Topping Martin P6M-1 Seamaster - Factory Desktop Model In The Original Topping And Martin Boxes
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Incredibly rare, 1950s NOS Topping Martin P6M-1 Seamaster model in amazing, untouched condition still in the original Topping factory box, which is then inside the original Martin Box. Topping shipped this to the manufacturer, who then shipped them to contractors, test pilots and Navy Decision Makers. The Martin name and Baltimore (the location of their plant) is just visible on the remains of the shipping label. Inside the Topping Box, all of the factory cardboard is still intact. The stand and aircraft were never displayed or used. The gloss and shine on both are fantastic. There are no cracks, no breaks and no repairs. Decals and factory paint are all in 'near mint+' to 'excellent++' condition. While in NOS, never used condition, please note that these models never left the factory 'flawless.' There were always minor factory paint flaws and minor molding flaws as these were mass-produced. Furthermore, the decals inevitably have some yellowing, although this example has very minimal yellowing. Because it was never displayed and spent the last ~65 years in the box, it has some light 'box wear' in the typical underside areas. Specifically, this is where the white-painted, sharp-pointed underside of the tip floats rested on the shipping cardboard and the hull occasionally contacted the display base. The fact that the Topping factory usually applied the white paint in a very thin coat never helped. It affects the underside of both wing tip floats (the forward 1/2 inch) and the fuselage peak behind the (operating) rotating bomb bay for about 2 inches. Because the original Topping and Martin boxes adds significantly to the value, it will be carefully packed into another box for shipping. Shipping insurance is required.
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