I go to this little local thrift store sometimes with my wife and I always
look for plastic while there. I pick up the odd car kit but not very
often. So, what do I see there today? Oh my God! A Tamiya F-117, Panda
F35 and Italerie F-22, all in 1/48 and all still sealed! All for about
$13! Yeah, it took about a microsecond to decide! And I almost didn't go!
I'm so stoked. Now, go down to *your* thrift store and score!
We just got a Michael's nearby.
Just a handful of model aircraft, a few more cars. Nothing very inspiring,
prices medium to high.
My wife likes it, though. She's a special ed teacher and this place is crammed
floor to celing with stuff. Add to that the $50 gift certificate that she won
on the first visit and she's convnced.
Manager took my written request for more 1/72 scale aircraft models with a
couple of good questions and jotted down the request.
Tme will tell.
Local Salvation Army had a German Revellogram OA4M. Dirty box and water damage,
but the parts cleaned up and the sheet looks mostly usable for the Marine
It's almost like a moral choice--you take something abandoned and turn it into
a real model.
Keep an eye in your local Saturday or Sunday paper for Michaels ads, they
typcially run a 40-50% off coupon good on any one item, every week. Make sure
you browse the ad because they do from time to time advertise plastic model
kits for 20% and thus the coupon isnt valid.
definitely worth picking up an RM F-15E at 40% off, if your store stocks 'em!
typcially run a 40-50% off coupon good on any one item, every week>>
And, do like my sister does when buying art supplies for my nephew... if it's
a coupon sale, gather a few from various papers and purchase each item
seperately, thus getting a discount on each item, or, if it's a non-coupon
discount, have the cashier complete the sale on each item seperately (ring it
up, total it, tax it and pay for it) regardless of what each item may be, or
what its price is. It's a pain for anyone else in line behind you, so be a bit
courteous and find a cashier that's not doing anything, or keep going back in
line if need be, but they have to give you the discount n every item that way.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your
eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to
return. --Leonardo Da Vinci
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Long time ago, in a Red Cross shop... I picked up a Tamiya LandRover
ambulance and M-113, and an Italeri Dodge ambulance for $10 the lot (and
they only wanted $2.50 each. What can I say - I'm a sucker for a charity).
Just recently sold the ambulances (ambulancii?) to one of the club guys for
$10 each... and the 113 is (slowly) being converted into an Aussie FSV. And
the ex once found an old Revell 72th Mirage III for about a buck. Didn't
build too badly for a piece of history.
About 10 years ago I am in this antique store in Cannonsburg PA with
my wife, looking for nothing in particular, when I happen upon this
display case (like the old candy counter cases with the wood frame and
glass on all sides and top). Lots of odds and ends but in the middle
was a Revell USS Kearsarge - still in the original cellophane
(remember that?). Some tears in the cello but still a basically sealed
kit. Price - $36.00. You betcha I bought that before they figured out
what it was really worth. At the time they went for over $100 on e-bay
- when you could find one.
Stuff is out there - just keep your eyes open. And don't whine next
time the wife wants to go to the antique stores!
John W. Alger