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Old 08-27-2021, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Was chatting to some friends the other day and was asked why I collect what i do so thought it would be interesting to see what members her collect and their reasoning behind it.

I am happy to kick this off. I decided to start my collection off by collecting aircraft that I have actually flown in or worked with over the time I have been involved in the aviation world. As I started the list it got bigger and bigger and then I asked my travel manager to go through all the previous flights she has booked for me (she has been doing my travel for about 18 years) and the list has grown to about 80 I need to collect

Then I just decided the other day I would add aircraft that I like their paint schemes. No rhyme or reason other than that. So now just adding some that I like.

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Started getting my first 1/400 5 yrs ago when i started to take a minimum of one trip each year outside of US. Hasn't looked back since after several hundreds of 1/200 1/400 1/500 1/72 .....lol.... I definitely spend way too much money on this hobby...

not to mention i also collect 1/50 cranes which are even more expensive! I think y 'all should check out cranes also.... But be warned that your bank acc will get emptied even faster!
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For me it was going through Milwaukee connecting on a flight to Newark in 1996. I was 13 then and I remember seeing a really neat glass display set up in the middle of the terminal with a bunch of Midwest Express models and a few other model airplanes displayed that flew into MKE back then.

I was absolutely mesmerized by that display and how incredibly cool that was so I immediately made a bee-line to the nearest gift shop, bought a Wooster 1/250 NW 744 in bowling shoe livery and so began my love affair with models.

On the flight back I picked up a Wooster American MD-11 (still have both of these) and every time we’d plan a trip anywhere I made sure to save up my money, not so much for the vacation but so I could pick up another amazing model or two from the airport gift shops.

Once I got older and had a little more money to work with I progressed into die-cast. I’ve managed to find a few of the exact plane that I’ve flown on which is pretty cool as well. As a child of the 80’s I mostly collect the classic liveries from that era up to about the mid-90’s. Some of the 60’s and 70’s stuff is great too.

On a side note there was also this game in the early 90’s called Aerobiz for Sega Genesis which I was absolutely hooked on. I’d rent that every weekend from the local Blockbuster and stay up all night Friday and Saturday playing it solo or with friends. That really peaked my interest in aviation early on.
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How did I get into collecting models? It started when I was young boy...

where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we’d make meat helmets.

When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds – pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve, I received my first scribe.

At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. At the age of 18, I went off to evil medical school. At the age of 25, I took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat — an actor, dancer…
and an airplane model collector. the actor and dancer never happened, so the rest is history...
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Started when I was a little boy, got a Gemini FedEx 757-200F (I am a younger collector). Waited several years before I got going again (circa 2012), and starting in 2017 I got into full-time collecting if you will. It's an expensive hobby for sure, but I enjoy this hobby very much and don't let price discourage me that much from enjoying this hobby when the models are good.
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Half of my collection is stuff I've flown on. Another quarter I keep for one reason or another and the last quarter is stuff I just randomly like.
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My aim has always been to have at least one model in all three major scales for every single type. It's not always possible unfortunately... ;(

I started the air force one collection in 1/400 scale but eventually had to do that collection in 1/200 because there were just so many of the older air force one not made in 1/400.

Also freighters are a lot more available in 1/200. In general, it seems like 1/200 has the widest availability
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Started with Collecting KLM 2 years ago because i work there and im the 4th generation of my family that is employed there and since about a year started to collect Aeroflot because my girlfriend is Russian
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I have a quite big transatlantic and transpacific flight experience with many kind of air companies. But most usual is Lufthy, KLM, British Airways and Aeroflot. The first long trip I did with VARIG, from Copenhagen to Sao Paulo (Brasil) in 1995 with DC 10-30. Was really impressed about service on board. Then I decided to buy some model in case of opportunity arise. In 2019 I bought my first VARIG DC 10-30, 24 y after flight, immagine this )))
But started with Lufthansa A380, bought in plane during flight from Frankfurt to Miami in 2018.

Some of aircarriers I am using for short range of flights as well, but AirBaltic is most commonly.

