  1. Well, lots of responses to selling on eBay. In the end, you just do what works for you. I've found that selling on eBay is a pretty easy and hassle-free way to sell the extra kits that I have jamming up my basement. I 've had just 2 or 3 unhappy customers out of 500 transactions, pretty good ratio, in my opinion. I just asked the customer to return the item, refunded their money and covered return shipping. Pretty low cost way to keep the customer happy. One other thing I forgot to mention about shipping via USPS, if you use USPS Priority Mail boxes, USPS will send you boxes for free, shipped right to your door. Works well for me. For odd sized and shaped boxes I just save up boxes that got shipped to our house for other stuff and use them as shipping boxes as needed. In the end, sell the stuff you don't need anymore in a way that works for you, try not to get uptight about it. After all, this is a hobby that is supposed to bring some joy and satisfaction into your life. Have fun!
  2. Over the past year I have been selling off my collection of model car kits, mostly 1/24 and 1/25 scale, on eBay. So far, I've sold 500 and the average selling price has been $18 and the average shipping price has been $8.50. I've used USPS Priority Mail since a standard AMT/Revell/Monogram 1/24 or 1/25 kit fits right into the Regional Rate Box A (inner dimensions: 10" x 7" x 4.75". Payments are always safe and secure with PayPal on eBay and using shipping on eBay with USPS is easy, especially since USPS will come to your door to pick up shipments (you don't even have to go to the Post Office). The high price for my sales is a Revell Jungle Jim Monza Funny Car (with 2 figures) at $54. The low price is an AMT Valvoline Thunderbird NASCAR at $2. I'm probably not making a profit on these sales but I think I'm pretty close to breaking even (I don't remember how much I paid in most cases). I still have about 30 kits stashed away that I hope to build some day. Some of them will probably end up on eBay in the future. So, if you have a bunch of kits stashed away and want to sell them, consider eBay, it's easy, payment is safe and secure and the Mail Person will come to your house to pick up the kits you sell. The only downside is that you have to part with some of your prized possessions.
  3. I was at the Simeone Museum Demo Day in Philly yesterday - great day for race car enthusiasts! The 4 featured cars were: 1936 Bugatti 57G 'Tank' 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (the one used for Bonneville Salt Flats speed records in 1965) 1967 Ford GT40 MK IV no. 4 (driven by Lloyd Ruby and Denny Hulme at Le Mans in 1967) 1970 Porsche 917 LH (043) (2nd at Le Mans in 1970) What's great about the Simeone is that their collection includes a number of cars that are still is 'as raced' condition. For example, the Cobra Daytona and the Ford GT40 MK IV look like they just came off the track back in the sixties - a bit grungy, some dings and scratches, but still running well enough for the Simeone folks to take them out on their parking lot and zoom around for the crowd. After they are done with the driving demo they park the cars, pop the hoods and invite spectators to crowd around car, take pictures of anything and answer questions. I have posted a few photos below and you can see lots more at this link to Google Photos: Simeone Museum Demo Day Aug 24.2019 The Simeone Museum also has a great website with descriptions, history and pictures of the cars in their collection: Simeone Museum Collection
  4. Thanks for posting the photos and video from Toronto Indy. I was there to watch the race last year and had a great time. Enjoy the races tomorrow!
  5. Thanks, Al. I will look in the kit for the Meteor grille.
  6. Wonderful photos of some really sharp model cars. Thanks.
  7. Looks fantastic. Very creative and great execution.
  8. I like your model a lot. Can you tell me where you got the '57 Meteor grille? Or, maybe you scratchbuilt it? I learned to drive in my Dad's 1957 Meteor Rideau 500 and I'd like to build a model of it and the front grille is an important part that's not in any kit that I know of. Thanks in advance for any help.
  9. I was at NNL East a couple of weeks ago and took a few photos. Really impressed with the great model cars at the show, need lots more practice and talent to match up with most of models on display - great inspiration to keep trying. If you haven't been to NNL East yet, it is definitely worth the trip. Link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1VAaum5iV6tvSpXdA
  10. I use the free priority mail boxes from USPS as others refer to above. I have found that some of the flat rate boxes are the size I want, so, in order to avoid the flat rate, I just turn them inside out (there is only one glued joint that you have to open) tape them up and you can use them as regular priority mail or just general package shipping. And, they are free from USPS - at your post office or online. Works great for me.
  11. Hi Chris in Berwyn, I think the orange Mustang was the winner, but not 100% sure. The Facebook page for Central PA Model Car Club says Hilton Zapata won with his 99 Mustang but does not include a pic of the winning model car. Perhaps someone who is CPMCC member can tell us more. Doug
  12. I'm not eating in the basement, yet. Actually, my slot track is the most finished part of our basement. The rest of it is probably not fit to eat in. Not enough spare time to work on the track and keep the slot cars running, let alone clean up the rest of the basement.
  13. Here are some photos from yesterday at the 17th annual car show in Neffsville, PA (c;lick on the link for more pics): https://photos.app.goo.gl/wi7g261z2X9GWPRz7
  14. I was a spectator at the Super September Showdown in Boyertown, PA last Sunday, Sept 9. Lots of great models on display and even a few that have been featured in model car magazines. Here's a few photos and a link to my Google Photos folder that includes many more photos. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMtwGVgINI80CBQy9_C49tHxoq10JxK_mMX14jDSAtry8WQb_Tgid1jJCr4OpQcPw?key=SFhLZHBpZXRXanpVajJSdlNuUWdhWGxWQy0xYVRn
  15. Thanks for the comments. Shoopdog, it is 1/32 scale.
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