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  • Member since
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How big is your stash?
Posted by Brhino on Friday, September 9, 2022 11:48 AM

A lot of people joke about having mountains of unbuild kits.  I was curious what size the average stash of future builds are for everybody.  

For me, I've just recieved two kits in the mail, so I have:

4 unbuilt boxed kits (although one of them I don't really have any interest in building)

1 kit in progress

1 kit complete minus decals that I had to order from Ukraine, which have thankfully just arrived.

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, September 9, 2022 12:10 PM

Around 200 unbuilt kits, a rather modest stash.

That doesn't include what we toy soldier & figure painters call our grey army.  I have around 300 kit figures and castings that are unpainted/unfinished.  Plus I have a stash of molds, and metal, to cast more.

I may get rid of most of my model kit stash, but I fully intend to paint every single toy soldier in my grey army.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, September 9, 2022 12:24 PM

According to Scalemates I have 139 unbuilt kits.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Ypsilanti, MI
Posted by Brhino on Friday, September 9, 2022 12:39 PM

Wow, you guys are putting me to shame.  I can't imagine having 100+ unbuilt kits around.  I don't know how fast you guys build them but that would take me a lifetime to put together.  Do you expect you'll build them all, or do you acknowledge that there's more there than you'll ever get through?

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, September 9, 2022 12:48 PM

Brhino

Wow, you guys are putting me to shame.  I can't imagine having 100+ unbuilt kits around.  I don't know how fast you guys build them but that would take me a lifetime to put together.  Do you expect you'll build them all, or do you acknowledge that there's more there than you'll ever get through?

 

No, we don't expect to build them all but you may find a few kits at a vender table that's basicly free so you grab those. A friend may gift you several more kuts. Over the years you find other kits that are in your wishlist. Some like to but several of the same kit to build different variants of something they worked on. I'll never finish what I have but all I have to do is look through my stash of over 300, to find something I want to build next.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, September 9, 2022 12:49 PM

34 not counting the figures,I thought it was worse

 

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Posted by Real G on Friday, September 9, 2022 1:43 PM

Yeah...I think I may have a problem.  Tongue Tied

And I have not taken any photos of the aircraft kits in the stash.  Embarrassed  What time is it?  I think it's time to streamline the stash.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

fox
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Posted by fox on Friday, September 9, 2022 2:08 PM

Ohhhhhhhhh, I don't know. Gave up counting a while back. I think, IIRC (I'm 81), the last count was around 200 and I've won a few more at raffles and bought a few here and there. 

I'll build what I can (about 2 to 4 per year) until the Man upstairs calls me to the great workbench in the sky. I'll ask Him how many I can take with me. The rest will go to the members of our club, if they want them. If not, my wife has instructions for their dispersal. All completed WWII models will go to the museum I restore models for. The rest are on the list with the kits.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, September 9, 2022 5:23 PM

Rookies

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by seastallion53 on Friday, September 9, 2022 5:41 PM

I have a puny 100 kits

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Posted by Brhino on Friday, September 9, 2022 6:15 PM

tempestjohnny

I know the question was about your stash, but I'm really jealous of your display case!  That's a sweet setup... I'm tired of dusting mine.

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, September 9, 2022 7:13 PM

Brhino

 

 
tempestjohnny

 

 

I know the question was about your stash, but I'm really jealous of your display case!  That's a sweet setup... I'm tired of dusting mine.

 

Custom built by me. Display is 8 feet by about 4 feet high

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Friday, September 9, 2022 10:00 PM

Roughly 300 kits, mostly automotive.

But, if I count my ho train stuff ..

600 kits unbuilt. 

100 kits built and broken still in their moving boxes. When we moved from Portland Or. 12 years ago, I didn't pay attention to how I packed so they currently rest in pieces.

12 half built kits. I have started trying to get back into the swing of things, but my life is NOT my own at the moment so, there they sit...

I don't know how to count my " spare"  parts pile ....   30 pounds of miscellaneous  pieces ???

EDIT: Time to complete them all .?.?.?

9783 years ... give or take ...

 

 

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, September 10, 2022 2:08 AM

At my age I thought better and cut my stash off......

Seriously, I really need to take the time and inventory all of my unbuilt kits. While I realize there are a some good tools out there manage a kit inventory, I end up using that time I would be inventorying for modeling time. 

Over the last three years I've been selling some of them (well over 150) at the annual IPMS contest in Columbus, Ohio; donating around 75 to the active military members overseas who love to model; and giving away nearly 20 to local kids trying to spark the interest in the hobby. 

While I realize there are a some good tools out there manage a kit inventory, I end up using that time I would be inventorying for modeling time. 

OK, I'll play this game and say my inventory of unbuilt kits is around 100-125. I just ordered three more so I guess it will continue to rise. I've been working at spreadhing out the quantity through all of the normal modeling subject (automotive, aircraft, military/armor, ships, space, sci-fi, and figures).

Since I only get 3-5 done a year I suppose anything left will go to the local club when I leave this earth. 

And many, many more....

