GSE Review Pt3: Aeroclassics Sets 1.0
Aeroclassics have released multiple sets of GSE, however these have almost always been individual items with single models or multi-vehicle sets that come with the older style twin boxsets, that they don't seem to make anymore. Only a few times have the multi-GSE sets come with a single model - most recently with the Hangar Club Pan Am DC-8-30. The TWA group above is another example, which came with this late service TWA Connie.
The Aeroclassics GSE sets are really nice with excellently detailed and scaled vehicles usually, but not always, depicting older style equipment, in keeping with the bulk of the companies model releases. The sets are usually decorated in the colours of the airline they are released with and though these colourings are sometimes historically inaccurate (see the BOAC set below) they still make nice additions, especially when they come effectively for free.
In the seconds market the sets often get split from the models they came with originally and as far as I know there is no definitive list of the releases, however I own or have seen sets from the following airlines:
I'm very lucky to own the BOAC, Braniff, Cathay, DHL, Iran Air, National, both Northeast and TWA sets. Below are some shots of some of the sets I don't own I have found via Google image search:
These sets tend to sell for a fortune nowadays and it is still possible to pick them up 'new' from Hong Kong sellers; though you'll be shelling out around $70 USD for them! They're nice but not that nice!!! The majority of them were manufactured in the mid-2000s and there haven't been many in the last 8 years.
In the next few posts I plan to go through the different vehicles that are available in detail and take a closer look to see what they are like, using my owned sets as a guide. If anybody knows of any sets that exist that I haven't mentioned please shout out so I can update the post. Even better if anyone can provide any decent photos of sets I don't own (especially with the aircraft they came with) I'd be happy to create a post to show them off!
10/6/2018 08:46:39 pm
Interesting review Richard but hardly 'lovingly detailed'? Apart from the TCA set, most are unauthentic in vehicle type or livery. There are merely guessed liveries. Most airlines never had their own fuel tankers, BOAC GSE was never painted yellow and BEA GSE was never just red & white but a turquoise blue and white during the late 60s.
6/8/2018 07:51:22 pm
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14/12/2021 02:46:14 am
Richard, I have the DHL set! It includes an A300 and a Merchantman. If still needed, I can share photos. Love these sets, fantasy colours or not. Also got the Iran Air cargo variant, Cathay Pacific, National, and CP Air (although this was sold loose) sets. As for the KLM, it came with the 1-11, the CP Air with a DC8, and the Lufthansa came with a 747. I’ve seen the KLM set online but missed out on buying.
1/10/2022 02:44:04 pm
"Lovely quality and highly detailed" would hardly be my description for them.
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