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Old 07-09-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Imai Thunderbird 6 (skyship) model kit

Calling all Thunderbirds experts!

What is the value of Imai's Skyship model?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/modern_...7603381428309/

I may have the opportunity to get one but I would like to pay a fair price...

Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-09-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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The majority of the kits I buy are Japanese. I can tell you from personal experience that you'll not get off easy on this purchase. If the seller you're buying from is Japanese you can easily expect to pay 60.00 - 75.00 easily. I've paid that and more for certain Japanese Anderson kits. Also, you may want to consider that this kit is not a fully accurate represenation of Skyship 1. As with most Imai Anderson kits it's a essentially a toy you assemble. If I'm not mistaken, the kit has a mechanism to launch the passenger section of the ship out on a set of wheels. I hope this helps.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:45 PM   #3
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LOL

Ive never actually seen one of these kits before, or if I have I havent noticed or forgotten.

looks like it be worth getting Alex could try and make it a bit more like the movie one

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Old 07-09-2009, 08:10 PM   #4
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This image comes from a book about Imai Anderson Box art. It shows the 'gimmick' I mentioned earlier.

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Old 08-09-2009, 02:12 AM   #5
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Quote:
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This image comes from a book about Imai Anderson Box art. It shows the 'gimmick' I mentioned earlier.
...ok, I may just have lost interest in that 'toy' model

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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Old 08-09-2009, 02:29 AM   #6
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My main reccomendation is to ask the seller about the kit's details. The better sellers I've bought from have always been willing to answer detailed questions and provide photos of box contents. I'm sorry if my descriptions have left a bad taste in your mouth. It's just that I have so many Imai Anderson kits and they are all basically toys with gimmicks such as wind-up and friction motors. Even my Zero-X models have huge wheels on them. As a collector of Japanese SF models, these features don't frustrate me at all. In fact it's par for the course.
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:14 PM   #7
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I've built many Imai kits, as long as you are prepared to put in the work. They can look really good.
I did the Spectrum Passenger jet and it ended up Ok and some Imai kits are the only game in town, next to scratchbuilding.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:33 PM   #8
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I made the Skyship One kit a while back, and it's certainly one of the better Imai kits, and as far as I can remember, relatively easy to 'fix'. (Don't have it any more though - swapped the finished kit with some others for a rather splendid picture of Fireflash by Graham Bleathman.)
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:23 PM   #9
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Notice that in the bottom left corner: it included a Skyship One Cross-Section.

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Old 01-10-2009, 10:56 PM   #10
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That Imai Skyship looks cool. There's a fabulous plastic Bandai Skyship toy from the 60's. Don't think it was available in the UK? Reminds me of the JR21 line of toys.

My friend Ferryman has made some fabulous customised JR21 boxes for theImai Excavator.
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:20 AM   #11
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In general, I'm quite fond of the Japanese box art on the Imai range of Anderson vehicles, but I have to say the representation of TB 2 on this particular example is one of the worst I've seen and the fuselage lettering and stripe work is truly awful!

Oh, BTW, heres a take on those ubiqitous Imai 'working features' (bottom of page) ...
http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...+Doubt&page=10

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