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Old 05-19-2017, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default 1:200 vs 1:400

Hey fellow hobbyists,
I recently found out this new hobby and would love to start a small collection of the airlines I have sat before. Not really particular on the aircraft model just the specific airlines. Below is the list of them:

ANA Airlines
Air New Zealand
Korean Air
Singapore Airlines
Silk Air
Jetstar
Scoot.

Before everyone starts collecting, I do believe they will always ask themselves which scale. Currently, I am debating on getting either the 1:200 scale and the 1:400 scale.

The reason why I am interested in the 1:200 scale is because they offer so much more details on the aircraft which I am a fan of. However, it is kind of huge and takes up space.

On the other side, 1:400 is much smaller and therefore cheaper but lacks distinct details.

Therefore I am in this dilemma.

Please offer me your views Any helpful input is greatly appreciated. Would be good if you could provide comparisons of 1:200 and 1:400 scale pictures and your opinions.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:23 AM   #2
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You will quickly want many planes so I recommend 400 since the most selection is there.
I do 200 scale military fighters and 400 scale for the big commercial jets myself.
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:30 PM   #3
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I recommend going for 1/400 also since they are cheaper and takes up less room.. you can always get a few 1/200 for the ones that you really like... But once you get started you will see that you keep wanting to get more and a lot more .... lol...
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as you said, it boils down to the details. when i first started collecting, most of the 400s lacked antennas and that was a huge reason why i ended up with 200 scale. but yeah, if space is a primary concern, go for the 400s (unless you only plan on getting those few). you may also want to check out which scale has the particular aircraft that you flew on (and again, i think you'd have better luck that it has been done in 400 than in 200). just my two cents...
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:45 PM   #5
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I won't tell you which scale to collect, but the best way to find out is to get a model of your most favorite narrowbody airliner that is available in both 1/400 and 1/200. Say for example, A Jetstar 737, or an ANZ A320 in All Blacks livery.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:41 PM   #6
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I think that a lot can be said about both scales but I'll answer your question with a question; why not both? It's so hard to keep within a select criteria and further, collecting should be enjoyable. If you have some extra cash to spend on cool scale airplanes, get what you enjoy. Don't feel like you have to choose one scale or another, or further a particular model simply because if fits your frame for collecting. By the same point, if there is something out there that doesn't quite fit, but you really like it (and can afford it) get it! Enjoy!

I personally have both scales but I have by far and away tons more 1/400. Primarily because of the space issue related to both storage and display. I think too that the non-collector who views my collection, they are more amazed at what details can be accomplished in 1/400, less impressive to them on a larger scale. I also enjoy 1/400 as well because it is easier in my opinion to build a visual (model airport/gate scene) around a 1/400 model. Welcome to the forum and the hobby!

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Old 05-30-2017, 09:03 AM   #7
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Now the 1:400 also has a lot of details too, though it doesn't have steerable nose landing gear and rotating engine fan blades. My collection is mainly just 1:400 and I absolutely love the size. 1:200 is just a little large and I don't have a lot of space for that.
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You are right the 1/200 has more detail but you will need a large house and garage plus extra storage to store your 1/200 collection in a couple of years.

With 1/400 a large house should be OK.

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G'day,

I must be probably the only collector who started with a large scale and progressively over time, kept moving to smaller scales.

I originally collected military models in 1:72, but they honestly take up ALOT of space and don't look good all bunched together on a shelf.

Then moved to 1:144 commercial planes, but still way too big and takes up too much space and postage costs really hurt the wallet.

I followed that up with 1:200, which definitely offers great detail, but still for most commercial planes (especially B-747s and A380s require ALOT of room) it needs good clear space to display. I like showing off my models and early on in collecting I snafued the dining room to display my models in, much to the detriment of my partner who wanted to use the space to actually serve dinner in..! I lined the walls of the room with 8 display cases, no more... (will fit...) lol

So some 11 years ago I moved over to 1:400 which comfortably fits into the space of 8 display cabinets. I probably have room for about another 500-600 more models, tho I suspect I will never get that many due to my health, or lack there-of. I kept about a dozen of my 1:200 planes which I gave to my wife as she enjoys them and displays them in her study room. (I won't let them in the dining room). The rest I sold on ebay, tho I kept boxed several hundred of my military models.

