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Old 11-27-2019, 10:27 PM   #1
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I have been on the fence about moving on from this hobby. I love planes, aviation, just the hobby in general. But my collection sits in their respective boxes within a couple of large moving boxes. I don't look at them, take them out, or really anything you should be doing to enjoy the hobby. I just counted that I have over 20 models and have spent close to 3k within the past year-ish, since starting the hobby. Small by most standards on this forum but a good amount of money to be sitting in boxes. I have models that I am obsessed with and others that are enjoyable because they bring back life memories of when I was on that airline/plane.


Bottom line of this is, at what point do you feel as if you are ready to move on from this hobby? Might be a money issue, a room issue, or etc. I am not trying to get anyone to convince me to stay or leave the hobby but I just want to see where people draw the invisible line



Thanks for taking the time to read this and sharing your experience or reasons if you do so. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it. Thanks
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simple: when I'm dead that's when I will stop
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I used to eat, breathe, sleep aviation. My job is in aviation. I have aviation themed decor, models. Love flying, love airports.

But I woke up one day and wanted nothing to do it anymore. I packed all my models up, took down most of the decor, deleted lots of aviation apps, unfollowed lots of aviation accounts on Instagram, and am actively searching for a new job. It just hits.
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Slowing down or completely stopping acquiring models does not necessarily mean you have to 'quit the hobby'. (Note to self), just maintain control and balance, and the enjoyment should endure a lifetime... Doug
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Do you have a plan for the models, OP? Having them just boxed up seems like your mind is already made up. You just need to ship them out really.
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..... I have been what I call "collected out" with model airplanes since November 2011 when I bought a pair of Cathay Pacific propliners from C-Excitement, my last model purchase. Eight years already. I just lost interest in collecting something I can't display and sits in their boxes unseen on shelves. Probably most of my collection has been even looked at once... the day I received them in the mail. I have lost interest in those models and, even though I still frequent the forum here, see nothing to grab my interest in new releases to get me started again.
..... Instead I've renewed my interest in photos of planes. Now I would rather have a photo of an airliner than the 1/400 scale model of it. Piecemeal I'm selling off my collection. That is slow, but I've already found some shelf space I didn't have before.
..... I have not lost any interest in aviation, just collecting models I really don't get any enjoyment from.
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I used to eat, breathe, sleep aviation. My job is in aviation. I have aviation themed decor, models. Love flying, love airports.

But I woke up one day and wanted nothing to do it anymore. I packed all my models up, took down most of the decor, deleted lots of aviation apps, unfollowed lots of aviation accounts on Instagram, and am actively searching for a new job. It just hits.
Sounds like it wasn't a passion to begin with, then. Especially at your age. What you've described sounds more like a mental illness.
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I am fortunate to have all my 1:200 models on display, so I get to see them and enjoy them, and its nice when friends and family see them as well, as it starts quite a few memories and discussions on the hobby, even had a couple start there own collection as well, I do not think I could just leave them in there boxes.
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what I find interesting, is those that are done and finished collecting and want nothing to do with it anymore.... are still here...
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I used to eat, breathe, sleep aviation. My job is in aviation. I have aviation themed decor, models. Love flying, love airports.

But I woke up one day and wanted nothing to do it anymore. I packed all my models up, took down most of the decor, deleted lots of aviation apps, unfollowed lots of aviation accounts on Instagram, and am actively searching for a new job. It just hits.

Maybe you just dove too deep into the aviation lifestyle and didn't take it slow to enjoy it over a lifetime? I understand things 'die off' so to speak but whatever the case may be I wish you nothing but luck in your next adventure


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Slowing down or completely stopping acquiring models does not necessarily mean you have to 'quit the hobby'. (Note to self), just maintain control and balance, and the enjoyment should endure a lifetime... Doug

I'm one of those guys where I'm either 100% committed to something or it's over. I could use the money else where. The only reason why I am hanging on it because I am interested in how upcoming airplanes will be created. Wanted to collect one plane from most airlines and of course new planes like 777x, 220-300, and E2.


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Do you have a plan for the models, OP? Having them just boxed up seems like your mind is already made up. You just need to ship them out really.

