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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6596 posts, RR: 35
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9014 times:
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I have a collection started over 6 years ago of 1/400 models. It's big. Probably over 80, but somebody the other day made a comment about how I should have spent my money in better ways (like saving) and that a man my age can have some more productive hobbies. It made me think: Am I too old for these models? Are they simple toys and they are a reflection of my immaturity? Incredible the amount of self doubt these can bring on. Anybody relates.? On the other hand, few thing give me more satisfaction than when a new model comes in the mail, or when I can stare at the whole collection in its special showcase I designed. But now I worry.

[Edited 2005-10-27 14:00:08]

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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8998 times:

Heck no, i have about 70-80 myself, and my collection is still growing. Hobbies are not a waste of time. Evrybody has a hobby in some form or another. If you already have money troubles, and are still buying a lot of models, then I can imagine the doubt, but otherwise, why not? Some collect model cars/trucks, some trains, others collect dvd's. Or others again collect stamps. Collecting stuff seems to have a certain attraction to people.


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6596 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8976 times:
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Quoting 7LBAC111 (Reply 1):
Are you aware this has nothing to do with Civil Aviation? Perhaps reposting this in Aviation Hobby would get you more constructive replies?!

I appreciate your feedback. I have been up all night and did not even think about it. I have now moved the topic to the forum you suggested. I will suggest deletion of this topic from this forum.

Thanks.


User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8940 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
Am I too old for these models? Are they simple toys and they are a reflection of my immaturity?

No way!

the problem is that "normal" people don't understand the passion for it.
we don't like aircrafts, we love them!

It is just as silly as keeping a large wine cellar,
I' am not saying that wine is stupid, but it's a passion and hobby too for some and probably more popular then what we do.

But what's the difference?
for some we collect some stupid plastic and metal "toys", wine is in fact just overdated grapejuice  Wink

It's just a matter of relating to it, and I guess it's not easy with our hobby!

(I have a wine cellar too BTW!)


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8932 times:

AR385, don't worry just because someone says it's silly. Do what you like.

Besides, 1/400 models aren't toys. Would you let children play with those? I wouldn't let children play with my models (not even touch them.) Look at the aircraft models that children play with, they often look completely silly and wrong. Our models are no toys, they are collector's items that have to look very real.

Besides, can you post pictures or tell us what models you have?


User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8933 times:

i collect the 400 scale of Gemini Jets and Herpa...they're sweeeeeeet!

User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8926 times:

i dont collect models but when i tell people my hobby is reading post on here and looking at pics of planes that im sad and a loner but thats the life we chose to take so dont quit out of something you love because somebody said your a kid when its something you into so just ignore them and keep collecting what sounds
like an amazing collection



You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineLsgg From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 577 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8925 times:

Quoting 747LUVR (Reply 7):
i collect the 400 scale of Gemini Jets and Herpa...they're sweeeeeeet!

Look at this wonderful Swissair A310 of Herpa (1/400 of course !)  cheerful 




Swissair forever !
User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8919 times:

I have a modest collection of Gemini Jets, Dragon Wings and Herpa as well, (all 1/400) and I enjoy collecting them. Dont let someone phase you from your hobby just because they dont understand it.


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6596 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8904 times:
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Quoting Thorben (Reply 6):
Besides, can you post pictures or tell us what models you have?

I really find it kind of hard to take pictures but I have a complete list by type of plane, manufacturer (Gemini, Herpa, Dragon, etc) and special conditions if they have any. If you send me an email or contact me otherwise I'll be more than happy to send it out.


User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8896 times:

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 9):
Look at this wonderful Swissair A310 of Herpa (1/400 of course !)

Magnifique Nataël!
Les fenetres de cockpit sont superbes!
C'est inclus aves les laves glaçes?
Je croix que tu trouve sa exclusive en le Buchairshop aujourd' hui...

Combien tu as payé?


User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8894 times:

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 8):
i tell people my hobby is reading post on here and looking at pics of planes that im sad and a loner but thats the life we chose

You are defenitly not alone!  Wink


User currently offlineLsgg From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 577 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

Hi Karel !  cheerful 

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 12):
Les fenetres de cockpit sont superbes!
C'est inclus aves les laves glaçes?

Spécialement pour toi :



Magnifique ces essuies-glace n'est-ce pas ? Big grin

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 12):
Je croix que tu trouve sa exclusive en le Buchairshop aujourd' hui...

Herpa model, from http://www.flugzeugmodelle.com



Quoting SWISSER (Reply 12):

Combien tu as payé?

37 CHF ! (about 25 Euro)



Swissair forever !
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7276 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8865 times:

Everybody has a hobby. When people hear that I fly on FS some wonder how stupid it is and others are actually intrested. Sure you get the people who say how stupid why do you waste your time and money. As long as you enjoy it and its not causing problems for your self than continue with it. I know how you feel people have told this to me too. Most of the time you just have to ignore it unless its your girlfriend or wife thats says this  Wink

I love my models and love my FS! Hell I even spend a Friday Night inside with my Computer flying FS. Its nice to just be able to do what you want to do once in a while thats what a hobby is for.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8864 times:

I started out collecting lots of Herpa Wings 1:500s, along with a few larger types (Woosters), but as time wore on, it was getting to be too many! So, I sold them all off on eBay. Besides, they weren't all models I was really interested in.

