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Old model collections--What do you do?

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Old model collections--What do you do?
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 2:35 PM
Due to some recent home remodelling, I had to empty out my display cabinet and pack up my entire collection of completed models. This past weekend, with the remodelling completed, I re-stocked my cabinet and noticed quite a lot of the models are starting to age. Decals are starting to yellow; landing gear have been reglued countless times; my skills have improved since I built that kit; etc. I considered tossing some of models, some into the spare parts box and some into the trash. But some of the models hold very special memories for me. There's my first "expensive" Hasagawa F-4 Phantom with it's four color Vietnam camo paint job that I was so proud of. There's my first try at Bare metal on a F-84 Sabre. Here's the Star Trek USS Enterprise I spent dozens of hours masking and painting just to look right. My wife says toss 'em a build new ones. I admit, that's an exciting option but these old kits are my babies.

What do you all do with your creations after they lose their luster? Let me know!

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  • From: Dahlonega, Georgia
Posted by lizardqing on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 2:59 PM
Right now I only have a few that I have built since getting back into it after a couple of years. The ones I did have though my boys took care of on one of the mornings they got up early and played very quiet. Showing once more that quiet kids are up to something.
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  • From: Foothills of Colorado
Posted by Hoser on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 3:00 PM
That's easy for me - parts box or restore / re-use. I still have most of the old models I built as a kid and often if I plan something that requires major modification, I will use the built kit before I would use an unstarted one.
There's an old Boot Hill Express with a lousy brush paint job and a re-issue still in shrink wrap I know I could do better on, but I just can't make myself toss the old one. For some wierd reason I feel better knowing they are gathering dust rather than buried in a landfill. Yeah, must be the sentimental value.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 4:36 PM
I think you have to look at what does the model mean to you. I just did some cleaning and it was good. I give some away, and tossed some. A few I gave to a hobby store to dispaly. I might just forget they them after a few years.
I also do a cleaning of my "BABIES" that I want every few weeks. I want them to look the best they can all the time.
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  • From: NE Georgia
Posted by Keyworth on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 8:22 PM
I have some of them in a sort of chronological order. That way, I can see where I've been and can actually note changes in my modelling habits and techniques. I have a Monogram P-51B I built in 1972! I was a teenager, and I still remember how excited I was to buy the kit at my old hobby shop, and how thrilled I was to show it off the the club gang at the next meeting..
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 2, 2003 2:36 PM
i keep, just build new ones so i have two of a lot of models.
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  • From: Sunny Florida
Posted by renarts on Thursday, October 2, 2003 7:43 PM
I'm with keyworth.
Its nice to be able to look back and see how you've progressed. I was proud of them then, I'm still proud of them.

Mike "Imagination is the dye that colors our lives" Marcus Aurellius A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"
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  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Friday, October 3, 2003 12:31 AM
I hand them down to my son. Sometimes they may end up in the garbage. If you don't have a child to give them to, maybe a neighbor's kid. You never know what you may inspire in a child. They just might be motivated into building a kit of their own.

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



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