Iím joe. I live in Richmond BC Canada, I joined this forum the other day because I officially decided to start my own 1:200 scale plane collection.
A few years ago I purchased a Skymarks EL AL Israel Airlines 747 and a Skymarks Qantas Airways A380 in the 1:200 scale because I flew in these the previous year to the purchase and because since I was a little kid a had this fascination with planes.
A little bit about me. My family and I had the fortune of being able to fly quite frequently since I was little. I remember telling my parents that I wanted to become a pilot when I grew up. I really canít explain myself the reason I like the planes. Is it the shape? the size? or the fact that itís just amazing to fly. Now Iím not going to lie to you, when I was a kid I used to love turbulence, meaning that a bumpless ride would be really boring. As I grew up I realized how high the planes actually fly and learned about plane accidents and when I experienced my first really-severe bumpy flight, thatís when I started hating turbulence. I canít help getting my hands all sweaty even with the slightest movement, bump, or whenever I hear the engines slowing-down. Yeah, Itís crazy!
Amazingly, I have this cousin whoís a pilot (First-Officer) for Aeromexico and in an occasion He invited me to fly from Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro in a 767-200 in the cockpit!
That was such and amazing and reassuring experience to overcome my constantly growing fear to fly and surely helped a lot! I totally recommend it.
I moved to BC Canada recently, and since itís really close from Seattle, I didít hesitate for a moment to grab the car and drive to the Boeing Factory in Everett and the Museum of Flight in Renton. Boy, I loved the tour!
In the museum my favourite part was the commercial plane exhibition (707, 727, 737, 747, 787 and Concorde)
I was happy see that the people in the museum are so friendly and some of them are even engineers who are willing to explain in detail all the things that people want to know.
On my way home I thought it was time to actually start my own collection.
Since skymarks was the only brand I was familiar with, I thought I would be a good idea to continue buying those models, but it turns out that for smaller planes they only do larger scales. My idea was to make my planes match in proportion but I knew that other brands didnít do plastic but diecast. To be honest, I donít like diecast. Theyíre heavy and not necessarily better than plastic in my opinion. Ultimately, thatís my only option though.
My next step was to plan my collection. What do I want to collect? I didnít know how expensive theses little planes could be, so I have to prioritize the ones that I want to get first. So I think that an attainable goal would be to buy the planes Ive actually flown in. Like the A319 from Air Canada Rouge, a 737-300 from Aloha Airlines or a 767 from Canadian Airlines, and also some famous models like the very first 727-100, 737-100 or 747-100 Air Force One, Fuerza Aerea Mexicana, Air France Concorde just to mention a few examples.
Unfortunately it seems like most of the planes that I want are either overrated, sold-out or discontinued for a very long time. For some reason I sense like the airplane collector hobby is more like a trading cards collection where people trade the ones that they donít like that much or no longer want for the ones theyíve been looking for, for a long time.
Looks like Iíll have to be quite patient if I want to complete my collection.
Another thing I couldnít help to notice is how overpriced some models can be. Surely it has to do with some people buying large quantities of a certain model only to resell them later at a huge price. So not cool.
So this is a little bit of me guys. I havenít met a lot of people in real life who actually share the same fascination for planes. I hope I can get to meet nice people who love planes the same way I do so if you like, please feel free to leave a comment, tell me how you collect planes (do you also collect only the ones youíve flown or do you go all the way and collect all the ones that come out?)
I canít wait for next week to go to the Museum of flight again with my super-wide lens for my camera to take some good shots of the 727, 737, 747 and 787.
I'll leave a photo of the newest addition to my collection (My 2002 Flight NWA #0057 from Amsterdam to Miami)
Cheers and have a wonderful weekend!