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Congratulations, Julian. Interestingly, I was about to buy one just like yours a few days ago but something came up and my funds had too be redirected for some time. When I tried to buy it again, the person selling it had already sold it to someone else. I was going to get mine for $5,000, unopened like yours, so if you got it for less than that you've got a good deal. Anyway, congrats on getting the Millennium Falcon, and I'll just come by here and look at your pictures while I look again for one.
 
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Thanks for your kind words, folks! :)
Seriously, Happy Birthday. That’s amazing! Your wife and son are great for helping you get this grail. I can’t wait to see it on display. What are you planning for the base? A simple base or a themed base like docking bay 94?

Thanks! I'm truly blessed with my family and I thank the Lord for it every day. The Harrison Ford ala Bob Ross picture you posted is really funny. I still watch the Bob Ross program every chance I get. What a great artist and human being he was. Anyway, I'm in contact with Portumac for an asteroid base. Since the replica is mainly based off TESB film, I'm looking into getting that base made which even has a place for one of the plaques molded into it. As for the pedestal, a simple one will do. I'll add the schematics of the vehicle on the front. The asteroid base is removable so I can display the Falcon two ways depending on the mood. :)

This is the base I have in mind and I can just go in and pick it up directly from Manny once he has it finished. He also has a Death Star base and a Hoth base for the MF, but I felt the color of this one creates a better contrast with the vehicle ...

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So Julian, I once took sample pictures of the X-Wing presentation. It is the same principle as the base of the MF. It's a little different at the front because I put the framed picture in there. As you can see, the removable plate rests on the wooden (MDF board) frame inside (it has two holes for easier lifting). These were glued and screwed from the outside. It didn't matter that the screws were visible from the outside, because I plastered and painted everything from the outside.

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I hope this information helped you (and others🤷‍♂️). If you have more questions, let me know 😉.
 
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So Julian, I once took sample pictures of the X-Wing presentation. It is the same principle as the base of the MF. It's a little different at the front because I put the framed picture in there. As you can see, the removable plate rests on the wooden (MDF board) frame inside (it has two holes for easier lifting). These were glued and screwed from the outside. It didn't matter that the screws were visible from the outside, because I plastered and painted everything from the outside.

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I hope this information helped you (and others🤷‍♂️). If you have more questions, let me know 😉.
Wow! Such a neat and smart work, Sven. I really want to thank you for this info and pictures and also I want to thank Chris (Chewiegum) with the dimensions of the acrylic cover and height of the pedestal. I've already gotten in touch with a local acrylic fabricator that specializes on store and collectible displays to have the MF cover made. I drove to them yesterday and brought in the MF base for exact measures of the lip around it. They'll be using 3/16 thick acrylic sheeting. It will take them about three weeks to have it made though, because they have a lot of orders to do first, but I don't have a problem waiting a little. Hopefully the acrylic top comes out as good as planned and if so, I'd be able to recommend them. Now I'll have to go to Home Depot to get the materials I need, following what you did with your pedestal, Sven. Wood prices now are through the roof, but I have to do what I have to do. ;)

Thanks for all the help Sven and Chris!
 
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I have a question for anyone that has dealt with Ebay lately with a purchase that might have gone wrong. Here is the story...

I bought a tin sign a few days ago from someone in Georgia for the stand/pedestal I'm building for the Millennium Falcon. The pictures in his auction are those of the tin sign Hobby Lobby sold a while ago for the Millennium Falcon from the Original Trilogy. That said, the item I received is a similar item BUT, it is the MF from the new movies with the rectangular radar and different description than the images he posted in his auction. The seller is refusing to take the item back and return my money claiming he did not send the wrong item. This has been our exchange of messages:


Me:

"Hello,
the pictures of the tin sign you were selling and being shown in your auction are different than the actual item I received from you. The tin sign in your auction shows the spaceship to have a round radar and the description for the 1977 Star Wars movie vehicle. On the one I received, the spaceship has the rectangular radar from the recent movies and a different description. Even the stickers on the back of the tin sign I received differ from the ones in your auction. As a buyer and as a collector this is unacceptable. This is not what I was led into buying and the images in your auction were/are therefore misleading. Please, compare the pictures of the item you sent me (attached here), to the ones in your auction and you'll clearly see they are two different items. I need to return this item and be reimbursed $32.47 which is what I paid you, plus the cost of sending it back to you."

Thank you for your understanding


The seller (biwat11) AKA Billy :

"That is impossible. I sent exactly what was pictured. I am not willing to return for I have not misrepresented what I sent."

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These are the pictures I sent to the seller showing what I received and what his auction shows:

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* I blocked the full addresses for obvious reasons, not so on the picture I sent to the seller. In any case, the tin is sitting on top of the same box he sent it in.

Having shown all this, there was a time when it was easy to start up a claim with Ebay. That has changed and I've been circling around clicking on a bunch of links that lead me nowhere. Do any of you folks know what to do to contact Ebay directly? That being a link to an actual claim page where I can explain to them what is going on and provide pictures, or maybe a phone number to contact them directly, as that seems not to exist anymore either.

It was just $32.00 bucks, but it is the principle and my money that this individual took from me and he is lying and refusing to do the right thing and reimburse me for the purchase.

Thanks.
 
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It is clearly a different item that you received. There are clear differences between the two plates, not just the antenna, and to be honest I prefer the first one, as I like more the rough look of it, fitting well with the Falcon's appearance, and I also like the smaller images with the cockpit detail. mores.
 
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It's been a while since I've had to put in an ebay claim. I assume you've threatened him with negative feedback? Ebay used to be very buyer friendly and it was easy to start up a claim if you were sent the wrong item and the seller was not cooperative.
Good luck.
 
