Blind Orders

Started by tigercat2, June 15, 2010, 04:05:01 PM

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Have any of you ever made a "blind order" from a mail order place?  Several years ago I did this with the Rare Plane Detective in NV (great place, by the way).  I specified the general categories (all 1/72, WW II to present day, any country, any air arm, props and jets,  no 4 engine (don't have the room), etc.  When I got the big box in the mail, it was like Christmas!!

I have just done the same thing again; told the RPD to fill a box with as many models as possible for $100.  The box should arrive soon, and I am really looking forward to it.  RPD said he had a nice selection; if its like last time, it will be fantastic!!!

Wes W.


Post pics when it arrives :thumbsup:
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I haven't done that in years (last did it when I was into Battletech and told a store in Florida to "suprise me").

Yeah, post pics when it gets to you.
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Ooo, now there's an interesting concept. If I could chop down the unbuilts some, I would do this.
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Interesting idea. How to suprise yourself at Xmas/Birthday  ;D...let us know how it goes
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Sounds like fun.


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I will let you know what is in the "surprise package".  After thinking about this and seeing the posts concerning Matchbox kits (which I really like), my next variation on this theme might be to have the RPD send me all the Matchbox kits he can for X amount of dollars - could do the same with any brand, of course.

I have been building What Ifs for over 40 years (I have about 500 completed kits), so I probably won't receive too many kits that I don't already have, but with the endless possibilities of the What If world, I am very eager to receive the package and start building!!

Wes W.

Cliffy B

Sounds like serious fun man!  Post pics and don't worry if you've built 30 of each type already.  We can always come up with new ideas for them  ;D
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Quote from: Cliffy B on June 16, 2010, 07:57:02 AM
Sounds like serious fun man!  Post pics and don't worry if you've built 30 of each type already.  We can always come up with new ideas for them  ;D

I don't worry at all about 30 or so of each type!!  I have 30 F-104 What ifs, about 25 Tigercats, all Whifs of course, and about 50 FW-190s.  My wife thinks I am crazy, (probably am), and does not understand why anyone would want more than 1 version of an aircraft. but she gallantly puts up with this little hobby:) 

That is the beauty of What ifs.  The basic question is; how many different versions of an aircraft are enough?  Answer:  no limit!!

Wes W.


I've used Rare-Plane Detective on numerous occassions, Jeff is a very nice guy.  It's a relief that he's kept going as he was almost wiped out when Hurricane Katrina hit his business when he was located on the Gulf coast.
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I remember when RPD was in Gulfport, MS before he moved out to Vegas . . . If I wasn't in this dammed red boot I would've gone to his shop while I was out there last week.

Didn't know he did Blind Orders, I'll have to keep that in mind!
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I have  been dealing with Jeff, the RPD for 10 years or so.  Always have been very happy with everything about the RPD.  To me, the "blind order" capability is a real treat; I am just like a kid waiting for Christmas morning!!

Wes W.


My "blind order" from the Rare Plane Detective arrived today; I told the RPD to send me some good kits for $100; specified from WWII to present, any service any country, all 1/72.

The actual total came to $98; here is what I got:

Airfix:  Pe-2
Hasagawa:  Zero, P-47, X-29
Heller:  Tempest Mk V, Spitfire Mk VB
Matchbox:  P-51D
Revell:  Fw-190F-8
Frog:  SB-2
Toko:  LoGG-3
Fujimi:  Sea Harrier
HobbyCraft:  F-89A/B

A very good mix; I am very happy with the selection and price; got 12 kits, all complete and many were sealed for the $98.

I think next time I will ask the RPD to send $100 or so worth of Matchbox kits.   I like them and don't have a great many.

This is a pretty good way to go; all these aircraft will be built as What Ifs, for example perhaps an Argentine F-89.  I can't wait to get started!!

Wes W.


I just opened a few kits, and tucked inside several boxes I found three more:
Airfix Boomerang
Pioneer Yak-15
Airfix G-91

So, a total of 15 kits for $98.00, and a very nice surprise when opening the box!!

Wes W.