I am new to this forum and would really appreciate your help and advice on the restoration of a A.C. Rehberger Boeing 247A model.
I've enjoyed having it around the house for about 30 years and unfortunately I'm considering selling it to pay off some medical bills.
I guess what I need to know is; What should I tackle in the restoration process to add value and make this attractive to a collector? I'm sure then I'll have some follow-up questions as to how I go about executing the prescribed actions.
Here are some links to Photobucket albums, so hopefully the work needed will be obvious. However, if you need any additional photos, I am more than happy to take those and post them and at higher resolutions. Hopefully I am posting the URLs correctly.
This album is of my 247A needing restoration.http://photobucket.com/MyBoeing247A
This is a preview image from Getty that I have enlarged and enhanced that shows Roscoe Turner and his wife, Carline at Mendenhall (sic?) airfield at the start of the 1934 London to Melbourne Air Race. They are holding the A.C. Rehberger Model of the Boeing 247A. Note that is without a stand.
Here are some pics of an A.C. Rehberger model Boeing 247A that was sold at auction in 2007 and has had some restoration work done to it, including 1 landing gear and what looks like a new stand. My own landing gear is missing and so I may contact the original owner to see how he went about recreating the wheel and if he has the original drawings since I do not a template to go by.http://photobucket.com/247A-2007
Here is an amazing A.C. Rehberger model Boeing 247A fully restored. At least I'm guessing that at one time it was fully restored, given the condition of the decals in contrast to the rest of the body. I'm linking to these pics for reference only and as a guide to the full amount of work that could be executed.http://photobucket.com/fullyrestored247a
Here is a single pic of an A.C. Rehberger model Boeing 247A with a United Airlines stand. I'm showing this to ask if this is the original stand or might have been added later?
It really breaks my heart to have to consider selling this model, but such is my life right now being unemployed and uninsured. However, I think I will enjoy the restoration process as therapy when not looking for work.
Given the wide range of restoration efforts that I could do, I would imagine that it would be a bit like spiffing up a house for sale; At some point the effort to do a particular item of restoration to the model might not appreciably add to the value, given the amount of work and materials.
Thanks much in advance for any help and advice you might be able to lend in getting me to the starting point of making this model very presentable.
All the best!