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What do you do with your old models?

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What do you do with your old models?
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:04 PM
I suppose that there's only 4 options: display, store, scrap or give them away. My dilemma is that even after remodeling our hobby room I'm still pressed for display space. I'm too attached to them to just chunk 'em even though some of them are pretty lame. -they remind me of how far I've come (and how far I have to goTongue [:P]). A few years ago I started storing the better ones in foamcore boxes with a description on the box, keeps the dust off but you can't see them. I was wondering what you guys did with your old models when they outgrew their shelf-life?

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  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:11 PM
The very old, old ones were either firecrackered or torched. In the past ten years they have been handed down to my son who displays (not plays with) them. For each new one I build, I will hand down an old one. I think I do want to keep one to use as a guinea pig for experimenting zimmerit, weathering, etc. Evil [}:)]

"It is well that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it."-R.E.Lee


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  • From: Dahlonega, Georgia
Posted by lizardqing on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:11 PM
When I was a kid they normally had accidents or battle casualties. Now a days my kids have caused a few to have the accidents and opened up additional shelf space.
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  • From: Where the coyote howl, NH
Posted by djrost_2000 on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:41 PM
I still have some Tamiya 1/35 figures and a WWII field gun that me and a friend built and painted before I became a "professional" modeler. Looks like I'm going to use the gun for airbrush practice, and use some of the figures for practicing face paintingWink [;)]. I'll strip the paint off some of the figs and re-do them the way they should have been doneCool [8D].

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:50 PM
What became of the ones I build as a kid before I left home I don't know. When a car had a fender bender it was canablized for parts. Air plane wings were always reattached. I can't remember how many times Dracula's cape was reattached but the glue seam was hard to hide. Some thirty odd years later I'm back building them and have them scattered all over my craft room and guest room. I've alwaysed loved aircraft and find they hang quiet safely from the craft room celling out of my cats reach and only allow children in under escort. I haven't got to the point of giving them away to make room and don't think I could anyway. None are "show quality", but find they are cheaper than taking Zoloft... and give me comfort.
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  • From: Philippines
Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 3:17 AM
I don't have many at this time since I just re-started late last year. If ever I have so many already and I have space I would like to keep them for a while as reference of what and what not to do. After learning from the old ones, give away the old ones and keep the newer (better) ones.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 3:34 AM
I give em to my granson - he normally takes about two weeks to completly wreck em! Then his mum 'n dad throw em away!
He is at this moment wrecking a Dragon Karl!
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  • From: A secret workshop somewhere in England
Posted by TANGO 1 on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 4:52 AM
I hate waste so I tend to strip old kits for their parts and recycle them. If someone likes a particular model, I'm more than happy to let them have it.
Regards, Darren. C.A.G. FAA/USNFAW GB
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  • From: The flat lands of the Southeast
Posted by styrene on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:15 AM
My 9-year old is now wanting to build models like crazy. Who am I to deny him the enjoyment. Last night I gave him an old Aurora A7 Corsair, a Tamiya Walker Bulldog and an SU-85. I'm starting to run out of old stuff (stuff I'm never going to build), and am afraid he might get to the Tamiya Leopard 2A5 and Type 90 before I do!
Gip Winecoff

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  • From: Lyons Colorado, USA
Posted by Ray Marotta on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 8:40 AM
My ex-wife likes airplanes (she's a licenced pilot) so I give them to her. She hangs them in her house and has them on her desk at her job. I don't have
room for them. I've also given some to neighborhood kids.




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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, September 11, 2003 8:39 PM
Models make great gifts and that way you can display your wares at your friends' and family's homes. Try to give them to your local hobby shop to put in their window and lure in the future model collector. My model shop has built models for sale. You can let the old become the new (financially). Don't be careless in getting rid of them. I've more than once, tried to find a kit of an old model I gave away only to find nobody makes that subject anymore.
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  • From: u.s.a.
Posted by inpw1 on Friday, September 12, 2003 1:10 AM
I have just gotten back into models, but am lucky because my wife enjoys modeling for what to do with em.... my 1 year old son enjoys them in his room, so most have ended up there, dont know what ill do when hes old enough to build on his own...hmmmmm

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