I suggest that you keep collecting extremely limited edition models produced by Inflight 200, especially the ones produced for Retro Models, as once they are sold they are almost impossible to find!
In December 2014, I spent thousands of dollars having commissioned some very low quantities of various Inflight 200 models made exclusively for Retro Models.
One such model was the PIA DC-10 (AP-AXD) of which only "72" were made by Inflight 200. I have attached a copy of the model listing on the IF200 website. Yes, just 72 produced.
I personally sold about 6 of these and I have 2 of these in my own collection. I also sold a few to ARD in England and another distributor Cleveland Diecast in England. Others were sold to the Aviation Megastore in the Netherlands, Aviation Centre Berlin, Gulliver in Japan and to other small shops around the Globe and a few remained unsold despite the very low production run and despite me trying to throw them away at a loss.
So where are all these PIA DC-10s now? Well, according to eBay all 72 (except 2 in my garage) plus many more are being thrown away on eBay, and a further 100 on Alibaba (Ali Express).....and guess what? They are all in China, not far from the factory they were produced in.
Please see the attached file showing the Alibaba seller's listing, and please refer to the following eBay auctions:
I am now tired of copying and pasting all the links as there are many more auctions, but there are tons and tons of these being sold on eBay, so please do a search for Inflight 200 AP-AXD on eBay and you will see the ones available. Furthermore, if you see the completed listings on eBay you shall see many more that were sold.
There's a lot more to this story that I shall reveal in the coming days.
First let me say my slogan: "THERE IS NO RARE AIRPLANE MODEL" becouse any company can produce as a second run or with a different registration according the collectors demand. I have this model which I bought around 4 years ago maybe part of a collection of 34 models....or from the a DAC member that I meet in one of a model trade shows in UK,
I bought models with the limited edition cart written "No: 000" and also "No _____" (empty). I assume that they may produce few extra for the defects models also.
P.S. Still waiting for the red tail MEA B720!!!!!!
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This topic is very interesting, I agree with you , there is no rare models , specially for airplane like DC10s , 707s .....
buy why do model makers are so unreachable, and do not hear about our constructive remarks ?
Guys, take a closer look. These are multiple listings for the same registration number -AXD (maybe the same model?). I only see pics for the -AXD and a Hawaiian model with more pics of -AXD in that listing listing also.
So what are you advising us to do? Buy or not buy? Is there anything wrong,as in defects, with these models?
There are a few Aloha Pacific DC10's for sale on ebay which I am tempted to buy. Only sixty pounds with free P+P as well.
Seems to me that Retro’s post has been misunderstood.
Somehow I don’t think Retro was highlighting bargains to be had. Far from it.
You’re quite right Modestos. Doing another model run is down to the manufacturer and although it may annoy those who bought the original, it happens. But I think the point Retro is making that he approached a manufacturer and commissioned this model with a supposed limited run of 72. The subject was of his choosing and he paid for them to produce it, supply it and it was then sold by Retro at his risk. If there was such a thing as a rare model then this should be one! It sounds like the model didn’t sell that well and he had probably already taken a hit. And then he sees all these models appear for sale in China. There seems to be 8 sellers (how many are the same?) with multiple listings of up to 100 models!