Delta - never flew with them, but livery is very nice ))) Must have in collection some models, my opinion...

+ sometnig from ExUSSR countries, from our Ex big family, colapsed in 1991 )))

Presently have around 200 models in my hangar, and collection is growing.
Huge problem I discovered - catastrofa with a free space )))) And, it take a lot time to clean them from dust )))) Hobby is quite expensive )))

But is unexplainable feeling when you watch them
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JC2KLM968 KLM MD-11 PH-KCD, IF7430116A KLM B747-306SCD PH-BUV

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How did I get into collecting models? It started when I was young boy...

where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we’d make meat helmets.

When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds – pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve, I received my first scribe.

At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. At the age of 18, I went off to evil medical school. At the age of 25, I took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat — an actor, dancer…
and an airplane model collector. the actor and dancer never happened, so the rest is history...
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When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds – pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve, I received my first scribe.
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But in general, quite a standard childhood
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lol... given the cost of the models thats only getting more expensive, I am guessing that most people here are not exactly making minimum wage....
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Collecting has many reasons for me mental ones mainly, being alone and having had a very dark past, my collections help me put my mind on other things than the near death experiences of the past.

No matter of it's Dinosaurs, Aircraft models, Vintage Starwars & Dino-Riders from the 1980's to Orchids, self found & bought, shells & minerals, Paleontology books, Retro Computers, Servers, to graphics cards, all of these things maintain the variety of interests to a balanced state.

The idea of being surrounded by things I love having, that just helps relieve the tension that is always in my mind, how ever my PTSD often replays some things that where nothing has any effect, especially after having a bad dream from a distant happening.

AS my main part of aircraft collecting goes the Boeing 747 will always have a place in my heart, just to have flown with them is one thing but to be connected to many friends and family that flew with them worked with them as help design them, that one reason was for me to collect the models they flew on or worked on as well help design as ones I also flown with, mostly per registration, which does make it a lot harder, but now it won't matter what B747 is added it's mainly the classics that will get more love from my end.

Cheatlines & Polished Bellies anyone?
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Collecting has many reasons for me mental ones mainly, being alone and having had a very dark past, my collections help me put my mind on other things than the near death experiences of the past.

No matter of it's Dinosaurs, Aircraft models, Vintage Starwars & Dino-Riders from the 1980's to Orchids, self found & bought, shells & minerals, Paleontology books, Retro Computers, Servers, to graphics cards, all of these things maintain the variety of interests to a balanced state.

The idea of being surrounded by things I love having, that just helps relieve the tension that is always in my mind, how ever my PTSD often replays some things that where nothing has any effect, especially after having a bad dream from a distant happening.

AS my main part of aircraft collecting goes the Boeing 747 will always have a place in my heart, just to have flown with them is one thing but to be connected to many friends and family that flew with them worked with them as help design them, that one reason was for me to collect the models they flew on or worked on as well help design as ones I also flown with, mostly per registration, which does make it a lot harder, but now it won't matter what B747 is added it's mainly the classics that will get more love from my end.

Cheatlines & Polished Bellies anyone?
There are definitely worse things you could be spending money on
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There are definitely worse things you could be spending money on
totally right

If it's not diecast B747's it's main retro computers, mainly hunting down the parts getting them recapped and building them, bringing them back to life for some retro Flight sims and games.

Maybe I should make a topic in the DA.C off topic area of these things, hmm.
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how did i get into collecting models? It started when i was young boy...

Where do i begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year-old french prostitute named chloe with webbed feet.

My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

My childhood was typical. Summers in rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we’d make meat helmets.

When i was insolent, i was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds – pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve, i received my first scribe.

At the age of fourteen, a zoroastrian named vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. At the age of 18, i went off to evil medical school. At the age of 25, i took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat — an actor, dancer…
and an airplane model collector. The actor and dancer never happened, so the rest is history...
LMAO.......

Anyways it would have been nice to collect the 1:1 models, but cost and the room to store the collection would be enormous. I think most of us here love aviation and want a model or two to repesent aviation in our house, but soon get carried away.

