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Old 07-26-2008, 07:35 PM
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Fishing for info. Have found a new in the box Sailplane kit priced $6.75 on the lid . Wondering what would be a fair price to offer for it . The banana oil & glue are still liquid in the cans . All else is very nice except the decal is missing , the plans have a couple of tears & the box top is dirty . Thanks , MAX H.
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I'll give you $7.00 for it, Max.

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$7.25 here!!
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Sorry guys but I out bid you . I just gave $30.00 for it , next stop eBay . Max H.
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Max,

Collector kits are kind of a funny animal: You really never know what you'll get, though the Sailplane should fetch a good price. As far as what to start at, here's what "New" Sailplanes cost: The Midway Model Co. sells a partial kit for $139 and a full kit for $199. Bob Holman offers a laser cut shot kit for $80.00. But remember, the people who are after your kit won't build it, so there is a difference. Hope this gives you some direction!

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Just mark up the SHIPPING[sm=spinnyeyes.gif]
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Don't know how true it is, but I've read that Comet actually lost money on every Sailplane kit they sold. Even the list price was beyond the means of most modelers at the time, but the attention a beautiful "flagship" type model brought to Comet increased the sales of the more affordable kits.
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The real sad thing here, IMHO, is that Max found a great antique CG Sailplane and, instead of building it....the dust is rising on the trail towards evil bay. It's all about money.... Many of us old timers would be in hog heaven to have found such a treasure. But..what do I know anyhow...

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Here's an old ad from 1941. We built lots of Sailplanes at this $5.95 price. Zippers were $4.95, and Interceptors were $3.95.
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I'm of two minds when it comes to building old kits. On the one hand they were made to be built and flown, but on the other, once they're built they're gone.
From what I've seen of kits from that era they weren't really very good anyway. The wood tends to be hard and heavy and the die-cutting pretty bad. I have a set of ribs from one of my dad's sailplane kits, and a set from a Zipper, too, that they used as patterns to cut their own from better wood. Aside from the die cut parts they're just a bundle of sticks.
Maybe the best course it to keep the old kits on the shelf and build from a short kit from Klarich or one of the other modern cutters.
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I'm of two minds when it comes to building old kits. On the one hand they were made to be built and flown, but on the other, once they're built they're gone.
From what I've seen of kits from that era they weren't really very good anyway. The wood tends to be hard and heavy and the die-cutting pretty bad. I have a set of ribs from one of my dad's sailplane kits, and a set from a Zipper, too, that they used as patterns to cut their own from better wood. Aside from the die cut parts they're just a bundle of sticks.
Maybe the best course it to keep the old kits on the shelf and build from a short kit from Klarich or one of the other modern cutters.

I think there is a lot of truth to this. A model of the same plane built will get lots of looks but little buying interest.

Too bad the decal is missing from this one. It is really cool and quite colorful!

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I think I heard one time that Carl Goldberg was the inventor of the dethermalizer for free fright. I noticed that it is not mentioned on this design.
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Good Morning troops . If interested look at eBay item # 250278554709 & see what the old kit looks like . Have another one on there also just click on sellers other items . Forgot to take a picture of the two balsa wheel halves. I have one of these all restored but unflown ,didn't think I needed two of them . Enjoy , MAX H. AMA 14958
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