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Revell SMS Seeadler...kit from 1966..unopened bag..is it worth buying?

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Revell SMS Seeadler...kit from 1966..unopened bag..is it worth buying?
Posted by jhawk on Sunday, August 23, 2020 3:19 PM

I am not into collecting old kits or buying\selling vintage kits.  But, I saw this Revell SMS Seeadler (H-331:300) in a used bookstore.  The box is in good shape and the model parts are still in an unopened bag.  They wanted $230 for it.  I would not pay that price for any model, but it did get me to wondering if that kit was worth anywhere near that price.  I couldn't really find any info on pricing on the internet, so thought I'd ask here.  

Is this kit all that rare...I know it was re-released in the 90's?  Does it have a market value that high?

Thanks in advance for helping out my curiosity.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, August 23, 2020 3:35 PM

NO DO NOT BUY THAT KIT!!!!

It has no value except maybe to collectors who like scarce things.

This has been discussed in the past here. It was a particular bone in the craw of our late friend Dr. Tilley. Any giggle search using the terms "Revell Seeadler", "Finescale Forums", "Need advice on painting plastic sailing ship deck" and a few others will give you all the info you need, so I won't repeat it here in any detail.

Revell sold the USCGC Eagle kit starting in 1958. It's a good kit, although it isn't accurate for a whole different set of reasons that are actually interesting. 

In 1960 Revell pulled a marketing scam and reissued the kit as the Gorch Fock and as the Seeadler. The GF is a little closer, but the Seeadler is completely bogus. Revell removed the motor launches, replaced them with open boats, and replaced the mizzen mast with a square rigged one to change her from a bark to a full rigged ship.

There was even a note in the box from Count Von Luckner himself.

Sorry, it caused me pain as well when I was a kid reading his biography. For quite a while this was, however fake, about the only WW1 plastic ship model around.

 

Bill

 

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, August 24, 2020 11:22 AM

Hi;

    Like Bill said. Whatever you DO NOT buy that kit. Four or five bucks is okay. Not that overinflated price! For a totally INCORRECT model it is fun to build but as to the Seeadler. It's a FAKE !

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