I started out just collecting my favorite commercial aircraft, the DC-8, but soon there went after 707s and anything else I liked. I focus on the DC-8 mostly now to keep cost down and for storage and display space.
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Like many, my collection started with a goal of “flown on” with the model and livery being important, but not necessarily the reg. Then it expanded to “seen in person”, then filling gaps in the BA and related fleets that I had collected. Of course there are also the occasional “that’s cool looking” interlopers. Right now my tag line says it all.. it’s become an obsession of sorts.
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For me it's a love of airliners and airlines in general. I began working around airliners in 1977 at age 19. Focused mainly on 1/144th scale model kits through my teens and 20's. When 1/400th diecast first came out in the late 90's, I was immediately hooked. To keep my collection at a reasonable size I focused on airlines and aircraft that served my home airport...either regularly scheduled or chartered. And also aircraft that I've flown on. I'm up to just over 350 now, and I have room in my display shelves for a total of well over 500 models.
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It was too easy.... plus we all know that you have spent at least "One Meeelion Dollars" on your collection.
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What: Model Planes;

Why: Cuz it makes me happy, I'm not in my 20's anymore, can't race motocross or cars anymore, getting old like Crownvic, and hardly leave the house (plus I'm not fast enough to catch my wife anymore)!
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How did I get into collecting models? It started when I was young boy...

where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we’d make meat helmets.

When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds – pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve, I received my first scribe.

At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. At the age of 18, I went off to evil medical school. At the age of 25, I took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat — an actor, dancer…
and an airplane model collector. the actor and dancer never happened, so the rest is history...
...see, I knew you were getting old, but never thought you'd slipped away to Walter Mitty land! Keep using the paddle and rubber ball as it helps with muscle atrophy! Also have Visiting Angels point the fan towards your twirly hat so you can see yourself in the mirror and wonder who that is with the neat hat!
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...see, I knew you were getting old, but never thought you'd slipped away to Walter Mitty land! Keep using the paddle and rubber ball as it helps with muscle atrophy! Also have Visiting Angels point the fan towards your twirly hat so you can see yourself in the mirror and wonder who that is with the neat hat!
Im so disappointed you cant quote the movie. You of all people should know!
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To get the models I want my collecting criteria for the past few years has been to acquire suitable donor models, of various types, that can be customised into liveries that none of the mainstream manufactures have produced. Mostly they are UK regional airlines.
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.... My first models go back around 60 years ago when I was kid and had a few Dinky Toy planes. I still have them!
.... Then in 1996 I discovered Schabak 1/600 models and I thought they were great. I bought six and still have them.
.... In 2001 I took my wife to Buffalo and as a reward she bought me a 1/400 Delta MD-11 (still have it). I was hooked on the 1/400 from then on with only a couple larger scale models amongst them. At first I bought 747s, but branched out to other airframes. My favourite airframe is the Boeing 737 in all its variations.
.... By the end of 2011 I was pretty much "collected out" and that's when I bought my last model of any scale. The fun was gone. I've tried to sell off my collection since then, but still have most of the collection.
.... It was as I bought my last model that I decided I'd rather have photos of aircraft. My aircraft photo collection reflects a lot of what I collected as models. Airliners, mainly Asian, European and any I may have actually flown aboard. Military. Air shows are great for seeing and photographing planes. Although I can't display my photos any more than the models (less even), I have the photos mounted in custom made pages in albums that I can browse any time I want. The majority of my models have languished in their boxes never seeing the light of day since I received them. By any definition that would be hoarding. So I'm selling them when I can.

.... and as Forrest Gump would say, "and that's all I have to say about that."
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I got the aviation bug from my father, who started building plastic Revell aircraft scale models at a young age. Many of these models have never been finished and I even have a lot of untouched boxes dating back to the 1960s. Collecting ready-made scale models started for me only at a later stage, and became more or less intensive during the last 10 or so years, especially because the quality has increased enormously since then. I only collect in 1/200 (and also only civilian models), as I want to see the planes next to each other in the same scale to have a good impression of their proportions, and smaller planes, like an ATR or an F27, are a bit too small for me in 1/400.

