Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Painfully predicable prodigious plastic 'plane purchase

Or - another car park, another dodgy arms deal.

So there I was at Partizan a few weeks ago. I mentioned in my earlier post on the show that there had been a certain incident. Here then, is the sorry tale.
By lunchtime I had spent a whole £3 on a book and was thinking of setting off home. But fatefully I decided to have one more walk round just to make sure I wasn't missing anything.
On one stand I spotted about 30 1/72 aircraft and asked the smallholder about them. He explained that they were owned by a friend who had just dropped them off for him to sell. As he began to reel off the prices of individual models I interrupted and asked what he'd take for the lot. He replied that he'd have to consult the owner. The latter - whose name I will not reveal - was duly summoned and in reply to my repeated question uttered the immortal words "I expect you'll want to see the rest of them..."
We thus repaired to the car park and soon were unloading more boxes from his car. The models, he explained, were the work of his grandfather but after a recent house move it had been agreed to move them on.
Following a quick count-up we agreed a deal which made the models mine for, well let's just say rather less than the price of kits. Quite a lot less in fact.
Almost half are WW2 aircraft, a few are WW1 and the remainder cover the Cold War era.
All are a good few years old and many date from several decades ago.  Though built to a generally high standard most have the usual old model issues of flaky decals, broken extremities and years of attic dust.
Over the coming weeks and months I'll post photos of the models as I recommission them.
And how many are there?  105....
Some dust.  And aeroplanes.

24 comments:

Archduke Piccolo said...

Amazing the sort of deals that happen out of a boot of a car in a semi-deserted car park, eh? What a score!

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Tim,

It could only happen to you!

That is quite done collection you have acquired, and I suspect that you have already got ideas about how to use them.

All the best,

Bob

Peter Douglas said...

Enjoy your haul Tim. You're not safe to be let out in public without adult supervision are you?
Peter

Tim Gow said...

Archduke Piccolo
I'd like to say it's the first time I've done this sort of thing but.....

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
What a reputation I seem to have!

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
You may well be right. But at least I've not had to leave the country...

tradgardmastare said...

A wonderful piece of forging Tim!

Fatman said...

You jammy brass stud you. ;-)

Major score there look forward to future posts showing of your loot!!!

Fatman

Phil Broeders said...

105!!! And the ones we can see there are in excellent condition and with great paint jobs.

Chris Platt said...

Did he sell you a hangar as well ? A nice little project to keep you busy over the winter months. And the reaction of your nearest and dearest when you brought them into the house was ? I have an image in my head of you flying them individually into the house making appropriate engine noises with appropriate martial music in the background. A post to brighten a dank and dreary day. Thanks.

Tim Gow said...

Tradgardmastare
You mean foraging surely? They're all genuine!

Tim Gow said...

Fatman
So you're madly jealous? Excellent.

Tim Gow said...

Phil Broeders
A few are in great shape, but most need some work.

Tim Gow said...

Chris Platt
I've already started with the engine noises. And machine gun sounds. Tally ho!

Al said...

nice haul, and alliteration :)

Tim Gow said...

Al
Cheers Al

Pete. said...

An impressive haul Tim- I look forward to seeing how you use them all.

Cheers,

Pete.

DaveM said...

Outrageous haul !

Cheers, Dave

Tim Gow said...

Pete
Weather permitting I do have a plan for a few of them quite soon.

Tim Gow said...

Dave M
I can't deny it!

Pete. said...

Ah another outdoor game is in the offing?

Cheers,

Pete.

Tim Gow said...

Pete
Hopefully. But I'm glad it wasn't today!

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Wow
That is 1 .. 0 ..5

Thanks for blowing away my Trump Blues ;)

Tim Gow said...

Geordie
Does you good to focus on the really important things in life.