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Old 03-15-2019, 02:12 PM   #51
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I pre-ordered the INFLIGHT Frontier B727-200 Crescent logo 1:200 on Feb 19th. The original delivery date estimate was Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 - Monday, Apr 22, 2019 and now it has been updated to Tue. May. 7 and Mon. May. 20. It also is shipping from the UK to the USA which will add time. When asked other pre order retailers if this was the norm, the response was, "Is the world ending soon?" I asked if this would deliver within 6 months but could not get an definite answer. I asked if I could just exchange the order for another at exact price point and was advised I could but my luck the one preorder would become available the next day! !
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:38 PM   #52
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I pre-ordered the Herpa Royal Air Force Airbus A400M 100 year anniversary model in August last year. It had an expected release date of December 2018, which was pushed back and pushed back, most recently to 28 February 2019. When that date passed by, I thought I'd ask the retailer. They very kindly contacted Herpa and were advised the model will be available in June 2019.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:59 PM   #53
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Some retailers offer the option to receive an email once the model is actually available at their shop. The other option is to pre-order. Since I refuse to tie up money all over the place, I choose the first option more often these days.

I really have not experienced this as a risk of not getting the model once released. It also saves me from getting frustrated. It looks like time between announcement and release date only increases.

When manufacturers anounce new models, they (propably) want a downpayment from the retailers if they want the models to be reserved for their shops (much like a real airliner). I don't think this will quickly change.
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I'd say, about 2 hours.

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I pre-ordered the Herpa Royal Air Force Airbus A400M 100 year anniversary model in August last year. It had an expected release date of December 2018, which was pushed back and pushed back, most recently to 28 February 2019. When that date passed by, I thought I'd ask the retailer. They very kindly contacted Herpa and were advised the model will be available in June 2019.
Herpa used to release on time but that has changed, always months and months delayed... Just like jc and some inflights. Gemini is the best in delevering on time.
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Old 03-19-2019, 03:50 AM   #56
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Yep, Gemini Jets are the most reliable when it comes to timeframes.
I don't trust any info I see online for release date as they always get pushed back. You get it when you get it seems to be the way it is unfortunately and I'm surprised why collectors put up with it.
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:00 AM   #57
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Well, I had this kind of this experience recently. In the end of October I just missed the Inflight KLM DC8-63 (see my avatar) at LHS, so I went searching for this must have on eBay. In the first week of November I found a distributer in the UK stating that he expected to deliver half December.
A dozen of emails and frustration has passed since and I recently canceled the pre-order (beginning march). He was angry with me, stating that I had to be patient and that I have to understand that pre-orders cost time. "Now you've lost your model" he stated.
Wrong. I bought this gem in the beginning of February when LHS received the second and last batch direct from the factory...

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Old 03-19-2019, 01:47 PM   #58
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Forget the IF200 pre-order route! They announce planes and sometimes it can be close to a year or more til it hits retailers, but yet, IF releases some outta left field that no one heard about!

If you want an Inflight200 soonest contact Michael at Waffle as he gets em directly from China before the other retailers!
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Well, I had this kind of this experience recently. In the end of October I just missed the Inflight KLM DC8-63 (see my avatar) at LHS, so I went searching for this must have on eBay. In the first week of November I found a distributer in the UK stating that he expected to deliver half December.
A dozen of emails and frustration has passed since and I recently canceled the pre-order (beginning march). He was angry with me, stating that I had to be patient and that I have to understand that pre-orders cost time. "Now you've lost your model" he stated.
Wrong. I bought this gem in the beginning of February when LHS received the second and last batch direct from the factory...

cheers VJ
Hey VJ, was it the PH-DEG? That sold out really fast, I reccon it was a very small batch wich they released because the PH-DEF is still available.
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Hey VJ, was it the PH-DEG? That sold out really fast, I reccon it was a very small batch wich they released because the PH-DEF is still available.
It was DEG indeed! sold out in less than a week. Shall I post some pictures?

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Allways nice to see some pics of the mighty 8!
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Allways nice to see some pics of the mighty 8!
Done: https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com...78#post2683178
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:11 PM   #63
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OMG! What is the word with Inflight preorders? Do they have to mine the metals and hand make each one individually. I realize the majority are pre cast and the final livery and attachments are done by hand but since they announced the Frontier 727-200 Arrowjet in November, I purchased in January and the delivery date is now pushed into June! I know the seller has no control but come on now. There are several other pre orders all pushed forward. Then they have to be shipped from China to the UK via containership and then shipped from the seller to the buyer in the U.S. I feel the manufacturer should provide the sellers with a discount that can be passed on to all of us pre order fanatics who have invested in the products but have yet to reap the benefit of receiving a new model within a respectable time frame. Hope I don't get hit by a bus by the time it arrives.
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Inflight AA 747SP ... 1st release ... I think it was a year and a half ... ??