I mainly collect aircraft with which I have some kind of affection. This can go from an airplane in which I have traveled myself, to a plane with a retro livery and/or logo that impressed me as a little boy or teenager (I think here for example of the Aer Lingus B747-100 in 80's livery). Often the nostalgic effect is also an important reason. For example, I rediscovered the Aero Lloyd DC of the 90s, or the Hapag Lloyd B727 of the 80s. Wonderful nostalgic liveries! I would never have thought of these models again if they hadn't been reintroduced in miniature. Furthermore, I devour 1/200 PIA's, flew a lot with this airline (my wife is Pakistani, so that explains it). Finally, I am a real "Swiss-o-phile" : a huge fan of everything that is Swiss. Very often, a stay in Montreux where my wife, who works in Geneva, lives 3 to 4 days a week. As a result, my collection counts many "Swissair" and "Swiss" planes.

The order in which the aircraft are displayed in my cabinets is determined by the period in which they had the livery depicted by the model "for most of the time they had that particular livery". So for example, if a model comes with livery X, and had that livery from 1978 up to 1985, it will be in the 80's section. In each case, several compartments are reserved for aircraft from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the 2000-2009 period, 2010-2019, and finally 2020-2029. In each compartment, the applicable period is indicated. In this way, my display cabinet forms a kind of timeline through the history of civil aviation. For this reason, there are also aircraft that I personally have less personal affection with, but which were ultimately too important not to have in my collection. The Pan Am 707, the BEA Vickers Viscount and the Qantas Super Constellation could therefore not be missed.

For each model that joins my collection, I create a folder on my Google drive, in which I put photos of the model, but also always create two subfolders: one called "Real", with photos of the real plane, and a folder called "Video" with video clips of the real plane. I am now trying to collect as much background information as possible, which should enable me to compile a book of my collection.
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Hello everyone. New to the forum and collecting. I went to Manchester Runway Park and saw a Gemini 744 in Negus livery a month ago and had to buy it. Since then I've purchased another 11 1:200 models, mainly widebody aircraft.

I'm a bit of a bargain basement collector at the moment as my collection is so small. I love the 80's liveries and I'll be looking to buy a Tower Air 747 and a BWIA Tristar at some point as I have great memories of flying with them. I'd quite like a model of every Airbus and Boeing first then expand to older UK manufacturers then all the others.
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I do collect what I like. So I do have 1/87 HO scale model railway that I am building with my brother. I do collect 1/32 scale die cast agriculture machinery and have a few 1/18 die cast cars and of course I am collecting 1/200 and 1/72 military and civilian aircraft. About aircraft I do own a few 747's and the Sr-71 and F-117. Waiting for Gemini Jets C-5 Galaxy and An-124 Ruslan. Praying for some new manufacturer tackling the Oxcart/Blackbird 1/72 scale waters with brand new tooling...
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My collection has a few various themes, Aircraft I worked on just one more needed to complete this, Aircraft I have flown on, as long as it has the correct livery I'm not bothered about the reg, but I do have a few with the correct registration number's this is on going, all Airline's that have merged or have been bought out, by Northwest, or Delta, Airlines, leading to the merger of Northwest /Delta, so it is a sort of history, and last but not least British, classic airlines, of the past IE British Eagle, DAN AIR, and so on, total collection so far just under 1500, 1/200 scale.
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Have you traveled to Poland to find Baltic Amber on their beaches? Or, is it readily available to purchase in The Netherlands?
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Have you traveled to Poland to find Baltic Amber on their beaches? Or, is it readily available to purchase in The Netherlands?
A bit historical facts:

More than 90% of the world's amber comes from Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia. It is a major source of income for the region; the local Kaliningrad Amber Combine extracted 250 tonnes of it in 2014, 400 tonnes in 2015.

Amber is globally distributed, mainly in rocks of Cretaceous age or younger. Historically, the coast west of Königsberg in Prussia was the world's leading source of amber. The first mentions of amber deposits here date back to the 12th century. About 90% of the world's extractable amber is still located in that area, which became the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia in 1946.

