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  • Member since
    September, 2017
Best bang for your buck?
Posted by Jrock83 on Friday, February 09, 2018 2:28 PM

I was thinking about, how imo, getting a model kit and supplies if none are already on the bench, is the best value for money spent on a material item for a hobby. I spent $12 on a 1/72 zero by academy and already have the paints and glue etc to start and finish it. If you divide money spent on a kit and supplies etc by the time it takes to make, I can't think of a better way to get a joy out of a hobby. It costs more to see a movie w popcorn etc lol.

fox
  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, February 09, 2018 2:37 PM

Around here, it costs more than that to see the movie without the popcorn, even with a senior citizen discount.

Jim  Captain

P.S. We sneak in our own snacks and drinks. That's one good thing about wintertime and wearing heavy coats. Wink

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, February 09, 2018 3:40 PM
I agree,even if you spend $100 for an armor kit,or $200 for a ship kit,when you consider all the hours of entertainment provided and the finished product for display,yes it is a good value for the dollars,especially when you stack it up against some other pricier hobbies.

  • Member since
    December, 2013
  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Friday, February 09, 2018 4:11 PM

Agreed.  Dollar spent to time enjoyed far out weighs many of the other forms of entertainment.  I live in Orlando, I could spend several hundred dollars in one day at a theme park and get only a few hours out of it.  The same money spent on this hobby would entertain me for a few years.

Not to mention how much I learn as I build.  Facts, history and details about each subject I am building, learning new modelling skills, it is more then just the build.

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    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Friday, February 09, 2018 4:23 PM

not to mention the free information , learning , and friendship you get off of forum's like this one . 

steve5

 

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 09, 2018 4:42 PM

It's one reason I like to build ships. Hundreds of hours.

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    September, 2017
Posted by Jrock83 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:25 AM
Plus who can forget rigging of ships and bi planes :)
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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:18 AM

Hey Fox ;

 Amen to that -T.B.

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:31 AM

GMorrison

It's one reason I like to build ships. Hundreds of hours.

 

Me, too.  I often have to swallow when I am looking at spending a hundred and fifty bucks for a big Tamiya or Trumpeter ship, but then realize how much building time I get per dollar. It is amazing, though, how that varies, with some of the newer ship model brands, like ICM and Hobby Boss.  I suspect they may be buying into the market, but that is fine- we sure get a bargain on those first few offerings!

I haven't tackled one of the big 1:200 offerings, though.  With the photo etch packages, those are more than I paid for RC models back when I was doing that!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:01 AM

Tojo72
I agree,even if you spend $100 for an armor kit,or $200 for a ship kit,when you consider all the hours of entertainment provided and the finished product for display,yes it is a good value for the dollars,especially when you stack it up against some other pricier hobbies.
 

Heck yeah. It's a great value. My other hobby is landscape photography. When you factor the travel expenses to go where I want to go... it gets expensive. And often times, it is difficult blocking out the time needed. That's why I came back to this hobby. It fills that creative hankering and at minimal expense. It's the gift to myself that keeps on giving.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2010
Posted by roony on Saturday, February 10, 2018 11:30 AM

The LHS also has railroad and r/c.  I'm glad I'm into plastics.  The other hobbies are very expensive.

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