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Old 12-28-2015, 04:40 PM   #1
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I am just wondering what are the best diecast metal manufacturers in 1/200. I know there is GJ, JC, Phoenix, and IF, but which ones are affordable and good for their price? Also what are some issues that they have? I usually collect the Hogan plastic ones, and I only have a few metal, so I am not sure which ones are better or not.

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Old 12-28-2015, 05:06 PM   #2
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"Best" can mean a lot of things - mold accuracy, livery, box art, packaging etc. Each manufacturer has its pluses and minuses and this forum is full of opinions, so other members will chime in .

However, given that cost is a consideration, you may want to focus on a less expensive scale. For example, I have 34 civil aircraft in 1:200, with an average price of $59 USD, whereas my 1:400 collection of 158 aircraft has an average cost of $26 USD.

Having said all of that, you should buy what you personally like, can afford, and have the space to display.

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Old 12-28-2015, 05:08 PM   #3
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None of them are affordable... They all have bad quality control... You named all the 1/200 diecast companies...
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JC Wings, Gemini, Phoenix, Inflight all make very nice models. All have good and bad points.

Phoenix lately with their new Eagle line and new moulds has been running higher in price than JC / Gemini. Their models are not as detailed as JC/Gemini/Inflight and some of their moulds are questionable, A330, A380. They have a nice 787.

JC and Gemini are same quality, similar priced. They share moulds and models are manufactured in the same factory. I have been very happy with all of my models from these two. And they are affordable priced but not cheap by any means.

Inflight makes some nice models too, traditionally in the past they have made more classic models, 747, DC-10, etc...but are now making 777's and released some 787's in the past (shared the mould originally from JC Wings). Good quality but are the highest priced in the diecast arena. A 777 from Inflight will run around $150 where from JC/Gemini would be $100.
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JC Wings, Gemini, Phoenix, Inflight all make very nice models. All have good and bad points.

Inflight makes some nice models too, traditionally in the past they have made more classic models, 747, DC-10, etc...but are now making 777's and released some 787's in the past (shared the mould originally from JC Wings). Good quality but are the highest priced in the diecast arena. A 777 from Inflight will run around $150 where from JC/Gemini would be $100.
Not true. I got my KLM 777-300ERs for around $120 including shipping. The same JCW/GJ model would have been about $10 less.

IMHO Phoenix has the highest 747 and 777 prices with an average of around $130-140 for their 777s and $150 or more for their 747..
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Nice summary. Inflight comes with the best stand (at least for wide body jets). but I do not know Phoenix stand.


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JC Wings, Gemini, Phoenix, Inflight all make very nice models. All have good and bad points.

Phoenix lately with their new Eagle line and new moulds has been running higher in price than JC / Gemini. Their models are not as detailed as JC/Gemini/Inflight and some of their moulds are questionable, A330, A380. They have a nice 787.

JC and Gemini are same quality, similar priced. They share moulds and models are manufactured in the same factory. I have been very happy with all of my models from these two. And they are affordable priced but not cheap by any means.

Inflight makes some nice models too, traditionally in the past they have made more classic models, 747, DC-10, etc...but are now making 777's and released some 787's in the past (shared the mould originally from JC Wings). Good quality but are the highest priced in the diecast arena. A 777 from Inflight will run around $150 where from JC/Gemini would be $100.
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Although none are Perfect, I have been pleased with my Bluebox, Gemini200, JC Wings and Inflight 200 models.

Phoenix 737 and 787-8s are nice, the rest NO comment
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Not true. I got my KLM 777-300ERs for around $120 including shipping. The same JCW/GJ model would have been about $10 less.

IMHO Phoenix has the highest 747 and 777 prices with an average of around $130-140 for their 777s and $150 or more for their 747..
It's true price will vary depending on the dealer. Just looking at some of the pre-order One World 777's from Inflight now they are running around $144 at Jetway to $145 at JetStream USA to $154 at Diecast Airplane to $139 at Waffle. So it does range.
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Not true. I got my KLM 777-300ERs for around $120 including shipping. The same JCW/GJ model would have been about $10 less.

IMHO Phoenix has the highest 747 and 777 prices with an average of around $130-140 for their 777s and $150 or more for their 747..
I agree with Charlie Alpha on this one. If he buys from the same SD retailer I do the pricing is better than other retailers. 10% discount and zero shipping costs. this can make their pricing $20-30 less per model than other retailers.

Now the interesting thing is I have bought some of the latest Inflight 747 releases from a guy in Hong Kong and the price is $145 including shipping. This price is about the same as buying from a US retailer but this guy in Hong Kong gets the models a month, or sometimes several months, sooner than the US retailers.
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Now the interesting thing is I have bought some of the latest Inflight 747 releases from a guy in Hong Kong and the price is $145 including shipping. This price is about the same as buying from a US retailer but this guy in Hong Kong gets the models a month, or sometimes several months, sooner than the US retailers.
I got one of my Inflight 777-300ERs from Hong Kong for $139 shipped also (maybe the same guy). The model isn't released yet here, but I got it before Christmas. Got here in about a week in perfect condition.

The prices can vary quite a bit and I think it really does depend where you get your models. Currently, I think Nick at Jetways has the best IF 777 prices. The Garuda model is listed at $119. If you are careful and use sellers in Hong Kong with 100% ratings, that can be a good source too. I've bought many Hogan models from Hong Kong that arrived MONTHS before they were available here, for about the same price as they were selling here. Even got a few before they were even listed for sale in the U. S..

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Gemini 200 is a good choice if you collect the 'baby' Boeing or Airbuses such as the 737-800 or A320 models but when it comes to collecting 747 models you can go with either JC Wings or IF 200, both manufactures are good...

I also love the DC-10 but IF 200 makes the only metal ones & Herpa the plastic version...
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Thanks guys! Now I know!
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Anyone know of JFOX, is it same as Inflight, JC Wings, Aviation200 or BBOX? does JFOX use the same mould?
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AeroClassics200 makes a heck of a good Boeing 720 & Douglas DC-8!!
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Anyone know of JFOX, is it same as Inflight, JC Wings, Aviation200 or BBOX? does JFOX use the same mould?
JFox=Inflight. Same molds same factory, different name.
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Anyone know of JFOX, is it same as Inflight, JC Wings, Aviation200 or BBOX? does JFOX use the same mould?
Inflight/JFox/Aviation 200 same moulds, same factory.
Phoenix/Eagle same moulds, same factory
Gemini/JCWings/Blue Box same moulds, same factory.
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Inflight/JFox/Aviation 200 same moulds, same factory.
Phoenix/Eagle same moulds, same factory
Gemini/JCWings/Blue Box same moulds, same factory.
Blue Box/BB sometime also used by Inflight.
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