lehpron
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Scale Model Company From The 80's?

Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:15 pm

I confess that I always wanted a certain type of plane model siting on my table but have never done it.

In San Diego, there used to be this store where they sold airplane stuff, a whole store at least 5,000 square feet, it was called "Wild Blue Yonder" and this place had a giant ceiling with lots of glass and there was a biplane hanging from the ceiling. Back then, I don't know if I was young or maybe my dad was stubborn, he never et me buy anything. I do not know from when they existed but they closed down in the early 1990's, maybe 1992.

I've seen this type of model airplane, white plastic and probably pre-built 1:200 scale. I wanted the 6" 737 models and the 747 and Concorde models with the old BA livery, no landing gear. (I prefer realistic gear as they are the most pronounced part of an airpalne to me)

But even back then as now when I see toy models like the one's I used to see, the main problem is that there is no company name on the box the models came in. Just the carrier and the airplane model name. This was and still is very frustrating. I cannot look them up online, I would need to see their products to determine if they were there way back then.

It's been 15 years, are they still around, who bought them, I don't know.

Can someone help me?

[Edited 2006-01-16 10:16:08]
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RE: Scale Model Company From The 80's?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:49 am

 
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RE: Scale Model Company From The 80's?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:11 pm

Maybe Matchbox!
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RE: Scale Model Company From The 80's?

Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:20 am

Quoting Lehpron (Thread starter):
In San Diego, there used to be this store where they sold airplane stuff, a whole store at least 5,000 square feet, it was called "Wild Blue Yonder" and this place had a giant ceiling with lots of glass and there was a biplane hanging from the ceiling. Back then, I don't know if I was young or maybe my dad was stubborn, he never et me buy anything. I do not know from when they existed but they closed down in the early 1990's, maybe 1992.

Doesn't that suck? My dad was the same way. If you still live in SD there is a great store in Horton Plaza on the first floor called "Horton Toy & Doll". It is next to the Wells Fargo ATM sign. I know the owner he is fantastic...a bit pricey but I get my fix once a month.

At first I thought you were talking about Aerominis but then I read the description and maybe Wooster like someone else suggested? Keep in mind a lot of the large models you see hanging in shops and travel agencies are custom made.

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lehpron
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RE: Scale Model Company From The 80's?

Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:23 am

Honestly it is hard to remember, At first I wanted to say it wasn't Wooster but then I do not know how long they have been in business or if they are not anymore. Most models in the shop were in their boxes, like 2 x 1 x 9 inches long, white, generally.

I'm starting to suppose that description was too general...  Smile

Oh dear.

I was defintely sure of the size, the 747's never got bigger than like 9 or 10 inches long. As of materals, well the paint was glossy and the model felt heavy, least i remember the Concorde model was (heavy like a can of red bull). For all I know, it was ceramic with a plastic stand, IIRC. maybe it was just the Concorde. I remember the Concorde had like a 5-inch span and was like 9 inches long.

They might have costed like $15 but that was with regards to 1989-1990 inflation. Maybe 20 or 30 now. 30 bucks for a piece of plastic, that is lame, but I'd get a few. Big grin
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