What are the “ must build “ kits in your stash?

Having just replied to D in What the Postman Brought I began to think about my stash . I have known for some time that I will not live long enough to complete all of them and I began to muse about which ones I would put in the “ Gotta build it before I die “ category . I think my stash is about 150 kits or so . Largely 1/48 aircraft , a few 1/48 vehicles, 4 WnW 1/32 aircraft , a few 1/35 soft skins, 2 1/350 naval , 1 1/12 formula 1 car and I have a 1/12 Model Factory Hiro kit on order. I am currently working on a 1/12 motorcycle and will be starting the 1/12 Formula 1 car when the bike is done .
Given the costly nature of MFH kits and the amount of time involved in building them , I plan on diving in on this one after the Formula 1 car .
After that I don’t know but somewhere in the time frame I would slot one of the WnW kits but beyond that it’s whatever strikes my fancy at the time .
Does anyone else ever think about this ?
What would you choose?
Cheers- Richard

All of them!
But I will focus on wreckers, engineer vehicles, bridgelayers, the really big ones. Basically the odd-ball stuff.
Mainstream stuff like Panzers and Shermans isn’t at the front of the build queue …

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Robin, your build queue in real time is probably about 2 miles long anyway …:grin:

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For me it’s very simple … Very small stash, only build usually in one certain scale and only things that genuinely interest me. Also I don’t buy randomly, it needs to be specific, so next probable buys will be for a Cent build coming up and I want a Leo 2 A7 for my modern MBT set. Next build will be campaign based so it’s the Panther G for the Bulgarian group build.

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Great discussion topic Richard, this should be a really interesting thread to follow!

My stash is similar size to yours, probably 100 Auto kits, 40 Aircraft, 3 Ships, a couple of 1/35 trucks and some figures.
For me it would be the WNW Clerget Camel that just arrived, the collection of 1/12 Chevy kits ('57 Bel Airs, "67 Corvettes and a '69 Camaro), and the 1/24 VFS P-47 that has been on and off my bench for so many years because I 'm not confident that my abilities match my ambitions for that kit just yet.
Everything else in between will be built to fine-tune the techniques.

Cheers, D

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I have a very reasonable stash of about 12-14 kits, so I hope I will live long enough to finish all of them!!

In any case, and as you never know, I would go first for the easiest/more pleasant builds, and also weird looking vehicles like the Bergepanther or Bergepanzer IV.

Excellent topic!

The is around ~155 unstarted kits and 8 started kits.

Must Finish - started kits
Tamiya Pz IV J - modelers block
Tamiya Pz IV J - 27 years and counting
Gunzy/DML/Imperial PZ IV F2
DML Panther D
Tamiya Panther G
Tamiya T-55A

Must Finish - stash kits
Tamiya JagdPanther from 90’s
Tamiya Late Tiger x2
Tamiya Mid Tiger x2
Tamiya Early Tiger
Tamiya Initial Tiger
Tamiya Panther G x4
Tamiya Panther D
DML Pz IV A
DML Pz IV B
TriStar Pz IV C
Tamiya Pz IV D
DML Pz IV D Afrika Korps
DML Pz IV E Vorrpanzer
DML Pz IV F2/G x2
DML Pz IV G x3
Gunzy/DML/Imperial PZ IV G
Tamiya Pz IV H old
DML Pz IV H x3
DML Pz IV J x2
DML Late Tiger x3
Tamiya JS-2
Tamiya JSU-152
Cyber Hobby T-34 1942 STZ
Tamiya Challenger 2 Desertized
Takom Chieftain Mk10
Italeri Crusader
Italeri Leo 1A4
Meng M2A3 Bradley
Meng Panther D

The started kits, 90’s Tamiya kits, the Pz IV’s, top of the Must list.

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My stash is pretty small, around 30 kits but I bought all of them in the last 12 months after getting serious about the hobby (I might have a problem)!

But I too only buy stuff that absolutely interest me. So as above they are all must build. But my holy grail kits I really want to build but are my two accurate miniatures avengers (love that massive plane), my leopard C2 Mexas from Meng and probably my Dragon Sdkfz 7/2 and 10/5. I have a deep interest in German self propelled guns and flak half tracks/panzers

My must builds will sit for a while though as my skills progress

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28 models in my stash all are “must be built” kits.

Also “must be built” kits on my wanted list, but I prefer to avoid to buy them. First I have to reduce my stash.

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Don’t Wait!!!

If you like it now build it now!

Your skills are most impressive :clap:

Waiting for my skills to improve is why I have 150+ kit back log :slight_smile: Life has a way of wrecking that plan in my experience.

