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Posted by djmodels1999 on Saturday, February 22, 2003 6:58 AM
Nice of you to keep his memory alive with this project, Murph...
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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, February 22, 2003 6:56 AM
I have appx. 80-90 unbuilt kits, and at least a dozen or so projects underway on my bench. In fact, I really need to organize things, I'm forgetting which parts I painted go to what kit. I'm lucky to get 2-3 kits done a year. Guess I'll have a great retirement if I will ever be able to afford to retire.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by murph on Saturday, February 22, 2003 6:30 AM
Five in the closet:

1/24 Airfix Bf-109E - a present
1/32 Revell Fw-190 F8
1/32 Revell Germany A6M5
1/72 HobbyCraft CF-100 - first one I gave to a friend who flew them operationally
1/72 HobbyCraft Sabre Mk 6 - I found decals for 421 "Red Indian" Squadron, 2 Wing, Gostenquin, France - my uncle Guy was killed flying this with this squadron in France when he flamed out at 300 feet. Info regarding the crash can be found at this site:

http://www.pinetreeline.org/metz/choloy/choloy13.html

In photo 2, my Aunt Barbara is being steadied at the elbow by an officer on the left. My cousin, David Clouthier, was the unborn child referred to in the article.

On the bench is:

1/32 Revell F-4E Phantom - just started it on Wednesday - I got it for my birthday almost 2 yrs ago...Peter and Kathy keep asking me to see it completed...it'll shock the pants off them when I finally get it finished

Retired and living the dream!

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Posted by djmodels1999 on Saturday, February 22, 2003 1:12 AM
yep, better be saf than sorry! Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 21, 2003 3:22 PM
Oh yea there is a very very fine line between a hobby and mental illness!Clown [:o)]
I've got about 800 to1000 plastic kits, about 600 1;48-1;32 Aircaft along with a mix of Cars Sci-Fi and miscellaneous other. All neatly arranged on shelves in my basement.
There are also about 200 90mm-1:4 scale White metal and Resin figures stashed away. I really quit keeping an exact kit count quite some time ago.
I hardly have time to sit at my work bench and build anything of my own these days, but I always have a want list Tongue [:P] and I keep adding kits to the stash!
This is kinda like an addiction!Approve [^]
But then I look at the bright side, it probably won't kill me(unless a shelving unit falls on meBig Smile [:D]) and I won't run out of kits to build anytime soon.Approve [^]
Dave
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Friday, February 21, 2003 1:38 PM
After reading all this, and showing it to my wife, I'm off to the model shop for some more then! HaHaHa!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 21, 2003 1:58 AM
It looks like I fall somewhere in the middle with around 250 kits waiting in the wings. They run the gamut--figures, sci-fi, cars, ships, aircraft, miscellaneous oddities--armor is the only thing I doesn't particularly interest me.

As for completion rate, I'd say I average about 10-12 a year. It's the scratchbuild/kitbash projects that take most of the time. I'm trying to keep the buying below the completion rate but it's been hard to do.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:43 PM
Since getting back in to building, I have looked through those that I had stored over the years and the many I have recently acquired and would give a conservative estimate of a 1000 kits of different type and scale. Had a few cars on the bench before I was deployed to get started and put everything back away until I got back. Now it is time to get things rolling again and get my room finished so I may get some kind of average going. Will enjoy though...
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Posted by therriman on Sunday, February 9, 2003 11:16 AM
You guys make me look sane (but my wife would disagree). I have 3 on the bench in progress and one waiting in the wings. To be honest if I had my way I would have 50 to 60 waiting for me to build. My wife's favorite word is NO. And after 20 years I have learned to keep the peace and wait my turn, I'll get them in time.
Tim H. "If your alone and you meet a Zero, run like hell. Your outnumbered" Capt Joe Foss, Guadalcanal 1942 Real Trucks have 18 wheels. Anything less is just a Toy! I am in shape. Hey, Round is a shape! Reality is a concept not yet proven.
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Posted by propfan on Sunday, February 9, 2003 4:50 AM
I found some one on Internet with more than 2000 kits in his garage. He stated that there is a very fine line between the hobby and mental illness

Happy modeling

Bert   IPMS SIG Airliners and Civil Aviation 90002

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 8, 2003 2:30 PM
Steve, that's an awesome deal!! I'll have to remember that. The only problem, I probably buy more stuff than my wife does.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 8, 2003 1:55 PM
I'm being honest when I say I have a three or four over five hundred. I find myself buying more than I do building. I have a deal with my wife, when she buys new shoes or dresses I get to buy a kit of equal number or value. Love those Pay Less Shoes sales.

