I’m struggling to find die-cast Cold War fighters smaller than 1:72.
I’m particularly looking for a Blackburn/Hawker Buccaneer. DiMA only shows Corgi 1:72s, and they’re so expensive, that I’d consider instead, a Gloster Javelin or Meteor, which also have that classic Cold War style, but only seem available in 1:72.
— Have you got any smaller similar planes?
— Any idea who makes/sells smaller Cold War fighter jets?
I would even consider plastic or snap-fit, but not kits.
Most of my Cold War and WW2 bombers are Corgi 144th, so I wish I could have the fighters at the same scale. Most of my modern fighters came from Amercom (I know, cheap – some are even De Agostini!) and are mostly 1/100th.
I’ve got a few random 72nds, but my preferred scale is 1:400 (mostly airliners but some good Dragon Warbirds) followed by 1:200 (some good Herpa fighter jets).
I don’t have the space (or funds) for 1:72 fighters, and just feel they’d be unusually large in my collection. I did see some fantastic 1:200 fighter jets at ARD in Uxbridge but they were ‘specials’ with special price tags.
I’ve also looked at Hobby Master, Jumblies and Altaya, but it seems like the coolest planes have the largest scales.
Any advice gratefully received!
David Valencia, Somerset
600+ collector, teacher, aviator
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Try DINKY Mate. Yes they are not super detailed but by golly they are small AND they have Meteor, Javelin,Hunter, and Swift ( I have them) and others I don't know about and they are CHEAP when you can find them in good shape! Yes they are die cast ( heck maybe lead they are so old?). Add Sea Fury to that list.
David, there are lots of small scale Cold War diecast models out there. The best lines to check out are Model Power, CDC Armour and Italeri as I see you have DeA and Amercom already. Quality varies and they don't give you pilots but its possible to build up quite a diverse collection if you can find these models. The best way is to search eBay by plane, not manufacturer and check out the scale options---especially where the seller doesn't give the scale---that's where many of the small ones are found.
To be honest, I had turned my nose up at Dinky before, but the more I look at them, the more I realise that as they're the only Buccaneers available, that makes them the best Buccaneers!
I've only recently discovered CDC Armour, with a couple of good-looking Frecce Tricolori planes. I love their display boxes, so tried to fit my favourite model in one (my Irisawa Kawasaki Asuka) but the pitot tube on the nose is just a fraction of a inch too long! I’m not quite sure I get the helmet collection, but then most people think my plane collection is mad too (pix from Google, not mine).
Having just looked on their website, it looks like the models I was drooling over were the ‘SkyFame’ range – are they the ones you've bought? I can see why they’re some of your favourite; they were absolutely stunning but out of my price range.
It’s particularly amazing that such a diverse range is available all in the same scale, even the TSR-2!
I started collecting 1:200s, then switched to 1:400s when space became an issue, and sometimes go back to 1:200 when the detail isn’t available in 1:400, but the majority of my military stuff is 100 or 144. I wish everything were available in 1:400, but with the SkyFame range alongside other manufacturers, it looks like you could get most significant models in 1:200.
I have bought SkyFame, SkyClassics and Western Models from ARD; they are all lovely little models. Most of of my 200s are larger types (typically tactical or strategic airlifters), but I do have some smaller types (eg a SkyFame U-2) and have been very impressed with the level of detail provided for such tiny models.
There is a 1/200 email newsletter called “The One True Scale” to which you may subscribe by following the link I provided, it has a lot of interesting information about 1/200 collecting.