I primarily collect classic airliners, which means for me from before 1990. Only my Chinese, Russian and US fleets have a significant portion of post 1990 aircraft with only the first two having much after 2000. If you're looking for a good geographic spread this can be a challenge since the manufacturers are very conservative nowadays and tend to stick to the same bunch of popular nations for their releases. Aeroclassics release a much wider range of airlines than anybody else and have slipped out some relatively obscure nation's airlines over the years. Even so there are some countries that are rather under-represented.
Quite a few of the nations came into existence following the collapse of the Soviet Union so technically don't fit within my collection criteria. They often have some nice colourful releases of Soviet types and it is likely that in the future, if I can find the space, I might expand into these nations. These include the following countries with current available releases in brackets:
Slovakia is another recent country. Though technically I do have Slovakian aircraft since I own some CSA models they are more Czech than Slovak. To be honest with the lack of classics from these countries (and working Yak-42 or TU-134 moulds) there isn't a lot of extra aircraft that I'd like to see made. One that would be nice however would be a Latvian - Baltic International Boeing 727-100:
For Macedonia then Palair Macedonia would make sense - either a TU-154 or F28 or F100:
Some releases are just damn hard to find, or the country is rather poorly represented, and therefore I just haven't been able to acquire them yet. This includes the following countries:
Sometimes this is almost by choice. I'd rather not get older DC-8-61s from either Gemini or Aeroclassics. Certainly within the countries above there is some room for further releases - especially Bulgaria.
The majority of the remainder have releases but not for aircraft within my collection period:
Aside from Oman (and I do own some Gulf Air so perhaps I can count them as Omani?) there is good classic material here to still be made. Below is a sample - there's plenty more besides these:
Uganda is a special case since it does have a couple of Das Air Cargo DC-10s in 1/400 but I don't collect freighters often and these are a bit too new anyway. I'd much prefer a Uganda Airlines 707:
Afghanistan has also been represented by an Ariana 727 but the aircraft itself is outside my time period and I'd much rather see a DC-10:
In part 2 of this series I'll look at nations that have never been represented in 1/400 scale.
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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