Hopefully it will go to someone with the proper ability and $$$ to restore, display and care for it.
Wonder if there is a way for fans to pool money together for a bid attempt and for restoration and donation to a public museum?
Probably complicated to organize and anticipate all costs I imagine.
They really should make it clear what portions are indeed original and were on set, and what was later restoration attempt materials.
We need a Kickstarter page!!!!
I think the entire top portion has been previously restored. The bottom looks like the original material. In the auction photos of the interior you can see the different color wood. In the restoration photos from long back looks like they only did the top above the wing.
Here's to hoping this thing finally gets properly restored and displayed.
I wonder why Paul Allen hasn't already bought this? Restoring it would be a trivial expense for him.
LOL you little devils really get around don't you? I have posted what has been replaced on the shuttle over at Hobby Talk. I understand that there has been a lot of speculation about everything the last few months, and perhaps I could have been more forthcoming with really good photos, but I never planned to even post to Hobby Talk. I was just annoyed to see in one post that I was dead. If I had to estimate the percentage of original to replaced it would be 40 new and 60 old. As for how much I want for it of course I want to make back my investment. I have not placed a price on it though. It amazes me how many people seem to know so little about it but post what they don't know anyway. Speculation is just that. Those who will bid on this and desire to see it face to face will be able to examine every square inch. And no I am not "Jane". Life is complicated sometimes and things do not always go the way you want them to. Have a great Holiday weekend everyone.
Last edited by Lyndie; May 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM. Reason: Closing
Yes I linked above to your hobbytalk post in this thread.
Thanks Lyndie! It's difficult to determine what is original
and not from photos. Most of us are aware that Paramount
sadly let her literally rot in the parking lot for years.
Good luck with the auction, I don't think there is a single fan that doesn't think it is truly priceless and the eyes of fans are going to be watching the auction results eagerly.
Has a kickstarter type fund raising ever made an attempt to bid on something?
I mean if you bid, you have to have the cash ready to go right?
And given that all but one bidder will lose. The money has to go back to those
that donated in the likely event we lost.
It sounds complicated to organize and do.
For everyone's info, we have a team together, including some backers, Doug Drexler and Mike Okuda, and I have talked with others including Paul Allen's people. We will also be starting a Kickstarter Campaign, which is just waiting for approval. More info to follow.
Last edited by CessnaDriver; Jun 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM.
Okay, so any idea who won the auction? Looks like the final bid was $61k.
Alec ("Loken") and I won the Galileo earlier today. We are very very happy to have the opportunity to acquire and renovate Galileo.
Let me assure you we have a straightforward goal: restore her and put her on display for the fans. Details to follow - when we have them. This will take a great deal of time and effort. But i'm confident we will be proud of the result.
I know the internet is an excellent source of opinions, support, and on occasion criticism. No doubt many will chime in with opinions and ideas. We welcome your commentary and support - as this is going to be hard.
You've got a lot of work ahead of you restoring this prop...
The weather in Ohio hasn't been kind to it.... and frankly I think the last owner was both loopy AND greedy.
Far more is going to be spent restoring this prop than its actual scrap value...
Doug Drexler, Mike Okuda and Darren Dochterman have all volunteered to be part of this. Thanks for all the support.
$61.000 for this albatross? I can see an awful lot more uses for this kind of money myself.