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How much is "too much" - unassembled kits
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 4:22 PM
Hello,

Maybe is the 1000th time that somebody talks about the number of unassembled kits in stock. I wonder how much is too much... I have so far 130.
Also, I've being wondering if there is a solution to the following problems:
- when all your stock consists of planes and somehow you are having this "new" affection for armour?
- am I going to be able to build all this before I die ?- assuming a peaceful death when I am 99 years old
- should I accept a job relocation after knowing that I have to move along that stock...
Any thoughts?
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Posted by shermanfreak on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 4:57 PM
Been there.....done that.....mostly sold out. After determining that it would have taken me approximately 827 years to complete all the kits I had, things had to change. I narrowed my focus from W.W.II armour to W.W.II allied armour and then went even further than that and became what I am today...just a Shermanfreak. LOL

Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by berny13 on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 10:18 PM
How much is too much? Don't know. Havent reached that point yet. I sold all my armor kit about ten years ago and now only have aircraft kits. How many do I have? Too many to count, but someday I will build them and even add more to my collection.

Berny

 Phormer Phantom Phixer

On the bench

TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

Revell F-4E Phantom II 33rd TFW, 58th TFS, 69-260, 1/32 scale. 

Tamiya F-4D Phantom II, 13th TFS, 66-8711, 1/32 scale.  F-4 Phantom Group Build. 

 

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 5:11 AM
Too many? My unbuilt kit collection is in the four-digit range and I still continue to buy more. I suppose I need professional help, but that's one for Dr. Phil. I came to a decision a while back to limit the scope of what I collect. I'm now selling tons of kits on consignment and ebay. Even with my "new" collecting philosophy, I will still have many kits but hopefully far less that the estimated 2000 or so 1/72 airplanes that I have now. If it's any consolation, every modeler I know has a sizable "stash" of kits - usually a couple hundred or so.

Regards,

Pat
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 10:46 AM
My perspective on 'too much' would depend on a couple of things:
1. How much do you normally build? A guy who builds 20 kits per year is different than someone who builds 1 or 2.
2. Are you a 'collector' or a 'builder'. Collecting is fine if that's your hobby. Just don't pretend you're a 'builder' if your not building.

I see kits everyday that I want to add to my 'stash'. It's usually a passing fad and I've been able to resist the urge. I have a rule that I NEVER buy a kit on impulse. I always leave it on the shelf, then go home and look at my stash. Usually there's something in there that I want to build MORE than the one I just saw and my 'urge' goes away. Every now and then there is a special item that I can't pass up though...

M.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 24, 2003 6:49 PM
We could all keep this pretty simpple with having enough or not but who's to say one may never know what the next project will bring so having a good reserve comes in handy for the unexpected search for parts and a good list of others with many kits willing to work with you comes in handy also. Don't really worry about the completion of what I have but the probablility of having what I need at that particular point in time that I begin to look for a certain part that I need. Enough of the rambling time to get some work done. Really enjoying the site..
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Posted by rossjr on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 9:02 AM
No such thing as too much, unless you talk to my wife.

Like you I have 130 + kits but in a variety of genre's. Some kits I intend to build and others are investments. At some point I will sell some or all of them off, but until then..... I have left instructions with my kids to keep what they want but to sell the rest, I really don't want to see them at the Goodwill...
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 10:26 AM
You know...it's not exactly pertaining to having too many unassembled kits, but in my will...I've asked that all my hobby stuff, that the family doesn't want for themselves, be donated tothe local boys country here in Houston.

That would be all my RC cars, sports equipment, (now modeling), and such..

There are other threads where we talk about how to get kids and others involved into this hobby, to keep it going...this is a good way..

Places like Boys country or toys for tots and such...these are places where we can instill a love for modeling at an early age. Some of these kids would LOVE stuff like this...

Just a thought...
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 12:40 PM
I was pushing 100 a couple years ago. But I have put myself on model probation since then. I only buy "must have" kits, like Tamiya's new P-47 Thunderbolt. But the numbers are going down. I would like to get down to about ten unbuilt kits. I have also started to build a lot more 1/72 scale a/c, I can build these much quicker due to the lack of detailing needed.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 4:35 PM
There is no such thing as too many kits. :-)
The better question to ask may be "How many kits do you need?" and the answer to that one would be "Just one more." ;-)

Myself, I haven't counted my kits to get an exact number (I'm actually a little scared to) but my best, rough, guesstimate would be 100-150. My opinion on it is even if I never get some of those kits built though, half of the fun of modelling is just opening that box, pulling out the sprues, and dreaming/planning/scheming about what you would like to see happen to all those little pieces of plastic. That to me is worth the price of admission right there. And, as they say in the ships forum, "Whatever floats your boat!" :-)

Well, I've gotta go...I have a dream...

