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Old 02-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Finally got some shelves, but haven't dusted the Styrofoam all off yet. I have to get some lighting and glass doors, or I'll be in for some work. Plenty of room to expand, but my wallet hurts...

































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beautiful display cabinet you got there, scott...lots of space still to get dozens of future models....pretty nice collections you have too....thanks for posting your nice collections
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Thanks mar_ji. The hardest part is deciding what goes where. I've tried to keep each shelf to a theme, but found it almost impossible.

It also shows that I have a lot of Navy F-4s an
d need to diversify. I need some Marine and a few Air Force planes to balance it out.

I love the Phantoms, but after displaying them, the Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA3106 Convair F-102A Delta Dagger Diecast Model USAF 32nd FIS, Soesterberg AFB, Netherlands, February 1963 is my favorite. I didn't like the looks of it online, but after seeing it in person, it's great. I'm going to try to get at least one of each of the Century Series fighters.

I think I also want to concentrate on different liveries of the same aircraft... maybe I can start with HM's F-16, so I can get them all.

The F-18s are so tempting, but there are so many of them.

I tried new settings with my camera, but as you can see, it failed. The pics look terrible compared to many of the posters here. I'll keep experimenting, but I think lighting is the key.


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Thank you UPS! Finally a Jolly Roger in the collection...









And a beautiful A-6. I had to order the other two currently in stock after I un-boxed this ugly duckling...











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Old 02-15-2012, 06:26 AM   #5
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very beautiful addition to your collection,skinner....Ive got them both too and proud to have them in my collection....I just can feel how happy you are receiving your latest models....let them keep coming....thanks for letting us share....
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Dang Skinner- that collection of yours is growing awfully fast.

That display is quite nice too. Although it would be a pain in the *** to dust off all the models, I think it would look nicer without glass doors.

Just my 2 uneducated cents

Thanks for sharing, I think i'll go grab my camera now, too :P

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Those shelves are sweet. I have to get some pics of my collection up on here this weekend. Just gotta get the camera from the wife.
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Nicely displayed Skinner...
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Sweet you have the FC 043, the one I want for my collection and a rare find in my area.
Which plane is this? Sorry for my ignorance. Oh, I see the F-102. It was on sale at The Flying Mule. Awesome model.

http://www.flyingmule.com/products/HM-HA3106

Thanks everyone. Seeing everyone's collection inspires me to buy models I don't think I would normally consider. I see how people group them in different schemes and it gives me ideas.

My collection has grown much faster than I had anticipated, mostly due to me trying to get certain models before they were no longer available. Now I'm mostly watching the pre-orders which is a financial relief. I'm still hunting a Steve Richie F-4 at about $150. It seems there's always one extra bidder on eBay whenever I bid on something. I also love the Mirage 2000, but the current liveries are not my taste. The Canadian Voodoo is on my list as well. Beautiful bird.

I got the shelves from Target online with free shipping. I think I would have like a lighter finish, but this is what matches the tv stand... great quality for the money. Many come with shelves that will sag, but these are thicker and the front trim helps keep them strait.

Target.com : Furniture, Baby, Electronics, Toys,...: Target

I have some maple shelves from Staples as well. The individual shelves are about an inch thick (no sag with books), but the price is a bit higher and they are shorter. I highly recommend those as well, but the rear panel cardboard looks fake. The Target ones are cardboard too, but more realisitic.

Hopefully the UPS guy will come today with some more models. It takes too long to get here, all the way from California.

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More additions...



If the evilbayers are going to keep outbidding me on the earlier Intruders, I'll just get what is available and not worry about it anymore:







I've added an F-101 Voodoo and F-105 Thunderchief to help my Century Series along. I'm just waiting for the City of Jacksonville F-106 to complete the lot. They are getting really crowded, so I'll have to find a better way to display them.

Are there any threads that can show me how others have their CS fighters displayed?



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Old 02-23-2012, 06:20 AM   #11
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Im still waiting for a better livery of the F-101 voodoo and F-106 Delta Dart....no worries for me to wait.....got to be very selective due to lack of space too
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Skinner67, you have a great modern military aircraft collection.
Again... a lot of F-4s I still have only one F-4 thats Robin Olds... Because I don't know which one add to my collection.
Are you planning to get more F-14?
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Thanks Peter9R. I'll get as many F-4s as I can, except the Turkish one. The Turks are great fighters and allies, but that is one ugly bird.

I don't plan on any more F-14s even though it's one of my favorite aircraft. They're just too expensive, and the pallet issue kills it for me. Fast Eagles 102 and 107 are candidates, but my collection has outgrown my income.

