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I just got the urge to get model aircrafts 1/200 size for now.. so I ordered them on ebay. I am paying somewhere in the $20-$45 range for these. I saw a really good 747 Lufthansa model but it was close to $125.

 

The first one arrived. Its a 747 El Al ..its a snap on light plastic version. Its very nice..except since its a table top model, it has no wheels. I see some others have wheels as well.

 

I have ordered some 777 and a 737 and an MD80.

 

I am looking for 747s (Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa, my fav two liveries for the PMDG 747s) and smaller aircrafts (prefer mostly US liveries for now).

 

I am also looking for GA aircrafts that go with the 1/200 sizing. Its difficult to get GA aircrafts that are 1/200 I think.

 

Is ebay the best place? or are there other places I should look for?

 

Manny

 

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As an aside, what size (model) trains would go with 1/200 aircrafts. I am thinking of building a an airport on a large table top to place all this stuff.. Ha Ha.

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Do you want model kits? This place is among the best:

http://www.squadron.com/airline-models-s/2394.htm

 

I agree. I have been a Squadron customer since the mid-1980's and have never been disappointed with them.

 

Edit: as far as the question of train scales, N Gauge is 1:148 to 1:160 depending upon manufacturer and you can get model aircraft within that range. HO is 1:87.1 in the U.S. and 1:87 in Europe. You are most likely to find a commercial aircraft model in the N Gauge range.

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Thanks Rod and Thank you Tom.

 

Let me check that out. 

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I've just ordered some 1:200 models from the Boeing store. I'll let you know how they are when I get them this week. They also have 1:400 and 1:200 diecast. They also have very pricey $400 1:100 models. The 200LR has a 24 inch wingspan.

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I've just ordered some 1:200 models from the Boeing store.

 

Oh My!  When I first read that I read it as "I just ordered 1,200 models from the Boeing store".....  Now that would be a lifetime of assembly, gluing, and decal placement.....

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Pretty cool site. I was browsing and it looks like they have more single engine warbird models than there were aircraft in the actual war!

 

Is Tamiya still in business? I didn't see anything by them. After years of Revell models, they were a breath of fresh air. Maybe Revell has improved in the last few decades since I bought anything from them. Tamiya catalogs were truly incredible.

 

A word of warning: be careful how you browse the site. I set the number of models displayed per page up to 70+ (only two steps up) from the default of 18 or whatever, and started getting errors on the page after a couple of pages. Eventually I couldn't access it at all. Now, I'm locked out of the site. DownForEveryone reports it's just me.

 

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Is Tamiya still in business? I didn't see anything by them. After years of Revell models, they were a breath of fresh air. Maybe Revell has improved in the last few decades since I bought anything from them. Tamiya catalogs were truly incredible.

 

Absolutely: http://www.squadron.com/model-airplanes-and-military-aircraft-s/2378.htm?searching=Y&sort=3&cat=2378&show=18&page=1&brand=TAMIYA

 

When I discovered Tamiya, I thought I had arrived in heaven... I still have four or five kits waiting to be built.

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Absolutely: http://www.squadron.com/model-airplanes-and-military-aircraft-s/2378.htm?searching=Y&sort=3&cat=2378&show=18&page=1&brand=TAMIYA

 

When I discovered Tamiya, I thought I had arrived in heaven... I still have four or five kits waiting to be built.

 

Tamiya is still around, for sure. Not only are they a Pioneer in Plastic Modeling, but also one of the Legends of R/C car design. I raced many of their models way back when, and I still have a couple of them.

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Some of my models started arriving.  

 

Today I got the 737-800 AA livery and I was mad they sent me the wrong scale..it was just too small (7.5" length) compared to the 747. (13.4"). I then googled for the actual length and they do check out correctly.  :unsure:  :lol:

 

Oh lordi I never realized the 737 were so small compared to the 747. I never felt  like it with the PMDG 737 and its 747 in the sim. I also never thought they were like that looking out the window at the airport. But the 737 is so puny compared to the Queen. Ha HA!

 

I also got the 767 and it too checks out correctly. The only wrong purchase I did was the El Al 747 (It was my mistake..I didn't read properly on ebay..the El Al posting did not have a scale posted..its about 11" in length compared the 1/200th 747 which is 13.4. I'll just hang it in the air and it would look  ok. Its small cause its  far away...   :lol:

But these plastic ones don't have wheels though.. Not sure how I could fix that.

 

Once I get all my stuff..I'll take photographs and post them here.

