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Lagazza
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posted 01-29-2018 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lagazza   Click Here to Email Lagazza     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alas the escape tower is missing from this Mercury capsule model by Topping. I would still imagine this to be a somewhat desirable item. Any advice would be welcome.

stsmithva
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posted 01-29-2018 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The metal rod has also been knocked up into the back of the spacecraft. With those two condition issues, I'd say $200-250.

Skythings
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posted 01-29-2018 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skythings   Click Here to Email Skythings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the exact model in 2014 in almost identical condition. The tower was missing and the hole where the metal post entered into the model was cracked and slightly oversized. The original grey felt was still on the underside of the globe base. The original gold foil Topping sticker was still intact and in excellent condition.

In 2015 I listed it on eBay an it sold for $260 USD on after an opening bid amount of $1 (which is the way I run any auctions on eBay).

I have seen folks offering replacement towers for them. With the tower I have seen them sell for up to $500 USD on the high side.

Something to note is the lower red ring around the nose is inset into the capsule and this is where the original tower ring will snuggly fit onto the top of the model.

Lagazza
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posted 01-29-2018 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lagazza   Click Here to Email Lagazza     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the input. collectSPACE at its best.

GACspaceguy
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posted 01-30-2018 04:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with the value as stated in the above posts.

I had one of the Mercury spacecraft in a group of model parts I bought on eBay. I made a base and had Michael Key make a tower for it. There are photos here.

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