In the Kaliningrad region, it does not have equal not only for explored reserves (about 90% of the world), but also on the concentration of gem (an average of 2 kg / m³).

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Could care less about the fun facts of Калининградский янтарный комбинат. People can freely search for amber along the beaches of various areas in Poland. Especially after a storm. Many go out in boats to search. So, my question is to Gold Leader in regard to his hobby with seashells and minerals and the ease to which he might have traveled to Poland from The Netherlands.
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Could care less about the fun facts of Калининградский янтарный комбинат. People can freely search for amber along the beaches of various areas in Poland. Especially after a storm. Many go out in boats to search. So, my question is to Gold Leader in regard to his hobby with seashells and minerals and the ease to which he might have traveled to Poland from The Netherlands.
Could care less about the Poland, people can freely search for amber along the beaches of various areas in Baltic sea.
And, not only...

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I have been trying to maintain a strict collection criteria but it is so hard

Major themes:
- American Airlines from 2014+ because that is when I started working there
- Air New Zealand from 2011+ because my family moved to NZ in 2011 and I have flown ANZ quite a bit
- Any 727-200s that catch my eye because it is my favorite aircraft
- Boeing house colors/demo aircraft

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-- DL Widget
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Started with airlines that flew into GRR, 2 airlines and 3 aircraft, United and North Central. Then started with TWA because it was the only ORD to MCI during CAB days. Also my Uncle worked for TWA in Kansas City, So United or North Central to ORD then TWA to MCI. I'm only collecting TWA because of the amount of planes available.
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My avatar, if anyone is interested, is A300F4-605R N651FE. It is 1 of only 2 A300's to appear in the purple top scheme..(N650FE is the other). It is at IND in early May 1994 for ramp training for the new type. N651FE was also the 1st A300F delivered to FedEx (April 28, 1994)
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I first bought Geminijets around 1999 at the airport in San Francisco while I was working there for United. I had the Pan Am and TWA 707s. For some reason I ended up selling or trading them at some airliner show.

Over the years I would mostly buy stuff that I had worked on, but only as a casual collector. I had a somewhat tumultuous career so my resume included multiple types with varying paint and for a long time I just couldn't justify the expense of "completing" my fleet. I would also occasionally buy classics that held some significance for me.

Over time, I amassed a respectable collection but never had a place to display them. Recently, that situation changed and I began liberating my birds from their boxes. I also started looking for long lost birds and am happy to report that after some searching, Pan Am and TWA 707s have come home, along with my Eastern TriStar (I must have been really broke to have ever parted with that one.)

I've a special affinity for Delta Air Lines, who happens to be my first airline and, if I can wrangle the logistics, will also be my last. I've been offered a position even at my ripe, old age but my current life sitch will make it difficult at best. Plus, while I love the job, folks aren't getting any better behaved and as I get older, I'm not really getting any more patient. Anyway, I have been working on getting at least one example in either scale from each of Delta's "family tree" airlines. Yesterday, Inflight200 Southern DC9 and Aeroclassics Pacific Northern 720 both arrived and I'm pleased to welcome them to the fleet.

With the exception some new arrivals, my long boxed Delta "widget" 727 and a bunch of plastic models purchased onboard various carriers while flying as a passenger, I was mostly a 1:400 guy. Lately, however, I've begun to succumb to the intoxicating pull of the 1:200. I don't think I'll ever get rid of my 1:400s but I may not buy many more either.

I'm a little wary of the addictiveness of this hobby, having recently spent ridiculous amounts of money on both models and display cases in order to make everything "show ready," (even if it's only going to be seen by myself.) But it does bring me some joy... and don't we all need some of that these days?
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How did I get into collecting models? It started when I was young boy...

where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet.

My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring, we’d make meat helmets.

When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds – pretty standard, really. At the age of twelve, I received my first scribe.

At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. At the age of 18, I went off to evil medical school. At the age of 25, I took up tap dancing. I wanted to be a quadruple threat — an actor, dancer…
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