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Old 02-02-2019, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which scale ? 1:200 , 1:400 or 1:500?

Hi,
I am new to this forum.
I collect model airplanes since few years now, but I didn’t really focus on one scale... So now I have many 1:500s, some 1:400s and some 1:200...
But I can‘t really decide which scale I should focus on
I am from Germany, here you can get many Herpa 1:500 models, but also 1:400s and 1:200s.
I am mainly interested in „modern“ airplanes like the 787 and in every airline from India.
What do you think? Which scale should I focus on? Or should I just buy models of every scale (I don‘t think that this makes sence...)?
Thanks for the answers
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Old 02-02-2019, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the DAC! You will find this forum very interesting, entertaining, enlightening and informative from the gambit of 1/400 and 1/200 collectors. Have not seen much traffic on the 1/500 posters on DAC.

Well, if you have plenty of space and like to display your models you may think of going to 1/200. Pros = more detail; Cons = $$$ and takes up plenty of space

1/400 scale is becoming a bit more detailed, and it does not take up too much real estate in your abode; unless you are thinking of buying boatloads of 1/400 models.


Also you may want to focus on a certain collecting criteria. Suggestions = particular airlines you like, airlines and air-frames you flew on in the past and possibly in the future, etc..

Cheers! T7 ( All the best to you and your collecting in whichever scale you pursue! )
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Old 02-02-2019, 03:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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India is poorly represented in all the scales unless you are talking about Air India.

I wouldn't bother with 1:500 there is only really Herpa. 1:400 is far superior and has a lot more competition and range. Plenty of 787s too.

1:200 is just too expensive. Unless your collection is never going to be more than 20 aircraft it isn't really practical
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As a German myself, I started collecting 1/500 models back in 2006. When the first 1/400 with antennas got released I decided to sell most of my models for new 1/400.
I still like the 1/400 moulds and the details, however, most releases in this scale are usually from US or UK airlines (and Emirates). You will hardly find any Indian or German airline in recent releases, except for a Lufthansa every few months.

I would say most collectors from Central Europe, Asia and Africa are better off with 1/500, even if they are not as detailed.

If you decide to go with 1/500 I suggest that you check out Flughafendiorama.de. It's a German forum for collectors, espacially 1/500.
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1:400, you'll have more space. i had a 1:200 collection before.
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As a German myself, I started collecting 1/500 models back in 2006. When the first 1/400 with antennas got released I decided to sell most of my models for new 1/400.
I still like the 1/400 moulds and the details, however, most releases in this scale are usually from US or UK airlines (and Emirates). You will hardly find any Indian or German airline in recent releases, except for a Lufthansa every few months.

I would say most collectors from Central Europe, Asia and Africa are better off with 1/500, even if they are not as detailed.

If you decide to go with 1/500 I suggest that you check out Flughafendiorama.de. It's a German forum for collectors, espacially 1/500.
The Stats don't tend to support this. DiMA shows there have been 64 Indian 1:400 models and only 37 1:500 ones. In Africa there have been 314 1:400s made to 168 1:500s. In Asia it is 4655 1:400s to 1910 1:500s.

There are certainly more 1:500s from Germany, which is hardly surprising, but Lufthansa must have got over 20 1:400s last year alone.

The range in 1:400 is superior in terms of both aircraft types and diversity. There is certainly a tendency towards Chinese airlines though who get way more releases than the UK and USA do.

I get the feeling you are mainly talking about Gemini with your comments and they account for less than a fifth of all 1:400 subjects made.
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1/400 makes the most sense for size and variety of models.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the replies
Now I have to decide which scale is the best for me...
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Thanks for all the replies
Now I have to decide which scale is the best for me...

I just stated a YouTube Channel doing reviews in the 1:400 scale. I will have more videos coming up in the following days, it should help you decide
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I just stated a YouTube Channel doing reviews in the 1:400 scale. I will have more videos coming up in the following days, it should help you decide


Thank you,
I will definitely have a look at them
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It all depends on the models you wish to collect.

My collection ranges from the Piper Cub to the A 380 with many models of intermediate size, the 1/200 scale seems to be perfect.

I can't imagine a Piper Cub in 1/400 scale.

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True, if you have any interest in military then 1/200 is the best scale.
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It all depends on the models you wish to collect.

My collection ranges from the Piper Cub to the A 380 with many models of intermediate size, the 1/200 scale seems to be perfect.

I can't imagine a Piper Cub in 1/400 scale.

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True, if you have any interest in military then 1/200 is the best scale.
Thank you, I am not interested in military very much [maybe I get the Indian Air Force C-17 in 1:400(GeminiJets) or in 1:200(Hogan)]. I like to collect models intermediate size too, like the 737(MAX), and some “heavies” like the 787. Are Herpa 1:200 models good ? In germany they are cheaper compared to JC, Gemini or Inflight.
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... Are Herpa 1:200 models good ? In germany they are cheaper compared to JC, Gemini or Inflight.
The B 707-328 you see on my picture is an Herpa model.

Much better than the same product made by an another manufacturer.

Generally speaking, Herpa models are very good.

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1/200 are superb, but take up too much room and are costly.
IMO 1/500 is not detailed enough.
1/400 models are the perfect balance between, and NG Models have joined Aero Classics in producing superb models.
Its difficult, we all have our own personal preferences.
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Hi,
I am new to this forum.
I collect model airplanes since few years now, but I didn’t really focus on one scale... So now I have many 1:500s, some 1:400s and some 1:200...
But I can‘t really decide which scale I should focus on
I am from Germany, here you can get many Herpa 1:500 models, but also 1:400s and 1:200s.
I am mainly interested in „modern“ airplanes like the 787 and in every airline from India.
What do you think? Which scale should I focus on? Or should I just buy models of every scale (I don‘t think that this makes sence...)?
Thanks for the answers
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