Model Condition - Explained
Condition Model explained
My condition model is based on A to E supplemented by +/-
I have chosen to differentiate whether in box or not;
Condition of Box: N/A
Condition of Model: A+
meaning an item not in the original box, can still be an A+
(N/A: not available).
What the grades mean:
A+= Mint. As issued by the manufacturer - Not the slightest of fault to be found on the item
A = Excellent with only the slightest marks/scratches, in spots not as essential as others for the overall look of the item.
A- = Excellent with only very few marks/scratches
B+ = Very good but with some signs of wear, OR A+ but with small less significant, part missing
B = Very good but with some signs of wear, OR A to A- but with small, less significant, part missing
B- = Very good but with some signs of wear beginning to damage the overall impression more significantly, OR A- but with a part missing (e.g steering wheel in closed coupe model/license plate/tail light/ear on a large tin horse etc)
C+ = Good but with obvious wear OR B+ but missing a significant part (e.g sign, lights, side-mirror etc)
C = Good but with obvious wear OR B- but also missing a significant part (e.g sign, lights, side-mirror etc
C- = Good but with obvious wear OR near C+ but missing more than a few significant parts (e.g sign, lights, side-mirror etc) while still a good model.
D+ = Fair condition with a lot of wear to the design and coloring, or major part missing (e.g Roof, Front Seat, Back tail etc)
D = Fair perhaps with a lot of wear to the design and coloring or several parts missing
D- = Declining towards E and the junkyard (Some might even say it should be there already), but the model still intact despite major wear and missing parts
E = Restoration / Reserve part purposes only
NOTE: The assessed condition is only meant to be an immediate guide, as my expertise on these matters go as far as when I read a recipe in a cooking book. In other words I am many years from calling myself an expert, so rely on the pictures and your own evaluation.
As my items in most cases come "used", please absorb the fact that we can't always agree on the condition grade given, but fortunately for you, browsing does not equal forced buying :-)