Originally Posted by swisshansa10
You have a long way to go! Will keep you busy for many years.
May be you re-work your collection logic and start with baby stepy. Just my 2 cents bit
Well, my small collection rose from less than 10 models two years ago to 500 now. But the first two years were easy - the USD was low (varying from R$ 1.50 to 1.80) and Customs didn't taxed most of my parcels. Thanks also to my main supplier (a great model store in Miami which ads on my aviation news website, trading the monthly banner fee by models).
Unfortunately the USD value rose to more than R$ 2 now, the new model prices are higher and brazilian Customs are more rigorous (this week I paid USD 105 Customs tax fees for a parcel with 8 models), and so, I must turn brakes on, buying less models per month than I've been doing.
BTW, my collection criteria are already restrictive:
1) All 1:400 brazilian, portuguese and angolan airliners
2) All 1:400 brazilian-built (Embraer) airliners
3) 1:400 aircraft I had flown (Air France B747-400/A319/A320/A321, Canadian DC-10/B767-300/B737-200, United Express BAe146-300, etc)
4) 1:400 Aircraft manufacturers (Airbus, Boeing, Douglas, Lockheed, Bombardier, BAe, Antonov, etc) prototypes and demonstrators
5) 1:400 airliners or military aircraft which operates/operated regular or non-regular flights to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo airports (I also included some airlines which operates to other brazilian airports, such as American Airlines and Delta B757-200/W)
6) Some (very few) 1:400 models of historic and uncommon planes (AN-225, NASA 747 with Shuttle, etc)
6) Finally, few 1:200 models of brazilian classic propliners (VARIG DC-3, L-188 and L-1049G, VASP YS-11) or aircraft which are very special for me (TAP B707, my first international flight)
I'm still refusing to extend my collection to 1:200 brazilian commercial jets or Embraer-built aircraft due the lack of space and budget, but there's still about 150-200 1:400 models to reach my collection's target!
My plan for the future is a small "aviation museum" with my models, postcards and pictures taken since 1979 (when I've began as aviation spotter), but I think I'll must win the lotto or marry a rich woman (who loves aviation, too!) for that! So, this is just a dream!