Mar_ji, I like all the Voodoos so far. I think HM has selected well. Is there a particular bird you'd like to see? I'll have to look through the "Which F-101 Would You Like to See Next" threads again. I live near Jax Florida, so the upcoming F-106 is on my list, as I've wanted a bicentennial plane.
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Good collection. The cabinets are well

Thanks for sahring your collection with us
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #15
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They're just too expensive, and the pallet issue kills it for me.
The same story with me Anyway, if you're decide to get one, i highly recommend you the Pukin Dogs. It still costs ok... but if you're really like it, sure.

I'm hunting now for AJ203, AJ207 and Grim Reapers. Hope i'll get them...
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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I've got my Fast Eagle F-14s displayed. Got them on eBay for great price from team-x2. They'll probably be my last CW purchases, unless I run across some old A-7s or the infamous F-14s in PD JR or GR liveries at a decent price, or if CW releases something new...

These F-14s are much better quality than the Tomcatters release. They look great together. Very menacing. I did use the hair dryer to fix the pallet-fuselage gap. It didn't work with my Felix.



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Old 03-26-2012, 05:05 PM   #17
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nice pair of F-14s that were famous for shooting down the Libyan SU-22s.....your collection is growing too fast in a short period of time....beautiful models and different variety too....i miss 1 particular mdel tho from your collection,,,a Blackbird SR-71 .....just teasin you,scott....thanks for sharing....
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:01 PM   #18
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nice collection!!! I love your cabinets!!!
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You didnt want to add a CW 1:72 F14B Jolly Rogers do you? It is VF-103
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #20
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i guess most diecast collectors that love F-14 will be anxious to have JR....but its nowhere to be found in webshops..-perhaps on ebay but youve got to pay an exorbitant price if ever someone finds one...paying twice perhaps than what you get for one...my opinion....
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I have one I am willing to release, if anyone is interested, pm me.
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Sweet! Added my missing model. Great service from Eric at The Flying Mule. He sent a return UPS label, and then shipped me a replacement defect-free Wabbit.

Thanks Dani. I don't even mind dusting them. I love the model real estate available on them. So much so, I have a John McCain A-4E on the way. ~ US $40 on eBay.



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Old 04-04-2012, 07:45 PM   #23
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wow....finally.....a model that almost every diecast collector wanted to have...isnt she beautiful........can just see how happy you are to have one of the best diecast mold ever made of any aircraft...it surely will be the centerpiece among your collection......enjoy,Scott...........(PS) your model looks great in the pic without any major problems anymore....am happy for you....

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Invasion ! New arrivals looking for a place on my shelf.





I've been taking advantage of the sales at various online retailers and eBay over the past month or two, but haven't had time to unbox anything until this weekend. I finally got the CW A-6E Black Panthers AJ500 that I've been wanting along with some great deals on others I had my eye on.





Thanks to all the WW2 fighter discussions, I've picked up 6 prop planes to keep my Zero company. I appreciate everyone's participation in those topics and steering me in the right direction. I'm still waiting on a BF-109 to arrive to balance the collection a bit.

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More WW2 birds.

HM HA2007 Kate





Dragon 50011 A6M2 Zero





HM HA 0165 SBD Dauntless





Gemini Aces GARAF1003 Spitfire Mk. IX





Skymax SM2005 La-5FN





Dragon Wings 50002 F-6D (P-51)



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wow....thats a nice bunch of new models you got there,scott....love that Black Panther which I missed at the beginning when I started collecting....i guess you still have enough space when i look at your shelf....its just a question of rearranging those models....youre going the right path of collecting, scott....enjoy...
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CW A-7E Corsair II VA-86 Sidewinders





HM A-4E John McCain (no little future senator )





HM EF111 Raven





HM F/A-18 RAAF HA3503





CW F-8E Crusader VMF(AW)-333 Fighting Shamrocks



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wow....thats a nice bunch of new models you got there,scott....love that Black Panther which I missed at the beginning when I started collecting....i guess you still have enough space when i look at your shelf....its just a question of rearranging those models....youre going the right path of collecting, scott....enjoy...
Thanks Still plenty of room, but not much cash left. Still have three in the mail... I think when those arrive I will have most everything that I can afford that's already been released. I'll keep an eye open for the other Intruders that I don't have though:

588196 KA-6D Tanker Intruder VA-35 BLACK PANTHERS AJ520 1978
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Im drained a bit after memphis....gotta slow down....nice display....
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Love the display cabinet!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:54 PM   #31
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never knew that diecast addiction caught up with you, ...in a short span of time....well, i cant blame you scott....with so much new and old nice models...its really tempting......Ive got to tone down my cravings to buy more before it goes out of hand.....
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never knew that diecast addiction caught up with you, ...in a short span of time....well, i cant blame you scott....with so much new and old nice models...its really tempting......Ive got to tone down my cravings to buy more before it goes out of hand.....
I've got it bad Mario. I now admit that I have a problem. It's better than most vices, so I'll just keep going, but try to be a bit more selective, like you.

