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Old 01-19-2021, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello there, newbie looking for recommendations. I'm in search of a few aircraft to have as desk candy. Rotate them out from time to time. I'm looking for aircraft in flight, gear up, on a stand. Hopefully without breaking the bank too badly.

I've had a look at some of the vendor sites listed here and different brands but admit based on website descriptions I'm not sure which ones have removable gear. It seems like gear down and no stand is the main way planes are sold. I see Gemini Jets sells a few stands, so are all their products equipped for mounting or just some?

I'm interested in narrow body twinjets with winglets and ample engines, for the most part. A220, A320neo, 737-800. I live near the Delta hub, aka Atlanta, but enjoy retro livery as it's so much more colorful and enjoyable to look at. Or am I relegated to Skymarks models, which seem to be made of plastic and less detailed?

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Old 01-19-2021, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All Gemini models come with stands. The majority of their models have removable landing gear. Some GJ models have landing gear that's fixed in place, but I'm not knowledgable enough to know which airframes don't.

As for Skymarks, they are definitely less detailed and they don't have removable landing gear. However, Risesoon, who produces Skymarks models, has a "Premium Collection" line of models that are more detailed. But they don't have removable landing gear, either.

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Old 01-19-2021, 12:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello Whiskeycharlie.
Welcome to the group and the world of collectors 1: 200.

I've collected since 2009. I don't have any Skymarks because they look like toys to me.
Both Gemini Jets and JC Wings supply stands for almost all models. Herpa too.
Both Herpa and Hogan Wings have plastic models (ABS?), with lower prices but as well detailed as the diecast models.
Coincidentally, one of the last models I bought was Delta's A220, made by Gemini, with a stand. I found it very beautiful and well finished.
I live in Brazil, a little bit close to the Embraer factory: I have all the E-Jets and ERJ jets, from different manufacturers (Gemini, Herpa, JC Wings, Aviation 200) in different liveries.
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just a note that new releases from Inflight200 brand (which also includes JFox, BBox, WB, and other sub-brands) mostly have stands and removable gear, but they didn't all before, so it's going to depend on when the model was produced as to whether it has them or not. You can use the database at DiMA to see production date, usually: https://database.diecastmodelaircraft.com/
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Inflight200 looks really cool, especially their TWA 727-100. But man, finding one? Seems impossible.
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Inflight200 looks really cool, especially their TWA 727-100. But man, finding one? Seems impossible.
Which livery? Phoenix produced the twin stripe livery quite a few years ago. They're not easy to find either, but at least that'll give you another option if you really want a TWA B721 in 1:200 scale.
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I decided to stop overthinking things for once and ordered the Inflight200 TWA 727. It looks neat to me, all chunky and colorful. Should arrive in two weeks or a little less. Next I've gotta find something Pan Am, a 737 or 707.
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There are plenty of Pan Am models from which to choose. The big decision is which livery!
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Hello Whiskeycharlie.
Welcome to the group and the world of collectors 1: 200.

I've collected since 2009. I don't have any Skymarks because they look like toys to me.!
Not all Skymarks look like toys. However the same models from Risesoon are more detailed and honestly their A380s are really good. All the 747-400s are nice too (remember the Hogan duck noses on their 747s lol). The Thai Royal Barge 744 looks as good as the day I got it.

Yes however diecast 1:200s are definitely something else.
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All the 747-400s are nice too (remember the Hogan duck noses on their 747s lol).
The Herpa 747 models, too, until Hogan stopped producing models for Herpa. I remember those days, tho.

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Yes however diecast 1:200s are definitely something else.
Ye$$$$, they are.
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