This new hobby also couldn't cost my family anything. I "borrowed" money from our budget to start this hobby and I need to pay the family back. I swore we wouldn't miss a vacation or something because I spent our money on pinball machines.
I've put up for sale a lot of stuff I had laying around so I could pay my budget back right away. I've almost got that accomplished.
I put together a spreadsheet of all of the things I've purchased and a worst case cost of those things that I still need.
I'm new to this hobby, so I have no connections. Having no connections means I may have paid too much for this F-14 Tomcat. But I was itching to go and it was cheaper than I had originally budgeted. Also, having no connections means at this time every part comes at a premium. I have no buddies with 8 year old plastics in a drawer somewhere that they'll sell me cheap.