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I think the last time I had an issue a few months ago I just started the return process from the auction page. They'll give the seller time to step in, but they did end up getting me a refund the seller didn't want to make. If you can't resolve the issue with the seller they'll step in.
 
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Thank you for your comments, folks. eBay has sent me a message saying they will step in by Nov. 2nd if the issue hasn't been resolved. Let's see.
 
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That sucks Julian! A bait and switch to a degree! Not good and not what they said they were selling. Hope it works out for you!
 
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That sucks Julian! A bait and switch to a degree! Not good and not what they said they were selling. Hope it works out for you!

Thanks. It's a never ending story with eBay since its virtual doors opened and to be frank, it also happens in collectors websites. That's why we have a bad traders section. If you are a collector for as long as we've been, at some point or another some unscrupulous guy will come out and try to swindle you because we trusted him/her more than we should. I really couldn't do it to anybody myself but, in these world of ours where decency and honesty are on the decline, anything's possible. The seller never wrote back so, going but what TheChildNC explained above and what eBay said, tomorrow eBay will step in to try to resolve the issue. 🤞
 
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As per the removed posts above in case anyone's wondering, they looked like advertisement for Viagra written in French, not for this thread alone, but posted on others as well.
 
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Well, the seller reimbursed my payment and had this to say:

"Ok, I believe you. I apologize but I have had many buyers try to scam me & claim the item I sent was defective, damaged, or different than what they thought or they found one cheaper..ect ect ect. I thought about how it could have been different and believe that when I went to look at similar items to determine what to price it at I may have used those pictures?? I’m not sure but I believe you didn’t get what you wanted and I’m not a collector of those things so I wouldn’t have known the difference. I will refund the money but I do not want to pay to send the item back because it won’t be profitable if I did. So I will take the loss. Again, my apologies for assuming you were trying to scam me. "

Happy end, and I appreciate the seller ended up doing the right thing. Good karma!
 
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Not Star Wars related, just venting out a little for my own sake ... I went to get gas today and now it is at $3.90 a gallon from $2.41 it was last year at this time! I know other places in the country are paying close to $8.00 a gallon, but how high is this crap going to go? Ten bucks just gave me a quarter of a tank, so I would need $40.00 for a fill up on a 4 cylinder car. :mad:
 
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Not Star Wars related, just venting out a little for my own sake ... I went to get gas today and now it is at $3.90 a gallon from $2.41 it was last year at this time! I know other places in the country are paying close to $8.00 a gallon, but how high is this crap going to go? Ten bucks just gave me a quarter of a tank, so I would need $40.00 for a fill up on a 4 cylinder car. :mad:

The same crap everywhere Julian. Everything is just getting more and more expensive. I'm curious where the journey will take us.
 
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It will probably take us to a crash landing! Crap! I've just got beeped for not moving when the light turned green. I should know better. C'est la vie! :)
 
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That's cheap for fuel, Julian. In comparison I filled my car today £60 was the cost for a full tank it's a 1.8 Honda Civic, that's $80bucks in your money.
The whole planet has gone mad especially when I can justify in my head buying $250 dollar action figures. In reality I should have my head checked 🤔
 
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Everything's going up in price. The interesting thing is that a year ago we were energy independent and prices were under control, we have enough oil and oil reserve to sustain ourselves. But some things were dismantled and now we have to depend again on OPEC and the Middle East for our oil supply. The cost of oil is now so high that anything requiring transport have gone up in price too.
 
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That's cheap for fuel, Julian. In comparison I filled my car today £60 was the cost for a full tank it's a 1.8 Honda Civic, that's $80bucks in your money.
The whole planet has gone mad especially when I can justify in my head buying $250 dollar action figures. In reality I should have my head checked 🤔

Maybe in our own way we keep buying these expensive items trying to make us feel as if everything is as normal as it once was, even more when in many ways it feels wrong is right these days. I do think that, as long as we budget our earnings well, save accordingly, so there is enough set aside for our collectibles without compromising our priorities like car payments, house bills and other essentials, we'd be fine. That said, it is not too far fetched the prediction there will be less disposable income through this crisis, and many of us will have to think it twice before making an expensive buying decision: Do I really want to buy this or that piece, or am I just buying to saciate what could be considered a collecting high?


Edit: By the way, I kept wondering who the Japanese tatoo artist "Irezumi" posting here was. Finally I noticed it was "the artist formerly known as Herb". :) 🤟🤟
 
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The high gas prices are spilling over to other areas. Food is up, shipping and other consumer products. This sucks and looks like it is only getting worse.

Today Nintendo said its cutting forecast for Switch sales because of the computer chip shortage. Better get one now while you can
 
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On a different topic, I went today to the Hallmark store to pick up a couple of Christmas ornaments for a friend overseas, and I thought the two keepsakes looked so nice I wanted to take some pictures and show them here. This is then Grogu on top of a Stormtrooper helmet and Boba Fett from the upcoming Disney+ " The Book of Boba Fett". I even bought an extra Grogu for my wife :) As usual Hallmark does not disappoint with their nice sculpting for such small pieces ...

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Glad I found some time and got the build of the pedestal out of the way today. Dang! ..prices for wood have gone crazy, by the way. Anyway, I just wanted to add some pictures of the build to the thread. I still have to sand down some rough spots on the wood, primer the piece and add texture to it, and I'll be on it as soon as I get another chance. I'm still waiting for the Millennium Falcon cover to be made as the guy making it got sick ...

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That looks very good Julian 👍. But I have one more question. Do you also put a wooden plate underneath? If not, I would definitely reinforce the corners under the wooden top for safety reasons.
Something like this:
 

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