Robert wrote:Hello, for the Ertl line up, what is the difference between 653 Do, 653 1991 special edition, and 14339 ?
I am not all that sure, but I am going to give it a shot. I have for sure 2 of the 3 items listed right here in front of me.
Difference between the 3 issues:
14339 - Side of Touch Control Resevoir - has IH Yellow rivet
653 - Side of Touch Control Resevoir - has silver rivet
653 Special Edition - Side of Touch Control Resevoir - has silver rivet
143339 - This is an ERTL Britains edition where the others are simply ERTL. New packaging and of course the History Panel has been shortened and not near as complete. IMHO this is a big loss... but that is just a personal opinion.
653 is the 1991 Special Edition series and has the words "1991 Edition" cast into the side of the torque tube.
653 DO is the original release and does not have the "1991 Edition" cast into the torque tube.
Those appear to be the major differences.. it does take some looking to find them the first ime. I still have to find one more item and that is the 653DO.. it seems to be elusive. I had one purchased last April, but it is still somewhere in Purgatory between USPS and Canada Post. So until I can actually physically see one of these 653DO's lacking the 1991 Edition cast impression, I am not totally convinced. I am just wondering how many of these examples I will have to buy before I can actually find one.. as I said, it seems to be elusive.