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Old 12-31-2009, 08:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just started collecting 1:400 scale aircraft and was wondering if anyone could recomend some airplanes such as type of airplane, livery, and manufacture.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, welcome to the world of 1/400 collecting, in terms of manufacturer I would recommend that you choose either Gemini jets or Phoenix, but I couldn't really recommend a model to you, it all depends on your preferences, some collectors like to focus on a particular region or airline, I have a large British airways collection for example, but I do like collecting all sorts of airlines and aircraft types, airlines like BA, Air france and delta are pretty widely available in 1/400, so if your into fleet building those are the airlines to go for, If I was you I would have a look through the database and see if anything takes your fancy, bearing in mind some models are harder to get a hold of than others.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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..... I recommend you just make up your own mind and buy whatever you like. If in the end you are happy with what you bought, then it's a win-win.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The quality is generally good enough that you should just buy whatever is interesting to you, and not worry about anything else.

If you are really picky about things, you can search this forum for discussions of which manufacturer makes the best looking example of whichever aircraft. For me, such minor differences or flaws are not a big deal. Others on here, if a model is ever-so-slightly flawed, they react as if somebody kicked their dog and insulted their mother.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Gemini Jets and Phoenix are the best manufacturers in my opinion. Collect whatever airline(s) you like. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips. I decided to go with an air france concord from gemini jets.
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I would suggest you list what you like, then we can tell you who makes the best of that. Phoenix has some godawful molds--and they have some of the very best. Same for Gemini, Dragon, and everyone else. Anyone who says one company is absolutely the best or worst--is lying. Because every company has a least a few molds that just suck, and a few that are really good.

BTW, the best Concorde is Herpa's latest. But GJ's is pretty nice, as I have their Air France one. (Herpa's hadn't come out yet when I bought it)
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Thanks for the tips. I decided to go with an air france concord from gemini jets.
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Good Choice! I have Gemini's G-BOAA, and it is just spectacular!
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Since you're just starting, dont force yourself to buy anything when you're at the store.
Reflect on what you really like, best experiences onboard what aircraft, your favorite livery, most interesting form... whatever. get yourself into deep thought. the real joy of collecting is having what you really really like. Oftentimes, I spend looong minutes just staring at a model at the store... also, study actual photos of planes, and develop a sharp eye for detail. That way, when you pick up a model, you'll easily see if wheels are aligned, wingtips at the same height, vertical tails up straight, liveries in good placement, etc.
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Since you're just starting, dont force yourself to buy anything when you're at the store.
Reflect on what you really like, best experiences onboard what aircraft, your favorite livery, most interesting form... whatever. get yourself into deep thought. the real joy of collecting is having what you really really like. Oftentimes, I spend looong minutes just staring at a model at the store... also, study actual photos of planes, and develop a sharp eye for detail. That way, when you pick up a model, you'll easily see if wheels are aligned, wingtips at the same height, vertical tails up straight, liveries in good placement, etc.
I agree.Second time I bought some GJ's, I spent at least half an hour trying to choose the perfect planes!

Also, Pendulum, you must have good eyes looking at 1:800 models!
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Also, Pendulum, you must have good eyes looking at 1:800 models!
Hahaha... well, these 1:800's don't come perfect... so, I just pick the best one out of the lot... then refine them at home. hahahaha

by the way, HighFlyer, if you do get the hang of it, you can venture into repairing these models. It can be frustrating at first, but fun once mastered.
I am saying this because at times, the model you like doesn't come really perfect (e.g. wheels that are not aligned or level, wingtips that don't match in heights,etc)... once you gain confidence in doing these repairs, you'd be happier. :-)

Believe me, I once formed a habit of breaking up models just to bring them back together in a more refined way than when I bought them.
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You guys are lucky to have stores that actually sell them....what are the stores called? I haven't seen a store that sells anything but the Matchbox Jets.
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You guys are lucky to have stores that actually sell them....what are the stores called? I haven't seen a store that sells anything but the Matchbox Jets.
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Oh, I thought you were talking about actual stores that you can walk into and buy something....like a Walmart.
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I suggest that you start fleet building your favourite airline.
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There should be hobby shops in your area. Although some toy stores offer these products as well. Can you find an online resource for shops around your area?
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Oh, I thought you were talking about actual stores that you can walk into and buy something....like a Walmart.
I go to a store called talbots toyland and they sell tons of die cast stuff from airplanes to tanks to people. I have been collectting other things for a while and the last few times I've been in there the 1:400 modles just caught my eye.
Also thanks for the tips I have been researching different airplanes and I really like the cargo carriers such as UPS, DHL, ect.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:09 PM   #19 (permalink)
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If you enjoy classic airliners and props, I can recommend you Aeroclassics. Very happy with them. And quite a few less obvious scheme/liveries have been made.
A good advice: put forward some clear collecting criteria to yourself. This hobby can become addictive resulting ultimately in a huge [1000+ or more!] collection...
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I like GJ narrowbodies! But go for whatever you want! Discover what your personal preferences are!!!!
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I would recommend Phoenix and Gemini. I too am starting to collect diecast planes, and my first will be a Phoenix model. I have heard nothing but good things about either company.
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