I have been collecting model kits on and off for the last 4 years. I don't
even remember buying much, but somehow I have accumulated 150+ kits. I
don't even live in a house, I rent an apartment. I have bought them at
various places, including Wal-mart, eBay, and Michaels. I keep telling
myself this is last one, but there is some kind of obsession/ addiction to
this. Out of all my kits, I may have completely put together a grand total
of three in the last 4 years. I have about 30 kits started, but nowhere
There's no law that states that you MUST build everything you buy, and
we can certainly buy much faster than we can build our models. The thing
to be a bit cautious about (in my opinion) is to build because you feel
guilty for having unbuilt kits. I only know of one person who has no
collection, and just builds one kit a year... that's iron will.
I've also heard it said that we accumulate piles larger than we'll ever
complete in our life times, but you have the ability to build from
whatever is on the pile. It's a freedom, or even dream, that is quite
Anyhow, have fun with the hobby, where ever it takes you. I'd recommend
finishing one of those 30 unbuilts. Rather than for the sake of paring
down the pile, it's more for a sense of accomplishment. It feels good.
You know, there may indeed be some sort of obsession/addition here,
when I consider all the folks I know, including myself, that are in a
similar condition. The 150 kits is not that out of line, though a bit
high for someone who only started four years ago. Most of the folks I
know with a stash that large have been in the game for a couple of
decades. Also, while many of us have partially completed kits on the
shelves, 30 is a high number- I'd guess most of us have less than a
dozen, many less than half dozen.
If it is a true mental condition, it does not seem to be too harmful a
one, as long as you are not spending money you need for true essentials
(food, medical care, family). However, I guess it would be interesting
to hear of a mental health professional looking into this and seeing if
it is a true 'illness'.
Now, the number of partially built models on the shelf is somewhat a
product of what genre of models you build. Ship models, in particular,
are long term projects, and I think it is healthy to put them up on a
shelf for awhile and take a sabbatical and work on a simpler kit or
another kit for awhile before returning to a major project ship. I
have three such major ship projects on my shelves.
On simpler models (cars and planes) most of them are up there because I
have lost a part, or screwed something up, or such, and have put them
up for awhile because I am afraid if I try to finish them while I am
upset with them I may really screw it up worse. And, sometimes they
are up there while I calmly consider whether or not to really finish
them or trash them.
I think that it might be. There is a mental disorder that makes people
cruise slowly down a street on garbage day looking for something that
they probably don't need. I've heard it refered to as "Packrat
Syndrome", but don't know if that's the "official" term.
I like to think that we (and I suffer from it too) are just a bit more
ocd-obsessive-compulsive disorder. a somewhat blanket term
that covers people who hoard. and often they will have
10,000 rubber bands but refuse to give on away because they
won't have enough.
packrats are usually the early stages, often it does not
ocd is when you CAN'T give anything up.
I've graduated from models to guitars and other musical instruments....
300+ models, 20 or so instruments..
If they would quite sending me those free shipping offers I might just
stop.....nah, not a chance..
Singlehandedly causing the price of penny production to escalate...;)
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
...who isn't ready to admit to collecting them in a mayonnaise jar until
they get wrapped and taken to the bank...
i hope you are sperating the pre 1982 and the 82's that
weigh 3.11 grams. you want to hoard copper. i predict 5cents
per penny by the end of the decade.
the mint has made over a TRILLION cents. if i make a
dent.....i'll need an empty mall or six.
coin collecting is amazing, there is no limit ti what and
how you can collect. i love 2 cent, 3 cent silver, 20 cent
and half dimes. anf halves.
My Dad has a rather extensive stamp collection. I know that the collection
is willed to me, because he reckons that I'm the one who will look after it
and carry it on.
I really don't want my Dad to pop his clogs - mostly because he's my Dad,
but also because I just *know* that when I get my hands on that stamp
collection, I'll become obsessed by it....!
my coins are going to anyone but my family. those idiots
will give it away in ignorance. i hoped for one interested
enough to learn values.....nope. so i will leave it to a
friend's child who loves sitting with me determining overton
varietys of draped bust halves. she doesn't know what she
will inherit. but she will love and care for them. that's
all i ask, not for some pinhead to sell my life's work for
My late grandad (a wartime RAF pilot) collected models of elephants. He had
over 6,000 of them by the time of his death. My mother couldn't get rid of
them fast enough. He also had a collection of medals from all over the
world. Despite being a Dutch national, his RAF medals occupied pride of
place in his display case.
I think that "packrat syndrome" certainly applies to me. I have bought so
many F-4 kits recently because I have noticed that the availability of some
models is patchy at best. supposing I fancy building an F-4D and there are
none available at the time? that would send me into a downward spiral...
;-) Now I just grab one of the four in my stash! For that self same
reason, I will be buying *seven* Hasegawa F-4J kits shortly, once they
become available in the UK.
were there still that many in one at war's end? or did they
get diluted like the panzer gruppen?
i have bashed both 4 engines v's, a twin, a trainer and
nightfighter plus a tank killer.
the 4 engines have the wrong motors, but they were built in
the 70's.....the next 5 v's will be right, including both
trolleys and rauchgerats.
but i can quit any time!
I normally pick up a kit because it's cheap. Especially Wal-marts selling
AMT models for $6.00. One thing I miss are some of the pre-painted AMT
"Pro Shop" kits that stores used to carry. They were just $10 and some had
I think some people are just natural collectors , I know I am ,I started
collecting stamps as a kid , then matchbox cars , then as I got older
more adult collections became apparent like ,knives, swords and
firearms,and ammunition and other WWII paraphanalia(sp?) and of course
being a Fitter and Machinist the envitable tools.
I collect cactus plants too.
I also have collections of military badges and patches,cigarette cards
from WWII that has taken me a life time to accumulate.
So collecting model kits of WWII subjects is just a natural extension.
I do build five or six models a year, but I probably buy twice that amount.
Most of the previous collections have been sold or passed on to nephews
and friends ,some stuff still remains in my possesion ,the military
stuff will be donated to the Darwin East point War Museum when I pass on
from this life.
"I'm not young enough to know everything."
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