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What is the strangest place you bought a kit?

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What is the strangest place you bought a kit?
Posted by mini man on Friday, February 10, 2017 1:42 PM

For me it was a ladies clothing shop! Got dragged in by my mum to help carry out bitz so decided to have a mooch round,Manna from heaven! in the back was a room about 10x15' FULL off Monogram car kits,I was like a pig in poopLaugh and often went back to get kits from Joan she was a pleasant lady and easy to chat with.Big Smile

That was in the late 80s and the kits were £2.50 a pop so I would buy kits for engines or wheels etc.

So where was your odd/surprise purchase from?

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...


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Posted by marcusadam on Friday, February 10, 2017 3:04 PM

I spent a lot of time in the 80's in ladies clothes shops with my Mum and never found any kits Tongue Tied

I guess the strangest place I've bought a kit was a clients house when I was fitting a kitchen, spotted a pile of aircraft kits in his lounge and got talking about them. He'd lost interest in cars so I bought a pile of them, maybe a dozen, for about 40 quid if I remember correctly

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Posted by 195X on Friday, February 10, 2017 7:36 PM

GOOD question! I never get to tell this one either. Every time I start my family pulls the fire alarm. That is a sign you're getting old gang!

Back in the day (late sixties, early seventies in my case) it wasn't uncommon to find kits everywhere you went. The hardware store, five and dime, Woolworths and the originator of K-mart... KRESGE'S! They were at craft stores and the fabric store my mom shopped at began carrying them because of all the ladies hauling their bored sons through the store.

But in 1978, on a trip to Gramma's in West Virginia, we had to make a pit stop in Ripley. Dad wanted to get some oil for the car so I went into the Western Auto with him. In fact, a Western Auto store, so far was the one place I never saw model kits. I suspect auto shops, both body and mechanical, are the same way, with the exception of the "Promo" models that were pre built because.. why? You got real cars here. I have looked by the way, and have never seen them in a Western auto since, including that store.

There on a shelf in a corner were a few dozen models, priced at three dollars each. There was an Aurora Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a tatty box.

I bought it and painted the red parts of the wings with my mom's nail polish. Then I assembled it with elmer's glue. THREE TIMES!!

This was during the days of sniffable adhesives and my Mom wasn't having them in her house.

i still have it, all taken apart and tucked away for one day...

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by DAYTONA on Friday, February 10, 2017 7:43 PM

...around 1985-86.....I worked in sales, so I was in and out of different places in different towns every day...cruising down a street one day in a town I visited often and passed a Vacuum Cleaner Store, they had a sign in the window, "Model Car Kits $1.00"......I slid to a halt, pulled into the parking lot and walked in to check it out....greeted by a couple of little old ladies and a kid working on a vacuum cleaner in the middle of the floor, belts, pile of lint a small room to the right there were shelves and shelves of old Johan kits, mostly old NASCAR kits....I checked my wallet real fast and I had nearly $80. on me, so I picked out every NASCAR kit and most of everything else too except a stack of Cadillac Hearses, I left them ...I was driving a Pinto of all things and barely had room for all the kits, the ladies were thrilled, I was thrilled, good day for all best find was a rummage sale, over a dozen vintage Corvette kits, all unopened, $2. each...when I said I would take them all, she gave them to me for $20. even


...took in a big box load of vintage built kits, 20 or so 1958-1962 AMT kits, as down payment on a real car (wrecked parts car)....

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Posted by deaf paul on Friday, February 10, 2017 7:55 PM

back as a kid in late 70,s . riding my bike all over the place with friends i stoped in at a pharmacy/ drug store ( probably for candy) way back in corner ,bottom of shelf   bunch of  models   wish i could remember them  i remember telling my dad and he went  there and bought every one.  maybe less than a dozen but i remember one model was a cord   sold them all at model A show.  really interesting topic

                                          def paul

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Posted by 93slammer on Friday, February 10, 2017 11:48 PM


They sold kit's in the 70's. They were all Revell I believe. They didn't have a large amount but they did have them. 