Even winning piles and piles of trophies :trophy: I didn’t think my skills were up to doing a 1990’s Tamiya Panther G etc justice :balance_scale: .

Better kits can and do replace all of those kits one saves until their skills improve.

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It’s my goal to never have a stash big enough for this to be a dilemma. I think I’ve got 8 kits total between boxed and on the go and I’m not buying any more until I get at least two of those knocked out.

If I have too many options available I get distracted and just find excuses to plow through or put things aside in favour of new shiny.

I too have limited my selection to stuff that really interests me. No token Tigers for me. This is a double edged sword though as stock levels continue to be low in my LHSs and I then end up fighting the urge to spend my tokens on fleabay.

I have my RG-31 and an M109 on the go that need to get finished but I have no idea what’ll be next on the pile.

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I agree with you there, the only problem is that some of nice kits are hard to find at the deals I got them for, especially with living in Canada :roll_eyes:

The dragon SdKfz 10/5, 7/2 and the leFH 18/40/2 sf Geschutzwagen Panzer III (that’s a mouthful) I found on eBay we’re all $30 and anywhere else I can find them which is a chore in itself have them for $110+

Knowing I’ll likely never buy kits of those subjects again I want to leave them until I’m really in the mood. But in terms of other kits like tigers that are easy to find I have no problem cracking those open and starting.

As you state I’ve built a couple kits that are probably way above my skill level like the Miniart t-54 and tbe bronco archer I am building now, but I find doing these kits slowly and methodically has drastically improved my skill and confidence to tackle complex kits

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My ‘must build’ is ALL the kits (150 +) in the stash, but lacking the life expectancy to do so! :grin:

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True that, when we bought them they were. I at least try to put a few in queue. Right now I’m working on a Mig 31 the next ones I’m planning are

Hasegawa F-16 with some special decals
Tamiya JS-2 a group build
Tamiya P-38 because it’s time

After that,we’ll see

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A very good topic.

Technically all of my kits (around 100) are must build as I bought them all for a reason. No duplicates in the stash.

That being said there are ones with a higher priority. Planes go to the bottom. I do like a plane every 18 months. Ground vehicles in the middle and ships on top. I do tend to build more vehicles than ships simply because the ships take me so long to do.

If I had to pick 2 from each category I would likely pick the following:

Planes

  • Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk VIII
  • Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hurricane MK1

Ground vehicles

  • All my shermans :stuck_out_tongue:
  • Dragon 75mm Pak40

Ships

  • Tamiya 1/350 USS New Jersey (To be built as the USS Wisconsin using the Pontos set)
  • Trumpeter 1/350 USS Texas
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I don’t think mine qualifies as a stash. But the Tamiya P-38 and Phantom are the next kits I plan to start.

The Tamiya P 38 is just incredible and should be on everyone’s list . I have no reason to doubt that their Phantom will be great as well . I know I am repeating myself but every modeler regardless of favorite genre should assemble Tamiya’s P 38 just to see how good a kit can be - don’t even paint it if you don’t want too - just put it together. It’s that good.

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If you guys keep talking about it my finger is going to find its way to the buy now button!

This one is for sure going on my Christmas list

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Do it now Mead93 - push the button-you know you want to …

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All you guys with small volume stashes. It makes me feel I may be overcompensating for something…

My absolute must builds:
Australian Centurion Bridgelayer (part AFV Club and part scratch build)
Centurion AVRE (Amusing Hobby)
Australian Centurion Mk5/1 (AFV Club)
( seems to be a theme here)
Australian Matilda (Tamiya and Firestorm )
M113A1 with T50 Turret (AFV Club)
M19 Diamond T and trailer combo (I Heart Kit - ex Merit) with a load being…
Bishop (Bronco)
Archer (Bronco)
Conqueror Mk1(Amusing Hobby)
Bulgarian Steyr 1500A/01 (Tamiya)

My ‘Must build’ after the absolute must builds:
LVT 4 Late (AFV Club)
Panzer 1 Ausf A (Takom 1/16)
SdKfz 2 Kettenrad (Dragon - ex ESCI 1/9th scale!)
Scammell Tank Transporter (Thunder Models )
Dorchester (AFV Club)
Su-76 (Tamiya)
Sturer Emil (Trumpeter)
ZSU 23-4 (Meng)
M16 Halftrack (Dragon)
Bergepather Ausf A (Takom)

…all the ones for group builds I have committed to…
…and finish all my shelf queens (yeah, okay… but a man has to stretch his goals a little)

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