I keep them in their boxes tucked away just in case I sell one here and there. I know people want them NIB never displayed, etc, etc, and that's how I keep mine. That's how I'd like mine to be when I purchase them so I do the same thing to make whoever is buying them at ease knowing it's from factory, mint, no problems


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..... I have been what I call "collected out" with model airplanes since November 2011 when I bought a pair of Cathay Pacific propliners from C-Excitement, my last model purchase. Eight years already. I just lost interest in collecting something I can't display and sits in their boxes unseen on shelves. Probably most of my collection has been even looked at once... the day I received them in the mail. I have lost interest in those models and, even though I still frequent the forum here, see nothing to grab my interest in new releases to get me started again.
..... Instead I've renewed my interest in photos of planes. Now I would rather have a photo of an airliner than the 1/400 scale model of it. Piecemeal I'm selling off my collection. That is slow, but I've already found some shelf space I didn't have before.
..... I have not lost any interest in aviation, just collecting models I really don't get any enjoyment from.
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I am the same way. Clicking the buy button brings so much excitement to me. Then the plane gets here and I'm like, ehhh. I will always love aviation but I feel like I can enjoy it in cheaper ways or more hands on so to speak.



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what I find interesting, is those that are done and finished collecting and want nothing to do with it anymore.... are still here...

Yeah I think I would do the same. The reason being you want to keep up with the hobby and see if that one special model you had no idea about has come to market. Who knows really
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"What you've described sounds more like a mental illness." The Doctor is in... Doug
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Have I slowed down on my purchases? Definitely. But I don't think I will ever stop, there is always something new being released that will find interesting or a "must have".
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I used to eat, breathe, sleep aviation. My job is in aviation. I have aviation themed decor, models. Love flying, love airports.

But I woke up one day and wanted nothing to do it anymore. I packed all my models up, took down most of the decor, deleted lots of aviation apps, unfollowed lots of aviation accounts on Instagram, and am actively searching for a new job. It just hits.
Wow I was quite shocked to read that!! I know everyone is different,but trying to comprehend what might've bought this about? Did you have a bad experience that was aviation related and it's simply put you off it completely? I'm very intrigued about this!!
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Unfortunately I don't have a massive room to display my models as that was ultimately my biggest dream! Instead I live in a squat little flat and have resided to leaving my models packed in boxes! The problem I have,is at various stages in my crazy life,I get days when I think well what's really the point and why am I collecting models just to have them in boxes? At these stages,I want to just sell off my whole collection!!!
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I'll get days when I'll randomly take my models out and look at them and it brings me so much joy and am relieved at that point,that I never did sell my collection! Especially when I look at some of my models and recall some absolutely fantastic memories I've had aviation related and all this conjured up by spending some few precious minutes admiring my models.
It's a very catch 22 situation! For me anyway!
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I've been collecting, on and off since around 2000. I have a modest collection of 1:200 airliners (AF and CPA), a small collection of 1:144 airliners that are special to me, and a larger collection of Corgi 1:72 RAF WWII models. Where are they today?

Part of the RAF collection is out, my puny CPA 1:200 collection is on my desk, and everything else is currently packed miles high in my closet.

Last model I bought was about 3 months ago (AC200 CPA DC-8-43), previous to that, it was about 7 years back. So why do I still hang around here like a bad penny? Curiosity. What's new, who picked up what, what MAY be released—that sort of thing.

So how will my collection end up? Well, we have no kids, my wife sure isn't interested, nor is anyone else in my immediate orbit, so—landfill. The lot of them. They will have served their purpose at that point.

I've been an aviation enthusiast since I was around 5 years old or so. Started collecting Dinky Toy aircraft in the late 50's. Sixty-one years later, I still look up when I hear familiar music.

There you go. No sales job, just observations.
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what I find interesting, is those that are done and finished collecting and want nothing to do with it anymore.... are still here...
ok boomer... still enjoy seeing other people happy with their models...

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Wow I was quite shocked to read that!! I know everyone is different,but trying to comprehend what might've bought this about? Did you have a bad experience that was aviation related and it's simply put you off it completely? I'm very intrigued about this!!
I loved aviation ever since I was little. All little kids wanted to a police officer, or a firefighter. I knew exactly what I wanted to be, a pilot. Took lessons as a kid and loved it, eventually life happened and I had to stop. Moved to a big airport to work with planes when I was 19. Started out as a tug driver hauling containers around, worked with private jets and met a lot of awesome people, and eventually became a loadmaster on the 747s. Went out of the country for the first time, marked Dubai off my bucket list, along with other cities. Been to military bases some people don't even know exist. Going to a war-torn country this weekend and I'm excited for it, but I'm not doing what I always thought I would be doing. I've flew with numerous pilots and have disliked 90% of them. Pilots are nothing but whiny little asshates, like some people on this site. Didn't want to be a pilot anymore after that. My company has very little trust in me and I don't get near as much flying time as everybody else and I have not given them a reason to not trust me. I just fell out of love with aviation. It happens.
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I've been collecting military diecast models for over 15 years and own over 2,000 models. To say I'm addicted is an understatement, more probably an undiagnosed mental disorder (to be brutally honest). I've tried many times, unsuccessfully, to divorce myself from this hobby but inevitably returned to it, an embarrassing predicament.

