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Michael Davis
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posted 01-30-2006 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the input. I think I need to pass on this one. Looks like too many buyers were disappointed by the Mercury model.

Machodoc
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posted 02-14-2006 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Machodoc   Click Here to Email Machodoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I own both the Danbury Apollo 13 stack and the Friendship 7 capsule. My only real beef with the Friendship 7 was that it was finished in a dark olive drab finish instead of the dark blue of the originals. The heat shield, retro pack, and straps were all the same olvie drab as well. I thought the detail was pretty good however, better than my Nick Proach version.

I highly recommend the Apollo 13 combo however. The LM itself makes a good substitute for those who want, but can't get their hands on the Franklin Mint version from the early 1990's.

Madon_space
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posted 06-15-2007 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not bragging or anything just excited as I have just purchased the enter Milestones in Space Exploration series.

Been saving for quite some time so I can get these models, just hope they are worth it. Should be about 3-4 weeks to the UK. Dreading the import duty I will have to pay though.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-15-2007 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Super, I'm happy for you. I have the Apollo 13 and the Friendship 7 and they are a wonderful addition to my collection. There is just something about having a well done miniature of the real thing that gives are new dimension that pictures cannot (I guess that would be the 3rd dimension). Enjoy!

Peter Kemp
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posted 06-16-2007 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter Kemp   Click Here to Email Peter Kemp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Madon_space:
Should be about 3-4 weeks to the UK. Dreading the import duty I will have to pay though.
I'm also a UK based (Chelmsford) collector of this Danbury Mint series and I subscribed to the original release when they were first issued about 3-4 years ago.

I had to pay between £24 to just over £32 per model in VAT, Import Duty and of course the outrageous fee the Post office charges for collecting these taxes (then something like £8 each).

I don't think the rate for VAT has changed since then and I can't comment on the import duty tariff but judging from what I had to pay on a recently acquired Franklin Mint version of the Apollo 11 LM, I think the Post Office fees are now a minimum of £13.

We can't do much about this extra expenditure, however, I was delighted with the quality of the models and the Customer Service from Danbury Mint so I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

I had a display case made up for the Saturn V and it looks good.

I hope you enjoy the models.

cspg
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posted 06-18-2007 01:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The models look very nice indeed- pricey but nice.

Do you have any plan to keep dust off the models? Also, are there any preferable conditions in which to store/display them -out of sunlight would be one, humidity levels could be another. I suppose that it also depends on the type of material used to manufacture the models.

Madon_space
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posted 06-20-2007 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I plan to keep the dust off the models by using a duster.

Just kidding, I plan on making some glass display boxes for them.

I wasn't going to display them until I have made the boxes but I think temptation will get it's own way in the end.

I have blinds in the room where these models will be kept and I adjust them depending on which way the sun shines. I do this anyway because I have my autographs displayed in the same room.

GoesTo11
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posted 06-22-2007 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have all four of the Danbury Mint models. I think you'll be quite happy with them, esp. Apollo 13 and Friendship 7. I have mine in my study, along with Code 3's LM and LRV.

Those import duties, though... Yikes!

Saturn V
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posted 07-09-2007 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a nice Saturn V model. I see the level of detail is very good - right down to the rings showing on the skin of the second stage. I wonder if the F-1 engines are batted? I think the price is right. Only because I have spent $300.00 kit bashing the Revell Saturn V kit. But with the Revell kit I get a 4' tall Saturn V at 1/96th scale.

Good model / Good price

Madon_space
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posted 07-20-2007 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have received two models today, the Saturn and the Friendship 7 and I am definitely impressed with the quality so far.

I am now expecting the Apollo 13 and the Shuttle Columbia on Monday. This will be the first time that I have been wanting Monday to come around...

Madon_space
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posted 07-27-2007 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received the final two models from Danbury Mint, Space Shuttle Columbia & Apollo 13 very nice models.

If I had to choose two favourites from the four models it would have to be Apollo 13 and Friendship 7.

RocketmanRob
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posted 11-06-2007 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I spoke to a customer service rep at Danbury Mint today. She told me that the Apollo 13, Friendship 7 and Saturn V items are sold out. The only remaining item from this series is the Space Shuttle. So if you are interested in one you might want to give them a call or you'll miss out like I did on the Saturn V - the only one in the series I did not get.

WAWalsh
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posted 11-07-2007 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will not discuss my Danbury Mint Saturn V other than a) learning a lesson about putting things safely behind cases immediately and b) noting the amazing ability of a 4 year old to reach something that he should not be touching.

Daugherty54
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posted 01-11-2011 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the Danbury Mint's "Apollo 13" command/service and lunar module model one of the very best models of the Apollo spacecraft out there? I am looking for one that does not require me to build. I am curious what these sell for and if anyone knows of one for sale.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

GoesTo11
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posted 01-22-2011 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the Danbury Mint Apollo 13 CSM/LM stack, and it's a beautiful model in my opinion. I'm not expert enough to address the accuracy of markings or features with respect to specific spacecraft.

As to value, there's one currently eBaying for $450. I have no idea whether this is reasonable or not. Scale is slightly less than 1:48.


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