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Your Most Expensive Kit ? or What's your Limit
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:30 AM

It was mentioned on another thread that someone sold their CyberHobby DAK Tiger for $ 450.00.

So what is the most you spent on a kit in your stash,and do you have a self-imposed or otherwise imposed limit on any future purchses.What is the most you will spend ?

I picked up the 1/350 Hasgawa Akagi for $ 220.00 when it was first released.And I paid $ 95.00 for a CyberHobby Wittman Tiger,but I really can't ever see myself going too much higher then that.Maybe between $ 250-300 if the right 1/200 kit came along,but nothing in mind that I need that bad.

So what about You ?

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:46 AM

The most I spent so far is $150 for a Trumpeter Nimitz. I'll spend a little more for the Trumpeter Kitty Hawk, and the Merit Kennedy. But those will be close to my limit. I just can't see myself ever paying $450 for a kit.  

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:06 AM

Also, there is then and now. I currently in good conscience could not spend more than $ 50 on a kit. Ten years ago, I spent $ 300.00 on a very nice full hull Combrig 1/350 Scharnhorst (World War 1) that I still have not built. At this point my stash is going to be my retirement supply.

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Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:09 AM

GMorrison

Also, there is then and now. I currently in good conscience could not spend more than $ 50 on a kit. Ten years ago, I spent $ 300.00 on a very nice full hull Combrig 1/350 Scharnhorst (World War 1) that I still have not built. At this point my stash is going to be my retirement supply.

 

Very valid point, GMorrison, on the then and now. And like yourself, my stash will cover me long into retirement.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:15 AM
That's what I tell my wife,I won't be able to buy kits once I'm on a fixed income,so I'm stocking up now.

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:09 AM

Tojo72
That's what I tell my wife,I won't be able to buy kits once I'm on a fixed income,so I'm stocking up now.

That is the best line I've ever heard in reference to a modeler dealing with a spouse. Whistling I may have to borrow it, if I may.

I was also thinking along the line of GM. As a kid, my dad got me about any model I wanted. This was in the late 60's and he looked at model building as insurance against me turning to drugs. (It worked, btw). I remember the motorized Tamiya tanks as being some of the expensive ones.

I was spoiled then, now, there is a limit. And we have a lot more add-on items to add to the total ticket than we used to have back in the day. And I'm one of those nuts who thinks he has to find and buy every accessory ever made for a kit when researching it. (not exactly, but sort of....)

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:27 AM

The most expensive kit I have ever bought is the R2 1/350 TOS Enterprise. $150 for the 1701 kit and $189 for the accessory pack. I can't see ever spending that much again on a kit.

My thinking is if it's under $50 and I want it I buy it. Over $100 I really have to think about it and I will run it by My wife. In between it depends on the kit and my finances at the time.

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Posted by panzerpilot on Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:46 AM

Around $100. The 1/350 tamiya Bismarck, U.S. Missouri and 1/32 tamiya p-51, and both type corsairs were all around that.

I'm on the fence right now on the new 1/32 tamiya mosquito. It's around $200.

The most I ever paid was years ago. I got the 1/16 tamiya RC tiger tank, but justified that as more of an RC purchase than a static kit.

I like the "fixed income upon retirement" statement about increasing the stash. I tell people I bought all mine knowing the prices would go up (they have over the years. At least some). Or, some are limited edition. I just had to!

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:21 AM

About fifty or so is my limit except for garage kits- I did blow over two-hundred on an Earthforce Omega class destroyer (Babylon 5 TV series) a couple of years back along with a few other SF type kits.

My excuse is that as garage kits they could go out of production at any time so I better buy then when I can!!!  

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Posted by CheesyMeatBurrito on Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:35 AM

The most I've spent on a single kit is $220. I've spent about $300 on a single build though with AM and what have you.

I've been on the fence about going for the HK B-17, but that's mostly about size over price. I don't guess I really have a limit it just depends on how much I really want somehting

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Posted by Axeman on Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:39 AM

WOW Geeked

I like to think i am a frugal modeller

I tend to pick up kits when on sale.......that being said ,i have previously purchased 2 Pocher kits

if I recall correctly,$250 and $650 respectively Black Eye

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:49 PM

I did spend roughly $90.00 on-line for a 1/25 Tiger I kit simply because it was on my childhood wanted most list.

I have yet to pay more for a single kit.

