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Old 08-06-2017, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a long time collector of diecast military aircraft, mostly 1/48th scale. I used to build model planes, thinking about getting back into that some. But I am also considering converting some of my collection into 1/72nd scale. I think I'd start with the modern jet aircraft. Those are so large that I can't fit so many in my display cases. Plus in the the smaller scale there are so many more models available. I have mostly Franklin Mint (Armour) planes which are very good.

Which manufacturers make the highest quality 1/72nd scale planes and which vendor has the most aggressive pricing and the best service? I've ordered from Aiken's Airplanes.

I also buy 1/18 scale cars (don't build cars from kits, just aircraft).

I'll post some pics tomorrow. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, welcome,

I have models of a lot of manufacturers scale 1:72. Here a (very) short answer:

HobbyMaster and Century Wings have nice modern aircraft. Century Wings is the only one with the Blackbird. HobbyMaster has also very nice models: Hawkeye, Prowler, Mig-25 to name a few.

Corgi has also nice models especially World War II like the B-17, B-25, Lancaster, Catalina, ...

Other interesting are Air Force 1 (they have a Black Widow), Witty Wings, ... (I'm sure I have forgotten some manufacturers - maybe other members will add more ;-)

Then you have "gap fillers" like Altaya with some exotic models like the Skyray, Mig-31, ... But the quality depends a lot from model to model.

I'm living in Europe, so I stopped ordering from the US because of the custom taxes.
I have some good sellers on Ebay (mainly from the UK and Germany).
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For my money, Air Commander release the very best quality 1/72 diecast military models; however, they only have a Phantom mould, soif you're not a Phan they are no good to you.

HM is pretty good, generally; Century Wings used to be great, but have recently suffered QC issues (these seem to be getting less severe though); Calibre Wings' Tomcat mould is the best, but their QC very patchy (to be kind); Witty Wings were good; Dragon did some good WWII releases and Corgi have released some of the best and some of worst diecast out there.

Oxford are second-tier, but do some nice types nobody else does; JCW are reusing the Witty moulds (as are Herpa, albeit at eye-watering prices!); Gemini released some nice 72s, but don't seem to be anymore; SkyMax models were great, but are getting HTF..

Within the US I cannot attest to whom offers the best retail as I mainly buy in Australia; however, I have always had great service from Aiken's, The Flying Mule and Pete's.
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I collect mostly modern fighter jets (4th generation onward).
These have mainly come from the following manufacturers:

China - Air Force 1, AVIC\Terebo
Europe - Altaya, Aviation72, JC Wings
Japan - Hobby Master
Russia - Air Force 1, JC Wings, Hobby Master
USA - Hobby Master

While Hobby Master are probably the best, my favorites are the AVIC/Terebo models for their "authenticity".
Maybe this is why I have so many Flankers. The most difficult to find are Dassault fighters due to licensing issues.

Most of my models have been purchased from the following sellers via eBay:

520misslady
aceshighcollectables
airland-model
cornwallmodels
dangdangcn1
diecastbase
hongkong-models
khnorton
aviationmegastore
modelarena

Prices and delivery charges vary between suppliers, but I have had excellent service from Chinese sellers.
Postage from Europe and particularly the USA are much higher to here in Australia. China is closer and cheaper for me.

The preceding comments are my own opinions a you should make your own judgements based on your own research.
Having said that I have been very happy with my model collecting so far.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to DA.C forum, welcome among another Flanker fans, dollfins . I have few Flankers from Avic/Terebo too, and have to say that some of them are really pretty nice. Anyway I currently stopped buying them in waiting for new Flanker SU-35 mold from Hobby Master. Even when HM Flanker will probably have only closed position engine louvres (... quite in contrary to all other diecast Flankers on the market which have opened louvres), it still looks to be probably No. 1 Flanker on the market. And their 2nd release will be Syria light blue camo .


And good luck with finding Dassault fighters for reasonable price. I have Rafale both from Altaya and Premium X, and newest rumours say that even Calibre Wings have Rafale in sight....
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Welcome to the board.
In the US, the best distributors are Aikens, Flying Mule and Petes Collectibles. Pete's tends to offer the best pricing of those three and has a discount code pc1030 that gives an extra 10% off. Flying Mule and Aikens offer some good sales, always take a look when they post them. Good service from all three of them.

