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Old 04-29-2015, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my case, no. The reason is I started early---mid-1990s---and bought a lot of models from many manufacturers---Corgi, Dragon, Gemini, Witty, FOV, Matchbox, HM, etc.---so I'm loaded up with P-51s, BF-109s, Zeros, etc. in the 1:72nd scale. While I buy the WW1 and post WW2 stuff, I do so in comparative moderation. Therefore, my problem is not so much the higher prices that HM, Corgi and others are now charging but the paucity of unusual subject WW2 era toolings that are being invested in by so-called "quality" 1:72nd scale manus.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, because it's been in combination with a worsening exchange rate, higher shipping costs and a post office that seems to be on strike more than they're at work. Even though I've also become more discerning and less tolerant of errors and inaccuracies than I used to be, the acquisitions still can't keep up with the additions to the wishlist.

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For me the combination was the higher prices and lack of interesting models. Because of that, I have also recently started getting 1/200 airplanes, with only the occasional 1/72 now.
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Yes, a combination of high prices but lower quality models, poor exchange rate and high shipping costs.

Although I did notice even the mule has factored that with discounted international shipping and I applaud them for doing so.

Also nothing interesting (at least to me) is coming out. Aircraft have kind of taken a back seat now that I have started collecting armour
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It hasn't, but it will. At the moment I largely back-collect and older releases haven't really changed in price on eBay but when HM release a Gulf War F-15, from a retailer, it will cost me £84 in the UK at their current prices. That's $129 for one model of average size.
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In my case, no. The reason is I started early---mid-1990s---and bought a lot of models from many manufacturers---Corgi, Dragon, Gemini, Witty, FOV, Matchbox, HM, etc.---so I'm loaded up with P-51s, BF-109s, Zeros, etc. in the 1:72nd scale. While I buy the WW1 and post WW2 stuff, I do so in comparative moderation. Therefore, my problem is not so much the higher prices that HM, Corgi and others are now charging but the paucity of unusual subject WW2 era toolings that are being invested in by so-called "quality" 1:72nd scale manus.
I was still building plastic models until the late 90's, not long after, I began wanting to spend time around girls and less time for models! I never realized the existence of quality diecast models until the mid 2000's!

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Yes, because it's been in combination with a worsening exchange rate, higher shipping costs and a post office that seems to be on strike more than they're at work. Even though I've also become more discerning and less tolerant of errors and inaccuracies than I used to be, the acquisitions still can't keep up with the additions to the wishlist.
I chuckle at your last sentence because I feel the same way. Picking my next model is like having a Miss Universe contest! And there are no two way ties either!

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For me the combination was the higher prices and lack of interesting models. Because of that, I have also recently started getting 1/200 airplanes, with only the occasional 1/72 now.
I am in the same boat. Its a struggle between deciding if I want 1/72 military or a 1/200 airliner...

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Yes, a combination of high prices but lower quality models, poor exchange rate and high shipping costs.

Although I did notice even the mule has factored that with discounted international shipping and I applaud them for doing so.

Also nothing interesting (at least to me) is coming out. Aircraft have kind of taken a back seat now that I have started collecting armour
I would love to collect armor, but neither that or even GSE would ever make the shopping basket because there are too many airplane models that top the wish list!

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It hasn't, but it will. At the moment I largely back-collect and older releases haven't really changed in price on eBay but when HM release a Gulf War F-15, from a retailer, it will cost me £84 in the UK at their current prices. That's $129 for one model of average size.
Now we've got the E-2 Hawkeye, EA-6B Prowler, and the S-3 Viking for about the same price.... I'd be lucky to get 2 in a year!
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Have 1/72 diecast model prices changed your collecting habits?
Not at all. I still collect as many 1/400's and 1/200's I want.
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Yes the combination of high prices but lower quality models and poor exchange rate will make me choose the models more carefully.
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Mate armour is way cheaper then aircraft, so long as you don't mind plastic.... Still, I'd rather have a few German armour models then get one grey aircraft
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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For me, a combination of increased prices and the delcine of the Euro against Dollar and Livre sterling turning good prices from HK or USA or UK in crazy prices... without shipping costs taking the same path !

It's better to buy in France, never seen since many many years... but always expensive.

So, i'm gonna to downing size my collection to focus on a few themes...
I already gave up Century Wings...

I'm collecting tanks in 1/72 too... and the problem is the same...

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Old 04-30-2015, 09:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Default Re: Have 1/72 diecast model prices changed your collecting habits?

No impact on my spending. The only problem is that I'm spending about the same and getting fewer models due to the price increases.

I have no problem with the higher prices, as there is no way such models could be built by me, or here in the US, at those prices. I do miss the days of great bargains, but I barely caught the tail end of them in 2011.

The lack of interesting subjects in the past few months has allowed more room for growth in the 1/72 armor collection, but once Hobby Master's new molds come online, I'll be dropping some serious coin.

As long as the quality and accuracy remains, I'll be ordering interesting subjects, i.e. more historically significant.
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Having most models i really wanted.... Im trimming down a bit... the biggest impact of course is the increase in prices, postage and devaluation of various currency. Im just lucky to have a big hobby store around the corner and not spending a single penny for postage and always having undamaged models in my purchases. I have various brands in my collection and like every single model i own....besides i never trade nor sell my collections...its pure my pesonal hobby....having planes and armors is really a nice combination...i still have number of plastics models to be assembled yet but will wait till i have sufficient time to go back to my old plastic modelling
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:03 AM   #14 (permalink)
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a combination of increasing costs & a lack of ways to see models in the metal before buying have reduced my buying to waiting for local toy fairs, the only place to look at the model before deciding, because at today's prices i'm not gonna risk buying online, then being disappointed by a model that doesn't live up to the online pics- been stung by that so many times, & that was in ye goode olde dayes of ye cheape models!
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:39 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Not really. I do find it annoying that models I want are getting more expensive, but I keep on narrowing my rules of collecting. Where at the beginning I had a broad range of aircraft I wanted, I keep on narrowing it down to aircraft I have actually seen flying, Netherlands Air Force, Swiss and Japanese types I have seen flying and what I call icons. Being Century Series jets and US Navy bold markings.

When I started collecting it was mainly F-104s but have sold on most of them. Lack of exhibition space is also an issue, more than the money needed to spend on models.
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In my case, I think so. My budget for frivolous hobbies has shrunk (with several different hobbies and scales vying), and the pricing has skyrocketed. Case in point, the HM F-4 and F-16...you used to be able to purchase F-16s new for 55 or 60 dollars, well now they're going on 80 and higher. F-4s, 65, now 85-95. Ridiculous! So now I'm a lot more discerning on what I buy.
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I'm slowing down, I'll still buy them but I won't buy 2-3 liveries of them. I've been hunting down deals on eBay and Hobbyshops for older Aircraft releases. I've gotten 2 HM Corsairs NIB Boyington and Kepford, $30 a piece. Found a Hobbyshop that I got a Dragon Hellcat, BF-109E, and Corgi Mosquito altogether NIB for $25.
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