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30 Jul 2019 9:07 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Now is the time to get a plastcville O guage airport." to "Now is the time to get a Plasticville O gauge airport"

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VCarter Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2019 8:55 a.m. PST

Because I just got mine.

One of my retirement projects was to get into O gauge buildings for an attack on a zombie trailer park.

To that end, I began collecting the buildings (I may post more on that later).

My most recent purchases are two Plasticville Hangers and the Airport admin building.

Here is what I have learned:

1) The best buys are usually as part of a collection of other buildings. My first hanger came with a diner and the Admin building had both a hanger and a two story house.

2) Watch for the best deals. I have been able to make my buys at an average of $10.00 USD or under for each building.

3) At these good prices, you should expect to need to make some repairs (but since you're turning them into wargaming pieces that's part of the fun). Make sure to view all pictures.

4) There are collectors who will charge a premium for unbuilt kits in pristine condition. Along that same line I have found some questionable deals (old box with new models). To protect our fellow collectors, I destroy any boxes that I get to prevent fraud. I will admit I was tempted to resell the boxes.

5) I was in touch with Bachmann (owners of the Plasticville line) and they are currently discontinuing the line and no one was sure of its future status.

Just to give you some ideas I'm including two links to what others have done:


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Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2019 6:21 p.m. PST

Very interesting discussion. Where do you recommend that we get the models from?

I don't understand why you destroy the boxes.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2019 7:01 p.m. PST

Most of the purchases were on eBay with a few at Colpar hobbies in Denver.

The reason I destroy the boxes instead of selling them is to prevent anyone committing fraud by putting new models in an old box and attempting to pass them off as vintage.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian31 Jul 2019 4:21 p.m. PST

Best source for game-ready model railroad buildings is at a train show. Already built, usually 25 on the dollar and available in mass quantities. I can transport an entire city in three 3-gallon tubs and it'll cover an 8-10 table.

Wyatt

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2019 1:12 p.m. PST

I don't usually do Ebay, but wouldn't selling new kits in old boxes ruin their Ebay ratings? IOW, there is already a mechanism in place to call out deceptive sales. Thus you may not need to destroy the boxes.

FWIW, I thought in general old boxes are collectors items (per Antiques Roadshow).

Pauls Bods06 Aug 2019 12:23 a.m. PST

Bit off Topic but the Lumbasa Airport Terminal (first link) reminds me of the Lost Heaven International Airport

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