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I guess I'm the rare bird that hasn't done this. I've taken parts from a kits, mostly motors ans wheels , to use on other kits and used other parts to finish those kits but never a whole kit. I think because even back when nits were a buck ninty-eight they were hard to afford and I couldn't see wasting them.

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I bought 6 of the Lindberg 64 Dodges that were on clearance at Spotlight Hobbies just for the slant six engines for my future Valiant builds. That is the best slant six ever in a kit. Then I saw that the chassis fits nicely under Johan sixties Mopars.

Kits I will always buy for $10 or less just for parts... 

1950 or 1955-57, 1960 AMT Chevy pickups

1950 Revell or 1953 AMT Ford pickups

1941 AMT Plymouth for the flathead six

1971 AMT Duster or 1968-9 Revell Dart - chassis for Valiant builds.

Monogram 1/24 scale Model As

There are others, just the list off the top of my head 

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Swap meets are always a good place to get good deals, I always shop for kits I need certian parts for other projects there..

many kits are purchased just for engines, wheels, frames, bodys.... etc...

now if I ever used them that would be great..! lol😃

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Guilty as charged, now does someone need a 70 1/2 Camaro  body? LOL.

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I've yet to do it intentionally, but I do find myself robbing parts from other kits for specific projects from time to time, mostly tires and wheels,... so far.

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I still do, though lately, with the price of new kitsI try to make sure I get as much usable material out of it as I can, and usually wait until they're on sale.

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I have several kits that were from slot car guys who used the bodies and related pieces for their projects. Everything else is in the kits so they're a great source of parts.

 

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I'm addicted and yes I have .   Thanx 

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Late 90s Corvettes. Cheap and have LS engines. 

There are quite a few kits that include enough great stuff they’re worth buying just for parts. 
Rob (Jantrix) has a whole thread about the best kits to do so...if I can find it I’ll link it up. 
 

Here again:

 

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On 4/5/2020 at 1:42 AM, Fat Brian said:

Definitely, probably 10 to 20 percent of the kits I buy are parts donors for others. It's Dr. Frankenstein's lab over here.

Yep, what he said. When I am at a swap meet with $10 kits available, parts are my main focus. 

Robot Chicken | Mad scientist

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Guilty as charged, just got a Corvette ZR-1 for the TR8.

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It’s the only reason I go to Ollie’s.

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all of the time!  I bought from Hobby Lobby an AMT  kit for the blue walls so I could use them for Motor City Resin's excellent 66 Barracuda S kit.    

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On 4/7/2020 at 11:54 AM, ZTony8 said:

I have several kits that were from slot car guys who used the bodies and related pieces for their projects. Everything else is in the kits so they're a great source of parts.

 

Same here. My Brother has a friend who builds & races slot cars. He only uses the body & hood, then gives the rest to my Brother to give to me. 

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With my main focus on building T;s A's and Deuces. All I look at anymore  is what part are in a kit. My "kit" stash has turned into a "parts" stash

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On 4/5/2020 at 5:02 PM, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

Pretty much every kit I buy is a "box of parts"... -RRR

 

On 4/5/2020 at 9:20 PM, misterNNL said:

Basically all kits are raw material.

 

On 4/7/2020 at 12:43 PM, dimaxion said:

I'm addicted and yes I have .   Thanx 

...all of the above...

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Ive bought a few kits to use strickly for parts.

I have about a dozen of the lindberg color me gone dodges bought strictly for parts

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Oh, heck yes!.... 🤓👍 Tons of possibilities.... 🤔🙂👍

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I have a few MPC Dodge pickup kits that I'll mix and match for a couple complete builds. I recently grabbed an AMT '67 Impala kit in order to build the incomplete AMT '69 Impala kit in the stash.

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I use to buy two kits every time I bought, because I knew I was going to screw up something and lose a part or break something.  I use the be rather heavy handed at the bench. 

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I have two Revell 67 chevelles and three 70's purchased just for the tubs and rear tires.

I've also bought the 50 ford f1 just for the Ardun heads, and a 70 Torino for the 409.

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I once bought a Revell SE 62 Impala just for the grill, because I broke mine trying to open it up. 
I have bought kits just for wheels, engines, body parts you name it. 
In this hobby, it just happens!

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