Given the ever expanding size of my 1:400 collection I probably ought not to be expanding into new collection areas, however I obviously can't help myself. My latest foray takes me into the territory of manufacturer house colours and has been bolstered by some excellent releases from Phoenix, JC Wings and Panda recently.
What to do with all the boxes is a question any major collector of scale models has to ask themselves sooner or later. With over 1,600 1:400 models nowadays the boxes are often the bane of my existence. I had had them all well organised but recent purchases have seen that organisation go out of the window and so this festive season it was time to come to grips once again with the box terror.
If there's one thing I love in 1:400 scale it is an obscure national carrier release. Aeroclassics generally monopolise this part of my collection but there are a few other models out there from other manufacturers. One of the most sought after for me personally is the Magic Models Air Gabon Boeing 747-2Q2BM. A few weeks ago I was put onto the trail of one but it hasn't gone to plan.
I expect I am not alone in trying to build a diverse collection of model airliners. Obviously nations like the USA, Canada, China, UK, France, Australia etc are well represented in almost any scale but if you want a geographically representative collection then often your choices are rather limited or even non-existant in 1:400. In this 2 part series I plan on taking a look at where the gaps are in my collection and in production in general.