Steve
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 8, 2003 6:59 AM
currently have 6 kits, only one complete, I don't buy that many cause at a steady pace it takes at least 1 yr. to complete 1 model.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 6:47 PM
Bayonet Recon wrote:
I'm just curious, where would you store all of your stuff? Were you living in base housing, off-base or did you send the stuff home? I can't imagine where you would have stored it all if you lived in the barracks (or do they call them 'dormitories' in the AF? ).

I was forced to live in dormitories when I was a young pup. Most kits were sent home to familly and I put them in storage whenever I came home on leave. I built up many and displayed them in my room. At one base I got known by the first sgt. and squadron commander who got to know my handiwork during room inspections. I eventually got a room of my own which allowed me to build/display more models. At Ramstein my room was a "show room" and when visiting dignitaries toured the base and a dorm room was included, they usually saw mine. One memorable visit was some Bulgarian generals. While I lost some privacy, it also had its perks. I was given access to an unused store room which I filled with unbuilt kits. The base newspaper at Ramstein also did a full page article on my collection.

I bet the local hobby shops were sad to see you go when you were transferred to another base.

They were either real sad, or thought privately to themselves, "This guy needs professional help!" LOL!

Pat


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Posted by reluctant_wanderer on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 3:12 PM
Yeah,
We all started like that. I only have around 20 kits, with about 15 of those started. my problem is that I get into a kick (sci-fi, figures, some sort of aircraft time period, or armor, or worse yet, I see a beautifully done model in FSM, new release or aritcle, and I say "I want!"), eventually soemthing else catches my fancy, and off I go again. I am beginning to think that it is an unwritten rule in modeling that for every kit you complete there are ten or more waiting to be completed.
Life is a Trainer , and God is the back seat instructor. He's their to let your spirit soar, and keep you flying straight. After you've passed, you earn earn your wings.
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 3:05 PM
Coyote, we all started that way, trust me...
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 2:37 PM
gotta show this to my girlfriend, maybe she'll stop hasseling me for buying more stuff. Not counting wargaming miniatures I have 1 half-built 1:72 scale Airfix Bren Gun Carrier, 1 Half-built Gundam Wing, 1 unbuilt Gundam and 1 half-built Ghost Rider kit.

Of course, I have a whole wack of wargames miniatures waiting for a paintjob.
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Posted by Richard_Craig on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 1:56 PM
Okay I see I'm not the only one !! I just got through counting my kits...I have 171 plastic Armor kits ...50 sets of figurines (mostly dragon) 4 complete risin armor kits ...Lots of conversions ....and at least 25 resin figures ...So not including accessory kits ..I'm up over the 250 range here .....but ..there are two modellers I know right here in town that beat me hands down...one has over 800 kits and the other stopped counting at 1000....so I don't feel so bad ...hehehe!! Just remember ...He who dies with the most kits wins!!!
Richard
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Posted by jcarlberg on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 1:03 PM
I keep the massive accumulation in plastic bins (waterproof) in my basement hobby/computer room. I also have 20 or so under the workbench.
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Posted by JChurch on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 12:56 PM
I hope there are no Psychologists checking in! I think they would say that all "Eleven"
of us have a serious problem with finishing things, I'm sure there must be some
kind of phobia for it.

As for myself I have about thirty kits on the shelf with 5 or 6 under construction
and two needing repair, and tho' nothing is said I do get the evil eye when I come
home with another kit. "But Honey I needed to buy some paint, and it was on sale".
But my progress is slow as well, unfortunatly I've done very little in the past couple years
but I am definatly getting that itch again. You guys have saved me from the dark and are
helping to put me back onto the right road of holy model righteousnos (all put our hands over
our hearts and look up to the god of all that is styrene and resin) and returned me to
the light.... I am savedWink [;)]

Maybe we do need help? LOL
Madd Dawg

Your not going to leave it like that are you?

