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How much money would you sell your built models for???

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How much money would you sell your built models for???
Posted by cruz missile on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:54 PM

Considering the amount of time you put into these things, what price tag would you put? I mean, some people are more talented than others while some are just clean builders and don't have to put much aftermarket stuff on the models to make them great. I would like to sell some of my stuff but in reality, I know I will be regreting it, not that I consider myself a great model builder but I do put a lot of time on my models.....

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Posted by plasti-shack on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 3:18 PM

Hi ya cruz, I don't think I would ever consider selling a kit that I built, they are pricele$$ to me, lol. That said, lets look at things in a money spent way, just for S's&G's...

1. Average Revell kit                  $25.00

2. 1 Can of Testors Primer         $5.00 (for the Body)

3. 1 Can of Testors Paint           $5.00 (for the Body)

4. 1 Can of Testors Clear           $5.00 ( for the Body)

5. 1 Tube of CA/Supier Glue      $2.00 (could be more or less, depending on what you use)

6. 1 Can of Testors Black Paint  $5.00 (for chassis or interior)

7. Misc. other paints/glues         $2.00

8. Misc. Parts box items            $3.00


                                WOW     $52.00

...and you haven't even considered your time, different and/or more expensive paint, polishing items, other kits used for kitbashing and aftermarket parts Dead

Kinda sick when you think about it that way, but it is still cheaper than a most other hobbies and it makes my wife happier than if I had spent it at the local watering hole, lol Make a Toast Laugh


Toss that stupid diecast in the recycle bin and build something !

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Posted by Chillyb1 on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 6:11 PM

Unlike you guys, I'm not sentimental about my builds. I sell everything I build on eBay just as soon as I'm done with it. And I don't do my accounting the same way. I like building models and am indifferent about collecting and/or displaying them. I sell what I build in order to finance more kits and more supplies and it seems to work out okay for me. I do pretty decent work and use a lot of photoetch stuff, but I'm not a super-detail builder so it isn't like I'm putting thousands of hours and hundreds of dollars into each build. And, while I'd like to be getting more money for my builds, what I do get covers pretty much what I want to spend.

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Posted by 01jeepxj on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 6:20 PM

i have built/sold nascars in the 89/90's. i figured about $20.00 for kit/paint etc. more if aftermarket decals etc. were involved. got $70-$75 per. about a break even deal at the time considering my time.  Sigh

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  • From: Greenville, SC
Posted by Mkowa PhD on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 6:31 PM

Like is says in my signiture...


a Bumper sticker: "You can have my models when you can pry my cold dead fingers from them!'


* Please Note-I do not sell any of my built or unbuilt kits-Thank you.* Yes, I am a PROUD PARENT OF A U.S. MARINE! (currently-9-11-09-BACK in the USA!)
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  • From: Fall River, Ma.
Posted by baycolony on Thursday, September 03, 2009 4:36 AM

I already told my wife that if something happened to me, don't just give any of my stuff away.  "There is a good nest egg there for you and its better than life insurance." 

 Here is a link to my other completed kits:

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Posted by dimaxion on Thursday, September 03, 2009 8:19 AM

I sold my entire collection in 1979 . I did not get what I exoected . You may see a build of yours being worth so much . What you get is disasappointingly less . Ebay may be your best bet . At Shows , you will probably sell more quickly . It is like what Manufactures gamble on . What will sell and what makes a dog ? A built up is worth less as the Buyer must want the finished product moreso than a kit . Think of yourself and what you would do . Open the box and build it your way or undo what someone else did . Some place a build up right on a shelf . Not many do this . I have a couple . I have and always feel funny looking at the finished product . I don't mess with it as the builds are better than I can do .  

   In any event , if you have to do this because of economics , we all feel bad for you . If it is for storage space ? You will regret selling even one . Box them up until you can acquire more space . The only constant in life is change . Fred Sterns in Buffalo , Deans Models in the Detroit area , and a couple others advertise in SA Magazine will buy models . 

    I deeply miss what I sold out . The regrets I got over . Thanx..My 2 cents 

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  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, September 03, 2009 8:43 AM

Most of my builds are of 1:1 cars I've owned in the past; because of the sentimental value, there's no way I would sell the assembled kits.

Plast-shack elaborated on the per-kit cost quite well. Another factor, however, is apportioning the cost of tools. How would you allocate the cost of a compressor, airbrush, Dremels, etc.?

