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Ok something a bit different to admit to here...

Your half way through a rebuild, need a part, urgently, but cant find the part from your usual sources, so you end up paying over the odds for it, way over the odds!
What is the most you've paid for a "must have!
It can be a part, a car, a set etc, and go on, admit how much over the top you paid because you just couldn't wait!

Just to show your not alone, I paid £18 for an old scalextric guide - the white round type! - usually obtainable for £2-3 if you look, but well, I couldn't wait!

(dont worry, this thread is like group therapy!)
 

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I recently had a 'racing incident' with one of my favourite scratchbuilt cars, a 1/24 Ferrari Testarossa. It ended up with a cracked headlamp cover, I wrote to Hasegawa who made the kit but had no luck. So I bought a whole new kit, luckily there was one on ebay with a damaged box and with postage only cost me £19! Yep £19 for a new headlamp cover!

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I bought a H2851 HONDA F1
2006 Turkish GP.
Rubens Barrichello
No.11
Available through Planeta part-work in Spain only. 2007/8. WHITE/RED

For a lot of money and that had a cracked yellow TV antenna thingy on top...not broken but a split in it.

It was bugging me to such an extent i bought a whole new car (70 GBP+)..

OK maybe not really the place for it
then again 1 little piece had a split causing me to *go over the top* (again
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Now i am looking for 2 of those new style Scalextric boxes of the Last Honda F1's,
which has something like Honda F1 Racing Written on the base to give them a safe dust free home.
Very willing to pay an good price for 2 of those boxes.
Also looking for a Cartrix Crystal case top and a Raybrig base and again willing to pay a proper price....

Same silly reasons...imperfections
 

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I bought the car I always dreamt of when I first started racing, mint condition boxed Cox 1/24th Lil' Cucaracha. I'm not gonna tell you what it cost either but suffice to say my bank manager has asked me to bank with him and not him with me.
 

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jesus Big T you,r not short of a bob or two. think i,ll drive up from cornwall and have a rummage in your scrap box. Oh Yea! i paid £19 for a diff just to see how it worked. john
 

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John I bought it 2 years ago so by today's prices it was cheap, a good investment really. The trouble is it's sitting in the box and keeps whispering to me '' Build Me , Race Me''. I have resisted so far. May buy a repro and build that instead.
 

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Ouch i don't know about the must have but i did have a Monogram Lm bodied GTO and a Lotus 33 bought new in the 60's for pounds shillings and pence i loved them at the time only lightly raced the GTO gave them away when i cleared a lot of my stuff in the 70's what did i do oh dear, oh dear Keith.
 

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When I saw it in the resin I just had to have it...

A lot of negotiation resulted in a sensible price (!) and an MMK Maserati Tipo 152 kit being thrown in as a sweetener but it was still a lot of euros


 

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$460.00 US for a Slot Classic Ferrari TR 59/60.
I have never run the car, which is a good thing because one of the front wheels
is jammed against the body so hard that it won't turn! Ha Ha!

But still it is one of the most beautiful slot cars I have ever seen or owned!
The fact that it is a model of perhaps the prettiest Ferrari race cars ever,
may have something to do with it.

I love it and don't regret buying it for a second.

I got lots of other stories like this, but this is by far the most that I have spent on one single item that I just had to have.

Gordo (Ferrari Forever) Bond 007
 

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Over the top, well I suppose it's all relative, following on from the last two posts, I have these same models and they are amongst my most expensive purchases. I payed around £200 for the no 11 Ferrari TR250, £150 for the no17 and I swapped 10 regular cars for the Transporter which was priced at £350. Incidentally I have no problems with the wheels on mine. Kindest Regards Jason


 

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My biggest single car purchase pales in insignificance compared to some of the above.....

Over £50 for a brand new SCX Octavia.

There have been a few others, particularly since I got the slot rally obsession, but IIRC the Octavia beats them by nearly a tenner. It's definitely the most costly car in my collection, but I justify it to myself with all the bargains I've managed to find.

I've made several mistakes buying secondhand cars off eBay that have been described as "as new" or "mint" and putting my maximum bid to reflect the claimed condition. When I've won the auction, the cars have arrived full of carpet fluff and Lord knows what else and showing no sign of ever being lubed since they left the production line.
I do try not to buy secondhand, but if it's a car I want for my collection and I've been unable to find one new..........
 

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£68 for a teamslot peugeot 205 kit .....I still shudder when I think about it, but there it was on eBay and, well, I had to have it and all reason went out of the window. What's most scary is that I probably would have bid even more (of the money I don't have!) if I'd been outbid.

The worst thing is that it now lives in "as bought" condition in a drawer
 

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Big T, its a bit like vintage bikes that arrive to a bike meet an a trailer, i hate that they were built to be used, so use em. i,d probably do the same with a repop body, but i suspect like me you,ve got about ten projects on the go at any one time and another 100 sitting in the to be done pile. john
 

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Interesting admissions. An Ostorero Lotus 79 kit and a hand built Ferrari 312T3 from Argentina are probably my offers. (But they are not in the same league as some of the previous posts.)

What I would ask as a supplementary question is how many wives/partners are aware of the cost of these purchases?


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Philip
 

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Philip P in answer to your supplementary question as these gentlemen are still alive to tell the tale it must be None, used to have a weekness for Ferrari 250 GTO's but my bank manager did'nt, ah dreams Keith.
 
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