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UA DC-8-21 On Ebay  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7784 times:

There is a great travel agency model of a DC-8 on Ebay.

There are saying it is a -21, and it is painted in the '80's colours.


Question: Did UA paint these smaller dc-8's in this scheme. Some of the paint on this model looks pretty cheesey.

I also think it is way overpriced.

[Edited 2004-11-04 22:35:41]

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7682 times:

Whoops, just answered my own question, should have done my homework!

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User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7667 times:

It says it was a Company model, so they probably had it sprayed at some stage.

SV did it with one (a 742) they had in their office window near me. It went from the green stripey livery to the sandy one. Eventually that bit the dust and they now have a huge 772 model.

These things are very rare and hand made. 75 inches is over six feet after all!

User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7654 times:

Price: US $17,500.00

Talk about trying to rip someone off.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7680 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

At first I though this post was for a real DC8. Nut there's no way they'll get $16K for a freakin model.

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User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3873 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7486 times:

It is a very rare model and would cost several thousand dollars if PacMin, Space Models, Atlantic Models or Wesco models were to produce. I was told over $30,000 by Pacific Miniatures.


At first I though this post was for a real DC8.

I thought the same thing too.

User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 29205 posts, RR: 73
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days ago) and read 7204 times:

What I want to know is why the beautiful old UA scheme looked so strange on a DC-8?

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User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2078 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7010 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.

User currently offlineThaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6912 times:


For the same price you can buy a real plane:


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User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2148 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

And here's 'nother real plane - not a DC-8 but a DC-3:

Or how 'bout a nice Antonov An-2?

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User currently offlineF4f3a From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5619 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.

User currently offlineJetBlast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1232 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

16000 bucks?!  Wow! Wow! But it is a very nice model.
Also thank you for pointing out that very nice Cessna, Thaigold! And fanofjets, that is a nice little An-2!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

There is NO WAY I would pay Sixteen-Grand for a MODEL. If this were the actual airplane, w/ engines. Sign me up!

User currently offlineCpharris5514 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3051 times:
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Gee, they've had no bids on it yet. I can't imagine why.  Insane

Then again, I've seen some strange things get sold on eBay®, so just when I think "No one is gonna pay that price" it'll happen!

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User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3987 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2954 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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User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 2754 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!!

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User currently offlineWhisperliner From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

btw, what are palomar seats? I've heard that term used in reference to dc-8's, is it the type of seating material- or the fact that they have controls mounted in the seats themselves?

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 12 hours ago) and read 2599 times:


The palomar seats where a patented design by Douglas that incorporated, O2, reading lights, call button, etc., into the seats.


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 11 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Something is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it.

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