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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:14 am

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1960s-Testors-P-38-LIGHTNING-Gas-Powered-Control-Line-FIGHTER-PLANE-Chrome/141487841518?_trksid=p5713.c100042.m2062&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140109134348%26meid%3D7ae3652e03f14d94bb599a064088a197%26pid%3D100042%26prg%3D20140109134348%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D9%26sd%3D321577935993

A little too dear for my wallet and I never cast a bid. Looks like it would clean up nicely.
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Re: Testors P-38 - $217.50 Wow

Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:57 am

Wow, is right...I've missed a few over the years as well. The early 60's Wen-Mac version with twin engines would bring $800-$1200 all day long. These are not as collectable even though there not as common, don't know if its because they're newer, only one real engine, it's a Testors or that most collectors were grown up (chronologically) by the late sixties.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:49 am

Yesterday I went to look at this listing and noticed an auction listing for the Starfighter, the last Comet model I "need" for collection.

even with the wrong prop (F-51) on it, it still brought good money, more then I tried to Snipe it for.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Comet-high-impact-plastic-Starfighter-fighter-air-force-jet-U-line-hobbycraft-/131362053706?nma=true&si=Ci0AnUSQmaho2gBmt6aGzqd08OY%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:17 am

Hi Mark, I wasn't sure if your initial response was "Wow, that a really good deal" or "Wow, way overpriced." I think the latter. I thought for that money that P-38 should be in better condition or at least come with a box, or be a Cox product.

I'm sure that most here are familar with this site:

http://www.mh-aerotools.de/airfoils/cox_modeldatabase.htm

I thought for a moment that I would like to collect Cox model planes and maybe cars. But after looking at the pure volume of plastic models that Cox built over the years I just gave up, I could never collect them all. I think I will be satisfied with my two F4U Cosairs.

If you have in fact all of the Comet models save the Starfighter you have my admiration. Hand Shake How about the rest of them?
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:59 pm

The Testors version of the P-38, depending on condition (is the cheesy chrome plating coming off?) should bring $150-$225 appx.

The Comet series of plastic "RTF" planes were only made for a few years (late fifties to early sixties) and were not competitive with Cox in marketing/performance or Wen-Mac/Testors in cost/volume. Made in Chicago, the early versions used Herkimer O.K. Cubs, later a .07 designed by Fox, and later (insert long story here) back to O.K. with a reed valve .060
As far as the different models and the different versions of those models, Comet only made a few: Sabre, P-51, P-40, Tri-Pacer, Snark (my favorite), Regulas and Nightfighter.


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Post  stuntflyr on Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:15 pm

Hey! I like cheesy chrome.
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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:12 pm

Cheesy chrome, I like it to. I better as I have this coming:



AT-6 Texan but advertised on ebay as a “Fighter plane model”. Fifty nine bucks BIN. I jumped on it before you guys got a chance.

I think I stated above that I wasn’t going to collect these. Your all a bad influence on me.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:05 pm

lol, hey that's no AT-6, it's a NAVY PLANE! ....just kidding, nice grab for 60 beans! Your SNJ, is probably early 60's (c. 1963) it's got the rubber tires w/ landing gears doors, "football" antenna and the new "Hot Shot" engine. You could peak at number on engine to get a better idea of year made. Keep an eye out (I will too) for the canopy, they come up often on eBay.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:26 pm

It's tough getting anything by you guys.

I remember walking by row upon row of these in Pensacola in 1956 as they were being phased out, only they were all yellow.  Pensacola was my first assignment after AN-P school in Norman Oklahoma.  

Drove a 1951 Studebaker down from NH with my new wife and probably less than $150 in our pockets.

While looking I found this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950S-WEN-MAC-P-38-LIGHTNING-GAS-POWERED-TETHER-LINE-AIRPLANE-NR-MINT-/231439852897?pt=Vintage_Antique_Toys_US&hash=item35e2e3e561

Ok, now I'm a believer, maybe $690 for the other P-38 wasn't to bad...... Embarassed
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:03 pm

lol, i was at Whiting Field (north of Pensacola) when the Navy was phasing out the T-28
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:33 am

My best buddy in high school was stationed at nearby Foley field, he used to visit quite often. Lot's of Naval Aviation Cadets were trained at those fields.

I checked for canopys, all too large, but I'm still looking.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:29 am

I had never heard of Foley Field before, is this it? http://www.airfields-freeman.com/AL/Airfields_AL_Mobile.htm

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If you like old airfields, this is really a neat web site.
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Post  roddie on Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:21 pm

Also known as the "Harvard".. Smile   Congrats. on another COOL purchase Bob! I found a pic that I just had to share.

Does this look like a flying hotrod.. or what?



Makes me want to build a scale model of it!
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:52 pm




Local FBO, pretty cool as they always got something neat...

http://www.courtesyaircraft.com/
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:37 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:I had never heard of Foley Field before, is this it? http://www.airfields-freeman.com/AL/Airfields_AL_Mobile.htm

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That's it. Always referred to as Foley Field. I booked the site.

Loved the picture of the bent prop F4U and all the SNJ's. The SNB was the multi trainer I believe.

My buddy stationed there graduated from HS with my wife and me. Ted joined the Navy before me and was an Aviation Mechanic. I was a TD (Training Devices Man). We operated and maintained the Navy's flight simulators. I have even worked on the old Link Trainer (Blue Box).

TD's never saw sea duty, I spent twenty years in the Navy and never a day aboard a ship. There were only about 1300 of us in the entire Navy. After I retired they abolished the rate and contracted everything out.

I "flew" and instructed Naval Aviators and Reservists using the old 2F23 jet (F-80) simulator. Flight/navigation procedures, Omni, DME, and TACAN. Got thousands of hours flying, instructing, and maintaining that vacuum tube monster. A couple of tons of electronic computing power that today could put on a chip.

I also maintained Ball (wheel) Disk Integrators. Fun days of long ago.
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