#3 In the 1:72 scale, Hobby Master is the largest in selection. Quality is good although it goes up and down sometimes depending on runs and has a few less that accurate models such as their F-35 piece.

#2 Century Wings makes incredible models with just a few specialties, the F-8, A-6, A-7, F-14 and SR-71 models. Some flaws with runs as well but the second best out there in quality.

#1 Air Commander, a shoot off of CW makes only the F-4 Phantom and is the best in 1:72 die cast right now with CW right behind them in die cast quality.

Corgi is another I look to in die cast that in the last year has popped out some of the best WWII models. Very hit and miss in quality and accuracy, but the ones they get right are awesome.

Calibre is new to the market entering with their own F-14, my purchase was right up there between CW and HM's model in quality, very nice for a first model issued ( which tends to have flaws that work themselves out as they get up and running with future new production runs), I expect a very high quality from them in the future with their next releases.

Dragon Wings produced some models, mainly WII models but has not been making them for a few years. You can still find them mainly on eBay, the best P-51D out there by the way.
Gemini Aces also produced a P-51B and spitfire variants but is not now for a few years as well, also eBay as a good source for them.
SkyMax, an offshoot of HM also does some WWII navy and Japanese models, very limited.
Air Force One entered in a year or more ago but their quality is almost more toy like than as a good replica display piece.
Same for Forces of Valor although their P-40 is not bad.
Falcon Models (out of business) produced some modern models, but not great quality, good enough to be collectible display pieces displayed with better pieces. 1950- 1970's modern, good Israel Mirage and Kfir models as well early US jets. Again, eBay is the way to go for these although you can get some at super prices with vendor sales.

For time periods:
WWII - Corgi and Hobby Master, Gemini Aces, Dragon Wings, SkyMax
1950 through 70's - Air Commander, Hobby Master, Falcon Models
1970's to current - Century Wings, Hobby Master, Calibre Wings

Sometimes, you just have to Code three em to get what you want...

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Old 08-08-2017, 05:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hello, welcome,

I have models of a lot of manufacturers scale 1:72. Here a (very) short answer:

HobbyMaster and Century Wings have nice modern aircraft. Century Wings is the only one with the Blackbird*. HobbyMaster has also very nice models: Hawkeye, Prowler, Mig-25 to name a few.

Corgi has also nice models especially World War II like the B-17, B-25, Lancaster, Catalina, ...

Other interesting are Air Force 1 (they have a Black Widow), Witty Wings, ... (I'm sure I have forgotten some manufacturers - maybe other members will add more ;-)

Then you have "gap fillers" like Altaya with some exotic models like the Skyray, Mig-31, ... But the quality depends a lot from model to model.

I'm living in Europe, so I stopped ordering from the US because of the custom taxes.
I have some good sellers on Ebay (mainly from the UK and Germany).
*Air Force 1 also make a Blackbird, & it's more accurate than CW's version- it has the correct intakes.
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There has been debate about the AF1 model versus the CW model with more leaning to CW's as being the better of the two. Each has their strengths and weaknesses.

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...71-cw-af1.html
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Old 08-09-2017, 02:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Oeps, yes, that is correct, AF1 has also a Blackbird.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I bought the AF1 Blackbird rather than the Century Wings model and I am happy with it. While I can see the Century Wings models model is more detailed, the AF1 model was good enough for me and it was quite a bit cheaper. As for accuracy, I don't own a full size one compare it with.
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In a nut shell, the ball is all in Hobby Masters court these days, no other manu is producing the quantity and quality of what HM are.

Also a lot of the manus mentioned above have models that are rare and sold out at dealers, rarely sold by collectors on the secondary market or too expensive for what they are when they are sold.

Calwings (cringes) is the only other manu that we might see any sort of volume from. Although their first batch of Tomcats are pretty much defective IMHO, their fantasy Robotech Tomcats seem to have better QC, the bad batches might have stopped with the first 2-4 real life Tomcats.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:00 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The best diecast is actually is Air commander but you must like the F4!

CW and hobby master make really good models.

Calibre Wing seems to have great ambition and is first release despite the flaw are really Full of promise.

Corgi made some great WWII and some good modern but it's versatile!

Dragon made great WWII Gemini Ace also but it's hard to find.

Skymax made also great models but hard to find also.

For retailer I'll use and I'm very happy with:

Flying Tiger, Jumblies, Aiken's,Antics and plane crazy.
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