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Old 06-03-2020, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1:400 History - Tucano Line

1:400 has long been full of controversy and perhaps the first big scandal involved the brand Tucano Line, which began legitimately and then decided to become a full manufacturer often using moulds built originally for others. Indirectly however it was Tucano that led to the creation of Phoenix Models. Here's the tale of Tucano:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/tucanoline.html

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Old 06-03-2020, 10:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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can someone explain in lamens terms the reason Tacano line was disliked? I didn't really understand the comment from Gemini in the article here.

Also, I remember having that Air Jamaica MD80
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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can someone explain in lamens terms the reason Tacano line was disliked? I didn't really understand the comment from Gemini in the article here.

Also, I remember having that Air Jamaica MD80
Sorry if it's not clear. Basically there are multiple reasons including:
  • Often poor quality of the models
  • Bad attitude of the owner to criticism (yeah I know that is hardly unusual)
  • Mostly poor moulds
  • Using sub-brands as a way to cheat the collectorate
  • Acquiring unfinished Aeroclassics and Gemini moulds in an irregular (if not illegal) way and using them themselves

Am I missing anything? That doesn't mean all the models are bad but does explain why people were against them.
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Old 06-03-2020, 11:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Tucrapo is one of those memories we'd all like to forget. The owner, the crook, Claudio, was a real piece of work.
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I thought that name was never to be uttered again?
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Old 06-04-2020, 12:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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As I started collecting in 2006, I guess I missed this scandal. I had no idea! Wow, interesting history! So that's how Phoenix came to be! Interesting read!

The only Tucano model I had was a Thai Airways DC-10. It didn't take long for me to get rid of it....

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That Swiss ERJ-145 photo brings up a question. Does anyone remember the Skyliners American Eagle ERJ-145? Was that also a Tucano sub-brand? Reading about the "untweaked" GJ moulds that Tucano used, I remember this American Eagle ERJ-145 lacked an exhaust on the tailcone. Initially I thought the exhaust was too tiny of a detail to reproduce in 1/400, but actual GJ ERJ-145 releases had this exhaust.

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I only have one Tucano Line model. I think it was my first 1:400 and still my favourite: Qantas Nalanji Dreaming 747-300
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Didn't realise all that. Didn't know the owner had a bad attitude aswell. Always a big killer in business!
I've only got one TL model left in my collection which is the Balair A310 with yellow wings. The rest some of which were interesting TU-154's I've sold off!
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Great story...thanks for sharing.

Funny thing about that Claudio guy.. he paid huge sums of money in the mid 90's long before Gemini and Aeroclassics got started for Herpa 1/500 samples. in some cases $500-$5000 for a single sample..

I know because I sold him a few!
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Is this where the tag 'the wild west of airplane collecting' came from?
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Thank you for doing more history, Rich. You're doing our hobby a big service.

For the most part, Tucano models haven't interested me. The Dragon moulds stand out in my mind, and I suspect I generally could find the model from a maker I prefer. I bought the Euro-white Swissair 743, because I don't think anyone else has done it in 1:400. It has a Dragon box, so I may have thought it Dragon. I see here it's Tucano!

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Great story...thanks for sharing.

Funny thing about that Claudio guy.. he paid huge sums of money in the mid 90's long before Gemini and Aeroclassics got started for Herpa 1/500 samples. in some cases $500-$5000 for a single sample..

I know because I sold him a few!
Don't forget Sergei Reshotkin in Moscow; he paid a fortune too for Herpa samples.
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