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Old 06-22-2017, 05:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is 1:500 the right scale for smaller props planes....?

Hello all.

I've just joined today. I know nothing about collecting diecast airlines models yet but is very interested.

Last week during a very brief visit to Vietnam I bought two diecast airline planes. I don't know the brand and don't know the scale. But it has a table stand. One ia a VietJet which has no wheel. The other one is a more expensive and heavier model of Vietnam Air with wheels (which is BTW very fragile and easily got broken). VietJet was bought at a Dept store in the city. The Vietnam Air at the airport store which I think is pricier by more than twice if bought in the city.

After reaching home, found out that indeed the more expensive one has better metal construction, better detail and heavier. That got me into thinking that if I want to start collecting diecast airlines, best that I study them first and look for infos on the nets, groups and forums.

To cut short, I've been so intrigued by propeller planes models. I think they have more intricate details and the propeller is what makes it so attractive. But since these planes are smaller, would a 1:500 still make a nice lovely collection? One that is beautiful to look at, hold, touch and feel and to display and have alike collector friends to brag about. Of course I do look importantly in the livery as well.

So far my selection has been downed to Herpa Wings models. They are easily available locally here and I think so far as I can see it over the internet... it is acceptably excellent. But pls do advice me on anything.

So should I go ahead with the 1:500 props airlines. My choices are the ATR72s. Bombardier Q400, the DC4s, etcs.

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Old 06-26-2017, 03:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is 1:500 the right scale for smaller props planes....?

Hi and Welcome to the forum
1/500 has slowed down over the years - it used to be the #1 scale to collect from the early 1990's for a decade or so but was overtaken by 1/400 then again by 1/200. The reason for these changes in peoples interests were essentially the more detailed product.
I remember converting from 1/500 to 1/400 because they were slightly bigger and more detail.
This is the case if you chose to collect prop aircraft.
A few things to consider is that each scale offers pros and cons.
1/500 is great for people with space constraints and want a big collection. The detail is good and the range is practicable. There are not as many 1/500 collectors these days as in the past and Herpa release a good solid product. The issue with prop aircraft is that they are very small. The detail is limited. An ATR72 is miniscule!! A DC3 even smaller. If you have good eyesight then yes - its a great scale.
The 1/400 equivalent is better. More detail like prop details and better landing gear. The size is a little bigger. The difference between scales in the Dc3 is very evident....just google and you can see what I mean.
1/200 is the best option if you want detail. But you have space issues as 3-4 1/500 models will fit into the footprint of one single 1/200 model. But the detail is excellent and worth the effort.

So there you go....its space vs detail. Its a personal choice.
FYI - I kept my 1/500 props because they are fantastic and all Herpa. I collect all 3 scales by the way!

Have fun.
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