The current value for Aero Mini model 7405C (mint, flawless) is around $735. IT is an exremely rare piece. It appeared from the photos that there may have been some minor defects in the details (small chip on the blue A in the tail logo), slightly bent wing tip extension (salvageable if you know what you're doing and are lucky!) and what appears to be slight wear on the red decal on the lower part of the red stipe toward the rear of the aircraft (not certain if this is due to the photogrpahy or not.
Nevertheless, it is at the very least an excellent piece and I did get in on the bidding for this one. I never heard back from the seller becasue I wanted photos of the reverse ( not shown). AS I was away from the computer yesterday, the winner may hvery well have gotten a good deal with the potential flaws noted here on such an extremely rare model.. Assuming what I have noted in the flaws to be correct, and there is nothing else incorrect on the reverse, this models is easily would have a value around $665. So this lucky bidder may have got a good deal. Lucky for him I could not be home yesterday evening!
What really cracks me up though is the description by the "professionals" at iSoldIt ... read on and you'll see what I mean:
You are bidding on one Chrome American Airlines Aero-Mini Astroliner plane. This is a chrome model of the popular model brand. The landing gear works fine and there are no scratches or dents on this item. This plane measures 9.5" long and has the displays included with the original Aero-Mini styrofoam packaging. This is a stunning piece that is a necessity in your Aero-Mini or American Airlines collection this holiday season.
This description is so "boiler plate" it isn't even funny. They were lucky that they got a hold of something valuable like this, because it certainly wasn't the description that sold this item.
The photos were about the WORST I have ever seen on eBay - and believe me, I have seen some pretty bad ones. You could hardly even make out what airline it was in some of them!
Flying Ace, thanks for your expert analysis on them. I've owned a few in my younger years, and remember them fondly.
Last edited by MarinerOne; 11-22-2005 at 01:55 AM.
@ Flieger: I will galdly assist. But I need 3 images of each model: one of each side plus the underside...taken close enough to show enough detail. PLus I need to know the mechanics of the gear...tight versus loose. You appear to have two of the star pieces. You decide if you want to do this privately and I'll send you my details or just post the pix here and we'll do it "live!"
@ Mariner One: Thank you for the kind words. The Aero Mini range is one of my stronger areas. Since getting back into regular collecting almost 6 years hence, I have truly pursued this lined and really learned alot about this range. The only downfall in pursuing such a costly line like these and others, my overall collection has remained relatively small to medium in size...but has some truly interesting pieces. I guess I wanted to focus on trying to combining rarity, overall execution, and subject matter when I purchase a model....so I end up eliminating a lot.
thanks for your response. I'm afraid my antique digital cam will not provide you with pictures in the required quality....
In fact I just have one of these rare planes, namely the Dash-100. The DC-8 I would like to buy, but since I have already achieved an agreement with the seller, there is no more need for support here.
The value of the Dash-100 would be just for my curiosity, there is no idea to sell it. Never saw it on Ebay so far.
I have attached a rough pic of what I am speaking about. The gear and wheels are all in position and still rather tight. Antennas are there, just some small paint chip here and there, impossible to see on the photograph. For sure a model, which was never played with.
I note some minor decal loss and based upon your description, this appears to be a very nice piece. Most likely, a grade 8 or Excellent (minor scratches), with an estimated retail value of approximately $430-$445.
Incidently, the retail value for mint (Grade 10) specimens for Aero Mini Model #7400 is $510. It is listed overall as a 'rare' piece.
Last edited by Flying Ace; 11-23-2005 at 10:07 PM.
thanks for your support. Yes, condition should be around C8-.
Ron Smith does not advise a value for this model in his book "Toy Airplanes", but since all AM models with prices up to 300,- USD are listed, my guess was also around 400,- USD, but more for C10.
So finally my expectations were really overexceeded...
Basically I am astonished about these high values. I am used to know these prices from very old tin toy planes, but for a little die cast plane, which is about 30 years old, it is high...
There must be kind of strange fascination with these models...