Ray
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Posted by Keyworth on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 11:16 PM
Too many kits! Blasphemy. You can always add "just one more" whether you buy 'em to build or buy 'em to think about building 'em. My wife doens't ake me if I need a kit I buy any more. She just asks "where will you find the room?". :) Regards-Ed
"There's no problem that can't be solved with a suitable application of high explosives"
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Posted by paulnchamp on Thursday, March 13, 2003 10:03 AM
Too many unbuilt kits?? Well, look at it this way -
1. They don't go bad. In a worse case scenario, you might need to buy new decals.
2. Many will appreciate in value.
3. You can always trade them.
4. You can always sell them.
5. And most importantly, they give you something to look forward to!
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Friday, March 14, 2003 1:57 PM
Is 4500 kits too many? LOL

Fade to Black...
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 14, 2003 4:56 PM
You can never have 'too much'. How many of you saw a kit years ago and passed it by only to have to purchase it later at 'collector' prices just because you want to build it now. I believe that if you 'might' want to build a kit, buy it. If you later decide that you don't want to build it, you can sell it, pass it on to a child to build, donate it to the local club for a raffle prize, or give it to your wife as a 'sacrifice'.

(see picture on page 4 of open challenge to all modelers)
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 14, 2003 6:07 PM
this is offtopic tho: anyone willing to sell any kits? im intrested in 1/32 kits, anything tamiya, and rf4 phantoms.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 15, 2003 10:14 PM
I have about 230 or so.to many? my wife would say that .But the kids have gotten interested in building.That will hold her at bay for awhile. At least until they start their own collections. But seriously I am affraid to purdge my collection becouse there is a varity of differnt kits.Aircraft,armor,boats ,cars and in different scales.This way I can build what ever I am in the mood for with minimal cost. have fun with it!
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 17, 2003 1:00 PM
i read on a website this guy has around 6500 kits!
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 7:48 AM
Thanks, after all, I think that everyone has always a good way to see it and some of your suggestions are really worthy.

Anyway, though I had been in probation in the last 3 months, I still look at the hobby shop shelves so I can find that ultimate kit that I might buy, even under my wife's approval.

Regards.
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Thursday, March 20, 2003 10:55 PM
Okay, I'll give in... This is only about 1/3 of the collection.



Fade to Black...
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Posted by J-Hulk on Friday, March 21, 2003 12:34 AM
Here's another angle:
I have about 250 unbuilt kits, around half of them back in the States, and half here in Japan. There's usually always something on the workbench, and if the going gets rough, if I lose focus, or otherwise have a hard time with a certain project, nothing clears my head more or gets me back into a creative modeling mood than just browsing through that collection of unbuilts. It takes my mind off the woes of the current project while keeping me focused on modeling in general. I'm usually rarin' to get back to the current project after a quick sabbatical with the unbuilt collection.
~Brian
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Friday, March 21, 2003 12:09 PM
Knowutcha' mean. Sometimes I just like to go down into the dungeon and say, "HI!" to my little friends.

Fade to Black...
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Posted by Jim Barton on Friday, March 21, 2003 3:58 PM
Amazing! I've only got 7 (that's right, just 7) kits waiting to be built and every time I bring home another one from a show kit vendor, I say to myself, "I'm creating a monster here!" But after prowling through this page, I see I've got a long way to go to catch up to you guys! :-)

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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Posted by Buddho on Friday, March 21, 2003 10:16 PM
I don't think you can have too many kits, because after all, you bought them and wanted each and every one of them for one reason or another. I might have 200 but have a long way to go. There are too many good kits out there that I haven't bought yet!

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Posted by fussionboy on Wednesday, April 2, 2003 11:26 AM
Hi I'm Fussionboy and i'm a plastiholic. I can stop buying kits any time i want to, but i don't want to. if this was a 12 step deal my wife would be an enabler. she see's my collecting as my hobby. she is into her stuff and i support and help purchase what ever she needs to work on what ever she wants. others have brought up the fact of if you see something you want buy it. this is true especialy with all the old kits being reissued lately.I would rather spend 12-25 dollars on a kit than do something else with the money and have nothing to show for it. a freinds wife banned him from my hobby room after seeing all my sci-fi and aircraft hanging from the ceiling. this is a great hobby that teaches so much ie paitience, hand eye coordination and history, and more than i could name here. yes I am a plastiholic, but am i having fun doing it and no hang overs the next day. P.S. there are never to many kits in a collection, what you don't build give to a kid and send him/ her home to find the joy of the hobby for him/her self.
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Posted by Woody on Monday, April 7, 2003 6:16 AM
No such thing as "too much"! As for switching to armour that's great news. We A/C types were running out of viable targets. Just kidding. best regardsBig Smile [:D]

" I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." --John Paul Jones
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Posted by Jim Barton on Thursday, May 8, 2003 8:53 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Jim Barton

Amazing! I've only got 7 (that's right, just 7) kits waiting to be built and every time I bring home another one from a show kit vendor, I say to myself, "I'm creating a monster here!" But after prowling through this page, I see I've got a long way to go to catch up to you guys! :-)
Make that 11 kits now. A: I forgot one kit while I was mentally counting for my original post here (how can you guys keep track of hundreds of kits when I can't even remember if I've got 7 or 8?Smile [:)]); and B: I just picked up three more at a model kit show. I'm creating a monster here!Smile [:)]

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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