- are kit builders going to die off with our generation. Some old kits now are still going for good prices and I havent seen much drop off yet.
Same with engines - engine collectors appreciate beautifully made, special interest and nostalgic engines. I can't see much interest in collecting electric motors. However, after everone switches to electric and the engine guys are gone, there may not be much interest in these as there is to us in "buggy whips".
I also wonder about all the greybeards and their muscle cars and hot rods. Go to any hotrod meet and guess the average age. The kids around here are interested in Nissans, Infinitis, BMWs and Hondas with nitrous and tuned exhaust. Many hot rods will end up rusting or sold for scrap by our grandkids. We are nostalgic for what we grew up with, not what our grandparents (or even parents) grew up with.
So - keep or sell? It probably doesnt make much difference. People with a passion will always find money to support it. Buyers of these items are probably older with stable incomes or "enough" set aside for hobbies, and will spend for out of production items they want. I don't think Chinese ARFs will ever be nostalgic or in big demand. Until the last month or so, foreign buyers were very good customers because our dollar was so low. However, most kits are too expensive to ship or not shippable at all, payment is a hassle and risky, and Europe is now in a bigger mess than we are.
Don't put off building that favorite kit. Time has a way of slipping away - later becomes never too fast.
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I have more ARFs than kits to sell. Frankly, I want to hold on to the kits just in case I live longer than I expect to live. At least I can put them together, whether I fly them or not.
You make an excellent point on several areas of interest. I nearly bought a restored 69 AMX, just like the one I had in 69. Then it dawned on me that gasoline for such a beast is impossible to buy and I'd be lucky if I could ever get out of it again even if I did manage to get in.
I suspect that there will be hard core collectors available for some years to come. Some of the modelers I've associated with on the internet, and who happen to be in their mid thirties and upwards, are interested in some of the nostalgic modeling stuff. I was very surprised.
You are right about the Chinese ARFs though. The market for those models has another year or two to go, especially if those companies do close their doors. I should be able to sell them all before the interest wanes entirely.
All of my models are new-in-box (NIB) and are just like those being shipped today as new. I even have a few popular models that have recently gone out of production. I'm not a business, so I'm not looking to make a profit, per se, but I would like to get most of my money back. I don't think that's unreasonable, though I have received some email from peeved folks saying that since they are "used", I should only ask for half of what they cost new. That ain't gonna happen, folks.
If you want something bad enough, you'll pay me enough to make it worth selling. Not trying to be nasty, just telling the truth.
I am thinking of going to the anonymous style of auctions. Some folks would buy, but they don't want their buddies seeing how much they paid for it. There are some models out there (kits) that I would pay a little more than what they sold for originally - such as the Bridi UFO in fiberglass and foam.
I'm also interested in buying Rom-Air tricycle landing gear in good to excellent condition. I loved those landing gear. Even I could make them work without a single failure. I probably shouldn't have said that...