One Man's Trash is Another Man's Come Up...

Model shows have to be one of the best places to purchase kits at extremely low prices. The high cost of kits can often times prevent me from purchasing the latest, greatest model on the market. My stash is made up almost entirely of Revell/Monogram kits purchased from Michael's or AC Moore with a 40% off coupon (if I'm lucky, 50% off!) and the rest are out dated kits bought at bargain basement prices at these local shows. I really couldn't tell you when the last time was I bought a "new" kit.
There are lots of little gems to be had at these shows, if you search hard enough. Steve over at Scale Model Soup attended the same show I did last week, and challenged himself to purchase a decent kit for $5 and check out the deal he came away with.
What did I come away with? Searching the vendor tables at Mosquito Con could literally take all day long. But fortunately, I generally know what I'm after. I largely avoid the large boxes, and relatively higher prices, and go for those little neglected kits that apparently nobody wants, ever. The kits I buy can often be from now defunct manufacturers or out of production models. I'm fine with this because they are generally the cheapest. So I came across this tote full of these little 1/72 scale kits that weren't even in boxes and ranged in price from a dollar to about three. How could I refuse?


What you see are two Aurora/Heller kits: P-51D and Yak III; along with a Nakajima Ki-44 from Hasegawa and finally a Yak I made by God knows who...and I don't care because it was a dollar!
Now, at such cheap prices I really have no expectations for these kits. They lack detail and I'm curious to see what the fit will be like, but again, its not like I wasted a ton of money on them. At a previous show I purchase an old LS Ki-43 and look how that turned out. So, you never know. Kits like these are far too often over looked and truly turn out to be wonderful.
The last kit I purchased was a 1/144 F-14 from LS, so if its anything like the Oscar I really have nothing to worry about.


My father came along on the trip with me, as he always does, and also purchased a kit or two. He got the same P-51D as shown above and an F-104 by Matchbox. I really dig Matchbox kits actually, and turned a nice A-7 Corsair II into a decent model. Hopefully his F-104 will treat him the same.

After buying the kits for about $10 total, I went ahead and bought some accessories to accent my dioramas. The MRC table was selling some decent foliage for $4 a piece, so I spent $16 and got all of this...


Pumpkins, corn, flower hedges, and daisies...

In conclusion, a model show truly can't be beat for the possibilities as long as you're willing to look for them. I'm quite confident each model will build into something nice. They may not have much detail but I intend to use them as quick weekend builds, between projects or as a brief escape from lengthy model sessions. Don't worry, I will show you exactly how they turn out in the future, so stay tuned to see this trash turn into treasure!

Thanks for reading! 

Comments

  1. Fantastic little haul there my friend. I could not agree more with your words regarding finding bargains and gems at shows. Just one of the many reasons i love going to them. Looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time, nice one ;-)

    Martin.

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  2. In some cases, I could just hang out in the vendor area all day and I'd be fine with that! It was a great time indeed!

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  3. Agree with that, there are some real jewels to be had and if you get to know a few of the vendors it can pay off even more. My normal way of operating is to have a quick scan of all the vendors first to look for the obvious and then to revisit at a much slower pace soaking in the stuff missed first time around.

    Big part of the pleasure within the hobby for sure.......bring on the next show, which for me is this coming Saturday ;-)

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    1. Another show already? I'm jealous! For me, shows are few and far between. September is my next one as far as I know...

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  4. Have to say we are very fortunate here. A huge number of shows all year round though i limit mine to the ones we go to as a club along with the Nationals i go to to meet up with friends. I probably do about 10 shows per year.

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    1. That's incredible! I'm lucky to hit three shows in a year. But my wife would probably kill me if I went to ten. I'm out of room to store any more kits as it is...

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    2. My favorite of the whole year is the Nationals held over two days in Telford. This year myself and the family are making a real thing of it. Staying for 5 nights and turning it into a holiday. Loads of buddies to meet up with and this year i get a press pass that gets me in earlier than the public. Will be doing a show report for Large Scale Modeller and Scale Plastic and Rail...cant wait ;-)

      Martin.

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  5. Have you ever thought about doing any thing with macross or gundam

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    1. I am not a Gundam fan really but the Macross vehicles really attract my attention. I also like the look of Maschinen Krieger. So, yeah, Macross and MK are in my sights for the future. Thanks for asking!

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