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Old 03-08-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Default Looking for 1:72 WWI or 1:48 modern-era pre-painted models

It seems to be hard to find 1:72 scale World War I aircraft models. The one below looks great, but it's 1:48 scale:

Corgi Albatross DVa Ltn Helmut Dilthey, Jasta 40, Mid-1918

Any clue where I could find similar models at 1:72 scale?


Same thing for modern aircraft. It seems to be hard to find 1:48 scale modern-era aircraft models. The one below looks great, but it's 1:72 scale:

Falcon Models Dassault Mirage III Fighters

Any clue where I could find similar models at 1:48 scale?


As you may have guessed, my goal is to collect models from different eras, but at the same scale!


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Old 03-08-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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Regarding 1:72nd scale WW I models, Model Power has put out a number of them, though they are not of the highest standard. Check out the Model Power site under "Postage Stamp" models. Also, the Amercom subscription line has a number of rather decent---I'm told----WW I birds in this scale. These are sold primarily on eBay and can be found in the diecast airplane section. When you get there, select "not specified" brands and the 1:72nd scale and start scrolling.

As for post WW2 jets, the pickings are a lot leaner. HM did a F9F and there are a number of Franklin Mint models in the 1:48th scale but here you may wish to reconsider your choice of scales as there are few indications that more products will be forthcoming. I'd suggest a switch to 1:72nd.
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...but here you may wish to reconsider your choice of scales as there are few indications that more products will be forthcoming. I'd suggest a switch to 1:72nd.
I agree. You seem to be collecting the scales in reverse of availablity.

Typically there are more 1:48 WWI and 1:72 Modern available. Space is also a consideration when dealing with modern 1:48 scale models. They are bigger and take up a lot of space.
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Thanks for the tips.

The challenge, then, is to find good 1:72 WWI models! Any brand recommendations?

Note that I don't mind buying plastic models instead of diecast models, if necessary.
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Thanks for the tips.

The challenge, then, is to find good 1:72 WWI models! Any brand recommendations?

Note that I don't mind buying plastic models instead of diecast models, if necessary.
I am facing the same issue. This even bleeds into the WWII warbirds since HM has released the mustang and the corsair. I would love to have models like a 1/72 stearman to go alongside with my other 1/72 models, it just shows a nice contrast in size and the evolving trend in military aircraft. Its like having your own heritage flight. Maybe Hobby Master will fill those voids some day.
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pmiranda, I just noticed your number of posts. Welcome to the forum.

I usually see many WW1 prebuilt plastic models on eBay by searching "72 built". There are some really nice ones available now, but be prepared for a little shipping damage with any plastic kit. I usually ask them to double box for shipping and everything arrives fine.

Here is an example; BUILT>1/72WWI ROYAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY RFC R.E. 8 >Palestine 1917 | eBay
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Default Re: Looking for 1:72 WWI or 1:48 modern-era pre-painted models

The problem with 1/72 WWI planes is that they're so small, much detail is lost or exaggerated (especially missing or oversized wire braces). I've resigned myself to having two scales for WWI and WWII, 1/48 and 1/72. Corgi and HM have done exceptional work with biplanes and early mono-winged aircraft in 1/48.
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What about listing manufacturers and providing comments?

Here's already a short inventory:

Witty Wings
War Master
Gemini Jets
Century Wings
Skymax
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Dragon Warbirds
Sky Guardians
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I have investigated further, and I just can't find any 1:72 scale WW1 aircraft. :-(
I guess I'll buy an 1:48 model from Corgi.
There are a number of WW2 1:48 models around, but now the question is: where can I find 1:48 modern-era jets? I'm just turning in circles...
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I have investigated further, and I just can't find any 1:72 scale WW1 aircraft. :-(
I guess I'll buy an 1:48 model from Corgi.
There are a number of WW2 1:48 models around, but now the question is: where can I find 1:48 modern-era jets? I'm just turning in circles...
Sorry for not responding about the different manufacturers. It's just a lot of work, because each maker has some strong and weak points, and the quality and offerings is constantly changing.

I recommend that you collect WWI in 1:48. They are simply too small to accurately depict in 1:72.

Many WWII subjects can be found in 1:48, since they are typically still small, except for the medium and heavy bombers.

I recommend 1:72 for moden aircraft simply because it offers the widest selection, because modern aircraft are much larger than previous generations.

I know you want to stay in one single scale, but realistically, that will be very difficult. The market is generally for models between 6 inches and 14 inches in length. There will always be a few exceptions, but this seems to be the rule.

I really want some 1:72 WWI aircraft, but the quality and detail is hard to come by in a variety of subjects.

I bought one 1:144 just to see the detail and quality, but I will keep it at work, so my 1:72 models at home don't pick on it and call it names.
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Thanks for the feedback, Scott. I came to exactly the same conclusion.
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Thanks for the feedback, Scott. I came to exactly the same conclusion.
I forgot about Franklin Mint 1:48 moden fighters. I'm not sure if they are still being made though. You can still find many on eBay.

I just never liked them because of the liveries they chose.

They do have excellent quality and detail, but as most are discontinued, the prices may be a bit high.

FRANKLIN MINT PRECISION AIRCRAFT

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