I have this item, but no digital camera right now. I really like it. It is huge, probably about 3 feet long from tip to tail. From what I remember it took about 30min to an hour to assemble.
The front mast/pointy thing may sag very slightly, but not noticable at all. I've had mine on display for approximately 2 years now with no problems.
I am not sure how rare it really is though. I see one on e-bay right now for $109, and I know a local Bay Area store has one from sale new in box. I believe I paid about $120 for this item new from BBTS.
I highly recommend this item. Hopefully this helps some.
Last Edit: Aug 1, 2004 14:47:36 GMT -5 by bbechtold