Its a Riffe model (better known for their ashtray display models)...I believe they were made in Kansas City back in the 1950's & 60's, but I know of only AF and TW large scale early 707 models being produced. There were several of these AF versions up on ebay simultaneously that un-superbowl weekend
This wasn't an Ebay find, I think the prices there are ridiculous. Having this 707 and an Air France Connie Starliner now, makes me suddenly want to start building up an AF collection! No space though, so I will limit myself to those two. It is a great model, but the engine pylons are not a smooth weld, which is common to these models. A DFM this is not, but it is the best 707 I will ever own! All one piece, and the major details are excellent.
No room for a nice big AF Caravelle eh? Just kidding As I’ve said more than once in my years on here, it’s easy to forget that these large scale display models were conceived purely as advertising aids for the airlines and certain aircraft manufacturers. These beauties are not normally full scale super detailed replicas, there are plastic kits for that. Some of these models really ‘earnt their keep’ especially in the travel agencies. In the case of the larger models they would sometimes be moved from one agency or airport to another by the airline on a frequent basis, to tie in with advertising campaigns, exhibitions etc. It’s easy to imagine how antennas and fragile detailing would soon be gone on these types of model, and of course over time, in most cases it’s been the metal models that have survived the best.
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This wasn't an Ebay find, I think the prices there are ridiculous.
I certainly don't see any stigma with finding models on eBay. I have purchased and sold many models there and yes some sellers are not very realistic with their Buy It Now ask prices. The nice thing is nobody is forcing me to hit the bid or Buy It Now button. Thats all on me.
Hey Noel- I’m active on EBay too, but antique and larger scale models there are off the charts. This same model on EBay was $1900 last weekend, plus shipping, plus customs. Newer Pacmin resin models are obscenely high cost, and in my opinion they aren’t that great and nowhere near worth spending four figures or close to it. Nonetheless I buy and sell there, and I’ve bought from you. I just find I’m having better luck these days looking in other places. I love this model but I’d never pay that kind of money for her.
If it is all there and not missing an engine or the stand for example, it is still quite desirable. It is not too hard to find artists to restore it to any livery. Aluminum models are always a welcome addition to anyone's line up unless they are so badly damaged they cannot be saved. As to value, it all depends on what someone is willing to pay. $500-$1000 would not be unreasonable depending on scale, condition, maker, etc. Send me a picture at [email protected].