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Whelp! Since AVSIM was down, I was busy going insane.. And yes.. I purchased every single one of these during the last 3 weeks.   :lol:

 

 

 

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The best model aircrafts are die cast from Gemini Jets. Gemini200 series are 1:200 and simply fantastic.  They are expensive but they feel like  owning Jewelry.  The AA simply shines in die cast.   Followed by Hogan brands (they are high quality plastics).  

 

My best item is the die cast 747 Singapore Airlines )(exactly like the PMDG 747 Singapore livery) ...I paid almost $180 for that and no regrets..they are inflight series.

 

And some specific ones.

 

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Rob, Airplane Shop is definitely a good one. Even better that I just happen to live twenty minutes away. Oh, crap. *Hides*  :mellow:

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When I lived in Miami, I used to go to Atlantic Models which is part of Airplane Shop. Loved to go and discuss aviation. You are lucky!

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Go to waffle collectables or jetway models(google them). eBay is a good source too, but you have to be careful as sometimes sales can go bad. STAY AWAY from The Airplane Shop as they are horrendously overpriced.

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Looking great!  Thanks for sharing the pics.

 

I've made several purchases from jetcollector.com  Only problem I encountered was it could take up to two weeks before they send it out.  I had to email them and ask about it.  Other than the long waiting period, I don't have any complaints.  They get rare models and prices are ok.

 

Other shops I purchase from would be thresholdaviation.com and aviationworld.net  I've only ordered online once from one of them.  Other times, I would go visit the shop to purchase because they're less than 10 mins from my house.  Always had good experience with both.

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Neat stuff.  While I haven't gotten into full detail die-cast model such as what's been posted about on this thread, I have been collecting die-cast airplane 'toys' for awhile.  I have a few neat things, such as a Dinky Toys F-4K Phantom in US Navy paint (no idea of the scale, but it's quite large), a tiny little matchbox Seasprite, or (one of my favorites) a V-Tail Dinky Toys Beechcraft Bonanza.

 

I keep looking at the nicer die-cast display models, but it seems my little collecting hobby could start to get quite expensive if I were to do so!  I do eye up the various display models for sale in the Alberta Aviation museum giftshop whenever I'm in there perusing their latest used books and magazines, however.  There's a really nice CF-104 that I'm pretty sure I'll spring for one of these days.  ^_^

 

Other than my small (but neat) die-cast toy collection, the other aviation related collection I have is books; I've been amassing quite a library over the last few years.  Takes up a bit of space, but much less than models, and much cheaper to boot!

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Go to waffle collectables or jetway models(google them). eBay is a good source too, but you have to be careful as sometimes sales can go bad. STAY AWAY from The Airplane Shop as they are horrendously overpriced.

What is your take on Gemini Jets?

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What is your take on Gemini Jets?

It depends on the scale, and really from model to model. In 1/200 scale, they are great, They have a wide variety, quality control is usually pretty good, and the prices are pretty good. When comparing them to the other big players like IF200 (which are horrendously overpriced- no way I'm spending $150 on a piece of metal that looks like a 747) or Herpa (Inconsistent in terms of model realism and materials), Gemini comes out on top. In terms of all-plastic models, Hogan is the only real big player on the market but has some very nice models.

 

With 1/400, it's a little more varied. Gemini has some very good molds (767, A380, 737NG), and some bad ones (747, A320/330/340). The prices are good and the variety is great, and the regular monthly releases are a plus too. However, my vote for the best 1/400 models would go to Aeroclassics. They have a much more limited range and higher prices, but their A320/330/340 molds are superb. Another good one is Phoenix, but their A320 and A330/340 molds don't look quite right, and they tend to stick primarily with Asian carriers (as opposed to other manufacturers who are more diverse).

 

I have been collecting model aircraft for years, so if you have any more questions please let me know! (I am actually getting out of the hobby, and have >100 models looking for good homes).

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It depends on the scale, and really from model to model. In 1/200 scale, they are great, They have a wide variety, quality control is usually pretty good, and the prices are pretty good. When comparing them to the other big players like IF200 (which are horrendously overpriced- no way I'm spending $150 on a piece of metal that looks like a 747) or Herpa (Inconsistent in terms of model realism and materials), Gemini comes out on top. In terms of all-plastic models, Hogan is the only real big player on the market but has some very nice models.

