My paper route paid for all the AMT models. Mom knew I wanted Star Trek stuff for Christmas and found all the TOS photonovels at a second-hand store. Evidently, they were either a rarity (hardly anyone here remembers them) or a marketing failure.
I went through a few Exploration Sets because I PLAYED with mine. Much of our farm land and creeks was explored with those sets.
As for homemade items: I had found a shirt cut like McCoy's short-sleeve, shiny one. I made an insignia & put it over a black long-sleeve t-shirt with black jeans.
“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” -Pres. Obama
"A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon." -Pres. Clinton