Fortunately, I see light at the end of this tunnel and am fast approaching it. Somehow, someway, the thrill collecting models pretty much abandoned me, and I'm left to decide how I'll divest myself from mountains of product. Thing is, I'm not entirely sure what changed my mind; outrageous rising model prices, little to no more storage/display space, competing cash needs, tiresome military diecast forums, yada, yada, yada, certainly played a hand in it. But whatever assassinated my enthusiasm, I'm entirely sure I'll be out of the hobby shortly. And from what I've read on this and like forums, I'm definitely not alone. Erstwhile passionate collectors have abbreviated their model purchases to few or none at all, a trend that's accelerating, not diminishing. I'd guess that in three to five years this hobby won't even cast a shadow.

I don't fault anybody who loves diecast models and lives and dies by them. I know the absolute thrill of buying extremely desirable replicas and joying in them. But economic and related realities can be a brutal mistress, and my advice to diecast enthusiasts is to step back and reconsider the hobby's financial, practical, and emotional impact on their lives. What appears to be a highly gratifying hobbyhorse today can easily become an old nag tomorrow.
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For me the 'problem' is that this Hobby is more like a addiction, so it's hard for me personally to step away from it and move on to other hobbies or joyful activities.. I'm actively 'retired' from this hobby but again because it's such a addiction, i keep coming back to it and keep making purchases, knowing fully aware that i should not because i simply don't have anymore space or run out of room to put all the empty boxes.. but one thing is a fact, i will always love this hobby, even if one day i'm really 'retired' and don't collect airplane models no more..
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I don’t really believe in keeping models if they’re going to stay boxed so if that’s what I was doing then I’d probably exit.

I have slowed down, though. I’m still waiting for a few must haves that I will instantly but if they are released. I’ve stayed at around 120-130 for the past 2-3 years. I think I bought 20 this year but I also sold about 20.
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simple: when I'm dead that's when I will stop

Yeah,..that pretty much sums it up for me.

However, I am lucky (and I think you are too SKF) all my models are on display.

For those who have limited display space and swap their models everyso often,...….then that sounds reasonable to me as well.
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I have been close to done for some time as there is simply no more room and the wife will not tolerate displaying models in other rooms outside the "man cave." I have only 228 models and 204 are aviation models of varying scales. I have a few diversion models too, like some 1:24 dragsters and various other military vehicles. My latest prize was a 1:16 Funny Car which I had to make a shelf for. I may be able to squeeze in a couple more small models, but not much.
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I will be done when the Fat Stewardess sings!
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I have been on the fence about moving on from this hobby. I love planes, aviation, just the hobby in general. But my collection sits in their respective boxes within a couple of large moving boxes. I don't look at them, take them out, or really anything you should be doing to enjoy the hobby. I just counted that I have over 20 models and have spent close to 3k within the past year-ish, since starting the hobby. Small by most standards on this forum but a good amount of money to be sitting in boxes. I have models that I am obsessed with and others that are enjoyable because they bring back life memories of when I was on that airline/plane.


Bottom line of this is, at what point do you feel as if you are ready to move on from this hobby? Might be a money issue, a room issue, or etc. I am not trying to get anyone to convince me to stay or leave the hobby but I just want to see where people draw the invisible line



Thanks for taking the time to read this and sharing your experience or reasons if you do so. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it. Thanks
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I have a few diversion models too, like some 1:24 dragsters and various other military vehicles. My latest prize was a 1:16 Funny Car which I had to make a shelf for. I may be able to squeeze in a couple more small models, but not much.
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I enjoyed this hobby since 2013 to around 2017, that was the prime years (probably since 2007) for this hobby with the state of art quality and good price. My reason to stop this hobby is mainly because of quality downhill, raising price and manufacturers not doing good mold/models. This hobby could be ok, as long as HM, and some major manufactures can stay with shrinking number of collectors. In fact, many diecast online stores have been closed or some are pending to close.
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Aviation18...I'll add and a big Cheech and Chong Ganja stick!

Virginia Breeze, I remember seeing the Hawaiian, Bluemax, the Snake, Mongoose and Motown Shaker running at Aquasco speedway in Maryland back in the 70's! Those were the days!

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When they make a B-29 1/72 diecast.

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