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  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by tachyonbb on Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:03 PM

So, I am sitting on a small collection of 300+ unbuilt kits.  We built our house 40+ years ago and at the time we figured it would be our "forever" home. Well health issues have interevened and taking care of 2 acres of yard and 3 floors of house are taking its toll and we have begun to discuss downsizing. 

My spouse wants me to keep the kits so my grandsons can enjoy building them. Probably not going to happen.  They like the occasional snap kit I buy them and we build together but neither is a car nut. The kits take up half of a small bedroom.  

Options are to keep them and let others handle the mess when I am gone, sell the entire collection or sell a bunch of ebay and keep the 40 or so I may be able to build.   Anyone else facing this situation? Is there something I have not thought of? 

  • Member since
    August 2008
  • From: jacksonville fla
Posted by oldnslow on Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:23 PM

I'm in the same boat , we've been in the same house for 43 years , have way too many kits to even think about getting them all built . Probably going the e-bay/model show sales route with the emphasis on e-bay , selling groups at a time to move them quicker . Right now I have them in storage boxes that could be shipped as is and would save me time in packaging , but that's 20 - 25 kits at a time , so the price hopefully wouldn't be too high , depending on what was in the box .

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  • Member since
    September 2008
Posted by rebel70 on Thursday, November 22, 2018 1:58 AM

This subject just came up today as i was visiting my dad. He has a collection of every Big Rig Kit made in the USA since the 60's all built and still loves building at 78, butit takes up a 14x 14 room and he knows time is coming to a end and was wondering what to do with the builds so he has started giving a few away to friends who drove for companies whos logos are on them. but i would love to have this collection but L myself have over 300 built up cars and mostly pick ups and i'm in the same boat, i'm 55 and know if i get his collection plus mine my kids will have to get rid of them when time comes ,so when is it time to quit building









  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:21 AM

"so when is it time to quit building" I think the bigger question, at least in my case, is when to quit buying.  I have 250 +/- kits and will probably build one or two a year and I am 70 years old.  Each year I will sell off 10-15 kits at the local model show, but will usually come home with two or three more, and will hit Ollie's and Hobby Lobby for special buys.  I really need to get serious about the future of my collection, there are no kids, grandkids, nephews, or nieces.  Right now storage is no real issue, I have a full-size basement and plenty of shelf space for the unbuilts.  So I guess my real dilemma is how to pare down the collection and keep those I am really serious about building.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    November 2017
  • From: Greenfield Indiana
Posted by Wrenching ford on Thursday, November 22, 2018 9:45 AM

All in fun, I wish I had that problem! I have two boys that go thru them like water goes thru a faucet.It's hard enough to keep me supplied let alone two others! All in all I don't think I would have it any other way, I get to spend many hours building withwith all of us together. That's the real reward!

  • Member since
    November 2018
Posted by Vic2003 on Friday, November 23, 2018 2:47 PM

To the gents who are downsizing, would any of you all have a '63 Ford Galaxie? '58 Buick? I think it was a '58...

Let's see, what else is on my wish list here.

'61 Ford station wagon? '69 Chevy Caprice? '66 Bel Air? or, dare I dream, a '68 Dodge Polara? What a hell of a car that was!

But what am I saying? Any kit buys will have to wait until I upgrade my shop with an airbrush and paint booth. But then, I don't think any of y'all are in any hurry.

To Wrenching Ford, I must say, you are in an enviable dilemma! I hope these collectors are inspired to play Santa, perhaps?

  • Member since
    August 2004
  • From: USA
Posted by eaglecentral on Sunday, November 25, 2018 11:21 AM

I have the same problem, having moved into a condo two years ago after selling my home.  My stash, about the same size as yours, is in my condo storage closet taking up space.

Our IPMS club holds an annual contest that draws a good bunch of modelers, both local and from outside the state.  About 20 to 25 vendors show up to sell their wares.  We sell vendor tables quite reasonble.  A single table can be had for less than $50.

A pal of mine with a similar surplus model problem, got himself a table at the contest and proceeded to unload most of his stash in one afternoon.  He  quickly had his table paid for and had a fistfull of loot to reinvest in tools and supplies.  I plan to do the same next contest.  

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:58 AM

Last year I did a reorganising of my stash of about 500 kits. Keeping them all stored in good condition was becoming a problem so decided it was time to get rid of some. With changing automotive interests it was easy to pull about 150 from the pile to sell. With a more critical review I could probably pull another 100 from the stash without too much grief.

So I rented a table at our local model & hobby show and started unloading them. It was a lot of fun. I only got rid of about 40 kits that day, but I'm in no hurry. There are other small model shows in my area that I could sell at also, should I feel the need to ramp up sales. It is great to meet other modellers on this level, and as mentioned, I found it a lot of fun. The money will be used to fund a hobby lathe and an Iwata airbrush that I've wanted for some time, and maybe a couple of high dollar resin kits I've had me eye on.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:25 AM

I retired 3 years ago and have gone crazy getting back into the hobby! I have frequented a few Model shows here in MN and MI looking for a 1960 Buick hardtop. I have come across convertibles and some hardtop promos (I purchased one that was in nice shape), but no kits. This was my first car and I would like to build one like it! So, if any of you have one you and would like to make my day! This is my e-mail address! Jsalsini52@


Thank You


  • Member since
    March 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 9:30 AM

1960 Buicks are scarce, however I recently picked up a really nice built up and added period correct license plates and an antenna and side view mirror. Back-in-the-day I had lots of '60 Buick kits as they were plentiful................


High octane

  • Member since
    October 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:28 AM

That is a nice one! The interior color looks like my old car! Thanks for sharing! 

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by tachyonbb on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:03 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies.  Renting a table sounds like a good idea but I don't know of any modeling clubs around here. The  closest town to me is Omaha and I don't know of any modeling clubs there. 



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