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: a fan of 1/400 scale model aircraft and airports. This blog reports work on my model airport dioramas and discussion of the model manufacturers output.