In this post I'm only going to focus on moulds that are available for usage. There are literally tens of DC-3s that would fill in the early histories of the local service airlines but sadly the Aeroclassics DC-3 is out of action and JC Wings / Gemini never use theirs. Likewise I'd love to see some Martinliners but I can't see it happening. The DC-9-10 is another obvious missing aircraft so important to these airlines but once again currently there is no mould.
The airlines that survived to gain permanent certificates were as follows:
All of these have some representation in 400 scale aside from poor little Central Airlines. I have representatives from all of them I can get:
Each had its own geographic area of operations. Over the years several were merged into each other so that by the mid-1970s the survivors were:
The cut-off date for this blog entry will be 1980.
Missing working moulds for the DC-3, Martin 202, Nord 262, DC-9-10 and One-Eleven 200. There are still a few others to be made on existing moulds:
Above: Allegheny operated a large Convair fleet from 1960 initially in this livery.
Above: Allegheny operated 10 F-27s between late 1965 and 1973:
Above: Only Gemini have made a DC-9-30 and their mould is poor
Central was always one of the smaller local service airlines but did get beyond its original DC-3s into Convair territory:
They later turned their CV-240s into CV-600 turboprops and I know there isn't a mould but it's very close to the CV-240 and their last livery was great:
Once again there is no CV-600, or obviously DHC-6, but will Gemini ever make the CV-580s?
LAKE CENTRAL AIRLINES
There's no active DC-3 or Nord 262, but there are several Convair 580s:
Mohawk has been quite well covered aside from DC-3s and Martin 404s, but there are still a few Convairs left to do:
Below: There has been a long nose CV-440 in this scheme made but not a short nose CV-340.
NORTH CENTRAL AIRLINES
Herman has been quite busy in 400 scale, aside from the many DC-3 schemes, but the late 1960s jet age gold and aqua scheme has been forgotten:
The three swallows of Ozark have been rather under-represented in 400 scale to date and although there are no DC-3s, Martins or DC-9-10s there is still plenty of room for more
The Pacemaker has also had some sporadic service in 400 scale. No DC-3s or Martins again and you could argue a new 737-200 is also needed to replace the old SMA and Gemini releases. In addition there are these 5:
PACIFIC AIR LINES
Pacific has had a few F-27s but there's still one more to go. The usual lack of DC-3s and Martinliners is a hindrance but the 727 is a glaring omission that will hopefully be rectified soon.
TTA is another largely forgotten local service airline in 400 scale. There is at least a DC-3 and a few Texas International DC-9-30s, but in between those we need a Convair 240. All the CV-240s were converted to CV-600s, which there isn't a mould for sadly. This problem also befalls the TTA and TI DC-9-10s.
If there was a working DC-3 mould in 1:400 then this list would be about twice as long. Add a Douglas DC-9-10 and the list doubles again, not to mention the Martin 202/404. Even so there are excellent Convair 240/340, Douglas DC-9, Fairchild F-27 and Fairchild Hiller FH-227 moulds with Aeroclassics, plus of course Gemini Jet's underused Convair 580 and NAMC YS-11. Given these are core US airlines I would expect there is enough sales potential to see almost everyone of these made in the future.
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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