Wow I forgot about that, I had that one. There were a bunch of things they put in those two piece plastic bottles. There was a time capsule line of military models in them around that time. I got to dig for a picture.
Back in the 60s, my brother and I were buying Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars for about 50 cents and plastic models for a couple dollars, sometimes less than a dollar. Now the Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars are still less than a dollar so haven't even doubled in price in 40 years but plastic model cars are around $25. What the heck is with that?
Post by Spokeshave on Sept 15, 2014 10:15:27 GMT -5
Agreed. I remeber buying Life Like kits of tanks and such for .99 They were priced from the factory like that.You screwed them up,glue bombed them and moved on getting a bit better everytime.Heck blowing them up with fire crackers was cheap too. I was in Michael's Crafts the other night and the few models they had on the shelf started at 24 bucks. No fun trashing a kit at that price.
I think it used to be kids putting together models, so they priced them for kids. Now it is adults putting them together, so they price them for adults. But they price kids out of the market and possibly from getting involved in the hobby because of the expense. Will a kid spend that much money for a model? It really is ridiculous. And how many parents are going to buy their kids model after model at that price so the kid can get good at building them? One can buy a fully assembled, painted, relatively detailed metal model for less. But a couple pieces of plastic in a box cost $25. Something is wrong with that.
I bought oodles of models for less than a dollar when I was a kid that were on the ain't-selling-quickly-enough shelf at my local hobby shop. That hobby shop was in a one-car garage behind a guy's house. It was pretty cool. And they always had a couple of hundred models to choose from--models lining three sides of the garage from floor to ceiling. Now, I don't know of a shop that has more than a couple dozen models. I don't know what shops pay for the models nowadays, but it is probably too expensive for them to have hundreds of models sitting on a shelf.
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Post by Spokeshave on Sept 15, 2014 12:04:54 GMT -5
Yup my local shop was owned by a garbage man. He would open up when he came home from work around 2. I remember waiting outside for him to open up. The front was R/C planes but the back three walls were covered with plane,military,car boat etc models. It was more fun than the candy store. Racing down there after school with a few bucks to buy another kit. Those local guys were the best. They can't survive in today's world. A shop in Jersey that just closed made it's bread and butter back in the day on repairing Lionel trains. You can't feed your family with that in todays world. Luckily before that shop closed I became semi-friendly with the owner. An old Navy man who was moving south to be near his daughter. He sold then gave me tons of old/vintage plane and armour models because the celophane was missing on them. He knew I would give them a good home. Some of those oldies are now in Bike2112's hands and should be in this year's build off.
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