How to get back into modeling the cheap way part 1

When you’re older and can appreciate the finer things in life, getting back into modeling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few basic tools you’ll need, but the main thing is a model. New models can cost a lot, especially if  they come with a lot of photoetch and custom parts. 

The first thing to consider is what you want to build. If you go on Ebay, there are lots of models to choose from. Cars, planes, tanks, rockets, figures, spacecraft, you name it.
Is there a particular model you have in mind? Is it something you started when younger and didn’t finish? Do you want a chance to rebuild a model you fudged up when you were a kid? (I’m guilty of this.)

Time periods also can be a guide. If you like classic 50s cars, there’s plenty of those. Modern jets, WW2 armor, spacecraft used during the space race of the 60s, its all out there.
There are real hobby shops and internet shops  you can find all these at, but Ebay does have reasonable auctions on older kits. In any case, you’ll want to find what you want at a good price. What that means is up to you. If you don’t have a lot of money for your hobby, look for older kits in the listings.

Some kits may not have many bidders, but if you see one you want and there’s a price war going on, maybe you should consider a different auction for the same kit.
You can also bid on a kit that is partially finished. These tend to be priced lower than unopened kits. Just make sure you contact the seller and verify the parts and instructions are there or you’re prepared to make up the difference.

Another good choice is lots where several kits are included for one price. There may be one kit you want, but buying several gives you a chance to trade kits with others and build up a parts box. You might even want to build the other kits. That will be easy since you already have them.

eBay is a great way to buy lots of figures for dioramas or experiments, as well as miscellaneous equipment such as weapons, sandbags, decals, aftermarket parts and so on. You decide how much you’re willing to pay, although you can get some good bargains if you look hard enough. If you don’t win an auction on a particular kit, don’t worry. Keep looking at the listings. 

You can also get good deals on modeling tools and supplies, such as paint, tools, airbrushes, sandpaper, casting supplies and more. When you find an auction you’re interested in, be sure to read all the conditions in the auction listing. After you win your auction, contact the seller and arrange prompt payment.  This will give you a good rating on EBay which will let people know you are trustworthy. 

Getting back into modeling need not be expensive. Next time I’ll have a list of basic tools and their uses.

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