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Um... Now that I've started, how do I stop?
Posted by MrStecks on Monday, June 26, 2017 3:45 PM

Hey All.  I returned to this hobby back in March of this year and I've been loving it!  But I have a problem now.  I keep buying kits!  And they are starting to stack up a bit.

I know this is a common problem among modelers, but it's really starting to annoy me.  Last week I bought two kits that I probably won't get to until next year.  I was just so drawn by the subject matter that I couldn't resist.   Argh.... 

Is there a support group for this?    Confused

What are some ways that you regulate yourselves when it comes to buying kits?  Is it just will power?  Does your personal budget constrain you?  A combination of both or something completely different?  I try hard to live within my means, but this hobby is starting to make it difficult.  I'm not going to stop building models. So any advice on how to resist buying kits would be most appreciated.  Smile

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, June 26, 2017 3:48 PM
I quote Nancy Reagan"Just Say No"

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 26, 2017 4:08 PM

Don't beat yourself up. I've seen people with thousands of kits in their stash, I personally probably have around 100. 

One thing though. Tastes change. I've gone from railroads to armor to airplanes to ships. So don't buy too many of any one subject.

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Posted by jeffpez on Monday, June 26, 2017 6:48 PM

I'm wondering why you consider this a problem.

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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, June 26, 2017 6:48 PM

 

MrStecks
Is there a support group for this?   

Yes.... your on it right now.

MrStecks
What are some ways that you regulate yourselves when it comes to buying kits?

Try not to leave the house with ANY money in your wallet. ( having a wife kinda helps with this.)

MrStecks
Is it just will power?

I can't help you there.... I can't leave a hobby store without at least sniffing the wrapper on a kit!

MrStecks
Does your personal budget constrain you? 

I will sell my own blood if it will get me a kit when I'm broke !!!

MrStecks
So any advice on how to resist buying kits would be most appreciated. 

BUA HA HA HA HAAAAA !!! Your soul now belongs to Revell of Germany !!! BUA HA HA HAAAA!!! Abandon ALL hope ye whome enter Hobby Lobby !!!

Seariously tho.... you will find your tastes will vary from year to year so try not to buy 15 of the same thing...... at the same time..... in the same week.....

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Monday, June 26, 2017 7:32 PM

I simply ask my wife if I can buy another kit.  She always says "NO!"

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, June 26, 2017 7:57 PM

I assume that you will start going to model shows at some point.  Do yourself a favor, don't take much money with you.  

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Posted by Surface_Line on Monday, June 26, 2017 8:11 PM

As your wife starts to recognize that the thing is bigger than she is, watch out at Christmas and birthdays.  My wife thought she could pull kits out of my stash and wrap them as a "wonderful gift" for me.  I nipped that one in the bud, but you must be watchful. 

(That started at our first Christmas together.  Since then we have celebrated our thirtieth wedding anniversary and she was ok with building a shed in the back yard for my stash.)

Rick

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, June 26, 2017 8:13 PM

What stash problem? Us hobbyists never have a stash problem...Big Smile

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, June 26, 2017 8:46 PM

What is this stash problem. I don't have a problem

 

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Posted by MrStecks on Monday, June 26, 2017 9:22 PM

Lots of sage advice here.  Thanks all.  Smile

Yeah, I'm sure a wife would help to keep me in line.  Don't have one of those though.  Came close a couple times... managed to screw it up each time.  LOL

tempestjohnny...  wow!  I'm not so worried about my small collection anymore. 

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by hypertex on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:10 AM

The best way to reduce your stage is to build, build, build!

Ha, I should follow my own advice.

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:53 AM

I have made the connection that models for guys are like shoes for women, we are hopelessly lost in the eternal search for the perfect model, but usually settle for the next shiny thing on the shelf.

This remark is NOT intended to offend our modeling sisters here on the forums nor in the world as with every rule there are exceptions it is merely a satirical comparison. NO OFFENSE IMPLIED OR INTENDED.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:06 AM

MrStecks

Hey All.  I returned to this hobby back in March of this year and I've been loving it!  But I have a problem now.  I keep buying kits!  And they are starting to stack up a bit.

I know this is a common problem among modelers, but it's really starting to annoy me.  Last week I bought two kits that I probably won't get to until next year.  I was just so drawn by the subject matter that I couldn't resist.   Argh.... 

No, its not a problem, its a condition. And like other conditions, you just have to live with it.

When i buy a kit, its very rare i will get to build it within 5 years.

MrStecks
Is there a support group for this?    Confused

Yes, unforunatly it can make matters worse as you see what the condition in otehrs leads them to buying and you decide you want one as well.

 

MrStecks
What are some ways that you regulate yourselves when it comes to buying kits?  Is it just will power? 

Whats will power

MrStecks
Does your personal budget constrain you? 

No. I have a monthly modelling budget, its always gets excedded. When it comes to kits, i either buy cheap or save up.

 

 

MrStecks
A combination of both or something completely different?  I try hard to live within my means, but this hobby is starting to make it difficult.  I'm not going to stop building models. So any advice on how to resist buying kits would be most appreciated.  Smile

Cheers, Mark

 

My other half has a horse, so what ever i spend, i bet she will equal it if not more. Thats how i deal with it Big Smile

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:12 AM

You don't have a problem until you toss the wife's clothes out of her closet to make room to store said stash.......but that's another problem together.

Being by myself, I tend to grab whatever takes my eye at the time.  My budget is pretty open so it opens all kinds of stupid issues (like a 1/100 Victory and not building any sail for 50 years).

