Given the number of models I own I really ought not to be starting new areas of the collection, but the post-deregulation period in developing nations has always been of real interest to me and Indonesia in particular is super interesting. In recent years there has been a nice selection of relatively obscure releases made, often in partnership with retailers, and even though I know I shouldn't have recently I started an Indonesian fleet too.
It has been clear for sometime that my 400 scale collecting has gotten well out of hand and of course with lots of models you need lots of box storage and lots of display cabinets. Just this past week or two I have slotted in what is potentially the final piece in the hangar display system and which has finally allowed me to retire my first cabinet. Read on for a tour of the changes to the US part of the fleet.
I am very happy to say that New Zealand is out the other side of its lockdown, and now we are level 1 almost everything is back to normal. Things that aren't are international travel and postage so it has taken some time for models to reach me. Nonetheless 14 models did make it through in the past two months, many of which have already received detailed reviews.
March was the month level 4 lockdown began for New Zealand and there was further dislocation to the manufacturing of 1:400 scale, with most companies delaying new releases. Even so there are always older models to acquire and with my job holding on for the timebeing I was able to take advantage of some nice Aeroclassics sales.
The model world has been hit like all others by this bloody virus outbreak and that meant that releases from several manufacturers dried up in February as China began to tackle the problem. So there were no NG Models to be seen and less models than usual arriving at the Hangar. In fact, there were almost none since the disruption to air traffic appeared to disrupt parcels to Aotearoa too. Fortunately the mail got through eventually.
January seems like a long time ago now, with the Coronavirus outbreak delaying the shipment of February’s models and causing suspensions to at least some manufacturer’s production into March. It was however a fairly standard month of purchases for my collection with a focus on my favourite pair of 1:400 manufacturers.
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.
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…
Back in September I posted about some of the new second-hand models joining my collection. Of course I buy lots of new releases too and in this post I'll take a look at some of the new additions from this year, which gives a good idea what I've been buying.
It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to acquire manufacturer house colours models in 1:400 scale then your most likely avenue was the series of Dragon Wings examples, which usually utilized their poorer Airbus moulds. Things have certainly changed and in the past two years there has been an impressive array of new house colours releases. This has helpfully fed my appetite for collection expansion.
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.
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.
With my personal collection approaching 2000 models it seems like a good time to take a look back at where I began with 1:400 scale. I've had an interest in civil aviation for about as long as I can remember but it was only in 2008 or so that I gravitated towards this scale and finally cut my ties with 1:600s. Here's a look at the early days way before Yesterday's Airlines existed.
Collecting 1:400 scale models can be an expensive business, especially if like me you want a large representative collection. Then again at the same time it doesn't have to be expensive for individual models necessarily. Nonetheless at times you will probably have to splash out, although I am pleased to say that of nearly 2,000 models only 7 have cost me more than $50. What are those models?