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Academy CH-53E (12209)
Posted by uspsjuan on Friday, September 20, 2019 3:43 PM

I'm ISO this kit which is apperently been discontinued. Do any of you fine folks have a line on this kit. This also begs the question, if this kit is so popular that no one has it then why was it discontinued? As always, thanks in advance!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, September 20, 2019 4:14 PM

According to scalemates.com there was a reissue in 2012 and a Wolfpack rebox for a JSADF version in 2013, so they're around. Bummer is that they were and are a hot item; eBay prices are approaching $100. No telling why Academy hasn't done another boxing. The same question comes up many times about other desireable kits. Good luck finding one in your price range!

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Posted by uspsjuan on Friday, September 20, 2019 6:13 PM

I only saw one on Ebay and it was priced at $190.00  I don't mind paying a bit of a premeim for hot items but thats a bit much. Guess i'll hope for the best and keep looking. Thanks

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Posted by uspsjuan on Monday, October 14, 2019 4:50 PM
So still no joy on finding the Academy CH-53 E kit. What if any, are my other options. MY son-in-law was a powerplant mechanic on these birds and I would like to give him a completed one. Any help is appreciated.
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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, October 14, 2019 5:44 PM

Revel/Germany has one I believe, not sure how recently it was issued but it's not a bad kit and much cheaper I would think.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:09 PM

midnightprowler
Revel/Germany has one I believe, not sure how recently it was issued but it's not a bad kit and much cheaper I would think.

Revell's is a CH-53C/D/G (German version) model, which is a totally different aircraft than a CH/MH-53E.  It is also a 1970s model that has been reissued multiple times over the years.  It is nowhere near the detail level of the newer Academy kits.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 5:12 PM

The op asked about a CH53. Granted it's not up to the academy kit but it's probably a fourth the price and not that bad. Better than not building one st all.

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Posted by uspsjuan on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:31 PM
As I stated earlier, my son-in -law was a powerplant mechanic on the Marine CH-53E. So I would like to get as close to that as possible. I don't mind paying a premium for this kit but $190+ is a bit over the top. That is where my daughter met him ( Marine Corps ) She worked on Huey's and Cobra's and he worked on CH46's and CH-53's. And yes, I already have the other 3 kits in line waiting. Thanks again for any help.
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Posted by RacerToo on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:02 AM

USPSJuan. I totally understand not wanting to pay too much for an Academy CH-53E. Its not a perfect kit and anything over a $100 seems unfair. That said, in the end what does it matter paying twice as much as its worth? If you are like me, successfully building and finishing a kit depends on my level of interest and focus on having a certain model in my collection.

  Here's what I think you should do. Since most of these Ebay models won't sell at these inflated prices, contact the sellers directly and negotiate a price you can live with. It doesn't hurt to ask.  rig by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" />

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Posted by uspsjuan on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:13 AM
Racer, you are correct sir. There is a " make offer " button. so that is just what I'll do after work today. What's the worst they can say... NO?
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Posted by Compressorman on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:07 PM

RacerToo

USPSJuan. I totally understand not wanting to pay too much for an Academy CH-53E. Its not a perfect kit and anything over a $100 seems unfair. That said, in the end what does it matter paying twice as much as its worth? If you are like me, successfully building and finishing a kit depends on my level of interest and focus on having a certain model in my collection.

  Here's what I think you should do. Since most of these Ebay models won't sell at these inflated prices, contact the sellers directly and negotiate a price you can live with. It doesn't hurt to ask.  rig by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" />

 

 

This looks fantastic, btw!

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Posted by uspsjuan on Friday, October 18, 2019 7:24 AM
Well, that didn't work. I offered $125 but was turned down. Got a notification this morning that it sold for $150. Guess I shouldn't be so cheap! LOL. There are a couple for others listed on feebay but they are all listed over $200.
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Posted by cwalker3 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:30 AM

I have one if you're still looking. I bought it used a few years ago, but never built it. The kit has been opened, and a couple spruces were taken out of their plastic bags. The two halves of the body are off of their spruces, as is the tail section. The tail pieces are taped, but not glued, together. As far as I know, all of the parts are in the box.
If you're interested, you can email me at cwalker2174(at)yahoo.com. I'd rather talk off the board, as buying and selling is not allowed on the forum.

Cary

 

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Posted by uspsjuan on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:28 AM
Cwalker3, I tried to send you an email. computer said it was an invalid email address. you can email me at uspsjuan.jl@gmail.com
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Posted by uspsjuan on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:33 PM

Wanted to publicly thank cwalker for his help in securing this kit. 

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Posted by RacerToo on Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:45 PM

JUST A HEADS UP TO ANYONE WANTING THIS KIT. ONE IS CURRENTLY LISTED ON EBAY FOR $76 PLUS $15 SHIPPING. DEC 12, 2019.

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Posted by uspsjuan on Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:25 PM

The current BID is $76 .... + $29 shipping. You got me all worked up, Thought i might be able to score another one for myself. LOL

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Posted by RacerToo on Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:18 PM

Sorry, I thought it was a 'buy it now'. Shipping on my screen shows $15.83 out of Ohio. Hell, go ahead and get it. That way Academy will surely reissue itWink

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Posted by uspsjuan on Friday, December 13, 2019 7:28 AM
That Brings up a good point. If kit abc123 sells out and they are selling for twice their original amount on the secondary market, wouldn't that be a signal to the manufacturer to reissue the kit? Guess they don't look at things like that. Not sure what I'm missing here.
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Posted by Scotty T on Saturday, December 14, 2019 8:13 PM

USPSJuan,

 

are you still looking for an Echo?

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, December 15, 2019 8:32 AM

I'm interested, pm me.

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Posted by uspsjuan on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 7:58 PM
Sure, The first one is going to my son-in-law so now I need one for me.LOL
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