Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1861 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6065 times:
Almost all of UA's DC-8-21's were repainted in the 1974 livery. The only DC-8's that were not, were the DC-8-33's acquired from Pan Am that were numbered N8201U-->. I flew on N8001U after it was repainted from ORD to PHL in late May, 1976. I can't tell from that model what interior the aircraft has. The DC-8-21's had palomar seats with the reading lamps removed and replaced by the audio channel selectors, volume control, and female headset plugs. There were two lounges, one in forward in first, and a five seat with table in the aft across from the galley. A close up could tell us if the interior was correct. I suspect that that model, and if you look closely, the repaint isnt great, was originally a DC-8-10 in the original UA 1958 livery, and someone repainted it. In early 1968, a similar model of the 737-222, with the cut away, was displayed at MLI prior to the 4/28/68 start of 737 jet service. Prior to that date, many UA cities, such as MLI, CID, MKG, LAN, MBS, FNT, and others did not have any jet service and were served with DC-6, DC-6B and Viscount equipment.
F4f3a From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4674 times:
It is a nice model but surely no one will pay this price. I have seen similar cutaway models for dc6 and 707s go for under 2000 dollars at an airshow. So if u want one just shop around or build one yourself.
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3277 posts, RR: 14 Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2009 times:
There is a great travel agency model of a DC-8 on Ebay.
It's not a travel agency model. I think this is why some people are thinking this price is so ridiculously out of whack (and maybe it is out of whack, but this is not some $20 model that you stick in the window of a travel agency). It's a six foot long company model used by United itself, complete with hand-made, detailed passengers. I think whoever's listing this is doing themselves a disservice by not including larger pictures, because it's really tough to see the scale of this thing and its level of detail.
Would I pay $16,000 for a model? No way. But this isn't just any model. This is a model with history, it's friggin' huge, and it's really rare. Might be worth it to somebody.
I might follow this auction to see if anybody bites. The fact that there aren't any bids now doesn't mean anything; typically in auctions with high starting bids and no obvious track record for similar items, most of the action happens in the last day. I've sold a bunch of collectors items on Ebay myself and I usually start the bidding at a buck for this reason - gets the ball rolling earlier. When you put in a high starting bid like this it's telling the world you don't really want to sell it, but you will if somebody will pay you this much.
btw I remember riding in DC-8-21's painted in this livery in the late 70's, so I'd love to own this! But not for $16,000.
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Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 745 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1809 times:
Not to get off topic too much,
Fukuoka Airport (RJFF/FUK) has a JAL DC-10 model just like this on display, where you can peer inside of the plane and see the seating arrangement. It is one heck of a detailed model, and I'd love to have something like this of my own, but this model is SO BIG, I don't think that I could get it in my front door without taking the whole thing apart (at least the wings, stabilizers, etc) if they are capable of coming apart. Beautiful model, though. Probably not as luxurious as a DC-8 from way back when, though. The only lounge that this DC-10 model has is in the lavatory!!! Sorry, bad joke.
That being said, I'm sure that the DC-8 model isn't quite as large as the DC-10 model that I mentioned above. As much as I love DC-8's, that would be a neat trinket to have, but I don't have the cash to put down for something like that. Of course, if I had that much cash lying around right now, I'd buy me a used Cessna 152!!