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Old 04-03-2019, 09:23 PM   #65
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Was the original seller BGW by chance? I am getting tired of being told that preorders take time. Going on 6 months now and it makes me wonder if the seller has private buyers who get first dibs of the new releases and the rest of us get carried forward. ??? Discouraged waiting for my Frontier 727-200 arrowjet 1:200 from Inflight.
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:27 PM   #66
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Does Inflight wait for all new releases to be completed before shipping to sellers? Why don't they ship as completed. Now that would be world class customer service.
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:34 PM   #67
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What is LHS? Can you get what you want more readily and quickly from there?
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Every month, we see all our favorite manufacturers announce their releases. It's an exciting time when this occurs!

However, after pre-ordering, how long do we expect we have to wait, until we can get these models in our hands to enjoy?

There are 2 x 1:200 models I have purchased this year that are still yet to arrive.
The JC Wings ANA Pokemon 747 which was announced in June this year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du4aJWEybCY&t=803s)
and the InFlight200 Air New Zealand DC-10 which was also announced earlier this year around the same time.

Last year (or the year before, can't quite remember), I ordered the InFlight200 Egypt Air 777-300ER.
From announcement month, through to actually receiving the item, it was over 6-7 months until I actually had it in my hands!!

In the 4th Issue of Model Airliner Magazine, InFlight200 stated that it takes them up to 6 months for them to produce a model.
This is from choosing the airlines/aircraft, through to the model being made and available to purchase.
So to wait up to another 6 months + after their announcement, it makes me wonder why do we have to wait so long for the models?! Especially for the price that we pay for them!

I understand the manufacturers have to go through licencing and royalties etc. before getting these models released, but come on, 6 months + is definitely far too long to wait in my opinion.
It makes me wonder if it really is worth spending all that money, to have to wait a long time to receive the product I want.

Gemini Jets usually have it pretty good from my experience, They announce the models and around a month later, they are in retailers ready to ship out to customers which is a far more acceptable time frame.

Does anybody else have any thoughts on this??
This is my first post to the diecastaircraftforum, so please forgive me if this has been discussed before.

Inflight 200 announced in September 2018 that The Hawaii Express DC-10-10 N904WA (IFLPDC10001) in 1/200 scale, would be manufactured.

I preordered mine back then with a vendor and have yet to receive it. When I contact them, they are very curt in their answers and don’t give any details other than ‘we have not yet received it from the manufacturer.’

I contacted Inflight 200 directly last month and they’d apologized for the delay. They also stated that I’d be happy to know that this model would ship by the end of the month (April 2019), but the vendor still is very tight-lipped and repeats ‘we have not yet received it from the manufacturer’ canned-response. Perhaps, I should try another vendor in the future.

Does anyone have additional information about this model they could possibly share?

This would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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What is LHS? Can you get what you want more readily and quickly from there?
LHS is the aviation megastore, www.aviationmegastore.com LHS stands for luchtvaart hobby shop as we Dutchies say..
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Perhaps, I should try another vendor in the future.
Welcome to the forum, but as you can see by all the other responses in the thread, the vendors don't have much control over the release schedule. About the only difference you're going to see from the vendor side is whether they charge your credit card for the pre-order at the time you make it or when the model shows up. But switching vendors isn't going to help much with the timing of the releases. The Hawaii Express DC-10 just seems to be another one of the perpetually delayed items like the others.
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....and the AA 747 SP tail logo on the first release placement was off so they released a corrected version! Make sure you don't get the first release of the AA 747 SP!
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....and the AA 747 SP tail logo on the first release placement was off so they released a corrected version! Make sure you don't get the first release of the AA 747 SP!
Oh good to know, I have been looking at the AA SP's! What should I be looking for to know the difference?
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For the American 747SP, get IF747SP002P, regs 602AA and not IF747SP002, regs 601AA as the tail logo is too high! There are 3 listed in the database. The first one when you do a search with release date of 2011 is the one to stay away from! The 3rd one listed has a photo of the 2nd release. Someone added the second release twice in the database.

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Old 06-08-2019, 12:43 AM   #74
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Once again, InFlight200 has left me waiting almost a year for a model. Air NZ 777-300ER ZK-OKS. JC Wings have since announced the same model, who knows when we might see that one. Also waiting on a JC Wings model too (Air NZ 777-200ER ZK-OKH all black) that's been months in the pipeline.

In saying that, I have quit the hobby altogether due to not wanting to wait around for models. The majority of my 40+ Air New Zealand model fleet has sold.
It's been a good run and will still be interested in what gets released every month.
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