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Old 12-05-2016, 12:48 PM
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I feel better after Dean's post. I just broke 400 with the receipt of a couple of Sprint XLs and couple of Vagabonds from the recent Estes sale.

I'm not sure I'll build them all (and some are backups for favorite flyers) but I can certainly try.
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:39 PM
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I buy kits with the intention of building them, but with time some of them become "I wouldn't dare build that!" collectibles. Like an almost full set of 1975 vintage FSI kits, and an Estes Outlander.

In addition to my three plastic bins, I have a large cardboard box full of "give away" models, ranging from RTF mini motor kits to a couple of Ventrisi. Some of these I raffle away at the club's low-power launches, others are for gifts and encouragement.
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:53 PM
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What would be the reason for not building an Estes Outlander ?
They kitted a ton of those from like '03 to '08.

The only kit in my collection that ever achieved "too valuable to build" was an original complete bagged (not boxed) but opened Enerjet Nike Smoke that I bought in like 2004 for something like $70.
I originally intended on building it, but when I got offered around $300 for that opened kit earlier this year, I let it go. I think that was a smart move as how many OPENED kits quadruple their money in like 12 years ?
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Old 12-05-2016, 07:06 PM
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I'd love to have an original Athena. I cloned mine. It looks and flies great. Last original i saw in a box was lots of hundreds of $!

Maybe someone (Estes, Erockets?) will offer it as a kit again.

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Old 12-05-2016, 07:34 PM
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Glad to see there are other rocketeers infected with the sickness.


Here's a few pics. Last count was 1,744 kits. I don't know how many manufacturers. There's a few rare ones in there, I'm sure. But I still hope to build 'em all. But I better get moving!



Thank goodness someone has beat my count - and by nearly 4x my total!!!


WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:08 PM
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And I thought my 250(ish) was a high number...

I SO NEED to make money, and buy more rockets (more importantly... Build more rockets).
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:50 PM
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Dean, I like that they are out and you can enjoy them. I recently bought and built a rocket I already had built a while ago but had lost track of. How do you keep track of what you have?
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Old 12-05-2016, 09:20 PM
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Wow, 1744 kits? You may have more in inventory than most of the manufacturers.
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Old 12-05-2016, 11:37 PM
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That's not a collection, it's a hobby shop
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:17 AM
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Dean, I like that they are out and you can enjoy them. I recently bought and built a rocket I already had built a while ago but had lost track of. How do you keep track of what you have?
I've had a database of the kits for almost 20 years. It's gone through a series of tools as technology advanced. It's been on Lotus Approach, Microsoft Access, PalmPilot JFile, and currently lives in my iPhone as a HanDBase file. But I created that database in the first place because of EXACTLY what you posted --- I bought a model, got it home, opened the box it would belong in (I had a filing system, even back then) and there was already one of them in the box.

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That's not a collection, it's a hobby shop
Yeah, I've had a couple folks point that out to me. My better half has said, more than once, that if I don't get them all built, she's gonna have one heck of a garage sale once I'm gone (of course, she's also said, on multiple occasions, that if I don't straighten up and take care of this or that, she's gonna have that sale BEFORE I'm gone! ).
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