jamesag96
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Miniature Die Cast Models

Wed May 08, 2002 6:57 am

Recently a friend of mine flew to London on Virgin Atlantic, on which he purchased a die-cast model of a VA 747-400 duty free right there on the flight. It got me thinking, is there a site that has models like that for sale? Or might someone know how I can get models from airlines like Virgin Atlantic and Continental? I got a 757-200 model in Continental colors, though I signed up for a credit card to get it, but I really like the weight and coloring of this Virgin Atlantic 747-400. Has "IXO" stamped underneath.

Another cool thing was that the model had a tail number and I was able to show him the actual aircraft on Airliners.net

G-VFAB

Thanks,

James
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klm672
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RE: Miniature Die Cast Models

Wed May 08, 2002 8:21 am

 
ba777-236
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RE: Miniature Die Cast Models

Wed May 08, 2002 10:12 am

IXO models only makes models for Virgin, but most models made from metal are made by one of two brands: Dragon Wings (http://www.dragon-models.com/html/wingsf.htm) or Gemini Jets (http://www.geminijets.com) These are called 1:400 scale aircraft models. But there are also 1:500 scale models which are smaller and have less details, but also cost less. The brands that make 1:500 scale aircraft are Herpa (http://www.herpa.de) and Star Jets (http://www.starjets.com) If you are interested I have a small website about 1:400 scale aircraft (http://www.geocities.com/dragonwings_geminijets/index2) which will soon have a section regarding the basics of model collecting. If you would like me to let you know when that section on my website is open please email me. (My email address is in my profile)

Hope this helps,
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Night Hawk
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RE: Miniature Die Cast Models

Wed May 08, 2002 10:06 pm

You can also try http://www.airplaneshop.com. They have a pretty good range of diecast and plastic model kits
 
hkgspotter1
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RE: Miniature Die Cast Models

Thu May 16, 2002 12:00 pm

If you want diecast models then you need to go for GEMINI JETS in 1:400 scale or STARJETS/HERPA in 1:500 scale.

Dragon Wings have plastic Wings so they are not Die-cast.
 
jamesag96
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RE: Miniature Die Cast Models

Fri May 17, 2002 3:35 am

Hkgspotter1,
Thanks for the info, I have found quite a few on ebay, I prefer the 1/400 scale. Will keep that in mind.

James.
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RE: Miniature Die Cast Models

Mon May 20, 2002 9:50 am

Funny, I just found a shop Friday night in a suburb of St. Louis, and bought a die cast Corgi BOAC 707,about a foot long, but it was NOT cheap! ($75.00). Sorry for the upper case not, but I had to emphasize that it was expensive! The shop was called something like Smilies,and it was at Westport Plaza. They also had plenty more as well,civil and military
 
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RE:Hkgspotter1

Mon May 20, 2002 11:49 am

The Dragon Wings fuselage is die-cast metal. The rest of the plane is plastic (which I think helps the wings look more detailed)
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