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Dean, I have a lot of doubles, and some multiples. 2 Tripes, 2 Pfalzzzz, 2 Pups, 7 DVIIs, and only 5 Albies. Herr Clunk has the market cornered on Albies.

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It is definitely cheaper than flying.  And I'm not aware of anyone who's ever died from crashing a plastic model :)

 

Caution, wife may throw built and unbuilt models from the balcony, including modeler as well. cop.gif

 

Yea, myself i got around 240 boxes (no alarm, mostly kits are 1/144 and 1/72 including figures and all), some doubled, or simply "renewed" such as buying to academy 1/48 mig-21 some companions produced by eduard and trumpeter :)  With my top production rate (5 yearly) it is somewhat achiveable, but interestingly enough, majority of my kits could be done as weekend projects. The biggest issue is shelf space, so i guess, it would be wise try to part with the kits that i dont want so desperately :)

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I know I'll never build even a tenth of the kits I've acquired (and continue to acquire) over the years - not even if I somehow were to resume the breakneck build pace of my youth (It was not uncommon for me to "build" as many as three kits in a weekend - though I'll admit the build quality led to most of them being consumed by fireworks, thrown off buildings, etc).

 

But I have a recurring fear that one day I will drop dead and my wife will decide to unload the kits at a yard sale, not knowing how much I've waste...er....invested on them over the years.  Not sure I want to have that discussion with her!

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But I have a recurring fear that one day I will drop dead and my wife will decide to unload the kits at a yard sale, not knowing how much I've waste...er....invested on them over the years.  Not sure I want to have that discussion with her!

 

I've already had it with mine. She knows how much my stash is worth and I've told her how to best liquidate it if I shuffle off before she does. I don't like the idea of some chancer with a van making off with it all for peanuts.

 

- Steve

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If I see correct, tables are labeled, so i figure you have to bid on separate sub-lot. But even so it will fetch a lot less as breaking it into separate kits. This will surely be good opurtunity for the second-hand model shop owners.

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Just checked the date of that auction and it was back in July 2012!

 

Further investigation on the web told me that they were divided up into 170 separate lots that went for a grand total of 8,800 UK Pounds. Which still less than their true value.

 

- Steve

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I fear this is the future of many of our stash's....

 

http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/1200-model-kits-auction-after-4406701

 

Either that or I might have it in my will to give away one kit to each modeler from a few local clubs if they attend my funeral.   That way when people see my funeral procession heading down the road they will have thought I was someone important!

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Either that or I might have it in my will to give away one kit to each modeler from a few local clubs if they attend my funeral.   That way when people see my funeral procession heading down the road they will have thought I was someone important!

If Rog did that, it would look like a state funeral.

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If Rog did that, it would look like a state funeral.

 

lol :D ... I haven't yet made a will ... but I've been thinking about it lately ...

 

I guess I'll have to throw a few LSPer's in the mix - I'd like any leftovers to go to someone who could appreciate them.

 

I won't name names though - It could prove too tempting for someone to plan my early 'departure' ;) ;)

 

Rog :)

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Interesting point. I think some here might consider the same. Who in the heck is going to want my collection of Windsock Datafiles, and Monogram close-ups??

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The problem with this is that the stash, whatever the strategy (I'm a theme and basic accumulation guy) eventually gets too big. That's why I'm Ebaying a bunch of stuff, mostly jets, to concentrate on 1/48 and 1/32nd props; my place is too small, and the stash ahs grown to monumental proportions. Its also amazing to me how I'm taking a loss on many of  these models. Its like my Grandpa used to tell me, "Something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it."

 

In other words, don't let the stash get too big, because you'll never get your moolah back!

 

Bob

 

What I did was to list my sales (on an Excel spreadsheet) with date bought and price, then simply depreciate them by 10% per year - that makes things look a whole lot better, particularly those you've had so long that the "current value" figure drops to zero. 

 

But I also look at it this way:  I've spent the money on the kit; if I built it I would get nothing back, and would even expend a small amount of money in terms of consumables (paint, glue, etc); so any return I get by selling a kit off instead of building it is a profit.

 

I've said before ...

 

I buy NOW, rather than later ... for retirement ... because I have cash to spare now ... but probably won't have huge amounts when I retire.

I am also short of time for recreational stuff at the moment - so not a lot of build time ... I build the odd kit ... but over a loooooong time!

 

I adopted this approach to "stash acquisition" after about 6-12 months being a member on the forums ... Until, that point I probably had about 20 AFV kits in the stash and a couple of LSPs. I kept reading posts where people were struggling to afford a new kit out on the market and complaining about pricing putting the kit out of reach for them ... Most of these comments (it must be said, not all) were coming from retired folk.

 

So, for me, there are two phases ...

 

Phase one - During my working life:

* Purchase NOW whatever takes my fancy - toward certain display goals mainly ... But I'll invest in a couple of other kits for trading purposes if the price is right!

* Upgrade the stash from time to time ... Ie. ZM are about to release a series of Fw.190's ... I've got a bunch of Hasegawa stuff in the stash ... But I've got no hesitation in upgrading at present (providing the accuracy is there) ... Because I CAN! ...

* "Turnover" kits and "speculative investments" are continually bought/sold.

 

Phase two - When I retire:

* I will have a list of items to buy when I retire ... but that will be (mainly) it! ... For example: No one has yet released a Do.17z in 1/32 - but that is the No.1 Item on my wish list (and then there's daylight down to No.2!!) ... You can bet whatever you like, I'll grab one of those WHEN retired if it doesn't come out before.

* I aim to have everything I need (for what I want to display) in my stash before I retire ... It doesn't matter if some are not the "ultimate" kit ... just as long as they're accurate as can be expected.

 

I don't expect a lot of people will agree with my approach ... and to those who want to call me a "Hoarder" etc - Stiff Cheddar!!! (probably just jealous anyway).

 

Otherwise ... peace out! :D

 

Rog :)

 

That's more or less what I did.  But since I retired I've discovered that there are still new kits I want to buy, but many of those I own I have lost interest in building.  This may be due to declining interest in the subject matter/new interests coming along), duplication (did I really ever want 5 1:48 F-104s??), replacing earlier dodgy kits with better replacements (only where this would actually produce a significant improvement), or simply recognising that the eyesight was starting to favour 1:32 above 1:48.

 

And come to think of it, now I'm retired there's not that much more time for modelling anyway, too much other stuff to do.

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Interesting point. I think some here might consider the same. Who in the heck is going to want my collection of Windsock Datafiles, and Monogram close-ups??

 

Me!

 

In return, I'll leave you my Squadron In Detail, In Action & Walk Arounds. And Detail & Scale. And Warbird Techs.

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