For my earlier May attempt at finding a new space for the Cathay fleet see:
My resolution from May did have the benefit of removing the Cathay group models out of the main cabinets, but had two major drawbacks:
It wasn't long until new purchases were causing stress on the new space. The answer took several months to find. Firstly a reorganisation of the airport zone space created room to move the previous white set of drawers (full of model boxes) elsewhere, freeing up space for a new glass cabinet. Now I just needed to find a suitable cabinet, which is easier said than done in New Zealand, when you don't want to spend much.
As you can see as often is the case the tower came with only 3 shelves, too few for a good fitment of 1:400 scale models. As it turns out the shelf positions are fixed so I needed to find a way to increase storage capacity.
The next step was to make some attractive backing images for the fleets stored within. Pleasingly, at least for now, each shelf can sustain a single airline or livery era. Moving top to bottom here is the current layout. Top is the current Cathay livery:
Next down we have the Brushwing colours of the 1990s and 2000s:
Then we have the earlier Cathay schemes and Air Hong Kong:
Next down is Dragonair (and it'll be joined by Cathay Dragon too):
Beneath the Cathay Group is the Hong Kong HNA pair of Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express:
Lastly there are some Chinese cargo airlines:
As you can see one of the best bits of the new layout is there is plenty of scope for expansion, at least for a while. Plus the glass display case from May has been repurposed to house models in transition, mainly those I've reviewed for The Diecast Flier, which either don't fit in with the rest of the collection or are up for sale.
Despite the attempted embargo on the sale of Cathay group models by Cathay Pacific themselves there are probably more Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon models being made than ever so I'm glad I have a space for them from now on. Plus despite it being the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong just recently it somehow seems more fitting to have the Hong Kong models separate to the mainland Chinese ones.
I'm Richard Stretton, an aviation enthusiast and major collector of 400 scale model aircraft. This blog discusses ongoing events in the world of 400 scale.
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