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Old 08-28-2017, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm new in the Forum.
Actually i'm new in this kind of model collection (diecast modern military aircrafts)

I just discovered the die-cast models for military aircraft.
Here in Europe, specially in Italy, are impossible to find.
There are only plastic kit to build.

I'm trying to get some infos about the quality of the brands, trying to start with the right choices.

First I decided to select a model and to buy 2-3 versions of the different brands, to compare the quality (and to show that on Youtube, I do make reviews and comparison videos on my channel).

But then when i begun searching, I found there are too many brands to evaluate, and I'd like not to spend too much money on the same airplane.

During my search I found this forum and I thought this would be the best place to ask such infos.

So I'm asking you some questions to help me finding the better way to start my collection.

1) Can you list, in order from better quality to worst quality, these brands:

Century Wings (One of the newest and quite appreciated?)
Hobby Master (One of the most famous and with the most wide selection of aircrafts)
Calibre Wings
Forces Of Valor (Is This the name of the brand?)
JC Wings
Witty Wings

2) Are there other brands that I missed, worth my attention (and money)?

3) Listing the brands, can also suggest 1-2 points of favor of every brand?
Expecially I do prefer detailed aircrafts (of course) but also versions with a strong weapon dotation, and movable parts, like wings, airbrakes, landing gears (in fact I would choose the F-14 to test the brands).
Price is usually a question that I do not consider in this phase.

4) Is the 1/72 the most common scale for military diecast aircrafts?
Specially for high-quality models?
Is there a bigger scale to consider to search for even better models?

5) Someone here from Europe that can suggest me also some sites where to search these models?

A great thank in advance to anyone who will help me starting the collection of this fantastic series of models. is offline   Reply With Quote
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Post from New Member "Viperfritz" In search for the best brand for 1:72ers

I would claim Air Commander as the best quality brand, though they only make an F-4 and have only realeased eight (actually seven thus far, AC008 has only just been announced and not yet released!)

Hobby Master are, to my mind, the master of the scale; they possess the widest range and have released some fantastic models (though also some real duds, so don't assume HM is all good..)

CalWings F-14 is the best in most regards, but is very new and currently suffering some severe QC woes.

Corgi when they get it right are one of the best - especially for WWII heavy bombers, where they are untouchable - but don't release enough, choose some questionable subjects and occasionally suffer terrible QC issues too.

Century Wings used to wear the crown, but that was years ago and since their heyday the crown has slipped. Recently they seem to be enjoying a return to form though and are revisiting their other moulds after years of only releasing F-14s and SR-71s. Their F-14 is the same mould as HM's with the same issues, but sometimes much better finish - I would say watch out for the new F-8 as if it's good that Release may mark a return to form.

These are the top tier brands IMO as a collector of some ten plus years with a good couple of hundred models.
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