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Larry
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posted 12-01-2005 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry   Click Here to Email Larry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered both the Lunar Module and Lunar Rover in mid October, glad I did, because they are both now "sold out" (joining the rest of the Air & Space line), according to Code 3's web site.

mdmyer
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posted 12-01-2005 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like the Alan Shepard Moon Shot and the Apollo Astronaut as well as the Mars Rover are all sold out.

dsenechal
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posted 01-29-2007 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why did Code 3 stop selling their space items? And more important, any chance they'll re-issue some of the more popular ones (especially the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules)? The Code 3 website still indicates that they're selling space-related models, but that no longer seems to be the case. The astronaut and LM models were okay, but the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo models were absolutely outstanding.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-29-2007 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last time I spoke with my contacts at Code 3, which was about a year ago, they had decided to not go further with their National Air and Space Museum series of models.

While recent after-market sales have been strong, the retail market was slow, or at least slower than they had projected/anticipated.

There was discussion in early 2006 that another company might license the rights to the M-G-A models (and possibly the Mars rover) to restart production, but there has been no further news in that regard. I suspect that we have seen all the Code 3 space models that we are going to see, which is unfortunate.

I may get a chance to see representatives from Code 3 next month at the American International Toy Fair and if I do I will inquire, but at this time, to my knowledge, there are no plans to expand the series.

dsenechal
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posted 01-29-2007 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. Maybe the Code 3 decision-makers will see what's going on in the secondary market and re-think their decision. We can only hope.

bobzz
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posted 01-12-2008 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bobzz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What scale is the Code 3 LM?

GACspaceguy
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posted 01-13-2008 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1/48 scale on the Code 3 lunar module.

denali414
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posted 05-17-2018 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just added the Mars rover to my growing Code 3 collection. Really like the detail and that the wheels move.

I was just curious as I have not seen the Alan Shepard "Moon Shot" model up for sale. Is this one much rarer on the secondary market? Or just a slump of sellers recently?

Madon_space
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posted 05-17-2018 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm jealous, the Mars Rover is the only one I never managed to get hold of.

I saw the Alan Shepard Moon Shot on eBay at least a year ago but not since.

denali414
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posted 05-17-2018 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, there have been a few high priced Mars rovers on eBay recently, but I got lucky on a much lower priced one last week.

Daugherty54
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posted 05-17-2018 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Alan Shepard rarely pops up on eBay. I'd say if you can get that one for less than $1000 you better grab it.

The others are gradually getting more expensive. I am fortunate to have the complete series, but it took awhile to get the Shepard model.

sev8n
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posted 06-12-2018 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently visited the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and saw what looked like the Code 3 Mercury, Gemini and Apollo models for sale in the gift shop (and online). Unfortunately they were high on a shelf and I could not examine them closely.

How do these currently available models compare to/differ from the original Code 3 models?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-12-2018 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Toys and Models Corporation acquired the molds for the three spacecraft from Code 3 Collectibles in 2007. Since then, I believe Daron Worldwide Trading has taken over production.

From what I have seen, the re-issued capsules differ in some paint color choices and may be slightly smaller, but otherwise are identical to the originals.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-12-2018 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Code 3 version is 1/24 scale and the Toys and Models are 1/25 scale. In the photo below the Code 3 is on the left and the Toys and Models is on the right. You can see a slight size difference.

mode1charlie
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posted 06-12-2018 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting this photo. I'd never seen them compared side to side. (Virtually identical!)

sev8n
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posted 06-13-2018 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the update. The KSC Visitor Complex online shop still describes them as 1/24 scale. I find it both odd and interesting they went to the effort to "shrink" the molds after acquiring them from Code 3.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-13-2018 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was part of the deal in acquiring the rights to build the model from Code 3.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 06-13-2018 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i did check out these two models, all parts. What I did see was only the heatshield was more flat of the Toys and Models version.

sev8n
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posted 06-13-2018 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
You can see a slight size difference.
I did some pixel-peeping on your image and the model on the right appears to be about 1% smaller (out to four significant digits — err, pixels) in overall dimensions.

If they were truly 1/24 vs 1/25 they should measure at 4% difference so, assuming minimal distortion in your pic, the two are almost identical in scale. Only with a reference (either a ruler in the pic or a physical measurement) can the true scale of either be determined.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-14-2018 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Attached you will find some more photos of the variations between the two model scales. (I did not know I was going to be reviewed down to the pixel on my last post. )

You can see the diameter differences, the height differences, some interior differences and the telling verification from the outside of the box that in fact states for the TMC version it is 1/25 scale. I trust this helps.


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