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Old 03-31-2017, 09:01 PM
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There's a auction on ebay (item #112350895306) advertising a vintage store display of Centuri rockets. It looks really cool until you realize it cannot possibly be vintage. First, it looks brand new - not especially well-built (screws are coming up through the bottom) but the wood looks new and the glass has no dust or signs of age at all. Second, there is a Jaguar with an SLS decal. Centuri never used that naming convention for their kits - only Semroc did. Also there is a large Javelin model. The Javelin was a small diameter model - (18mm). This one looks to be about BT-55 diameter. These are both clearly Semroc repro kits. The SST shuttle label has a CC: at the beginning, a name used by Carl for his clone kits that did not include instructions. Also, I have been building models since 1971 and still have most of my collection. These rockets are bright white with no decal yellowing or cracking. None of my models that are old enough to be in this display look that shiny and new. One last thing, the kit names are printed on paper and not by a typewriter. This was difficult to do before the advent of desktop computers and laser printers. Tell me what you think.

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Old 04-01-2017, 03:09 AM
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Please tell me this isn't so. I hope the seller doesn't have any success selling them to rocketeers who are not as well informed.

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Old 04-01-2017, 06:46 AM
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Here's a link to the auction..........

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=112350895306


And here's a link to another (vintage? you decide) Centuri (?) store display that the same seller sold three weeks ago...........

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Cen...=p2047675.l2557
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Old 04-01-2017, 07:39 AM
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The Jaguar has the "SLS" decal on the body tube. I think that was a Semroc upscale version of the original Centuri design. If so, these are more likely Semroc Retro-Repros instead of the original Centuri rockets.
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Old 04-01-2017, 08:22 AM
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Hey Sheryl, Good to "see you" online. I wish it wasn't over something like this. The more I look at that auction the more I dislike it. Also, I don't know what is meant by "pro-built" here. These models look to have been painted without using any masking or balsa filler. If you're gonna fake something, at least do a little research.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:05 AM
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Only a total dimwit would fall for this sort of baloney.
That said, I know of no right within the U.S. Constitution owing ANY sort of protection to the STUPID. To those I say "Caveat Emptor, Pal !!!"
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:48 PM
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Yeah, this is a load of crap.
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:58 PM
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I just sent the guy a message telling him they look more like Semroc repros than anything else. I'll wait for his response. Also there really seems like a lack of filler on the fins as you can see in some of the photos. I've seen people use the words "pro-built" like it was going out of style with somewhat shoddy workmanship. These aren't "pro-built" as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:04 PM
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This is no better. You can find these routinely for under $50.00 WITH S/H! http://www.ebay.com/itm/36039171652...K%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:37 PM
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I bought a PAIR of NIB Star Trek Estes Kits- Enterprise and Klingon Battle Cruiser on ebay for under $60 like 3 years ago. Those along with original Estes Star Wars kits from 1978 are the most common vintage kits from the 1970's. They are easily found everyday on ebay. They were massively overproduced. Marketing GROSSLY over-estimated demand for these.
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