1:400 works for me, I have a couiple of airport displays too, I used to set up on the pool table in the family room, tho again I haven't bothered in many years. I also have some T gauge model trains which are also in 1:450 scale, so its good for modelling too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpwDJb1HZxc

It all comes down to space and how often you plan to move in the next couple of years. If... you own your own place, then yes 1:200 scale is fine. If not, 1:400 scale is so much better, it takes less room to store, you can display more in the same space (4 times more in the space of one 1:200 scale model) and it's easier to move from place to place without getting jacked off over the amount you have to move, which after moving several times will lead you to selling off your 1:200 collection because you're sick of carting around all those large model boxes about..!

I hope my reflection helps. It's also usually a good idea to collect only in one scale... because..? When you collect 2 or more scales you'll end up getting ALL your favourates in EVERY scale...yes, really..!

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I started collecting in 2003 and began with 1:400 scale. While I enjoyed collecting the models, it was difficult for me to get past the toy-like feel of them. Thus, I switched to 1:200 scale. Currently, I have only 14 models in my collection, 9 of which are 1:200; 2 are 1:100; 3 are 1:400 scale. 1:200 scale takes up so much room, not just with displaying them, but with storing boxes, too, especially for widebodies. Two of my 1:400 scale models are GJ new releases of Virgin Atlantic's B744 and B789, respectively. I will say, if the older releases were as nice as the newer releases, I would switch to 1:400 and my one display cabinet would be filled with nothing but Virgin Atlantic models.
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I won't tell you which scale to collect, but the best way to find out is to get a model of your most favorite narrowbody airliner that is available in both 1/400 and 1/200. Say for example, A Jetstar 737, or an ANZ A320 in All Blacks livery.
Excellent idea. Get one of each scale and then compare them. Both will have their pluses and minuses, but you will have to decide what is more important (size, cost, detail etc).
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I have a few Z scale trains, but never even heard about T gauge. Good thing T is not 1:400, or I would have started getting some.

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For me it's 1/400. I have four 1/200 airliners, and that's all. I have approaching 200 - 1/400 airliners, and I believe that they have all (or almost all) the detail of 1/200, you just can't see it because of the small size. I also believe that 1/200 suffers from all the same shortcomings as does 1/400, e.g. zinc rot, quality control issues, deterioration in storage, and some poor moulds. What I enjoy is photographing my models and seeing the true detail of 1/400 in the enlarged image files. I see more than I can with a magnifying glass and strong light. Mostly what I see is good, and reveals the high level of detail in the current fine models being produced, but occaisionally, the images show faults and damage not otherwise visable. And so it goes. And oh yes, I have close to $10,000 invested in those 200 - 1/400 scale diecast airliners, and that cost would be at least doubled were they 1/200 scale. Keep 'em flying, Doug

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This hobby is addictive, so if you want to run out of space pretty quickly, choose 1/200! 1/400 models are equally as good as 1/200 and you can build up a decent sized collection in this scale. At the end of the day, all you want is an accurate representation of your favourite aircraft, so why does it have to be big? I have hundreds of 1/400 scale models covering the worlds' airlines and have been collecting for some 15 years and only now am I getting short of space.
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I started with 1/400, collected almost 1000 models before discovering that I prefer 1/200 (that, and the fact I have diminishing eyesight from diabetes and myasthenia gravis). The 1/200 has two nice factors, 1. It's big, easy to see and solid if you choose metal over plastic, 2. It's expensive and so, self-limiting.... hard to really go crazy like the 1/400, it makes you very choosy over what to buy and appreciate what you do end up with. The 1/400 is popcorn, the 1/200 is filet mignon.
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