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Can We Ever have enough ?

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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Can We Ever have enough ?
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 6:47 AM

Nope ;

   I don't believe for one minute we can . What am I referring too ? Well , that would be parts boxes overflowing with all those nice greeblies we've collected over the years .

 I have one set of boxes and those ubiquitus file cabinets for each genre of models I build. Yup ! That's right ! one for Planes , one for Cars , one for Armor and one for Trains . Oh ! And one big one for found items .

 By found items I mean certain types of Bubbles from blister packs , wire , brass and plastic rod etc. I have found over the years , you really Can't have enough of this stuff .Es[ecially if you scratch build a lot .

 I clean it out a little , once in a while , by doing at least one of each , in a "what if " configuration . I have been doing some stuff for the Museum and ran across a box that is full of nothing but little jars full . Of What ? From the littlest teensiest coil spring to some almost as big as pencils .

    See I used to do a lot of train Kits by Athearn . On their kits you had to put real springs in the wheel - trucks and couplers in H.O. Scale . Pen Springs , little ones , make nice vehicle springs . And medium Brass  , Not hard but medium softness , makes good torsion bars for Armor .

 Last but not least . Free credit or debit cards they send you , or discount promo - cards and other types of sheet plastic including Plexi . Oh , and one more thing . Interesting looking blocks of wood . Like from door cut outs or old furniture pieces that would make good bases . Yes , You could say my side of the garage is full .

 But let's face it . Collecting this stuff can turn into a stash too . Model On - T.B.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 7:17 AM

Yea,its all fun and games collecting stuff until you try to pack and move,not just modeling stuff.My wife and I thought we werent accumulators,but after 20 years in the same place,it builds up,we trashed so much stuff to make it easier and were still moving a ton of stuff.

And dont say well i'm never moving so I dont have to worry,someone will most likely your kids.You should have seen what we cleaned out of my father in laws house last year.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:51 AM

I certainly save all those sample credit cards.  They make great pallettes for CA glue, and for drybrushing.  I also save the advertising flyers I get with plastic-coated cardboard, for the same purpose.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:10 AM

Wire. Somehow it’s hard to find  when you need it.


  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 10:24 AM

I've been saving those junk plastic cards for a while now and have several stacks. I use them to spread putty, paint and glue palettes and for scratch work. I have tons of discarded wires from electronics and extension cords. Floral wire is also good. 

I save most of the left over kit parts into a big box that occasionally comes in handy for that little thingie (s)  I need to busy up an engine or pit.

Better to have too much than not enough.




Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 10:30 AM

I get dirty looks for some of the stuff I want to save, and I'm practically still a newlywed.


  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 11:29 AM
All I can say is......GUILTY


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    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:31 AM

My middle name isn't dumpster diver for nothing!   And yes I get "those looks" too.   even from my kids!


On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 Airfix P-51D

1/72 LS Dinah III, 1/72 Hasegawa T-33A

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Bucks county, PA
Posted by Bucksco on Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:33 AM

I learned a long time ago that you have to be particular about what you stash away. You'll never be able to buy all the things that catch your fancy at one time or another. I've found that finishing projects is probably the most satisfying aspect of the hobby. I also gravitate toward figure kits since they take up far less room that most plastic models ;)

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:16 AM

Yeah ;

 But there's a question with figures . Where do you put the Torpedoes , Missiles and Bombs ? Also , how many Iron Bombs should a three inch high figure be able to carry ?

  • Member since
    February, 2003
  • From: Bucks county, PA
Posted by Bucksco on Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:36 AM

Can't load the ordnanve with out 'em and certainly can't fly the plane without a pilot!

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    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 10, 2018 2:12 PM

"Never throw anything away."

The Scratchbuilder's Motto.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    September, 2004
  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:23 PM

Years ago I saved tons of stuff. I had many boxes of left over parts.  A few years back I let most it go, all to fellow modelers of course.  I am not doing conversions any more and never did scratch builds.  Companies are doing kits of everything I wanted, and I can easily wait on the very few things left.  I have hundreds if not a couple of thousands of kits to build, and OOB is good enough for me.  

It used to be I saved it all and could use every thing,  I am now real happy with where I am now.  The hobby is just for fun now.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by PFJN on Friday, May 11, 2018 8:04 PM


I have alot of trouble throwing anything away, especially scraps/leftover pieces.  I'm always thinking that they ,ight be just the right size to fill some gap somewhere Surprise


PS.  Does anyone else think its odd that we have two threads on this board one atop the other that read "How many times have you said "Enough is enough" and "Can we ever have enough?" Stick out tongue



  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, May 11, 2018 8:22 PM

I tend to keep the plastic bags that the trees come in. They make nice palets as well.



1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:02 AM

I have saved all of the extra parts from my kits for 4 years now and I think I used maybe 4 tiny pieces from that big , ever expanding box . I have quite a stash of leftover PE as well. I use the PE way more than the plastic these days.






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

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:27 AM

I am running out of places to put "useful" stuff.  Even the Mrs. is involved.  Before she throws things out, she will ask "could you use this for modeling?"  Mostly containers, but sometimes makeup items that , quite frankly, have been useful.

I have to fight the "this might be useful someday" hoarding urge every day.  And not just for modeling.  It doesn't help that some stuff really is useful, like bottle caps and the fake credit cards that come in the mail.  

But no, I do not have "enough" yet.  There is still a little more room.  Big Smile

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 


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