eBay Win Restarts Beagle Project
You'll find the average selling price for a regular Mamoli kit of the HMS Beagle on eBay sells for over $150 when you include the shipping cost, but as far as I could find out, it was the only source for the broken and lost parts (Plans included) for the wrecked model I wanted to rebuild.
Scratchbuilding and buying from a "pieces-parts" vendor were the only option I could come up with as a solution.
This is the HMS Beagle, a kit I began in 1977 which sustained a fall to the floor making a shambles of everything above deck.
It also has some rigging errors I want to correct.
You can't imagine my joy at finding an eBay auction for Vintage 1977 Mamoli H.M.S. Beagle Wood Ship Kit Parts, with a bid price of $9.95. Yup, complete with all 5 sheets of plans and the only thing apparently missing was the bulkheads and the lemon wood planking material (the first course of planking).
Apparently someone had started it.
With two days to go, it was obvious a $15 bid wasn’t going to win this one. Sure enough another new bidder joined the fray.
I really wanted this one and until the price went north of $75, to me it would still be a bargain. But maybe there was someone else out there with a wrecked Beagle model.
How to maximize my bid…I didn’t want to lose this one, no telling when another match would show up, specially at such a low price.
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