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Post  Kim Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:45 am

Stumbled onto this pretty much NIB Wen Mac P-38 this morning, and copped the very nice photos posted by its seller.

I can never look at one of these (and there ARE plenty of others, of course!!!!)  without an accompanying mental  image of their scattering parts across a neighborhood street or ball field.  The handle's combat-line-spacing alone would insure the fledgling Fighter Pilot of some wild seconds right before gravity won the fight.

This one looks to have all of its parts (along with its second engine), albeit with a slightly warped elevator, and the great photos win it a place in my "Hall of Pain Collection" of assorted Christmas Destroyers.

Already at over $600 with 6 days to go, this one's sure to bust a thousand bucks in return for gracing the shelf of some masochist collector who just can't let go of their traumatic youth.Very Happy

I'm happy just to let my sometimes-sick imagination run with the photos, and wonder if there ever was any kid who actually pulled off flying one through more than the classic hammerhead-on-takeoff! Very Happy
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"New in Box Vintage Wen Mac P-38 P38 Control Line Model Airplane Rare NIB


Listed for sale is the holy grail of collector control line aircraft, the Wen Mac P-38, new in the box.  This plane was recently purchased from an estate of a gentleman who acquired this airplane new in the 1950s.

The airplane has never been fueled, started, or flown and the engines have good compression with an audible “pop” when the automatic starters are engaged.

The airplane decals are original and look they are about 65 years old, as you would expect.

The body of the airplane has no cracks or damage, it looks to have been stored in the box since new and rarely, if ever, removed.

The box is complete but has been taped (I removed all the clear tape that I could find) and glued back together in the corners. There is  water staining on the bottom of the box and bottom of the box insert and the overall condition of the box is fair to poor, but the box did what it was supposed to, protect the airplane all these years while being store.

The original control line handle, control line string and instruction page are included and in great condition for being nearly 65 years old."




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Post  Marleysky Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:58 pm

Wholly Cow! That's a nice one!  Yeah, I think I learned from the 049 Collectors Group that a picture is worth a  $1000, cause I can look at the pictures and save a grand ( SMiley face) Don't have to own it, just look it and imagine , or in your case remember how all those pieces looked on the ground.  

FLASHFORWARD to TODAY
If you have one or know someone who owns one ( A 3D printer)  you can fly one of these:    You Tube Linc:

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-pty-pty_email&ei=UTF-8&hsimp=yhs-pty_email&hspart=pty&param1=20190107&param2=35310a96-95c5-4f35-8661-ce58ed1a4edf&param3=email_%7EUS%7Eappfocus5&param4=adwords_v1-bb8%7EChrome%7Eyou+tube+p-38+printed+plane%7EC6A826D9C4CAA0ABB889FEBC2C96367C&p=you+tube+p-38+printed+plane&type=em_appfocus5_cr#id=1&vid=b187a3b149fb1ee0ed83a303cad2a028&action=click

they have a Foamboard version also. Ya can build and crash a lot of them for a Grand!
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Nov 22, 2021 2:51 pm

Already at over $600 with 6 days to go, this one's sure to bust a thousand bucks in return for gracing the shelf of some masochist collector who just can't let go of their traumatic youth.Very Happy

Describes me to a T Kim. Smile

My son and I have been followiing this ever since it was first listed. He's a Wen Mac fan through their Mustang tether/R/C car products, and.......well you know me and P-38's. In the past I have let several of these slide. Maybe not this one. But, it's in Oregon and me in West Virginia. What are the chances that it would arrive in one piece despite the shipping fee of almost sixty bucks.
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Post  Kim Mon Nov 22, 2021 2:59 pm

@rsv1cox wrote:Already at over $600 with 6 days to go, this one's sure to bust a thousand bucks in return for gracing the shelf of some masochist collector who just can't let go of their traumatic youth.Very Happy

Describes me to a T Kim.  Smile

My son and I have been followiing this ever since it was first listed.  He's a Wen Mac fan through their Mustang tether/R/C car products, and.......well you know me and P-38's.   In the past I have let several of these slide.  Maybe not this one.  But, it's in Oregon and me in West Virginia.  What are the chances that it would arrive in one piece despite the shipping fee of almost sixty bucks.  

Hey, as they say, "It's worth what someone will pay for it!"

And I want to note that my comment wasn't made from a high-horse, but rather an acknowledgment and understanding of the special pain our ilk can cause ourselves!!! Very Happy

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Post  cstatman Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:13 pm

i saw the lightnin and KNEW you'd be interested

that price is WAY WAYYY too steep for me --- but worth EVERY CENT to the right collector

What a beautiful plane.
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Post  Kim Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:37 pm

Still a reasonable chunk 'o money.


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Post  rsv1cox Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:02 pm

@Kim wrote:Still a reasonable chunk 'o money.


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I debated for days about bidding, always wanted one and I love the P-38.  But it would be just another "wall of shame" sitter doing me or the wall no good.  I would "have" it but not enjoy it.  If I ever find a clapped out example, castor goo end to end and in pieces, I will be a bidder.  Sorta like this one that arrived today, won for $22.72 that has me dancing on the ceiling.

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See those three holes on the left wing-tip?

Well, more like this one arriving tomorrow.

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Post  Marleysky Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:00 pm

WHOO !  Dancing on the ceiling!

Go Fred GO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1AQjcmzvx8

I can't wait to see the magic you have in store for these two planes.
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:14 pm

@Marleysky wrote:WHOO !  Dancing on the ceiling!

Go Fred GO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1AQjcmzvx8

I can't wait to see the magic you have in store for these two planes.

I thought you were going to throw Lionel Richie, on me. Smile

I just watched that movie on TCM. Top Hat I believe?
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