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A Really Crazy Business Idea!!

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
A Really Crazy Business Idea!!
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 6, 2021 1:08 PM

Hi Ya'll

       Yes, it's me again! I was thinking about something of an idea I was kicking around waaaaay back in the day. What was it ? Here's the Gist of it. It comes back to something I replied to today about folks selling stuff by bits and pieces and full sprues on line.

     I was going to buy a Whole warehouse full of Models from somewhere in the Midwest. Then Hire a whole bunch of folks to cut the parts off the sprues and put each part in a drawer set aside for just that part. This was just for cars though. The rest would be sold in the Box.

     Why? Well, think about it. Back Then, You don't want to cut up a perfectly fine body for a Race or Custom car most of the time. They NOW really  cost to much. Shoot, maybe you only need the roof and door areas and your are doing a modified. Most I have seen are a far cry from Street autos. Now you come to my shop and you can even buy the whole kit.  Or just the Front clip, Dashboard, Seats whatever!

     Now the trick was this. Each part would be disassembled according to a professional Body shop Manual for that car! That way if all you needed was say the cowl and windshield then you'd buy the cowl and an.010 sheet plastic Part cut to fit that kit. The Sprues would be cut up to offer bottles of sprue glue to customers, in Thin , thick , and Thicker ! Also Clear!

     Instead, I bought Four large20'x20' Tuff Sheds .Left an aisle in the middle and packed them with models. You Pull your own and then Pay for your stuff. Now, that you've done that, here's a Coffee, a Iced tea or Soda. Set a spell, and talk about your model and what you hope to do with it. We had a refreshment bar on the deck in front of the buildings with a canvas cover and fans. At lunch time you would even be invited to chow down with us! The buildings faced the deck in a Semi Circle. Mama collected the cash at the kitchen window!

      It worked so well that for Three years I didn't even have what could be called a " Hobby Shop" Yes, I sold Paints and Supplies too. Nothing Rail Road related though! I guess it was just so much fun I never looked on it as a Business. My late wife( The First One) Said, that gave us the seed modey for another business we bought into. I was having so much fun I didn't notice it was called work!

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 6, 2021 2:08 PM

Well, that would be a nice service.

Part of me thinks though that it might be more profitable to send the whole kit for the price of the part, eliminating all the work of finding the part, cutting it out, packaging it. And having to inventory what you sold so as not to waste time looking for it later.


 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 7, 2021 7:54 AM


       I was surprised how many of the Neighborhood women and friends of my Wife loved doing it! Ginnie kept a little book by everyone's station to record their numbers and which drawer they were working on. Remember, at that time there were not many State of The Art Home Computers!

       The women were really surprised when I bought a salvage lot from a Truck Crash in Ohio and we even cut the tailight sections out of the fenders for some of the car makes. One woman all day cut off headlight rims and Eyebrows! And joked about  it too! Decal Sheets when Salvageable, were sold in Little bags for anywhere from 10-Cents all the way to 50-Cents. You shoulda seen the women who's job was Window components! They were always laughing and joking, but getting the job done.

        Oh ,if you are curious, NO, I did NOT pay by the part. I paid by the Hour! And they kept at it for three very profitable years. The Going Wage then for sit down jobs in Arkansas for women, was 4.00 Dollars an hour. I paid them 6$Hr. + Bennies! Turns out all these years later, it was probably one of the most fun and Profitable small business I ever was involved in!


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