|Forum topic by Chipper||posted 12-05-2007 01:29 AM||7767 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
12-05-2007 01:29 AM
I have a question that may or may not get me kicked out of here for heresy, but the thought (and some contradictions) just will not go away:
I propose that the majority of us here are capitalists (if not, just suppose)
Several times in forums across the WEB I have run into this conversation -
I’m sure you get the drift here. A possibly rare plane with some cosmetic defects is heading for a make over to get it into working condition.
Here is what puzzles me on the “don’t touch that” mantra that I see all the time:
1) How many plane collections are out there now? Is it actually possible that every single unique plane ever made is not represented in some private or public collection?
2) If it is a rare plane – so what?? If it gets “altered” its “collection” value goes down. That means all the planes of the same type in collections actually increase in value! Collectors should want duplicates of their treasures removed from the pool! So Collectors – are you for or against competition??
3) As my Grandpa once told me about a guy who stole his electrician hand tools – “I wouldn’t mind if I knew he was going to use them to make a living”. I am sure that the original makers of the plane and subsequent owners would be happier if their tool was making things rather than sitting on a shelf looking pretty. Does anyone disagree that preserving, building, and expanding wood working skills throughout our society is much more important than setting up another collection?
-- Steve (Plano, TX)