Just in: 3 models for ~$180 shipping included...

Adolf Galland's Bf-109 F-2 by Gemini Aces, GALFT3002





MiG-15bis "Fagot" 1951 by Hobby Master HA2410





F-14B Tomcat VF-103 Jolly Rogers AA103 2004 by Century Wings 714151, My first and probably last JR.

Currently in the shop for canopy repair... it keeps springing open...

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the heck is the tomcat doing under all that covers? Just use a piece of paper to fix the problem.
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Wow

What a great thread and pics
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the heck is the tomcat doing under all that covers? Just use a piece of paper to fix the problem.

I will try this method with my CW "Persian cat"
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nice to see you have the ''final tomcat cruise'' too.....thats the last and very memorable livery of the VF-84 Jolly rogers and one of the last tomcats that was nicely made with almost no flaws...
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the heck is the tomcat doing under all that covers? Just use a piece of paper to fix the problem.
Top secret, unsuccessful attempt to fix it.

Thanks SKF. I should have just asked you.

Thanks Ironclaw.

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Nice to finally have one.



Love the JDAMs. Oops. The landing gear is coming open. It must be about to land...



I didn't notice the front canopy gap until I took the pictures. I don't see it without the flash, so it's ok with me.


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That looks really nice, how did you manage to get your hands on one?

Your collection is looking good!
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That looks really nice, how did you manage to get your hands on one?

Your collection is looking good!
Thank you. I was very fortunate. Aradrom is having a sale, and I was able to be first in line. He still has some great stuff left, but it's on eBay now.

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Some new arrivals. One day my bank account won't cover my credit card bill, and I will be in trouble.

Dragon Wings 50186 Me262A-1a White 3 9./JG 7 1945

Very well done by Dragon. It's missing the swastiker, but that's ok. This jet is pretty small, about the size of a MiG 15. The paint seems a little to tight at the edges... it should be more fuzzy around the splotches, but I may be wrong. Very heavy for the size. I think I'll try to hang it on fishing line like Pegasov did with some of his collection. This bird looks best with gears up to me, but the stand wasn't very impressive. The parts were not too fiddly, like many Dragon releases, but I had to glue on the main gear to make them stay.





It has some sleek lines for 1945.



Corgi AA33005 F4U-1D Corsair VF-84 White 167

This is one mean looking beast. I love the weathering and exhaust stains. Thanks to all the forum members who pointed me toward this example of the Corsair. I really wanted the 3 tone, but this one is great. Nice color, and very well fit. A true icon of the war in the Pacific.









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Witty Wings WTW-72-010-027 F-16C 354FW

I am truly impressed. This is the first Witty that I didn't have to glue or file, or do anything to. Well, I need to straiten the pitot tube. I didn't notice until after I took the pictures. This has a great finish and fits in well with my other USAF birds. Other than the landing gear issue, it is perfect to me. The scheme adds another dimension to the collection. I didn't realize it was a limited edition, so I'm happy I was able to get one... number 703 of 900.

I like the look of it with a minimum weapons load.









Look what I found Mario! Thanks for inspiring this purchase. It took me quite a while to find it. Very well done. Great quality.

Gemini Aces GANAF5002 F-16 RNLAF Demo Team

My first Netherlands AF plane and what a beauty. It's a little light, but the workmanship is awesome. Great colors and a real eye-catcher. No fiddly parts, and it went together easily. Very sturdy and quality packaging as well.










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its surprising to see your speedy additions of your models,Scott.....youre still a very lucky guy to get that dutch F-16 demo bird....its amost nowhere to be found nowadays....youve got so many models now...you can share some with me just in case you run out of space in your display cabinet..............and now a couple of heavies on the way still ?...
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It's surprising me too. I intended to stop to let my wallet rest, then up pops something that I couldn't find, like the Dutch F-16. In order to justify the shipping, I had to buy the Witty F-16 from the same eBay seller.

I also found a HM HA1911 VMFA 333 Fighting Shamrocks F-4J. I love the Phantoms, and that one will look great with CW's F-8.

