The Combat Workshop‘s “Sprue Cutters Union” is akin to a group build, only with blog posts instead of builds. Every week, a new topic will be tossed out, and participating blogs will each write their own post on that topic.
This week’s topic:
What did you score this Black Friday weekend?
The last two years, I’ve gone a bit nuts with the Black Friday thing, more or less by milking Squadron’s crazy-time sales for all they’re worth.
This year, I won’t be playing that game. If you look at Squadron’s site, a lot of what I would call the “high-demand” kits are either out of stock or suspiciously pricey (Tamiya’s Corsair is excellent, but if you pay $200 for it you’re an idiot). I still think they got burned pretty bad by their Black Friday sale in 2011, which led to some tightening of the terms in 2012. This year it almost feels like they’re trying to move as much stuff with 20-40% off pre-Black Friday sales as they can. But honestly, outside of kits, I find Squadron’s selection rather poor and pricey.
But…there’s another reason I won’t be partaking. I’ve done plenty of pre-Black Friday damage! So instead of a rundown of BF scores, here’s a look at my haul over the past few weeks…
Disclaimer: I have been selling off major portions of my stash as I 1) transition into 1/32 and 2) admit to myself that certain kits will just never be built, so this is a lot more me “adjusting my portfolio” than just plowing money. Well, mostly.
1/32 Trumpeter Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a
I already have Trumpeter’s 262A-1a and B-1a, so of course, when I come across a scheme that I just absolutely have to do like right now, it’d be the one variant I don’t have.
Squadron: $77.99 / I paid: $50
1/32 Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109K-4 (Revell boxing)
I’ve wanted Messerschmitt’s ultimate 109 for some time now…the K has some great lines and some fantastic late-war scheme options. I’ve had a saved search on eBay forever, and a few weeks ago finally snagged one at an excellent price.
Squadron: $69.99 (K-4 not listed, based off other late variants) / I paid: $32
1/32 Hobby Boss Il-2 Sturmovik on skis
I’m not a huge fan of the Il-2. Not enough, at any rate, to pay the $143.99 that Squadron is asking for Hobby Boss’ Il-2 lineup. But when I saw one flying way under the radar on eBay, I leapt. The possibilities for a winter vignette…
Squadron: $143.99 / I paid: $20.50
1/32 Hasegawa P-47M Thunderbolt
I’ve become open to the possibility that I was perhaps too hard on Hasegawa’s 1/32 Jug…so a desultory search on eBay turned up this elusive P-47M. At $75, it’s not really a savings over Squadron’s price of the -D model, but the M is its own thing. I already know exactly which aircraft I’ll be doing, and it’ll be interesting to try to pull off the nose art as a mask.
Squadron: $74.99 / I Paid: $75
1/32 Hasegawa P-47D Thunderbolt
Most times, when I see a kit flying way under its natural price on eBay, I’ll place a snipe on it just in case, but as the auction hits the last 12 hours or so I’m usually booted as the bids rise. That’s exactly what I expected to happen when I saw this P-47 bidding at $30. But…I ended up winning it.
Squadron: $74.99 / I Paid: $32
1/32 Trumpeter AD-4 Skyraider
I recently got a serious bug regarding the AD-4 Skyraider. I want to build this kit RIGHT NOW and will probably break into it over the Thanksgiving break, other kits be damned. But being a new kit, discounts and steals are few and far between. Squadron actually had the cheapest price, but living in Texas I’d be staring down not only shipping, but sales tax. So going with free shipping via eBay actually worked out somewhat better.
Squadron: $87.99 / I Paid: $93
1/32 Trumpeter MiG-23MLD Flogger-K
The MiG-23 Flogger isn’t my favorite Soviet aircraft, BUT it has three things going for it. First, it’s by all accounts a great kit – one of Trumpeter’s very vest. Second, it wore reliably awesome camoflage schemes. And third, weathering possibilities abound. Basically, it permits a build with serious character. Particularly when you find one for HALF of what Squadron is charging.
Squardon: $153.99 / I Paid: $74.99
1/35 Meng Renault FT Light Tank
With one tank, whether they know it or not, Meng is blowing the whole WWI armor market wide open. After years of suffering crappy Emhar kits, we’re about to get flooded with top-of-the-line Great War iron. But to me, the Renault is the high water mark. This is the tank the American Expeditionary Force used. The tank Patton used to train his tankers at Bourg, and the tank Eisenhower used at Camp Colt. How could I resist?
Squadron: $70 / I Paid: $38
1/24 Trumpeter Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10
It’s hard to pass up the allure of a bigger Messerschmitt, especially when you can get your hands on for for an entirely reasonable trade (Trumpeter TBF-1C Avenger).
Squadron: $122.99 / I Paid: Nothing – traded Trumpeter TBF-1C Avenger
So that’s my, uh, “preemptive” Black Friday. What’s everyone else scoring this year?