I have a modest collection consisting of 83 1:200 airliners plus about half that number in 1:400. My criteria is basically U.S. carriers and attempting to get several various airframes in the mix. As I look at it though, I see the Boeing 707/720 is quite under represented. In fact there is only one and that is VC-137 Air Force One (707-353B). I am wondering for other collectors what airframe do you see as under represented in your collections? It might be one of a airplane in a modest collection like mine, or only ten or so in a large collection. Although I only have the one, I do not intend to add more as my collection volume display area ("The pattern in full") is maxed out and I do not want to ride myself of others to make room. How about you?
I don’t have any A340’s or A380’s but I have had them on the past. I do think the A340-600 is one of the better looking airframes. I have about 140, half of those I have flown on so will never get rid of. The others I keep for one reason or another but space of course is an issue. I do find it harder to justify any model that will cost more than $150-175 these days that I haven’t been on. Ultimately they go on a shelf and I do think there’s no point in spending large sums on something I’m going to put on a shelf. Fortunately I’ve been collecting long enough where I have bought all the stuff I really, really want when it was new.
I don’t think 83 1/200 models is modest, that’s a pretty good size collection! I’m trying to downsize my collection to the models that I really like, and not have a lot of stuff lying around in boxes or collecting dust, so I sold off all of my Delta and United models, which have no sentimental value to me.
I’ve never thought about any aircraft type or livery that’s underrepresented in my collection, I just buy what I like, and then like what I buy, to quote one of our members here!
Because I work for AA, I have 1/200s spanning the history of the company, from the DC-3 by Gemini through to the modern day. I have a few models of airlines that have merged into AA, namely Allegheny, Mohawk and the triple-red USAir. No USAir 1990 blue and red polished metal livery, US Airways, Piedmont, PSA, TWA or Reno Air. I might be tempted to get a TWA Constellation which is still available, and the upcoming TWA Convair 880, but it’s not pressing.
I also have quite a few models of BOAC/BEA/British Airways, AA’s biggest partner in the Oneworld alliance, but I don’t have a lot of other Oneworld models, just a couple of Iberia, and I sold off my JAL models, not really a fan of the boring livery they have.
Because I’m of French Canadian descent and have a lot of family in Montréal, I collect Air Canada models, and have Air Canada through the ages, starting with the DC-8 of Trans-Canada, and through to the current day. They’ve had a lot of interesting liveries over the years, and it makes for a colorful collection.
I also have very small collections of Air France and Pan Am, just iconic ones that I like. With Air France, I have a Constellation, Caravelle, Concorde, A320, 777-300, and A350. Pan Am- Stratocruiser, 707-320B, DC-8-32, A310, so very limited but they represent the history of the airline or the industry as a whole.
Then there are random ones, just something that I liked that doesn’t fit any of my collecting criteria, but wanted anyway. A Hawaiian 717-200, because I flew one on vacation in Hawaii, 3 or 4 Southwest models, some military transports, and a few fighter jets in 1/200, like F-22s, F-35s, Typhoons, etc.
So while there may be some gaping holes in the collection, I’m happy with what I have.
Collector of American, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Pan Am and 1/200 fighter jets
Great thread topic! I don't have any holes in my collection unless by choice (A321). Some of the Air Frames or Airlines that I have chosen not to purchase will not be added to my collection unless I eventually fly on it (doesn't have to be exact registration-only view regs. as a bonus).
With collecting criteria and a limited budget, there are many unrepresented aircraft in my collection, most of my criteria are, aircraft I've spotted, US carriers, special liveries, and freighters.
Much of my very small collection are comprised of 737's, 777's, and 747's, which leaves many other aircraft models to be had. Despite the many desired models out there, my limited budget has brought out a very scrutinized selection process, so every model i buy is one of many that i really want, leaving no chance for buyer's remorse. I guess you can say I really like Boeing aircraft.
Another area of commercial aviation i would like to get more of are the classics, propliners and early jets.
While there are probably more, these are the unrepresented aircraft not yet in my collection, that have probably gotten my attention at one point or another.
Antonov AN 22
Antonov AN 224
Hughes Hercules H-4 (Spruce Goose)
Last edited by Seven-Eight-Seven; 05-20-2021 at 01:32 PM.
My collection comprises mostly modern aircraft, so there are only a few older types such as DC-8s and 707s...plenty of 727s(many Hasegawa in that bunch), though. Even fewer types going to piston props.