Then I discovered GeminiJets 1:400 and Dragon Wings 1:400. I started collecting those, and then trimming back again, trying to refine my collection.

Finally, I settled for some models that I found I really do like. Presently, my collection includes the following:

GeminiJets 1:400:
--Aer Lingus 747--my personal favourite, and one that I had spent years hunting for!
--American 767-200 and -300
--USAirways 767-200
--TWA 747SP
--Eastern L-1011

Dragon Wings 1:400:
--Airbus A380 (old house colours)

StarJets 1:500:
--TWA (red stripes) 747-131

Some models I'm still wishing for:

--Someday (hopefully soon), I hope GeminiJets makes a 1:400 version of the TWA 747-131 in the twin red stripes scheme! GeminiJets has TWA 747SP and 747s in the original and latest colours, but why not the red-stripes 747-131??
--The new Dragon Wings 1:400 Airbus A380 in the new house colours
--An A380 by GeminiJets
--Someday, a 787 line of models
--GeminiJets AA 777-200
--Especially, a model of Continental's "meatball" 727-200--the first jet I ever flew on!

Does anyone know of a 1:400 TWA red stripes 747-100, or a CO "meatball" 727-200??

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineSWISSER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8852 times:

Quoting Lsgg (Reply 14):
Hi Karel !

Nice indeed  Wink


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6596 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8829 times:
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Quoting Thorben (Reply 6):
Besides, can you post pictures or tell us what models you have?[/quotMAKE AIRLINE


Airbus A-300B4 Eastern Airlines
Airbus A-310-304 Czech Ailines (CSA)
Airbus A-319-112 (CFM56) Swissair
Airbus A320-214 (CFM56) Swissair
Airbus A321-111 (CFM56) Swissair
Airbus A320-200 (IAE ) America West
Airbus A330-243 (Rolls Royce Trent) Edelweiss
Airbus A330-300 (Rolls Royce Trent) Premiair
Airbus A330-322 Malaysia
Airbus A330-202 (GE engines) Aer Lingus
Airbus A340-300 World Cup 98 Air France
Airbus A340-313 BWIA
Airbus A340-600 Swissair

Antonov AN-124-100 Ruslan Volga-Dnper Group

Boeing 707-366C (P&W engines) Egyptair (OC)
Boeing 707-330 (P&W engines) Lufthansa
Boeing 717-200 TWA/American Airlines
Boeing 727-100 United (OOC)
Boeing 727-227A American Airlines
Boeing 727-228 Ariana
Boeing 737-230 Lufthansa
Boeing 737-4Q8 Alaska Airlines (Reverse Livery)
Boeing 737-54K ANK Air Nippon
Boeing 737-824 Continental
Boeing 737-790 Alaska Airlines
Boeing 737-700 Southwest "Nevada"
Boeing 737-752 Aeromexico (Winglets)
Boeing 747-136 (P&W engines) BOAC
Boeing 747-143 (P&W engines) Alitalia
Boeing 747SP-27 Aerolineas Argentinas 70's-80's livery
Boeing 747SP-27 Aerolineas Argentinas 70's-80's livery
Boeing 747SP-B5 Korean Air Lines (KAL)
Boeing 747-209B(SF) (P&W engines) China Airlines
Boeing 747-270C (P&W engines) Iraqi Airways
Boeing 747-212B (P&W engines) Aerolineas Argentinas "soccer 90's livery"
Boeing 747-419 (Rolls Royce engines) Air New Zealand
Boeing 747-428 (GE engines) Air France
Boeing 747-436 (Rolls Royce engines British Airways (Union Jack)
Boeing 747-406F (ER) (GE Engines) KLM (NC)
Boeing 757-225 (Rolls Royce engines Eastern Airlines
Boeing 757-2Q8 (P&W engines) Aeromexico
Boeing 757-200 (Rolls Royce engines) America West "Coast to Coast"
Boeing 757-351 (P&W) Northwest (Bowling Shoe Colors)
Boeing 767-224ER (GE engines) Continental
Boeing 767-219ER (GE engines) Air New Zealand (OC)
Boeing 767-319ER (GE engines) Air New Zealand (OC)
Boeing 767-322 (P&W engines) United (OC)
Boeing 767-336ER (Rolls Royce engines) British Airways (Floral design on tail)
Boeing 767-383ER (P&W) Avianca
Boeing 767-3Q8ER (P&W) Aeromexico
Boeing 767-424ER (GE engines) Continental
Boeing 777-223ER (Rolls Royce engines) American Airlines
Boeing 777-224ER (GE engines) Continental
Boeing 777-236ER (Rolls Royce engines) British Airways (Union Jack))
Boeing 777-206ER (GE engines) KLM (NC)
Boeing 777-31H (Rolls Royce engines) Emirates

