By Jeff Brown(Editor)
I was speaking with Terry
Tuytschaevers at our re-cent contest about collect-ing versus building. Ithink it is a general con-clusion that about 90 per-cent of model buildershave more kits than weknow what to do with. Why do we buy so many kits? Do we all sufferfrom ADD? Are we allschizophrenic? At whatpoint did we become
“collector’s” as opposed to“builder’s”?
My friend Pat is con- vinced that we have splitmodeling personalitiesthat show up on occasionto build something we
normally don’t build but
have 10 of lying around.Heck, one of the best carmodelers I know has a bunch of airplane kitsthat are sitting in his
stash. Dr. T I’m looking in
your direction. Why do we risk our wivesanger to buy another kit?
Well, I for one “plan” to
build all the kits I have.Of course I now wouldhave to live to be 106 andkeep my wits until then toaccomplish my feat. Hon-estly, I do have a reasonfor each kit I own, well,maybe not each kit, some were just too good of adeal to pass up. I mean doI need a M48A3 Patton ?I have no interest in mod-ern armor, yet I bought iton eBay for 10 bucks. Iam not sure I will ever getto building that one. When I started buildingmodels as a kid most of my kits were airplanes.
My pops wouldn’t buy
another kit until I fin-ished the one I was work-ing on. Now I have hun-dreds of kits from all gen-res.I also blame contests formy stash backing up. When I started buildingmodels again in the latterpart of last century Islapped them togetherand put them on a shelf. Ihad a book from ModelMaster so I did some weathering, and some dry -brushing, and they looked good enough tomy friends who came overand looked at them. Of course none of thesefriends were in a modelclub.. Now it is rare tofinish a kit with flaws.Sure there are some Imess up, and put in my
“finish you later” pile; of
course I have had somemodels in the pile for 8 years, and have yet tofinish them.The sad thing is as many kits as I have there areothers out there withmore. In fact at our recentcontest I had the pleasureto buy a book from one of them.
Well, I for one became acollector by working for aHobby store and beingoffered a discount on kits.Back then I was singleand had extra money.Now, I only buy kits that Ican get on eBay supercheap, or a rare new kit tokeep certain collectionsgoing. For example I have1 of each Tamiya 1/48scale armor and vehicleseries. I have duplicatesof many of those that I want to build. I alsotrade kits with other col-lectors. For example Ihave two 1/32 TrumpeterF4F-3 Wildcats, and Ionly need one. Doessomeone want to trade soit can collect dust in yourhouse instead?
The Carpet Monster: Editor’s Opinion
kits is acrime thenlet me be
Volume 2, Issue 2
The reason wives secretly hate model building.Too much stuff.
Let’s see, if I build one a
month for the next... Well, in my defense I am ahuge Formula One fan!