Yesterday I went to a local thrift store to leave off some stuff from my basement clearance for charities sake. While I was there, I was also hoping to find some cheap plastic playsets in a usable scale, which could be used for conversions. I like to convert plastic buildings, because they often have some type of detailing, which saves me the time and effort to make it myself. Old and/or broken playsets are an excellent starting points for this task and they usually come very cheap too.
My first find is a Hot Wheels car shop/garage/chop shop. Lots of parts missing from this piece, which is fine for the purpose I have in mind. I’m only interested in the building, which already have enough interesting details included. Scale-wise it seems to be made with 28mm figures in mind. The price was €0.5.
My next find is a garage. I have seen this for some €18 in the stores. Some doors are missing from this piece, and it has some cracks in the roof windows. Not an issue for what I had in mind. Scale-wise the windows are the right size and at the right height, but the doors are very large. This piece could work for something bigger than a usual car garage. I’m thinking something like a Fire station, where the doors need to be big enough to let a fire truck through. The price was €0.5.
My last find is an airplane. I wasn’t too sure about this piece as I originally was looking for buildings. I don’t know much about airplanes so I can’t really comment on the scale here. When I open the cockpit and compare the pilot to a 28mm figure it seems to be spot on. Some parts are broken on this one piece, like the landing gear and the propeller. I’m thinking I could always use it as a crashed wreck in Dust Tactics. The price was €1.
Total cost for this loot was €2, and I even did a good deed by going there. Beat that, if you can! 😉