Honestly Flea markets and antique malls would have been the last place I looked for model kits but since the recent ungodly price increases even 10 dollar sealed kits are less than half of current retail. I can honestly say even without these awesome finds I wouldn't be back in the hobby. there is no reason for 10 oz. of styrene plastic to cost 25 dollars or more.
I couldn't agree more. well said.
I've been buying and finding most of my kits from places like this for the last few years now. Some are unbuilt, some are already put together or glue bombs. Either way I find them, its is a lot better alternative than paying 20-25 dollars or more for one new kit.
My local hobby shop recently got a bunch of pre built and scrap kits / used kit parts galore in stock. So you can guess what I was buying. Yesterday, I bought 8 "scrap" / glue bomb kits and a box full of various tires, engines and other very useful kit parts for $35. This is what I found:
2 AMT 66 novas ( 1 built, 1 unbuilt) , Monogram 56 chevy (built), Monogram ZZ top 33 ford (built), Revell 93 chevy caprice cop car (unbuilt), AMT/Monogram 53 ford truck flipnose (built), Revell early 80's el camino (built), AMT 65 el camino (built).
With the exception of the built 66 nova kit ( missing a truck lid) all the kit bodies I got were complete and quite buildable/ saveable.. They were missing wheels and engines and maybe some other small piceces for the most part. Which isn't a big deal for me as I have a nicely stocked parts box to fill in the voids.
If you can't find or afford to buy it, Build or make it yourself.
On my bench: 57 Ford skyliner, 56 chevy gasser, 57 ford gasser, 2- 72 Novas , 69 nova, 54 chevy fieldcar, 61 Galaixe , 63 Buick electra convertible..along with a handfull of stalled builds I need to finish. Basicaly too many.