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 8:07 AM
bubbamoosecat,

That's a lot of kits! If there was a prize being awarded for the person with the most unbuilt kits, I'm sure you would win. I think the prize would have to be any 1/72 aircraft of your choice. Tongue [:P]Wink [;)]

I'm just curious, where would you store all of your stuff? Were you living in base housing, off-base or did you send the stuff home? I can't imagine where you would have stored it all if you lived in the barracks (or do they call them 'dormitories' in the AF? Wink [;)] ).

I bet the local hobby shops were sad to see you go when you were transferred to another base.

By the way - congrats on your retirement from the USAF!! Cool [8D]
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 7:03 AM
Mmmm... you're stretching it, David...!
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Posted by weebles on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 6:43 AM
Wow, you all are making me feel better! I have 8 kits to work on. All 1/48 scale aircraft. But my production rate is low at the moment as I'm in the finishing stages of a 4 year project, PT-105. I think my wife would thump me over the head with a frying pan if I bought another kit! Smile [:)]

Now one thing I do a lot of is collect after market products to support a kit. Trust me, there's more money tied up there than in my kits. But they don't count as kits on their own, do they?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 6:03 AM
Bayonet Recon, I thought by your earlier reply that I wouldn't be the only crazy one here, but I now see you were adding up totals... I'm not sure exactly how many unbuilt kits I have but I estimate it to be between 1,800 and 2,200 models.[:0] I spent 21 years in the Air Force, and anyone who has been in the military will tell you that one can move around a lot in that line of work. So what I started doing was to buy the 1/72nd scale airplanes I wanted to collect and put them in storage. I always figured I could build them after I left the service and quit moving around. When I retired from the Air Force almost two years ago, I had a 6' x 8' room filled wall-to-wall and up to the ceiling. I recently pulled 200 kits out of there to sell on consignment and it didn't even make a dent. As far as kit production goes, I usually turn out 2 - 3 per month, longer for larger airplanes.

Pat
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:47 AM
I should have guessed, seeing your messages in the SF/F forum...

So you have lots of books and mags, then..??! All indexed for easy retrieval of the info??!?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:32 AM
The majority of miniatures are Games Workshop - Warhammer Fantasy (Empire, Brettonian and Lizardmen) and Lord of the Rings. I also have a couple boxes of US military figures (1:72) to assemble and a bunch of medieval era minis.

Now hopefully no one starts a similiar thread asking about history/reference books...
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:18 AM
I see... I was speechless for a moment too when I saw your first message! Ha!
So, what sort of miniatures are you collecting? Die-cast cars?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:52 AM
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Originally posted by djmodels1999

To Bayonet Recon: [:0]

Oops, I better clarify my previous message. Blush [:I]

That 1,750 number that I posted earlier, was an estimation of the combined total of kits that everyone has posted so far.

That's not how many I personally own - my wife would have something to say if the number of unbuilt kits reached over 20 (not including miniatures). My wife is a bit understanding of my miniatures collection, although I still face scrutiny whenever I bring home more from the hobby shop. She'll say something like, "Why don't you finish painting the ones you already have before you buy some more?" Wink [;)]

Personally, in regards to unbuilt kits, right now I have 1 armor, 1 aircraft, and 2 car kits. But then I also (easily) have 300+ miniatures, a couple of larger GW kits and 3 Forge World (resin) kits to still put together. Smile [:)]
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 2:26 AM
To Bayonet Recon: [:0]

To Darrenbb: 47 models per year is a lot, but that's mostly masters, and conversions of those masters. Once the 'kit' is designed, my job is over, so there's no assembly so to speak, no painting, no decalling, no diorame, no weathering,... A single master can take me 3-5 days, a conversion of a master just 1 hour sometimes, but sometimes a day or two.

A normal model I build for myself, either from a kit or scratch will take me much longer... Sometimes years! Blush [:I]
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