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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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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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Posted by Mkowa PhD on Wednesday, September 2, 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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Posted by baycolony on Thursday, September 3, 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 3, 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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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, September 3, 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 6, 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 7, 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 7, 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 8, 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 8, 2009 1:40 PM

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Posted by Ragnar on Tuesday, September 8, 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 3, 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 6, 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 6, 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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Posted by PlasticCrafts on Monday, October 7, 2019 2:30 PM

Right on. I have 188 models built and on desplay in my office and 93 left to build. After these 93 are built I think I'll be done building. I've never thought of selling any of my models but I have an inventory with approximate values so the misses will have an idea of what sell them for. But for now it's nice to sit back and look at them and imagine the real car back in the day.


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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, October 12, 2019 2:47 PM

I would be asking a considerable amount for a good majority of my builds if the day ever comes that I should sell them.

Not because I feel that I am such an exceptional builder, but because almost all of those built models are rare vintage kits to start with.

Right off of the bat I probably have anywhere between $50.00 and $250.00 into the kit alone.

Add the time and materials to that and you are reaching considerable sums.

The way I see it, if I ever decide to sell these old kits, you either pay the price, or I'll keep them.

If worse comes to worse and I HAVE to get rid of them at some point, I would rather give them to a fellow modeler or good friend than sell them cheap to somebody I don't know.




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Posted by PatrickW on Saturday, October 12, 2019 3:53 PM

I see quite a few on ebay here in the UK. Some ask silly prices (no disrespect meant) and some start at the base figure of 0.99p. Very few get above £10 as most of us want to build the kits we buy.

You can get reasonable prices for unbuilt kits but not built ones.

It is never taken into consideration by the buyers how much time or money on extras or paints.

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Posted by High octane on Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:27 PM

I've always enjoyed plastic modeling since the 50's and build for me. I've only built two models for other people as gifts and that's it as I don't finish enough for myself yet alone build for someone else. My built models are not for sale. I have been "thinnin' the herd" of my unbuilt model kits for a few years and still am.

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Posted by vettecote on Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:20 PM

WOW!   Old thread!  I wouldn't see a point in selling them! If you build for yourself, you'll never get an amount that would satisfy your getting rid of it. Second, if you do it professionally, the time that's put into it could never be recouped. No model is worth the money and time that someone puts into it...I think it would be more satisfying to give it away!...Joe.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:43 PM


 No model is worth the money and time that someone puts into it.


That's not necessarily true.

I have seen Paul Hettick builds sell on ebay for well into the thousands!




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Posted by BUGATTI FAN on Monday, October 14, 2019 3:04 AM
Realistically, auction houses are not really interested in anything made from plastic kits, also the average person does not equate model making hours in the same way as a tradesmans 's hourly rate. The real money is in scratch built models built to a very high standard.
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Posted by High octane on Monday, October 14, 2019 8:38 PM

Good point.

High octane

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Posted by rcarlisle on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:59 AM
I'm selling old builds on ebay now. I get from $5 - $50 for a build. I put a price on it and put it on BIN. these are things that no longer fit my current collection. Sold a ton of NASCAR models to slot car guys. If I listed it, I'm either over it, or will make enough to make me happy. Can't expect to cover any of your expenses or time or anything when selling. If you;re tired of it, sell it. $20 in my paypal is better than a car taking up space. And I can use the case that I don;t sell for something new. I have over 300 cases. So I have quite a bit tied up in cases. Sell it. Take what you get. If your work is good, your sell prices will increase. Auction only works well if you;re selling something somen wants in the days it is for sell. BIN it can sit on shelf and sell for your price or not.
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Posted by Tim Nolan on Sunday, October 27, 2019 8:04 AM

If your a really good builder, don't sell yourself short.  The work I have done in the Sci-Fi world brings in a lot more money, most of the bigger more detailed builds I have done in the last eight years sell for $2500 to $3500 with no problem.  Cars and bikes are a different story.  I just did a detailed 66' Batmobile for a customer which cost him $500 for my time and expenses, but when you break it down into cost of paints, glue, and your time, your making about $1-$4 an hour!  LOL!  You can't think of it that way tho.  Remember, and good majority of folks CAN'T do what your doing!  They are more than willing to pay well for a nice finished model of what they want!  I've been building for other folks for the last 8 years, now I'm back doing work for myself again.  It becomes a job when you have clients and deadlines.   

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, November 4, 2019 6:41 PM

It is almost funny that this old string has reappeared. I find it difficult in parting with my higher quality builds. The amount of money, materials, time, effort, love, that I invest in them make it very difficult to part with, and if I did I would be asking most likely too much.

With that said, I am contemplating on selling numerous BOXED KITS; either separately or in mass (around 86 of them). It is not that I've stopped building, but I have more kits than I could ever build in three lifetimes (no kidding).

This is not a classified posting of items for sale, but instead I am simply asking if selling or donating is my best option. If so, who are the better buyers of collections or ricipients of donations? etc. Does anyone have experience in selling mass collections or do you recommend individual sales? I have even considered donating them to my local IPMS club (?). I like the idea of donating many of them to veterans groups or active duty (?).

Just looking at what I am keeping will take around 50 years to finish (and that is just the auto/wheeled vehicles). I also have many armor, aircraft, and ship models; and I am 60 years old now!

I have given several kits away already to kids who seem to be interested in starting in modeling. Some were snap-tights while others were rare and detailed kits.  

Everything I am letting go is complete with box, instructions and decals. Only two have been started and three others have decal damage; everything else is like new in the box. Here are some of the ones (not showing any armor, aircraft, or die-cast models) I am parting with:

Like I said, I simply cannot build what I have, let alone these. This is my first part of my stash that I plan on purging. Anyone with experience selling unbuilt kits; Please give me you input on how to proceed, it is much appreciated.




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