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Amy P

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  1. I do have quite a bit of his modeling supplies. The trick will be to determine what belongs to kits he was in the middle of building, and what is extra. I'd love to sell a few partially built models he was working on, along with their supplies. I can also probably give away supplies that weren't currently in use, if anyone here would be interested in maybe just paying for shipping?
  2. We're keeping a good number for ourselves- I don't want to have everything he made leave our possession. But his house was FILLED with these and we simply don't have the storage :/
  3. I actually called/emailed a number of museums and even an auction house a few months ago and no one was interested. I think I did have one car museum that was interested and wanted a lot more information but after talking about it with my sister and brother we were worried the display would eventually be taken down and the models would be lost to us. We liked the idea of them being in peoples' homes instead. We still do want to keep as many of them as we can ourselves, we just can't possibly keep his entire collection.
  4. I forgot to mention- Here is a link to his photobucket account. MUCH better quality photos and a more comprehensive display of what he did. http://s82.photobucket.com/user/harrypri/library/?sort=3&page=1 password to let you view the folders is BigChevy1967 There are a lot of ads but the pop-ups seem to slow down in frequency as you peruse the site.
  5. Hi Everyone, A couple of quick replies- I did not remove any bases. I do remember the mention of a base with working lights and I think I saw that as I was clearing out a room but I can't remember- there were so many. Not everything is pictured here but those posted are pictured as found (hence some pieces broken off and set next to the model). I had no idea the extent to which he was creating these models. He kept them under wraps- literally- there was an entire room in the house that he wouldn't let us walk into or even open the door because the floor was covered wall to wall by models under newspapers. I wish we could keep them all but my brother, sister and I live in rented apartments and there is very little room to store them, let alone display them properly, as I know you guys will. It's also an honor to have them go to people who fully understand the work and talent and artistry that goes into building them. By distributing these models all over the US (and a couple of different countries, as well), it's almost like we're able to distribute a piece of him, too. It's been pretty amazing. Almost like scattering his ashes, if you'll allow the metaphor. I have at least read every one of the emails I received and plan on replying with more detailed information as soon as I can get back in the same physical space as the models. We don't intend to sell everything, and it's not as though offers were POURING in, but it will help to have some of these go to loving homes. Thanks again guys. I'm very humbled and grateful.
  6. Hi All, I did a pictorial inventory of most of the models that I was kind of saving for last- the scratchbuilt, super-intricate ones. I didn't think to measure them for scale or put something in the picture to suggest size. Some of them are quite large- a foot to two long. I remember reading that sale transactions were not allowed on this site, and I hope I'm not overstepping my boundaries by posting about these. I don't know the best/fairest way to go about this so I'm going to post my email address: apristo2@gmail.com If you're interested in buying a model, please email me with the jpeg number (because even after all the time I've spent on this subject in the last few months I'm still painfully aware of how little I know) and we can go from there. We can discuss price, shipping (these will have to be packed SO incredibly carefully), etc. I know my dad has a photobucket account which I imagine has infinitely superior photos in comparison to my crappy cell camera. I'll have to get the password and info from my brother if you're interested in looking at higher quality images. Ok, I think that about sums it up! These aren't quite all of the rest of the models but it's a good start. I will not list any of these on eBay until further notice.
  7. Thank you everyone! You guys rock I really appreciate the help!
  8. Tim- thank you for this post! I love that you're giving it such a beautiful display with a plaque. Thank you!!
  9. Gentlemen (and ladies, if there are any on here?), Here are four old models I found and am having trouble identifying. These are from my dad's childhood or at least very early adulthood, and they have no identifying words or marks on them (at least to my untrained eye). I thought maybe the first and last ones were Mercer Raceabouts? Can anyone one point me in the right direction?
  10. Bob- I plan on doing that for a lot of what he has left. I'm kind of slowly circling toward the last 100 or so of his models, most of which are scratchbuilt and the type that I think folks on this forum will be interested in. I will absolutely post here first, as I very much prefer some of you get his work. I think I'm on my last or maybe second-to-last auction round on eBay before I start posting the "good stuff" (as in super-customized, HIGHLY detailed work) here first. As my dad explained it, he liked the older cars with less body work so that you could really see how/ what the car was made of.
  11. Wow. It really lifts me up to check back here from time to time. I just got tears in my eyes from the last few posts. A huge thank you to everyone that has bought something of my dad's. Some of you I didn't realize were from the forum until after I saw feedback or from pictures and posts on here. I'm truly humbled. I just can't express how much this venue and all of you mean and what happiness it has brought me to interact with all of you. I just can't put it into words. An update, as well- I just (verrry carefully) moved all of my dad's models from the floor of a bedroom, where they were hiding under newspapers, and documented them pictorially. It's still going to take me a while to get to them- the logistics of packing them is a bit overwhelming, to be honest. For now they are all safely in an enclosed display cabinet and will remain there until I wade through some more of his un-built and partially built kits. I will, as always, check back here time to time and keep you all in the loop.
  12. Wow Bill I can't believe what better justice your camera does to the Fury! My cellphone camera just does NOT compare. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing!!
  13. Oh wow, thank you guys! As always, you are super helpful. Many thanks.
  14. That is something significant He's definitely on my mind every day, some days my heart is heavy with his memory and sometimes it makes me smile. I'm glad others are still remembering him. I haven't yet uncovered (literally- they are all in a room under a layer of newspaper) any of his scratchbuilt models. Those are still to come. I'm still trying to sell the diecast and plastic smaller scale models, and some unbuilt kits. I will put a list up of the ones it seems everyone here is interested in when I bring them home. For now they are still at my dad's house- I just don't have the space to transport them to my apartment yet. Quick question, if anyone can answer...I can't seem to get a clear answer when I search the internet.. For the Danbury and Franklin Mint models, does having the title significantly increase the value of the models? We've found a couple floating around and I'm sure there are more. Should I wait to put them up for sale until I am able to locate the titles or does it not matter much to those that collect them?