My self imposed swap meet limit is  $100, though I do wonder how much I would have spent had I attended the IPMS Nationals................SurpriseHmm

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 30, 2015 3:53 PM

I picked up a couple of 1/350 IJN cruisers for around $75 each (roughly half off) at different times over the past few years. That's about as high as I am willing to pay for any single kit.  Before that it was a 1/48 Revell B-1B that I paid about $60 for. Like GM I have enough kits (and then some) to last me until the day I die. Unless I get Gollum's unnaturally long life. I still pick up the occasional kit now and then. Especially the new releases of a subject I do not yet have or have never built before. But they have to be "good deals", often acquired at Club meets when other members are thinning out their stashes. Or the occasional Hobby Lobby 40% off find of something that fills a hole in my collection.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:03 PM

Well Noah was 950 by the time he finished the Ark. Way too much AM on that puppy.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:08 PM

I am saving up for a Micro Lux Digital Table Saw. That'll be $ 379.00 plus...

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Posted by Scarecrow Joe on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:08 PM

Im currently building the DeAgostini Millenium Falcon.  The completed model will be north of $1000....my guess is I wont spend that kind of money ever on another kit, or who knows! Right? LOL!

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:18 PM

GMorrison

Well Noah was 950 by the time he finished the Ark. Way too much AM on that puppy.

That was 1:1 plank on frame. Those builds take awhile.Whistling

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:22 PM

LHS kept running out of gopher wood, and the internet hadn't been invented yet...

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:29 PM

Well, at least loincloths didn't cost much back then.

Don't forget that there were no MicroLux table saws.

Everything was measured, cut and assembled by hand.

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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:14 PM

A couple of Pocher kits, Alfa and Mercedes, can't recall amount for certain, but a few hundred bucks.

Bell 47 helicopter, 1:20th scale, I think around $150. Built the cars, not the helicopter, 74 years old now, probably should consider starting the build one of these years.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:39 PM

Didn't know what a "Pocher Kit" was.Did an Ebay search and all I can say is Wow !!!  1/8 must be pretty big.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:26 PM

The most expensive kit I've got would be 1/72 Airfix C-47 Skytrain. Can't remember how much I paid for but I'm not stopping there. Gonna pick up some PE and aftermarket stuff for it too.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:34 PM

Tojo72

Didn't know what a "Pocher Kit" was.Did an Ebay search and all I can say is Wow !!!  1/8 must be pretty big.

IIRC they come with little scale tools...

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Posted by mississippivol on Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:46 PM

Paid about 120 for the Tamiya 1.32 Corsair as a back door Christmas gift.  Best deal  I had was when I got the Academy 1.32 Hornet for $27 after gift cards and a 40% off coupon. I think it was 130 at the time.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 7:28 PM

Typically I don't spend more than $40 on a kit.  I buy most of my kits at shows, and tend to stock up there.  My wife says I'm getting to the point where I don't need any more kits, but I may steal the fixed income idea mentioned earlier, it might work.  I can't remember the exact price of the most expensive kit I bought (probably around $50-60), but it was 60% off at Hobby Lobby and it's the 1/32 Academy F-16CG/GJ.  I'd been looking at it for a long time and had to get it when I saw the sale price.

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Posted by the doog on Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:17 PM

I think that I spent something like $100 dollars on the huge Trumpeter  Geschützwagen Tiger für 17cm Kanone kit? That was the most expensive NEW kit I've bought, and probably my limit for price.

But I think I spent something ridiculous for an old AMT SMX Javelin car kit---they're like, the Holy Grail of car models on eBay. I believe I bid up to something like $140? And then I utterly ruined it with incompatible paints. Utter devastation!

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Posted by CG Bob on Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:47 PM

Several r/c submarines built from fiberglass hulls  (PERMIT Class, SKIPJACK class, GATO Class) and several built form plastic kits (Trumpeter KILO and SEAWOLF, Moebius SEAVIEW) - after  figuring in the electronics, watertight cylinder, paint, adhesives, etc - rough cost is $1,000+.  KILO came in around $500.  I have also built and r/ced the Tamiya Knight Hauler, with Tamiya Multi Function Unit, 3 sets of oil shocks - even with my employee discount at the LHS, cost was still around $1,000,

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Posted by waynec on Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:46 PM

i have the HobbyBoss 1/72 DORA at $275, 1/35 S-Boat at $185 from quite a few years ago. Currently  I will get the Trumpeter 1/35 SA-8  and Trumpeter PATRIOT which should be  in the high $150s. Good thing i don't do wooden ships.

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Posted by dirkpitt77 on Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:55 PM

I can't think of a kit I've spent more than $60 on. I'd really like to pick up that 1/350 TOS starship Enterprise, but of course you need the lighting and accessories and ain't nobody got credit fo dat.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Friday, July 31, 2015 5:34 AM

UKP£300 / USD$460 on a compressor/Iwata airbrush, but thats Tools, right & 'essential purchases'

£120.00 GBP = $186.987 USD on some Resicast kits, £40.00 GBP = $62.36 USD is usually my limit, unless....  

Although a hobby club mate dropped £1,400.00 GBP = $2,183.14 USD at the IPMS Nats at Telford, & didn't get all he wanted...

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