The Swap Meet: Lost Love, Cheap Kits and the circle of life

Last weekend the Hobby Centre hosted its second ‘Hobby Flea Market’ or, as I like to call it: the Spring Swap Meet. The second time around was much the same as the first. Maybe there was a bit more kit diversity this time and certainly warmer weather.

Observations? I have a few. If what is on offer at a swap meet represents only the tip of the iceberg of model stashes, there are a lot of stashed models out there. I think a scary amount. In a strange way I feel bad for all of these kits but at least the swap meet is an opportunity for a previously loved kit to be loved again.

At least until it is thrown on top of another pile.

I did not sell at this event. This freed me up to check out all of the previously loved kits and speak with all of the usual suspects. I was incredibly lucky to stumble across a ‘holy grail’ kit of sorts and the seller had an incredibly reasonable price for this somewhat rare model:

I was also able to do some video experimenting. Most of it did not work but a few of the shots did. I am quickly discovering that taking interesting videos is yet another hobby within a hobby. I am enjoying it very much. If you are interested you can click this link or see it below.

Last thing

The next event hosted by the Hobby Center will be the victorious return of the Ottawa Scale Auto Contest and it is going to be held on October 2, 2022 at the Walkley Armory in Ottawa, Ontario. Don’t let the name fool you, this show features models of every description. I had a great time at the last one and I am looking forward to going back.

3 thoughts on “The Swap Meet: Lost Love, Cheap Kits and the circle of life

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  1. What others call their stash I call my ‘Treasure’. One of these days I’m going to install a voice activated lock to the place where it is stored which will only open when I say ‘Open Sesame’.

    I thought it was sad to consider kits at the swap and sell ‘unloved’. I love all my kits, even the ones I sell. Mostly I sell them when I remember that I will not live long enough to make them all and sell them in the hope that they will go to a new and better home where they will be even more loved than they are now, and perhaps even be made.

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