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Posted by MikeMc on Sunday, September 06, 2009 5:36 PM


Plast-shack elaborated on the per-kit cost quite well. Another factor, however, is apportioning the cost of tools. How would you allocate the cost of a compressor, airbrush, Dremels, etc.?

What fool would buy my stuff???

As far as my tool costs go I have hand tools for my hands...and they work on many things other than models!!

HANG UP AND DRIVE........ Mike

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Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, September 07, 2009 8:50 AM

Hey--CRUZ M ,, The value is proportional to what the buyer,s reasons are. I have ,in the past ,been paid as much as $ 250.00 for a built car, and as little as $ 5.00. It depends on many factors, Why are you selling? Do you have to sell? and how long are you willing to hold out for a certain price?Buyers, on the other hand, want something for next to nothing most times. There are those, that can appreciate the workmanship,but ,just don,t have time to build themselves. Those kind of buyers are rare. I was going to make a sale once, until I found out the buyer was going to buy to let the kid play with it!!.That,s one time I will not sell. If that was what I wanted, I would just give mine to the neighbor boy.I look at it this way, I put to much time and money(base costs)into the model .I will decide how it ends or endures. There was a VERY poor child in my "hood" when I lived in CAL. I gave him most of my built ups when I moved to TEXAS. Guess who I ran into at ALAMO/I.P.M.S. show with his newly adopted mom and pop!! He still has the cars!!! Now, thats what I call a wise use of my built-ups. He is very involved in the hobby and knows the value of something special!!That is about all you can hope for. I have a part in my living will where All models are to be distributed as follows. SHIPS-maritime museums ( if they will accept them) CARS- The model car museum. Any others go to the V.A. occupational/recreational therapy dept. That way the will be appreciated.    oldcarguy

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Posted by carrucha on Monday, September 07, 2009 1:59 PM

If I had to sell my built models I would like to at least recoup the cost of the kit and building materials.


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Posted by cruz missile on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 1:36 PM

Okay, how much would you guys pay for something like this.....

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Posted by cruz missile on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 1:40 PM

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Posted by Ragnar on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 1:53 PM

I can't seem to bring myself to sell any of my models. Even when I build a SlotCars for someone else, I hate to see it leave. When we had our house fire I had over 800 completed Car Models, Over 200 Military Vehicles, about 60 model Aircraft, !400 1:32 SlotCars, over 60 Vintage 1:24 SlotCars(all ones that I built and raced in the 60s & 70s), And thousands of wargaming figures. Most of the models, and figures were modified, Detailed and given A top quality paint job.




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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, September 17, 2009 5:34 PM

Hi CRUZ---- Now , that is one beautiful MERC !! I would gladly pay (if I was buying) double what I paid for my HIROHATA merc from FRANKLIN MINT.Shoot, you got way more detail than one could rightfully expect,high quality work(obviously a lot of love for the task at hand) And that my friend is the kicker. You have built a model that shows your passion for quality and finish and detail . As I said. It,s worth a lot . Probably worth a whole lot more to you. After all, it,s one of your babies right?You have built a true beauty queen with wheels. Thank you for sharing it with us.      oldcarguy

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Posted by cruz missile on Friday, September 18, 2009 7:31 AM

Thanks man, it's never easy getting rid of your built models specially after putting so much time into them. I have sold a few from my stash, some I have gotten pretty good money for but there is always that part of you that always regrets it.....Sad

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Posted by Nimrok on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 2:50 PM

If I was a collector I personally would need to personally see it up close, but from how it looks through the picture I'd say it looks like its about $25-$30

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Posted by kopperkart on Friday, September 06, 2019 4:42 PM

Your work is above average. Asking builders to price it fairly is difficult, but to collectors it is wide open if the subject is one they like.

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Posted by htown2 on Friday, September 06, 2019 6:10 PM

I've sold about 50 built kits on ebay over the last six months.  Mainly thinning and high grading my collection of over 150 completed kits.  Most of them were earlier AMT, Revell and Monogram kits.  Most were factory stock, some drag racers and customs. All had decent paint jobs, were detail painted and foiled.  None would have been contest winners due mostly to small flaws that judges like to find.  The selling prices ranged from 20$ to 80$ with me paying shipping.  Even using photo's people seem to be able to identify quality.   I did put a big disclaimer that I would not accept returns for minor flaws or parts coming loose during shipping.  For the most part I have got positive feedback and no negatives.  For that Merc , I think I would put a starting price on an auction for it at 150$ and see what happens. None of my builds were near that detailed and nice.



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