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:28 AM

Hubby tells me no all the time.  I don't listen.  I can't afford much anyway, but I have a corner in my bedroom that I keep my stash in, and living in a cape cod style house, the ceiling is at a slant in that area, so I keep the stack of models either at or below the line where the ceiling and wall meet.  He is probably much more tolerant than any wife.  He has his hobbies that take up a lot of space, so he really can't complain about mine.Big Smile

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:36 AM

The next time your wife asks "When did you buy this kit?", tell her "Oh that? I bought  that one a long time ago."

Works for me...

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:39 AM

I keep telling myself  "I'm not going to buy any more models until I build some from my stash."..so I built 2... and bought 4.  Funny how the stash grows.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:41 AM

This is a great thread thanks. My wife and I were laughing at the post and answers.

I received $20 for Father's day during our trip to Dallas. The money was going to be spent at Eagle Quest along with $25 I brought but I didn't find anything I wanted. When I got home I bought a kit a HL, a few more at Toy Town and still another at our local HS including a handful of paint (I have big hands). I Justified all this because I was going to spend my wife's $20 and my $25 at Eagle Quest and I needed to ship it back so there was even more I would have spent...so I obesely had about $25 more to spend equaling $70. My daughter only sent me a Happy Father's day text but I'm sure they intended one getting me something but I was out of town so there's some more I could spend on myself, on their behalf you understand.

So here I come home with an arm full of kits and a handful of paint but I still had the original $20 in my pocket, hmm. I went to our local IPMS meeting and guess what, there was still more stuff that equaled $20 what a surprise.

So no Mr Stecks I don't think you have a problem. And I usually do exactly what Black Sheep does, although I think she is memorizing my stash when I gone because when I use that excuse anymore she gives me a funny look.

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Revell P-40B
1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air

In Que

1/700 Trumpeter Slava class Russian missile cruiser
1/48 Italeri Hurricane Mk.1 Trop (waiting for new parts from Italy)

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:45 AM

modelcrazy

This is a great thread thanks. My wife and I were laughing at the post and answers.

I received $20 for Father's day during our trip to Dallas. The money was going to be spent at Eagle Quest along with $25 I brought but I didn't find anything I wanted. When I got home I bought a kit a HL, a few more at Toy Town and still another at our local HS including a handful of paint (I have big hands). I Justified all this because I was going to spend my wife's $20 and my $25 at Eagle Quest and I needed to ship it back so there was even more I would have spent...so I obesely had about $25 more to spend equaling $70. My daughter only sent me a Happy Father's day text but I'm sure they intended one getting me something but I was out of town so there's some more I could spend on myself, on their behalf you understand.

So here I come home with an arm full of kits and a handful of paint but I still had the original $20 in my pocket, hmm. I went to our local IPMS meeting and guess what, there was still more stuff that equaled $20 what a surprise.

So no Mr Stecks I don't think you have a problem. And I usually do exactly what Black Sheep does, although I think she is memorizing my stash when I gone because when I use that excuse anymore she gives me a funny look.

 

Thats why i keep mine in boxes. Out of site out of mind Wink

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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Posted by DESooner on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:21 AM

MrStecks

Lots of sage advice here.  Thanks all.  Smile

Yeah, I'm sure a wife would help to keep me in line.  Don't have one of those though.  Came close a couple times... managed to screw it up each time.  LOL

tempestjohnny...  wow!  I'm not so worried about my small collection anymore. 

Cheers, Mark

 
Don't think of it as screwing up - choose to think of those as 'narrow escapes'. You're much better off, trust me.
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Posted by Drifter on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:06 AM

I have the same problem, but I am a bargain hunter. I managed to pick up Tamiya 1/32 P51D/K, 1/32 Corsair bubble top, and 1/48 Beaufighter for $210. But yes, they now sit on my shelf. Too scared to start one.

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:47 AM

Having kind of a lousy time at work this morning, so I took a break to catch up on this thread.  It's awesome.  All your stories and problems conerning our shared "disease" have really cheered me up.  Big Smile

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by Drifter on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:04 PM
Not a disease at all, For me. the best "chill out" time. I pump some old Queen or Pink Floyd in the background, and escape.
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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:30 PM
I have been able to keep myself from adding too much to the stash. Mine has been following me around for 30 years until I started actually building them late last year. Couldn't resist the half off sale at Sprue Brothers, though, so 2 more added. I have, however, spent a small fortune on tools and supplies. 2 airbrushes, a mound of paints, pigments, washes, flex-I-files, micro files, clear plastic cement, etc. I have a flexible shaft grinder coming in the mail as I write. Half off at Micro Mark. The Mrs. loves a bargain, and when I say "half off", she can't help herself, and says "OK".

Dwayne or Dman or just D.

 

 

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Posted by Justsomerandommodeller on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:12 PM

It could be worse , your stash could consist of one old Tamiya kit and a mostly finished Dragon panzer like mine.

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Posted by waikong on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:15 PM
Just watch an episode of that hoarder show on tv, and you will instantly see that you dint have a problem.
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:48 PM

Hey Keyda81 ;

 I thought you would get a kick out of this .My son called me the other night and while we were talking models he pipes up with  " Hey , Dad who's this Keyda person ? "

    I told him and he said , and I quote ." Boy , she sure builds some Kick Arsed models " !

 Lady you have been noticed . Oh , He likes your lighted C-130 best ! The Best of wishes always .Tanker - Builder

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:50 PM

Hmmm;

 Stash , What stash ?

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Posted by Chemteacher on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 9:05 PM
I've been lucky in keeping the expense side of the stash down so far since returning to the hobby. I found a few leftover kits from when I built back in high school that were in storage. Accept for some of the decals, they all were still in great shape. Also, I have a friend that has stumbled upon some kits from time to time and passed them on to me. Most recently, I received the 1/48 Monogram B-17G. The box was opened but all parts were still on the sprues. Of course when I see something I like and it's on sale at HL, I may splurge every now and then.

On the bench: Revell P-51D

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