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#1 posted 09-04-2012 10:26 PM

I apologize up front about the thread “steal”

what are the best things to look for when looking for a quality plane?

From a novice user and collector’s perspective, I look for the rare planes first (No1 and 2 and a handful of others). For quality, I look for no cracks or chips, no hanging holes in the sole (that varies by person), how true everything looks, blade and the condition of other parts, etc. Are you collecting them or using them? That makes a big difference.

It’s pretty straight-forward really when it comes to quality (I think). Now, knowing which parts go on which planes and all the minutiae is completely different and probably will be explained by one of the many experts here after my post.

I am currently looking for a good #7 or 8. I like users.

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