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Old 08-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

Does anyone know if there are any plans for someone to do a 1/400 B-52? It would be a repaint goldmine, and I feel like it's a glaring omission from current offerings. C'mon Dragon, it'll sell!
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

Dragon Warbirds hasn't announced anything new since May so I suspect sales have been less than stellar. Sad to say but 1/400 just appears to be in decline these days.

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

As far as I know.....most if not all at scale 1/400 are mostly commercial aircraft...I dont think military diecast collectors will be enthousiast to see 1/400 done...1/72 scale are much in demand for a number of years now considering details and accuracy...imo
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have no clue if there are any plans but I would think it's viable. As for the reason it doesn't exist, I can only speculate, but it's probably just a question of demand: actual, perceived and potential.

1:400 scale is predominantly a civil domain as mar_ji points out. My impression is that civil aviation enthusiasts outnumber the military ones considerably, and that this is reflected in collectors of diecast models, and of course casual buyers. Most military collectors favour 1:72 and 1:48 and can be reluctant to go into a scale that from their perspective appears quite expensive for the size, doesn't have much selection and variety for them and usually doesn't offer the kind of detail and options they are accustomed to. Some consider even 1:144 to be too far from these standards.

Some would rather wait for types to be made in their preferred scale (often with a considerable disregard for the likelihood of that happening), others buy perhaps a handful of aircraft in scales outside their main collections. The rest either build kits or do without. Investing in another scale requires incentives such as having a big selection, and types not available in other scales. I'm not sure the current offerings in 1:400 are enough for most military collectors to justify it.

Manufacturers may see things differently but in all likelihood are all too aware of 1:400 collectors' status of being a relatively small part of a relatively small group. However if they conclude that there is no demand or not enough, to me that's an oversimplification, certain factors are not taken into account:

- Of the aircraft types produced in 1:400: a) some are available in other, more traditional military scales; b) some are too small for the scale or otherwise unsuitable, resulting in tiny and/or under-detailed models; c) most are transports, airlifters, converted civilian types etc., which don't appeal to all military aviation enthusiasts, but only those whose interest extends beyond combat aircraft/warplanes.
- Many types that could have been produced haven't been. Some of these have not been done in any scale, probably won't be, and are ideally suited to 1:400.

I think that there could be a big demand if a manufacturer decided to focus on producing a dedicated military 1:400 line since there are some real advantages. Firstly, the scale really does work pretty well for very large aircraft, and there are already some nice models out there. I think many civil collectors many would complement their collections with military types, and military collectors would now have that incentive to add some civil types.

Personally I'm most partial to 1:72, then 1:48 and 1:144, for bigger types I'd prefer 1:200 but at the end of the day I would get what's available at the time. If it comes out later in a more preferable scale then fine, nothing wrong with the same type in different scales. I will be adding some 1:400s to my collection at some point, Dragon's A330, KC-46, E-3, E-4, 767 and C-5, GeminiJets' C-17 and An-124, and Herpa's An-225. I would definitely enjoy being able to include a B-52, B-36, Tu-95, Tu-160, Myasishchev M-4, C-141, XC-99 etc alongside them.

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I for one don't think we would see a B-52, because of the long wings and to easy to brake off. On the other hand I want the early 3 prop C-130, the C-141, but also the C-119,122,123 & 124 all in 1/400
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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

I too have questioned this, and ultimately decided to scratch build a 1/400 B-52 using pine wood for the fuselage and thin card for the wings and fin. Bamboo skewer sticks and paper were used to make the engines. It's my avatar image; may look convincing but a die cast one would be ideal. I'd certainly be willing to buy such a model.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Gemini MACS have certainly been successful enough. I would think a 1:400 BUFF would sell well - I know I would want one and don't really even do 1:400 anymore. The B-52 is slated to be in the U.S. arsenal until 2050 and there will likely be a few that will stay in active service ceremonially until 2052 which will mark 100 years, that's right a century of service. I do agree fragility may be an issue, especially with the outboard landing gear. Perhaps someone would do an inflight version to avoid that problem. But for sure, and aircraft with a century of service deserves to be made.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

I agree completely. In fact if you look at the majority of, if not all of the Geminimacs as well as Dragon Warbirds ( 1/400), their production of aircraft models sells out pretty quickly.
IMHO the Buff would be an awesome seller together with a C141 Starlifter. The list goes on from there,but I'd be happy with these two for now! What we need is a manufacturer that'll just produce military in 1/400 as there is too much focus just on civil. I'm sure a lot of you would agree.
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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

Why not bring back a 6 year old thread...

Depending on how the B-1 Gemini just released sells, I could see the entire USAF bomber fleet being released. Dragon released a couple B-1s and had the B-2 with their tanker fleet. Seagull also released the B-2. I could see Gemini dipping into a buff. Now it's Gemini... so they'll probably ignore it for years.
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F-Toys make a 1/300 B-52, hope the photo shows up below
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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

Since a 1/300 was mentioned in the previous post....

Here are 2 .... 1/300 Diecast metal B-52's by Postage Stamp....

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Default Re: 1/400 B-52: Why doesn't it exist???

Well earlier on in the thread I mentioned seeing B52's ( all generations) and C141 Starlifters. Just thought about this now and can't understand why I forgot to mention these too:

All 707 variants/A400M/ MRTT/ KC-46/

And definitely not forgetting to see some 'Rusky' stuff, ie Bears,Blackjacks,Backfires.

This just goes to show just how much the military category has been ignored and needs to be opened up more! No one can doubt these will sell very well! So we need a massive push from the collectorate to get the manufacturers making these!
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F-Toys make a 1/300 B-52, hope the photo shows up below
That's a great looking model, in an unusual scale though. It always puzzles me that battleship and armour models are in different scales to aircraft ones; 1/350 for warships and 1/35 for tanks..Makes it hard to collect in a common scale.
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