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Remember when AMT Model Car Kit was $1.50

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fordstandard, May 2, 2010.

  1. $1.47 target discount ( at newly opened store 1964?) to printed on box price
    I REMEMBER THE PRICE CUZ I HAD 4 BUCKS AND WANTED 3 KITS AND HAD TO BEG SOME CHANGE FROM MOM .... GOSH IT WAS HARD TO GET THAT EXTRA 50 CENTS


    i have over 100 built and unbuilt still buying any i find built/unbuilt at garage sales chrome promo 60 olds.. I have every possible 32 ford made ..
    .recently bought a freezerbag full of loose parts it had two 32 grills half dozen piecrust slicks and asst engines $.25
    i was extremly happy
     
  2. Jantrix
    Joined: Oct 28, 2010
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    Jantrix
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    from Tampa, FL

    Yeah, things are more expensive now, but I have always looked at it as an investment of enjoyment over time. You might spend $25 for the kit, $6 for a can of paint and another $10 for assorted needs/goodies. If I divide that total by the number of hours I invest in each piece (80-100 hours is conservative estimate), it's a fairly low figure. I can't afford to build 1:1 .............yet. But in the meantime I can do this, and it keeps me off the streets. And as hobbies go, it's still fairly low buck.
     
  3. JimC
    Joined: Dec 13, 2002
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    I like this attitude.
    Paying the price of building a model and considering the time spent and enjoyment vs droping a couple of hundred at the casino?
     
  4. Oh yeah, that story somehow sounds very familiar.
     

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  5. found that unassembled 32 this summer at a garge sale haggled it to 5 bucks:rolleyes:
     
  6. dmikulec
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    The Ghoul, Saturday nights on UHF channel 61 Cleveland! Watched him blow up more car models on his show than I can remember. :cool:
     
  7. I don't remember blowing up any model cars, but I sure blew up a ton of army trucks and tanks.:D
     
  8. Deuces
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    I blew all mine up at 15... After that, I started chasing the ladies around... :cool::rolleyes:
     
  9. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    A few years ago now I would buy the old ones that were already assembled pretty cheap. I used to see a lot of them but not so much anymore. When I'm too old to start a new hotrod project, I hope to get back into models. I can't believe what they sell for them now.
     
  10. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    I was on ebay last night looking at some old AMT's.. Some guy was askin' like 200-300 bucks a piece for a couple of "Craftsman Series" kits.. I almost flipped! :eek:
     
  11. lordairgtar
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    Stay off of fleabay. If you can find a swap meet for plastic, you can usually find them for cheaper. Some of the Craftsmen style kits were re released too. Trouble is when someone sees what those tools on American Pickers and Pawnstars are buying things for, they all of a sudden get collector-itis and the prices go up. Buy glue bombs and rebuild. Also try emodelcars.com, they are strictly a model auction site and sometimes the deals are better.
     
  12. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Sorry! I don't watch reality shows..
     
  13. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    I remember them costing $1.50.
    I also remember in the same era you could buy 6 gallons of gas for $1.50.
    What's 6 gallons of gas today?
    Its over $4 a gallon around here!
     
  14. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    That's about the going rate for a new model kit now days.... 24.00 bucks each give er take..
     
  15. Deuces
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    from Michigan

    I just picked 3 more very cool kits from this gentleman.. www.jimnohio.com

    One is the Revell '57 Bel Air California Wheels edition..
    Another is AMT WARBUCKS A/FX '65 er '66 427 "Cammer" Mustang..
    Last one is the AMT Don Nicholson's '62 Bel Air Super Stocker..
    He's also a H.A.M.B. member! Check him out! :) If he happens to ask, Just tell him Guido sent ya! :cool:
     

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  16. Deuces
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    ....:rolleyes: Might even come with a 1/25 scale 6-pack of Billy Beer.. :D
     

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  17. ecode ragtop
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    It's easier for me to come up with $15.00 to $20.00 for a kit now, than $ 1.50 when I was a kid!!!
     
  18. Mazooma1
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    I remember that, too, but I was making $1.40 an hour before taxes
     
  19. I remember the $1.39 and $1.49 AMT/SMP three in ones and loved the $2.00 double kits: Ala kart-'29 roadster, double dragster, double T, and Willys-deuce sedan.

    BTW: WCK has a model show this weekend as part of the Cruisin' Nationals in Santa Maria.
     
  20. The37Kid
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  21. shooter54
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    I.... do not. I wish I did..
     
  22. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    Yeah! Ain't it a shame?? :(
     
  23. 57tony31
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    One of my girls droped this off to me the other night.........
     

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  24. Oil Field Trash
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    from Texas

    My 8 year old has been asking for a $22 model for months just cant bring my self to do it.
     
  25. Yea, I remember those days, I alway had a good time with models. I tried to do some with my son, WOW I was shocked at the prices! We bought one and I was afraid to lt him touch it. It didn't seem that costly back then.
     
  26. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    What model is he looking for??? I hope it's not a rice burner...
     
  27. Oil Field Trash
    Joined: May 25, 2011
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    Oil Field Trash
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    from Texas

    Me? lol not in my house, we don't allow fords muchless anything from Japan

    It's a helicopter honestly. I'm trying to get him to meet me halfway on a $16 Dodge A-100.
     
  28. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

    A little red wagon... Cool! :)
     
  29. I remember $1.00
     
  30. I've got a huge box, I think its 36" square, full of kits in various stages of completion to not even started ones from the 60's and 70's up in my attic that I stashed away. Many AMT's, Johans, Monograms plus a few Hubley metal kits. There's probably about 50 cars and trucks in there. It's sort of my mini antique and classic car junk yard.
     

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