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Old 04-11-2015, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, I'm completely new to diecast plane collecting. I've collected diecast cars in the past, but never planes even with a huge interest in them.

I know the forum has a lot of information and even a database, but I have no idea where to start. My question is, who are the main manufacturers of models in the hobby?

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Old 04-11-2015, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Gemini Jets is a big player. There are also Phoenix, Aeroclassics, JC Wings, Velocity Models (new player), Dragon Wings, Seattle Model Aircraft Company, etc.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Agree with Vietnam.
You will read a lot of differing opinions here so always remeber the Golden Rule...
Buy what You like and like what You buy.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Senna - welcome to DA.C and 1/400 military/civil transport collecting. The attached list is a loose consensus of better mould selections among available choices, and is often a major thread topic on DA.C. Just a starting point, and this hobby is enjoyable, and can become expensive... Later, Doug
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Welcome. Question? Have you decided on a criteria for your collecting? A home airline or two 'Qantas and Jetstar', planes you have flown on, maybe airlines that go to your nearest airport, certain airframes, etc etc. Doing this before buying the first few models is what helped me out not to buy everything under the sun! Happy collecting and again, welcome to the hobby.

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Hi Senna & welcome!
I'm new here too but it's a great forum with lots of friendly helpful folks, and your new interest will only become more addictive (and expensive) but it's great fun :-)
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcoming guys!

Despite living in Sydney, my Brazilian background and having been there so many times makes me very interested in the national airlines. Gol, Azul, Tam, Varig and the manufacturer Embraer.

I won't lie, I find Qantas and Jetstar incredibly boring
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Senna - welcome to DA.C and 1/400 military/civil transport collecting. The attached list is a loose consensus of better mould selections among available choices, and is often a major thread topic on DA.C. Just a starting point, and this hobby is enjoyable, and can become expensive... Later, Doug
Need an update on 747-8.
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Need an update on 747-8.
Tonka - please add updates - this is a working document, and could use some updating. Thanx, Doug
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Welcome to the hobby... I hope you don't like saving money because this is one of those, "Get it or it'll be gone in 5 minutes" hobbies.
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Welcome to the hobby... I hope you don't like saving money because this is one of those, "Get it or it'll be gone in 5 minutes" hobbies.
I'm used to this after collecting diecast cars. I had to stop this hobby though, as now one model can fetch over $200!!!
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even a database
While the database here still has good information, it hasn't been updated since October 2014 with new models, and there are some ongoing issues with ownership (see the posts in the database forum like this one from Lou). I highly recommend you use the DIMA database here: www.diecastmodelaircraft.com to keep track of your collection (which, as others have said, will probably grow faster than you think )

EDIT: You can also use that database to browse the list of aircraft by the manufacturers that were listed for you above.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Senna,

Welcome to the hobby! A few $.02 comments from someone who casually bought a few models for years, then got into the more serious practice of the hobby a few years ago.

--As others have noted, choose your criteria carefully. What places, periods of history, and airlines interest you? Do you especially like collecting models of aircraft you have flown on?
--Do your research. Consult the DiMA database discussed above, to see what manufacturers and what moulds have been used on a model you're interested in. Watch E-Bay listings regularly to get a feel for the costs of acquiring different models, brands, and types that aren't in production or at merchants. This will help you decide what's reasonable to spend on a given model that isn't in production.
--Think about how you want to display your models, and how much space you have available. There are numerous threads here on that topic.
--I highly recommend WaffleCollectibles.com for buying 1:400 diecast airliners. But keep an eye on the other fine merchants, like AdamJets or JetCollector, too, because sometimes one merchant will have a model that other's dont!

Happy collecting!

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