I have the "Getting Younger Everyday" Corgi Lanc on pre-order, but simply don't want to pay premium for the desireable B-17s or B25s, so I'll just wait until something new is released. I'm really hoping for a BMF B-17 like the one recently discussed here on DAC (can't remember the name).

I don't like the mold lines on the Corgi B-24s. It's not one of my favorite planes anyway. An He111, Ju87, and Ju88 are all on my radar, but not yet within range. A Mosquito would be nice, but again, not many out there.

I may get an A-26 when they go on sale.
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Nice collection man. Those cabinets are killer, but you know how it goes: the more space you have, the more planes you'll buy to fill it. I wouldn't mind facing that problem though
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That's a very precise observation Astronut. Thanks for the kind words. To support your theory I present exhibit 1: Recent ebay purchases from last month that just made it out of their boxes and onto the shelves.

I had been searching for a HM F-4 Shamrocks to compliment the CW F-8 Crusader. I finally ran across one on ebay. The seller had 8-10 other models that I liked at very reasonable prices and offered to combine shipping. I bid on 8 and was suprised to win them at the great price of US $288. The F-4 was bundled with a CW F-8, so I ended up with a duplicate Shamrock, but I don't mind because it's a beautiful model.

He currently has many others for sale now. I've bid on a couple, but can't afford many more. He is one of the friendliest ebay sellers that I've run across, so I encourage you to check out his current offerings: noclevermoniker1969 | eBay

The Shamrock looks great with the CW Crusader:





I've also been reading a lot on another forum about the HM F-4 "MiG Killer" and have to agree that the Euro1 camo is a great compliment to my other Phantoms:



Then there is this fine couple of Marine F-4 Phantoms. I wasn't impressed by the retailer or HMC pictures, but seeing them in person has changed my mind, so I've decided to keep them. I love that the Death Angels offering comes with the gun pod.







I've never seen a Dragon F-18E/F so I couldn't pass up the Tomcatters addition. I am extremely happy with it. Overall great quality, and I'll be hoping to get some more. The only issue is the lack of additional armament. It comes with two AMRAAMs, but that's it.





I got the Witty F-16 because I like the livery, and was curious about the quality of the early WW F-16s. I am not impressed with the quality and the fixed gear, but it does look nice from a distance, and was only ~ $15.





My last new edition is a Dragon F-6F. Very good quality and an excellent purchase. I like it so much, I have it displayed at work. Please excuse the poor quality photo... I took it with my phone. I'll be watching for more Dragon offerings before they become too uncommon.

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gobert's first photo in this thread: http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...-3-months.html was the inspiration for rearranging the display of my Black Aces F-14s from CW. I like them much better with gear up. Thanks gobert.

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hey , scott....its noticeble that youre a Phanatic Phantom Phan....seeing a lot of beautiful liveries in your latest addition in your pics. Youre lucky to still have the brand Dragon up there...they look great too....as for me...I guess just a few more aircraft models to go and will try my hands on armor....same scale tho...in 1/72 to avoid space problem....happy collecting.....
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hey , scott....its noticeble that youre a Phanatic Phantom Phan....seeing a lot of beautiful liveries in your latest addition in your pics. Youre lucky to still have the brand Dragon up there...they look great too....as for me...I guess just a few more aircraft models to go and will try my hands on armor....same scale tho...in 1/72 to avoid space problem....happy collecting.....
Yup. Guilty of the Phantom Phetish. Hurry up Chico !!!

The Dragon offerings are all on ebay, most at top dollar. I have to wait for a good deal.

The 1/72 armor is awesome. Great size... you can stick them anywhere, or get affordable wall-mount cases that take up very little room. I've got my eye on a Sherman V along with the jeep and HUMVEE. That Pershing of yours looks sweet. I'll be getting one of those. I hope they release more Cold War era armor. I love the Pattons, BMPs, and T-62s. I'll be selling my un-built plastic kits soon to fund anything new.

The cat has chewed off the pitot of my F-111, so I'll have to figure out a way to put glass doors on the shelves. Glass is stupidly expensive now. What happened? Do they make it with oil instead of sand now?
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Hi scott,

Awesome collection you have there, niceley displayed!!! It has been growing realy rapidly last few weeks, do you have a secret money tree somewhere?
That orange F16 is indeed very nice, great that you could find one!
Those CW Intruders are very cool to, just bought 2 of them a week ago.
The Eagles and the Green knights one, did you noticed that on the green knights Intruder the name of the pilot is the same on both sides?
Hope to see more from u soon if ur wallet survis

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