Jrcluss From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5303 times:
I have a love for aircraft that can not be explained here. It has led me to a life of service (23 years so far) in the active USAF as a crew chief (well, it has been some years since my wrench turning days due to promotions). F-106's, F-4's, FB-111's, F-15's, and F-16's are the ones I have had the honor of painting my name on!!!
I am going to retire soon and wanted to start gathering information on the best aircraft models to buy. Cost is not an option. I wish to dedicate a room (wing?) of my home for military and civil (commercial airlines) aircraft. I would like scales bigger than the "kids" models (ie: military jets will not be smaller than 1-32, I think those are the big ones???) and the biggest commercial boeing/airbus (etc.) that I can find.
Really don't know much about the hobby but hope you can help. Any info and/or web sites helpful. Info on those looking to sell collections also welcome! (hey, I was born to fix 'em!)
Macair SAAB From Australia, joined May 1999, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5151 times:
If your looking for plastic models, I'd suggest the PPC, Wooster or Long Prosper models for airliners. They come in either 1/200 or 1/250 scale, depending on which type of aircraft your after.
As for military models, I don't know of anyone that makes military plactic snapfit models. However, the CDC Armour Collection are really good. They are die-cast models and come in a 1/100 scale.
As for dealers, I highly recommend Collectors Aircraft Models, mentioned in an earlier post. I'm not sure about their UK or (former) US stores, but Robert in the Australian store is great when it comes to getting and shipping models.
Trident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5125 times:
Are you talking about simple "snap together" models or full blown plastic kits. If kits, there are two basic types available, injection moulded or vacuum - formed. Injection moulded kits are easier to assemble but there is better variety with vacuum formed. Most airliner kits are made to the following scales:
An occaional kit may be available in 1/72 (eg. DC-3, JU-52, JU-86, BN-2A Islander), usually if there is a military equivalent.
In the normal scales, the following are the major manufacturers:
There are others, but those above are the most readily available. Some older models of indeterminable scales are still available (Revell, Monogram, Glencoe) and some of these are quite good, but they don't tend to fit in with the rest of a collection because of the odd scales involved.
My favourites are Welsh Nodels, Academy and Airfix as they tend to model airliners I am interested in, ie. from the 1950's '60's and '70's.
One of the good thing about models in 1/144 and 1/200 is the availability of "After Market" decals, which are usually of much better quality than those available from the original kit. Liveries Unlimited are so good its almost a crime to have/4o use them on the model!
BigGiraffe From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5111 times:
Trident gave an excellent rundown on what is available. The largest commercial jet plastic model kits available are the 1/100 airliners from Nitto (although the company has changed over the years it is always Japanese). I built their L-1011 years ago and the detail and shape was excellent. They also had the 747 and DC-10. And I'm pretty sure I recall seeing the 727, 737, DC-8, and Concorde.
But the most common scale is 1/144 -- nowadays you can buy just about anything in that scale, followed by those in 1/200.