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      Post #47306, posted on 03-15-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      as topic says, i am wondering, how much people are willing to pay for a complete kit.

      there is

      kit, 10$ to 100$
      decals, 5$ to 20$
      corogard/details 10$
      photo edged parts 10$
      putty, colors etc, per kit 5$

      makes about 50$ to 100$ per finished kit.

      is this state of the art ?

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      Post #47307, posted on 03-15-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      Depends on the kit, but I think most of us here spend the extra buck for goodies, so probably in the 50-150 range for a plastic kit as a marginal cost. I'd add about $10 in shipping to most of those numbers to be safe. My last build (1:72 Heller 707) broke down as follows:
      Item: Cost+shipping
      Kit: 65+18
      Decals: 20+10
      Custom decals: 60+10
      paint: ~50
      Carbon spars: 10+8
      Total: >250
      I'm probably missing something there, but it's somewhere north of 250. My current build (1:72 AMT KC-135 to 707 bash) is currently
      kit (including goodies): 75
      decals: 25+10
      styrene: 10
      parts: 0+15
      paint: 15
      more decals: projected 20+10
      Total: >170

      Some of the paints are reused for subsequent builds, but you always need that new color or two. Add in the capex items (tools, airbrush, glue, etc.) for another 150-250, and the average total cost ends up around 250 for me so far. Granted, most cafe members build in 144 and build more kits to reduce their ATC, so you could get away with $50 if you get a kit+decals and you already have all the stuff you need.

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      Post #47312, posted on 03-16-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      If I have to spend more than $50 for a kit I'll have some serious explaining to do to the other half. Unless I can intercept the package at the door.

      Best regards...Duncan

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      Post #47319, posted on 03-16-2013 GMT-5 hours    
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      If I have to spend more than $50 for a kit I'll have some serious explaining to do to the other half. Unless I can intercept the package at the door.

      Best regards...Duncan


      Can you have it shipped to your office? That would be a good way to circumvent the import controls....

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      Post #47327, posted on 03-18-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      I don't trust the guys at the office. Most of them are plane nuts too, they will take it home! Maybe if I order it at a store, pick it up, and sneak it into the garage.

      Best regards....Duncan

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      Post #47329, posted on 03-18-2013 GMT-5 hours    
      It depends.. I mostly buy my standard airliner kits (Revell 737's and A320's) as cheap as possible by taking over second hand (but unbuilt) kits so I can spend more on a nice decal sheet for the livery. I spent 20 at that point. But some airplane types are just covered by more expensive brands (like Authentic Airliners) and if I really want that aircraft I'm happy to pay some more. But I stopped buying PE for my airliners because it is just too small for me to handle. The detail level on most kits is fine to me.