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Old 01-31-2017, 05:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many collectors that left 1:400 for 1:200 are switching back to 1:400? If so please explain why.
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I toyed with the idea because I'm a college student and 1:200 are big and expensive, and I lack space and expendable income. I never made the switch back, though.
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Old 01-31-2017, 07:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought about going to 1:400 mainly due to space issues, but some of the models are far too small in 400 scale for my taste. I wouldn't want to buy regional jets. I can't imagine dropping much cash for a sub 3 inch long erj 145
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Is it me or is 1/400 a lot more expensive than it used to be? I started collecting 1:400 in 2000 and switched to 1:200 in 2007, and haven't looked back. But I was in a model shop the other day, remembering paying $25 for a 747 when I collected 1:400 and now they're $35-$40!
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I went from 400 to 200 for a short time, then back to 400 around 6 years ago due to the lack of 70's, 80's and 90's releases in 200 scale. I very recently sold off 90% of my 400 collection (over 200) models, to go back to 200 scale. Many classic liveries have been released in 200 scale in the last 5 years. I'm hoping Aeroclassics expands their 200 scale line. I really wish Jet-X would come back and deliver some models in 200 scale. I loved the subject choices Jet-X made!
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Is it me or is 1/400 a lot more expensive than it used to be? I started collecting 1:400 in 2000 and switched to 1:200 in 2007, and haven't looked back. But I was in a model shop the other day, remembering paying $25 for a 747 when I collected 1:400 and now they're $35-$40!
I think that goes for 1:200 aswell. Prices a lot higher the past few years, 10-30 euroos per model is no exception. As for 1:400; I had three models but switched to 1:200 and sold the 1:400 models, they are just too small for me..
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Old 02-01-2017, 01:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Is it me or is 1/400 a lot more expensive than it used to be? I started collecting 1:400 in 2000 and switched to 1:200 in 2007, and haven't looked back. But I was in a model shop the other day, remembering paying $25 for a 747 when I collected 1:400 and now they're $35-$40!
I would say the increase in price is mainly due to the rapid increase in production cost in China over the past 10 years. But the increase in price comes together with the increase in details(antennas, rolling wheels and rubber tires etc) because of the competition in the market. Collectors are paying more but are also getting more compared with the old models over 10 years ago.
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I would say the increase in price is mainly due to the rapid increase in production cost in China over the past 10 years. But the increase in price comes together with the increase in details(antennas, rolling wheels and rubber tires etc) because of the competition in the market. Collectors are paying more but are also getting more compared with the old models over 10 years ago.
Wow, I didn't know that! and I thought the 200 scale antennae were hard to find in the carpet! As I haven't been paying attention to 400 scale, have they been re releasing much of the stuff they did 15 years ago?
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Both, 1/400 for fleetbuilding and 1/200 for individual types.
However my last 1/400 phoenix BA 777, apart from tail color being a bit off, came with good detailed tampo and antennae and now tilting main undercarriage similar to my 1/200 GJ 777.

Still undecided whether to pull out of 1/200 as getting way too expensive.
However building up a nice 1/200 Herpa/Hogan military collection as most boxes are the same size as a 1/400
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I have both 1/200 models, and a smaller 1/400 collection, mainly 747s and 777-300ERs in 1/400, that I currently maintain.

It does seem like the 1/400s are getting more expensive these days, and I find myself buying less 1/400s and more 1/200s these days. It seems to me like the price difference has between 1/400 and 1/200 has gotten less making the 1/200 more appealing to me.
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Thinking about switching to 1/400 though I haven’t actualise the plan. For the first thing, living in Hong Kong and collecting 1/200 aircraft models are a binary opposition. Because the space is limited and you are not only collecting the models but the boxes, it really requires a very strong commitment to collect many big aircraft models. Besides, in my local collector network, most of other collectors collect 1/400 models only as they share the same problems. Therefore, trading 1/200 models is difficult.
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Old 02-01-2017, 02:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Great posts...thank you to all! Yes I collect both 1:200 and 1:400. I switched to all 1:200 about five years ago, but have slowly been selling them off with the exception of the ones I have flown on as well as United (except post merger), Pan Am, and TWA. After having about 300 to 350 1:200 planes I have only been able to display about 100 planes at a time, rotating the display every 1 to 2 years. With the advances in 1:400 I have found myself buying 1:400 out of my 1:200 collecting criteria as it is less expensive and easier to find the room to display them. I have a dedicated office space for my display with 4 curio cabinets. Also the foundation of my collection is my mostly complete, new and old Aero Mini's. I will still occasionally buy a 1:200 plane that I have flown on, but definitely am not buying them as I once did due to difficulty in finding display space. Yes, the cost has gone up on some 1:200 and most 1:400.

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I started with 1/400, but thought them just too small to display without the shelf looking like a bunch of ants at a picnic. I did like their detail and (then) cost, but now, while I do still have several in storage, I am now into the 1/200 size now (and some 1/72 and 1/48).
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