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That Model Kit is Now Worth Something: sell... keep... or build?

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  • From: Belmont MA
That Model Kit is Now Worth Something: sell... keep... or build?
Posted by nells250 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 3:32 PM

I have been in a modeling slump for a long time... after having been in an even LONGER slump. 

But recently I was clicking around Ebay and noticed the Tamiya Aston Martin DBS kits were all priced over $100.

I took the plunge and picked one up when they were released, and it has been in "the stack" since.  

So now I am in a quandary... Keep it in the stack?  Or try to sell it and pay some bills?  

It is a rare topic for a 1/24 model kit, which is why I bought it in the first place.  BUT I am in such a bad modeling frame of mind, I am afraid to build the thing (READ: afraid to make a mistake).  

What have YOU ALL done when you've found out a kit you own may actually have acquired some value? 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:17 PM

I build it!

I don't buy them to sit in the box on a shelf.

If you don't think you will ever build it, it's not worth buying or hanging on to.

I've spent well over $100.00 on a single kit often and it doesn't deter me from building them.

I once spent around $300.00 on a mint, in box Johan 1961 Plymouth Fury kit.

Initially, I felt that I had probably gone over the line, but after thinking about it, I decided that money is absolutely not everything, and once it's gone, I never look back on it and miss it, so I got out the kit and got busy.

Now I have a beautiful 1961 Fury in my collection and the money means nothing to me.

If I had not spent it on the model, the money would have likely been spent on something that I would have never remembered.

 

 

Steve

 

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Posted by htown2 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:58 PM

You can have your cake and eat it too.  Built models sometimes sell for very good prices especiallly of unique subjects and clean builds.  I'm currently thinning my built collection by selling some on ebay and have been happy with the prices I'm getting.  Looking at that gorgeous Plymouth I would wager you would get more than your $300 out of it.

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Posted by Plowboy on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:02 PM

I build them no matter what they're worth. I built an original SMP '60 Chevy pickup. I tossed the stock junk and modified it the way I wanted. Someone let it lay around for almost 60 years and never enjoyed it. They're not worth anything until you build them.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:05 PM

htown2

You can have your cake and eat it too.  Built models sometimes sell for very good prices especiallly of unique subjects and clean builds.  I'm currently thinning my built collection by selling some on ebay and have been happy with the prices I'm getting.  Looking at that gorgeous Plymouth I would wager you would get more than your $300 out of it.

 

I will possibly find that out when I'm too old to build and no longer have the space to house my collection.

When that day comes, none of my family is intersted, or will want to deal with my collection, so at that point I may try to sell it off.

Who knows, maybe I'll make gobs of money, or maybe barely enough to buy a case of beer.

Either way, as long as it will make someone else happy, I'm good with it.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:09 PM

Plowboy

I build them no matter what they're worth. I built an original SMP '60 Chevy pickup. I tossed the stock junk and modified it the way I wanted. Someone let it lay around for almost 60 years and never enjoyed it. They're not worth anything until you build them.

 

I hope that you didn't literally "toss" the "stock Junk"!

That stock junk could very well be worth more than the finished model to someone who is restoring vintage kits.

 

 

Steve

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Posted by RT80BIRD on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:36 AM

When i first got back into models i bought whatever i thought was cool.  i still have some of those and i watch ebay and sometimes can make a few bucks on them re selling them. Im good with that because those particular kits dont mean anything to me.  As i got more in depth in the hobby as an adult i bought out of production vintage ones i had as a kid and some i have paid dearly for and yes i build those because to me its worth more seeing it on the shelf. Plus i display the boxes too which are neat to look at also. 

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Posted by nells250 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 1:55 PM

I have read and understand people's comments here.  Though I do have to remind folks that not everyone's financial situation is stable and/or ideal.  

Embarrassed

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:30 PM

Nells, for that amount, I'd sell it.  Tamiya usually re-issues their car kits every once in a while; I'd feel confident you'll have another shot at it for less.  I built that kit and while it is quite nice I don't feel it's near the finest offering I've built from them.

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 6:53 PM

nells250

I have read and understand people's comments here.  Though I do have to remind folks that not everyone's financial situation is stable and/or ideal.  

Embarrassed

 

If you need the money, get rid of it!

 

Steve

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Posted by cp1963 on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:50 PM

Do what is best for you and your situation, no one will fault you.  i have several kits thats I see selling for big bucks, but I build everything I buy, sometimes it may take me a while to get to it.  My financial situation isfar from ideal, four children, three of whom are in college, and my youngest will be a senior in high school this year.  God works everything out, I still pay all my bills, get to buy an occassional kit, and enjoy nuilding what I have.  

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  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 2:26 PM

Fior what it's worth, if you don't Really need the money, I'd say build it.  I look at this hobby the same way I looked at my Model A - it's a car, and cars were made to be driven.  It's a Model, and it was made to be built.  

Eric Automobile

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  • From: Montreal, Canada
Posted by Rockgarden on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:46 AM

I concur with previous replies. If you really need the money, sell the kit.  Otherwise, assuming that you bought the kit with the intention of building it, put it aside until you are back in a state where you're itching to build it. Then build it.  If you bought the kit just to keep it in the box indefinitely, I suppose that's OK too, but you're depriving yourself of the true enjoyment of the kit in that case, at least in my opinion.   I hope this helps... 

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