  15. Yes I would accept money orders. I believe you can also pay with credit card on eBay if you don't have PayPal. Also, I just want to note, if you see a model that you'd like, but do not want to join the bidding process, just send me a message on eBay (I don't check here very often and although I checked the option that alerts me when a reply is received, I haven't bee getting notifications). Or you can email me: apristo2@gmail.com and we can work out a price. Depending on the value of the model, I'm willing to let some things go for just the price of shipping, as I'd prefer they go to people who will respect and appreciate the models more than I care about profit from them.
  16. Hi Everyone!! Haven't been on in a while, but I have been very active selling the diecast and plastic 1:18 and 1:24 scale models of my dad's on eBay. I have gotten some really lovely feedback from almost everyone who has purchased a model, telling me they will treasure them like my dad did. My eBay name is amypristo2. Please feel free to visit there and see what is posted. It would make me happy to know some of you are getting them. I haven't even looked at the built models you were all mentioning you were more interested in; they're still covered in newspaper, taking up an entire room in the house, wall to wall. I plan to disperse all the little kit models first. I will check back in with you all before I begin to do anything with the "real deal" models. For now, I'm listing about 20 or so models at a time, and they have been selling fairly well. They are still really beautiful, even though I know they may not necessarily be the ones you all are more inclined to want. Here is a link, in case you can't search for my username. http://www.ebay.com/usr/amypristo2 Much love to you all!
  17. Thanks for all the feedback everyone! You have all been such a big help in all of this. It really makes me feel more at ease when I think, "I'll ask the model guys. They'll know the right thing to do" As some suggested, I took them to Goodwill. I called bookstores and the local library and no one was interested. I even thought about donating them to local car repair shops/dentist's offices etc. but there were just SO many. They weren't more than ten years old and I've already started listing all of his diecast models on eBay, so the thought of listing about 700 magazines was just too overwhelming to me, even if I did them in bulk. Thanks again!
  18. Hi everyone, Just a quick update...we are selling the diecast models on eBay but haven't gotten to the models he built himself yet. When we do, I'll list them here and anyone interested will have to opportunity to get one. Quick question for those of you that may be able to answer: I tried to ascertain the value (if any) of the STACKS of model car magazines he has at the house. I took a picture to show a couple of the publishers. The oldest one I found when quickly glancing through was from 2007. Are these something we should just toss in the recycling bin? I also called a bookstore that buys books, magazines, etc. and they said they could only buy about 20 and we "wouldn't get much" for them. I'm sure my dad kept these for reference and inspiration when building his own models and I'm (yet again) looking for guidance on what to do with them. Help please!?
  19. Thank you Charlie and Steve, for bringing that up and then going back to find it. I'm so glad you did. That helps a lot!! Again, I have to say how humbled and appreciative I am to read all of the nice things said about my dad on here. It really makes my heart smile.
  20. Ok, thank you guys. This proves how ignorant I am on the subject. I know now what you mean by models he BUILT. I will try to catalogue those another day. I remember, as a kid, that he always had a model car project he was working on. I don't think he started truly BUILDING them until we were all out of the house. That's when he metaphorically spread his wings, as he could literally spread out on every available work surface without fear we would mess anything up I understand now what you guys are looking for. Thank you for walking me through this. For ANY question I had regarding matters that had any sort of importance, I would always simply ask my dad. I wish I would have asked him before he passed what exactly he wanted to happen to them. I think none of us wanted to broach the subject. I will say that my sister and I discussed him moving by us, to a smaller house, and downsizing. The ONLY concern he had was his model collection. He didn't care what happened to anything else, but he had to have that at all costs. This collection was the literally the most important possession in his life. Thank you for treating it with the reverence he did.
  21. Again, everyone, I'm overwhelmed (in the best way possible) by your responses. I'm reading every one, though I'm not able to do it every day. I'm also following up on all suggestions and links. I can't thank you all enough for responding, for sharing what you thought of him, for your advice, and your sympathy. I've catalogued 33 of his models so far. That is one small portion of his enormous collection. These are, I think, (and pardon my ignorance on this- he kept this hobby as sort of a private, treasured pastime) some of the "cheaper" models. The picture quality isn't great, because I used my cell phone, and just taking these pictures from one angle took a couple of hours, so I apologize for only having one photo of each model. They are all die-cast, no plastic. There is great detail work on the dashboards and interiors that you can't see in most of the pictures. All of the doors and hoods open, almost every steering column is functional, and they are all in nearly perfect condition. Taking this as a small sample of the rest, is anyone interested in any of these? We can determine a fair price. Again, we're not 100% sure what to do with all of them- I'm very seriously considering museums and even an auction of some sort. But truly, you guys (and gals?) were his friends, and we would love to see them end up in your hands. I can't think of a group pf people more deserving, who would appreciate them as much as he did. And I think he'd like to know some of them went to you. All feedback/advice much appreciated, as always. Many, many thanks.
  22. Thank you so much everyone, for your responses. You've been a great help so far. I wholeheartedly agree that our primary goal is to have people who will appreciate them to get the models. I will talk to my brother and sister and see how we want to proceed. Again, thank you. And also for the posts about our dad when he was sick and when he passed- We read every one.
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