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

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Posted by MJY65 on Saturday, September 10, 2022 5:16 AM

I'm a slow builder, so don't keep a huge stash of kits.  I'd say no more than 5-10 at any given time, and that includes some 1:72 that I will probably never build as I've kind of migrated to more detailed work in 1:48, 1:32.

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, September 10, 2022 7:46 AM

I am sorry to say:

       Seven large U-haul packing boxes full of Cars-,1958-2004, one or two with Planes -1956-1995, Two overflowing with Ships -1956-2004. Not counting the ones NOT in packing Boxes. At least twelve paper models unbuilt a six or seven under construction. This is the results of Fifty five years. many are to replace ones lost in 1982, others acquired over the years cause I "liked them."

        I will, and have left instructions with my lady friend that when I go to the "Eternal Hobby Shop" that anything left behind, Built, Unbuilt and Started go to the Audie Murphy Rec.dept. My LEGOS, about half as much to either" St.Judes" (if they will accept them) and anything left to a "children in crisis center"

       All I will have in my stash then Is a love of Mankind, My God and Family. Good Enough !! All in the works, to anyone that wants to finish them, My scratch Builds to the same! See simple Solution! Went to one of those places where they sold coffins. Nutin big enough all that and me.

       One friend suggested I inventory all of it and put it in an armorglass, clipboard? on my tombstone and get buried with it all in a Watertight Container. Yeah Sure?

   

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, September 10, 2022 8:32 AM

  Today...to big, tomorrow....not big enough. Someone has the tag line of " So many models so little time", kinda sums it up for me.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, September 10, 2022 9:52 AM

I'm currently north of 320. Cars, ships, Sci-fi, Aircraft and armor. I have plenty to last a very long time. I add some still as I am able to get certain kits I think are beyond cool, otherwise I'll pick one up if the price is stupid cheap. Someday these will be worth far more than they are now. Just look at today's prices vs several years ago.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, September 10, 2022 11:04 AM

WOW I feel imbarrassed. thought I had alot. But all you guys have many more than I could imagine. I believe I have only 15 to 30 models kits. About 25 to 30 rc vehicles to either restore or build. Guess I am the little guy again. 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, September 10, 2022 11:15 AM

lurch

WOW I feel imbarrassed. thought I had alot. But all you guys have many more than I could imagine. I believe I have only 15 to 30 models kits. About 25 to 30 rc vehicles to either restore or build. Guess I am the little guy again. 

 

Just me but I would feel more embarrassed by having a few hundred kits that I would never build,I think you got the sweet spot where your at.

Wink

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, September 10, 2022 11:41 AM

Thanks TOJO. Most of my kits are from the 70's and 80's that I inhereted from my dad passing. Cars trucks planes and I think 2 ships. I plan on building them. Just life is in the way at the moment and I am still workoing on my shop for building. I will definately post photos when I start them . This site has been a fantastic insperation on getting all that done.

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Posted by Mr Mike on Saturday, September 10, 2022 11:50 AM

About 20 years ago, I was worried about the 20 kits I had in the stash, but that has ballooned up to almost 90 kits and then I retired from work.  I now have 75 kits in my stash plus untold counts of detail kits, paints and spare and extra parts.     

"The name's Spenser, with an 'S', like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, September 10, 2022 12:26 PM

I keep it small, part of the fun for me is to go to the LHS or borwse the on-line stores. 2-3 kits max. Currently I have only 1 box and one WIP. 

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, September 10, 2022 12:53 PM

Can we do a Secret Santa where we just send kits?  I'd be on board.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, September 10, 2022 1:13 PM

My rationale for the stash I have is. At this point of my life I have the disposable income to buy kits. In 10 or so years when I retire I probably won't. So I'll buy now.

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, September 10, 2022 3:32 PM

Tempestjohnny, that was my rationale for creating my stash along with the reason that I was hoping to get my three kids into modeling eventually.  Well, I'm two years into my retirement, all three kids tried modeling but didn't stick with it, and my stash has grown into 4 digits!  My buying has slowed down now but I still have a smile on my face.  When the pandemic started I had lots of kits to choose from to build and there's never been a boring day of modeling.

tjs

TJS

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Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, September 10, 2022 6:01 PM

[quote user="Real G"]

Can we do a Secret Santa where we just send kits?  I'd be on board.

 

This is a terrific idea.

I have about 30.  Mostly 1/48 aircraft.  I have given a few away.  When I started in this hobby about 3 years ago I didn't understand the large stash thing.  I was only going to have 3 or 4 and build one, buy one.  Now I get it.  I  like the reasearch, build videos, and looking at completed models here, and ultimately getting that kit. It's nice to have many options when inspiration hits me.  

I think hundreds of kits is like another hobby.  Some guys like to collect.  A guy in my club has something like 10,000.  He's a collector.  He's also a very sick man.  

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Posted by murph on Saturday, September 10, 2022 10:53 PM

About 50 or so.

Retired and living the dream!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, September 11, 2022 4:33 PM

Mine stopped growing a while ago. There's a good 300+ kits in there so that is more than for me, more than enough for a lifetime if I can get to be 400 years old at the slow pace I build.  My problem is that I start with an OOB build mentality and branch out to scratch build additional details complicating the build. 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

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