With the number of builds going out on a regular basis, there are a lot of moving pieces aside from the kits themselves. Searching for and purchasing new kits is a constant project for me. On top of that, I also try to keep a running inventory of my supplies. As you saw with the F-4 build, I made the slight oversight and it set me back a few days. One paint color missing and the build comes to a halt.
When it comes to buying new kits, there are a few routes that I normally take. With the hobby shop days over, the Internet is my number one source for all my new kits. That’s not to say that I never physically purchase any kits. Whenever I see the rare hobby shop while I am on vacation or passing through different towns, I’ll stop in and see what they have. Usually I can find something worthwhile, at a decent price, to add to my inventory. That doesn’t happen too often so it’s mostly online searches for my kits.
There are quite a few online hobby sites that I frequent if I am looking for something specific. I normally won’t place an order until I have a good size cart to offset the shipping costs. Sometimes I unfortunately lose a part or need the random supply that forces me to put an order through so I will add a kit or two. My most recent order from Scale Hobbyist was all paint. Thirty-two jars to replenish my stock. Without a true hobby shop nearby, I don’t have access to the foreign colors needed to complete a non-US airplane. So the bulk of this order was German and RAF colors.
When I’m not in a specific hunt for a certain kit, I am forever on eBay. There are about thirty different saved searches that I peruse daily. For me, eBay is more miss than hit but I do find great buys that I would never be able to get elsewhere. I am also very finicky when it comes to buying from eBay. I will buy an open kit as long as the inner bags are sealed. If the parts are loose, I move on. My last few additions to the stash have been from eBay.
With the recent “Warthog Project”, added with the two that were previously built before that, my A-10 inventory was decimated. A-10’s are always on my watch list no matter how many I have. I was lucky enough to come across a Heller and Italeri A-10 in one auction and win it. Both kits with shipping were only $20.00. Not bad at all. I am certainly building more than I am taking in these days. I still have quite the stash and I don’t plan on ever ceasing to continue to let it grow.