The end of the year saw a wide range of excellent releases and December had 14 of them joining my collection from 5 different manufacturers. With that many models it is little surprise that they weren't all great successes but still overall it was another good month for me.
There are few civil airliners with the importance of the 727 and it quickly became the mainstay of the world's airline fleets through the 1970s and well into the 1980s. There were 572 727-100s built and the type has had some interest in 1:400 scale, with over 190 models made, but there have been none since 2014. This sorry situation leaves a good number of models unmade, several of which are really important historically.
November proved to be an expensive month with excellent release sets from my two go-to manufacturers in 1:400 scale: Aeroclassics and NG Models. In this post I'll take a look at what flew in to join the collection last month and offer some opinions about them.
Focus is one of the keys to collecting, know what you want and get it but don’t dive off down too many rabbit holes. This has always been a problem for me but one that I have been able to accept by expanding any rabbit holes into new warrens (it’s the main reason the collection has gotten so big)! This you can get away with in 1:400 scale, if you have a bit of space, but trying this with 1:200s will get you a divorce and bankruptcy. So I really should stay well away from 1:200 scale but…
I admit to getting quite a few new models a month, partly as a result of new purchases but also from the second-hand market. Overwhelmingly these come via Waffle Collectibles Collection Sales. Say what you like about Waffle but he gets the stock and ships it out efficiently at great prices. Here's a selection of 11 additions from the past 9 months acquired from the seconds market, mostly from the Waffle man.
The A320 family is hardly under-represented in 1:400 scale. Even so most manufacturers are fixated on the now and looking back to the service entry of the original A320 is way outside their interest. That’s a shame as there are plenty of cool models that have not been made for A320s from 1987-1995.
Model collecting isn't always a friendly business, but at its heart 1:400 scale has a good community of collectors who are happy to go the extra mile for each other. I have made some great friends in my time collecting. Due to the tyranny of distance I don't get too many models from other collectors but just this week a box arrived from Oz so here I'll look at the contents and how you too can get hold of some rare models from the same source.
Yesterday marked the announcment of the new Aeroclassics and Lockness models and unusually neither came with photos of the actual models. By now though you should now what you are going to get on the whole, although I admit I won't be ordering anything until I see photos.
Aeroclassics and Lockness Models have just announced their May models on the same day. I wonder why that could be? Anyway it is more of the major new moulds for both manufacturers - 757 and 767s for the former and L-1011-1 and L-1011-500s for the latter. Together they make a strong selection of European, New Zealand and North American jets.
As 1:400 scale enters its 21st year one of the near constants has been the online forum 400 Scale Hangar. The site had been offline for a while but is under new ownership now and back up and running. Throughout its history the site has been a home from home for Aeroclassics and in 2004 they partnered with the forum to produce a series of special models for members of the site’s Hangar Club. By my count there have been 53 models made up to 2016.
Whilst Tristars begin to flood onto the market Aeroclassics continues to produce a strong selection of models on its existing mould catalogue. This month's releases mainly fall into the category of AeroModerns and capture a variety of new liveries ranging from the bland and boring to the cool and exciting. Either way I'd expect them to be good sellers.
There have been few moulds as requested by 1:400 scale collectors as the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar. Although there have been various moulds made for the standard type most are either obsolete or awful and the best ones have been chronically under-used. The Tristar 500 is even worse off so what should any new mould of the type wear?
Aeroclassics has rarely been affected too much by Chinese New Year in terms of their release schedule. So it is no surprise that they are able in March to release a full set of 13 releases primarily featuring the primary moulds of 2019 so far – the 767-200, DC-6 and DC-10.
The Fokker F28 was an adaptable little jet that saw use throughout the world From Norway to Swaziland and Argentina to Papua New Guinea. As such there are lots of colourful and interesting airlines that it saw service with. Often these were some of the smaller national carriers that have not featured well in 1:400. Having said that there are still major European flag carriers in the mix as well. So here I’ll take a look at what can be made on the existing Aeroclassics mould.
It is now mid-February and with all the December releases (aside from the JC Wings ones obviously) arrived it is a good time to reflect on the year that was 2018 and what it meant for my collection. 2018 was an outstanding year for 1:400 Scale and certainly my pocket felt the pain of so many excellent releases but what was I buying and why?