Concorde 1/400 Air France FVFF

Douglas DC-8-21 Aeronaves de Mexico
Douglas DC-8-50 KLM

Douglas DC-9-32 Aeromexico

Douglas DC-10-15 Mexicana (Gold cheatline livery)
Douglas DC-10-30 Continental/Alitalia (N68060)
Douglas DC-10-30 Canadian
Douglas DC-10-30 Aeromexico
Douglas DC-10-30 Lufthansa
Douglas DC-10-30 Ecuatoriana
Douglas DC-10-30 KLM (Old Colors)
Douglas DC-10-30 British Airways (Landor Livery, Retrojet)

MD-11 (GE engines) VASP
MD-11 (GE engines) VARIG (modern livery)
MD-11 (GE engines) VARIG (modern livery)
MD-11 (GE engines) KLM (Old Colors

MD-82 American Airlines

Lockheed L-1011-385-3-500 Royal Jordanian
Lockheed L-1011-385-1 Eastern (Fuselage all metal livery)

Tupolev-154B-2 MALEV
Tupolev-154M Aeroflot Russian Airlines

[quote=Thorben,reply=6]Besides, can you post pictures or tell us what models you have?

Well, it's not very neat, but there you have it, updated to today!


User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 8520 times:

Much like with having computers and/or videogames as a hobby there lies an aura of "geekness" over the aviation hobby, especially collecting model planes as a grown man. Sadly this is the way the outside world tends to see it but still it shouldn't be something that makes you change your way of life or supress your interests. As for me personally though i do avoid telling too much about my aviation hobby to people around me that i don't know all too well..it's about balancing your good and bad sides when you present yourself and in this case the aviaton hobby can be a negative side..unless you're a PPL and actually fly real planes of course  Smile


Keep collecting your planes but don't bring it up on a first date with someone significant.


User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8491 times:

Heck no if u have to question yourself u r not a true a.nutter...

Snap out of it man  Smile




Cheers,



Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6596 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8415 times:
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Well, I have found a lot of support on this thread and good ideas. So I guess that a collection is a collection, being 1/400 models or Picasso paintings. To each his own. Thank you very much everybody

Quoting Mika (Reply 20):
Keep collecting your planes but don't bring it up on a first date with someone significant.

You are right. Although I've been with my significant other for 3 years almost, and is fully supportive, sometimes it is difficult to make that person understand the money spent on the collection. My goal is to make it grow at 20% per year. And I don't care if it is a valuable collection or not. it is my hobby.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2476 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8406 times:

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):
Am I too old for these models?

I think this is the "wrong" place to ask that kind of question Big grin

but I dont think there is anything wrong with collecting model planes.. I collect 1/500 models and have a few terminal buldings myself


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9543 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8406 times:

Ahem... "It's not a collection, it's an investment". That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8379 times:

I'm a little old school. I collect 1:200 plastic snap together (never got into the 1:400 metal) I look to aquire models/colour schemes that I've worked on. It makes it a little more personal.

User currently offlineLastordu From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 8375 times:

You got to look at it like this, everyone has a hobby. Yours is planes, to some people it is stupid. But I'm sure that they have one too. Say it is baseball cards, you can spend a lot of money on one card. Racing cars I just don't get. Going balls first at 200 mph. no thanks you. Now I know that you do that in a 747 but if you crash in that there is a good chance that you don't loose your... well balls, you I'm sorry to say   . So if you spend some money on planes your normal. I hope this helps.

Nick

[Edited 2005-11-12 05:44:09]


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User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8147 times:

I'm right there with you guys, I love collecting 1:400 models. Years ago, when I first got into it, I had several Woosters, Long Prospers, etc. Mostly in the 1:200 scale. I collected so many that I ran out of room for them. Now, I'm into the 1:400's of Gemini Jets, Dragon Wings, Big Bird, Jet X and the like. Whenever someone finds out that I collect them, I get the usual "roll of the eyes" and the "ewww, that's a childish hobby." I lost count of what I have. I just recently got my hands on a DW 747-400 Malaysia "Hibiscus" and a DW 727-200 Pan Am Billboard. Love 'em. My goal is to eventually get a model of every airline and aircraft type I have been on. Slowly but surely, I am achieving that goal as I come across them.

I am currently looking for an American Airlines MD-80, and a Japan Airlines 747-300 (OC) 1:400. Anyone know where I can look to buy one?

[Edited 2005-11-22 22:39:10]


Dejale Caer tu el Peso! YOMO
25 CactusA319 : Nothing wrong with collecting models at all. Look around the internet and you'll see that there are plenty of people with far goofier hobbies than you
26 B727230 : It's the people who don't understand the purpose of having a hobby that are pathetic. People who lead such sad lives that the only fun they have is to
27 SmithAir747 : Wanna see an even crazier hobby (of mine)? I collect many kinds of old or outdated medical instruments, ranging from glass syringes to anaesthetic de
28 QFA380 : Definately not, but I guess that just what we signed up for when deciding that aviation is more important than some other crap that people do ... lik
29 Kevinl1011 : Dude....there are people who collect AOL sampler discs. The only downside to your hobby is dust and "canned air" expense. I collect emergency cards, m
30 Ariis : Productive hobbies? Never heard of any... FAO
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