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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Collectible Prices
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 7, 2021 5:41 PM

 I Do Read model Books, I do, Honest!

     I just finished a very fine group of Books By the Author Thomas Graham. Aurora-Monogram and Revell Model histories. Now granted they were printed in the early 2000s I have a hard time equating the Collectors pricing to what's being asked today. First, Some have been Re-Released. Two, Some though indicated as one year kits were around three years or more before finally disappearing from the marketplace.

   My research has shown the last asking( Note: asking) price for a boat I would love to have was $545.00 for the Aurora Wheeler Cruiser kit minus the small lifeboat on the cabin roof. That was E-Bay! Now even though the price should"ve climbed over the years. From $80.00( Pristine in sealed Box) to $545.00 with parts missing seems illogical to me.

 So it was with great satisfaction I dusted off my model and shined her up again. NO, It is NOT the Aurora version. It is mine-Same Scale-Carved lovingly by hand, routed out for the Cabin Interiors and Engine rooms and using Real wood for the rest of the boat too. Including Microscope slide glass for the windows!

 Real brass props with Stainless Shafts. But, even with the clinker built little boat on the cabin roof, Most folks recognise it as a Wheeler that was once a plastic model. Oh I would love to find one as I did build one back in the day. Prettiest smaller scale motoryacht around. Lindberg's kits ( The Connie and Sport Fisherman) were larger.Revell's were smaller. 

      Note: don't confuse these with the poor attempts to re-market Lindberg's Owens and Capri Motorboats. Those kits have way to many problems just getting them to work out right! The biggest thing about them being wrong, is the Roof/Cabin structures being to big for the hulls and the Hull pieces NOT fitting well.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by Surface_Line on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 3:01 AM


Perhaps those humongous prices you are seeing on eBay are "asking" prices, and they have a Make Offer button right below them. 

I bumped into a kit where the moron marked it as $1,500.  I put a Watch on it, just for idle curiousity, to see if they would have any action.  Next thing I knew, I had an offer in my inbox that I could now have the kit for a mere $99.  And it was clear that the seller thought we were beginning a bargaining process.  I suspect he would have taken $25.

I have settled that if I can see a Make Offer button, then the asking prices is simply invisible.

Your mileage may vary.



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