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Old 12-05-2020, 09:55 AM   #1
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A request for advice, and a warning.

Good afternoon,

Last week I encountered somebody on Instagram who promised me 'good condition' Herpa models, in exchange for around 4 or 5 inferior aircraft of an unknown brand (bought by a well-meaning elderly relative with little knowledge of scale models) which could otherwise have been sold on ebay for around £30-40 in total.
I received my consignment today - supposedly consisting of Herpa's Year of Zayed A380 and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 787.

The 787 had a wheel which evidently broke off in shipping (I have been able to repair this), but the A380 is unsalvageable.

The entire forward fuselage is covered with a substance which appears to be superglue, probably used to re-attach the nose landing gear.
I shan't be naming anybody, but I would like to ask how I could repair this model without damaging the livery - is it possible?

I'm not looking for a lecture about things seeming too good to be true - I fully understand this, but the trader seemed honest.
I asked them, and was told that, "next time [I] should ask for photographs of the areas with damage."
If I'm not told about damage, I can still be blamed?

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Old 12-06-2020, 04:06 AM   #2
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Re: A request for advice, and a warning.

This is why I avoid swapping. Technically you have no come back. I would ask the person why they didn’t inform you. Although I’m surprised anyone would swap without asking to see pictures. If they were decent they would try to work out a deal which makes both sides happy - either return to the orginal or throw something else in perhaps. However there reply doesn’t sound like they would.

There are a lot of people on Instagram who mess people around. Far too many kids so I wouldn’t expect a “business like” handling of this problem.
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100% agree with the above i learnt the hard way with instagram and kids. 🙄 adding a few extra bits and so on. Then it coming back to bite me. I won't be dealing with anyone like that again. Unless i know amd trust them. Personally with ur deal i don't think you would be able to do anything about it. As it all seems a bit of a rushed deal and you don't seem to have a leg to stand on sp to speak.
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I don't think there is a technique to remove the superglue--almost certainly any solvent you might use will take off the tampo printing on the fuselage.
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Re: A request for advice, and a warning.

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Good afternoon,

Last week I encountered somebody on Instagram who promised me 'good condition' Herpa models, in exchange for around 4 or 5 inferior aircraft of an unknown brand (bought by a well-meaning elderly relative with little knowledge of scale models) which could otherwise have been sold on ebay for around £30-40 in total.
I received my consignment today - supposedly consisting of Herpa's Year of Zayed A380 and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 787.

The 787 had a wheel which evidently broke off in shipping (I have been able to repair this), but the A380 is unsalvageable.

The entire forward fuselage is covered with a substance which appears to be superglue, probably used to re-attach the nose landing gear.
I shan't be naming anybody, but I would like to ask how I could repair this model without damaging the livery - is it possible?

I'm not looking for a lecture about things seeming too good to be true - I fully understand this, but the trader seemed honest.
I asked them, and was told that, "next time [I] should ask for photographs of the areas with damage."
If I'm not told about damage, I can still be blamed?

Best wishes,
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The answer about "is it possible to repair a fuselage damaged by superglue like Super Attak ( i imagine) is NO. Sadly, NO.
And i think the seller wasn't completely honest because a thing is a used model with some signs of wear not depending of him, a thing is a completely damaged model because of manipulation and/or damaging!
He had to tell you about the "artificial" conditions.
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It's a shame that the seller hadn't notified you of the issue. I mean... I guess it's nice you were able to salvage 1 model?


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Thank you for all of your replies.
It is a shame about the A380, but, as I said, it is fortunate that the 787 could be saved.
I've worked something out with the seller, thank goodness!
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