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Posted by DAYTONA on Sunday, February 12, 2017 10:18 AM

...AMT-Lesney, MPC

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Posted by gloozalot on Sunday, February 12, 2017 11:24 AM

A DX Service Station.  Early 1967 I skidded to a stop for some air riding my chrome plated Mattel Stallion bike.  Remember those?  Behind the counter were model car kits!!  I picked out a 1962 AMT Mercury Monterey HT for $1.  I took it home and cut the famous tape on the bottom edge of the box and guess what?  No chrome tree!!!   Amt used to have a statement that read if you found a problem with the kit, mail it post paid to AMT Corp. 1225 E. Maple Rd. Troy Mich. with a note as to what the problem was.  I did so and about two weeks later, Got a letter in the mail telling me AMT was sorry, but the Mercury was no longer available and I was sent not one but TWO 1967 Falcon kits as a replacement with a catalog.  Customer Service to the max I say!  I picked up at least three more kits from that station before the kits vanished.  Those were the fun days.

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Posted by mini man on Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:34 PM

Some interesting replies.Yes

Another one was a Pakistani news agents (news vendors ?) and I got a 32 chopped top ford  - since repopped by round two and repurchased!

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...


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Posted by Arthur Anderson on Monday, February 13, 2017 6:41 PM

About 1961, in a BARBER SHOP not far from my high school!


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Posted by rusty32rod on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:22 AM

     I remember back in the mid '80's, one of my summer jobs was working late nights / early mornings with a neighbor that had a small janatorial business. we stopped at a local bingo hall to strip & wax the floors one night and i spotted a couple of kits sitting on a table. the manager said if i do a good job on the floors, i could have them. i walked away with an original munster's koach and an MPC '57 chevy flip nose... both unbuilt. a week or so later, i scored a "diamond in the rough" kit, unopened, for $5 at a topless bar from the bar owner. he had a really neat collection in his office from what i recall. saw him a couple years later at a contest. i guess ya just never know what you might find & where you might find it.     

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Posted by lordairgtar on Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:04 PM

Louie's Drug Store. They had a soda fountain where you could buy Pepsi, Stewart sandwiches, malts and the like. Remember the popcorn maker that shook the popcorn pan similar to Jiffy Pop? They had that too. I remember buying a couple of 65 Polaras there as well as the 66 Monacos...or was that 65 Monacos and 66 Polaras...I don't know, but I bought them.


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Posted by FloridaBoy on Saturday, February 18, 2017 2:59 PM

I have been a model car builder for more years than i can count.  The one unique place that stands out for me is a 


In '63, I started surfing and surfboards were hard to come by, and I found this little surf shop that hand made boards for $110, specifically tailored for east coast waves. Additionally, his main gig was a bicycle shop, but surfing hit so hard back then, the bikes got dusty in the show room, and the repair area became a shaping room. 

The owner, Rich Richwagen, called me one evening and told me my board was ready.  I was at the shop in 30 minutes covering an hour drive.  He was putting on finishing touches while I waited and wandered around.  BAck in the corner on a shelf were a few AMT kits originally intended for retail sale. This was when 3in1's were a buck and a half, and special models were $2.  I found 10 kits, including a Galaxie Styline I have been looking for, and he said 5 bucks for the whole bunch.

What a weekend!!!!!  Thursday evening new board and new kits, and Friday night, building, and the surf was up all weekend!!!!!

Still have the Galaxie

Ken "Floridaboy" Willaman

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:32 AM

Oh Boy ! You are definitely NOT gonna believe this ! I was in good old BERKELEY waiting for a DR,s appt . Spotted a model low down in the window of a Gasp ! ! " Adult Book Store "

 Wandered in and asked the guy about it . His reply ,  "follow me" . We went down the hallway and lo and Behold a room full of ships and cars . Mostly Heller and Entex , With a few Large ( 1/16 and 1/8 Monogram kits ) I asked the inevitable question . His reply " Fifty " " What ?" " Fifty for all " " I need this room . Today only !"

 You'll never believe how fast I got my card out . I even got the one in the window which turned out to be a MPC Gang Busters kit . Told my Dr. He bought the " Big " T " that day .

    I won't say what he offered . Needless , I definitely hit the " Big One " that day . Store - Gone . Models , Most still in stash , except the big ones . Only one left there is Hellers Double deck Bus . Never have forgotten the look on the Hobby Depot owners face when I showed them to him . 

 Ah , the memories . O.C.G.



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