 

With 1/400, it's a little more varied. Gemini has some very good molds (767, A380, 737NG), and some bad ones (747, A320/330/340). The prices are good and the variety is great, and the regular monthly releases are a plus too. However, my vote for the best 1/400 models would go to Aeroclassics. They have a much more limited range and higher prices, but their A320/330/340 molds are superb. Another good one is Phoenix, but their A320 and A330/340 molds don't look quite right, and they tend to stick primarily with Asian carriers (as opposed to other manufacturers who are more diverse).

 

I have been collecting model aircraft for years, so if you have any more questions please let me know! (I am actually getting out of the hobby, and have >100 models looking for good homes).

Well, the only reason I'd asked is that you stated that the Airplane Shop is "horrendously overpriced." As I live twenty minutes away from one of their locations, that's generally where I pick up my models, and I find that their prices for the Gemini Jets models are the same prices as the prices on the Gemini Jets website. Of course, I have no experience with any of the other models they carry, so I couldn't comment there, but that's my experience with the Airplane Shop and Gemini Jets. Although I guess in my case, I don't have to pay for shipping and handling since I just drive over there, but I do have to pay the state tax.

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Well, the only reason I'd asked is that you stated that the Airplane Shop is "horrendously overpriced." As I live twenty minutes away from one of their locations, that's generally where I pick up my models, and I find that their prices for the Gemini Jets models are the same prices as the prices on the Gemini Jets website. Of course, I have no experience with any of the other models they carry, so I couldn't comment there, but that's my experience with the Airplane Shop and Gemini Jets. Although I guess in my case, I don't have to pay for shipping and handling since I just drive over there, but I do have to pay the state tax.

Oh ok, I thought you were asking for advice on Gemini Jets in general. Yes, I know that the prices at the Airplane Shop are the same as the prices on the Gemini website, but those prices are still a good deal more than you will pay elsewhere. Take, for example, the recently released Qantas 767-300 in the 'Planes' livery. At the Airplane Shop it is $94(https://www.airplaneshop.com/productdetail.html?tablename=GEM200&id=325&PHPSESSID=50d06aea454f5dce1993d3e6e4c112df), while at Waffle Collectibles it is only $72(http://www.wafflecollectibles.com/1200_gemini_jets_qantas_airways_boeing_b_767-300_vh-ogg.html).

 

I understand what you are saying about shipping prices though. That is definitely a factor and I suppose it kinda evens out in the end. You're lucky that you live so close to a model shop! The nearest one to me is 8 hours away. 

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Oh ok, I thought you were asking for advice on Gemini Jets in general. Yes, I know that the prices at the Airplane Shop are the same as the prices on the Gemini website, but those prices are still a good deal more than you will pay elsewhere. Take, for example, the recently released Qantas 767-300 in the 'Planes' livery. At the Airplane Shop it is $94(https://www.airplaneshop.com/productdetail.html?tablename=GEM200&id=325&PHPSESSID=50d06aea454f5dce1993d3e6e4c112df), while at Waffle Collectibles it is only $72(http://www.wafflecollectibles.com/1200_gemini_jets_qantas_airways_boeing_b_767-300_vh-ogg.html).

 

I understand what you are saying about shipping prices though. That is definitely a factor and I suppose it kinda evens out in the end. You're lucky that you live so close to a model shop! The nearest one to me is 8 hours away. 

All right, fair enough. Never even heard of Waffle Collectibles before until now, and I guess they do sell them cheaper than even Gemini Jets. But then having used the shipping calculator, when you start factoring in shipping costs, and possibly tax (I don't know if there's a sales tax involved with this one), suddenly the savings are pretty much gone. At that point, I would be better off just driving over to the Airplane Shop to pick one up with even the added opportunity of actually popping open the box to inspect it and make sure it hasn't been damaged before I get it (yes, this has happened before, and I remember when I opened up a DHL 767-300F right in front of the sales person, I picked it up to inspect it, and BOTH wings fell off), whereas if I were to order a plane online, I would never know if it was damaged until after I got it. Then you'd wind up having to send it back to get a new one, possibly having to pay for shipping for that as well. All that takes a fair bit of time, and for me, I'd rather not have to worry about that if I don't need to. But then again, that's just me. Obviously, everybody has their own opinions regarding the matter, and that's fine with me.

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Models?

Now This is a model

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAOh2yd1K7k

 

Beautiful model, but dumber than dirt. You have the one guy starting up the engine(s) and two guys within four feet or so looking into the exhausts? Dumb. Anything could be picked up by the intake and launched as a projectile right into their mugs. Good way to lose an eye or two.

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