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!