For every model I acquire there is a process to initiating it into the overall collection. First every model is photographed from the same 12 standard angles. After that it needs to be fitted into the collection displays, which are overwhelmingly ordered geographically. This makes a pleasing way to view the collection, but also too often leads to issues trying to fit models into areas of the collection lacking room.
Nevertheless, so far I have been able to always find or create an extra spot for new models either by rearrangement of existing space or the creation of new space. Here are eleven of the great 'used' models that have been filling the space recently - mostly from collection sales back in February and March.
Atlantis Douglas DC-8-63 D-ADIX (Aeroclassics)
One area of expansion in recent times has been the charter area of the European collection. There has been some great new EU charter NG Models this year but there are still quite a few desirable older Aeroclassics to get. This Atlantis DC-8 uses the older mould but is still a nice model. It found a space on the charter shelf next to other charter operators back in March.
Tunisair Airbus A300 TS-IMA (Aeroclassics)
I'm always on the lookout for new African additions and Tunisia has been surprisingly well covered by Aeroclassics, although they are tough to find on the seconds market. Way back in December 2018 I was lucky to acquire this lovely A300. I was running out of space for African additions but my latest reorg has got them an additional half shelf and actually this Tunisian bus is no longer displayed in this exact position.
Jet America Boeing 707-320B N707AD (Aeroclassics)
There's plenty of scope for more deregulation era startups to be made in 1:400 scale but not many operated Boeing 707s. Jet America was an exception and this example was an addition in February joining the Dragon Wings MD-80 in the same scheme.
British Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 G-DC10 (Witty Wings)
The Landor scheme had been my cut-off for BA, for nearly a decade of collecting, but those NG Models 757s are too nice to pass up, and once you've let a chink in the armour appear it's always a downhill slide. So when my friend Jacob offered me his BA DC-10 for sale I went for it. At the time, in May, I only had one NG Landor 757 but now the Landor fleet has scaled up a bit and the DC-10 looks great in among it.
Civil Air Transport Douglas DC-6 B-1006 (Aeroclassics)
I've always found CAT to be an intriguing airline, but again they are also not regular members of collection sales so when I got the chance in February I snapped up this DC-6. I'm still on the look out for the Convair 880. South-East Asian classics is one of my smaller collection areas and it was a tight fit to find the room for this Six.
Wardair Canada Boeing 707-320B CF-FAN (Aeroclassics)
My Canadian fleet has also acquired some new growth space in 2019 and that has allowed me to double the Wardair fleet. Joining the A310, 727 and DC-10 was first the A300, then, in February, the Dragon Wings 747 and lastly, in March, the Aeroclassics 707.
British Caledonian Cargo Boeing 707-320C G-BDEA
Another 707 addition, this time from February, was a BCal 707. These always seem quite expensive on the rare occasions they are available but as per usual the cargo variant is less sought after than the passenger one. She displays well among the BCal fleet. Hey Aeroclassics how about a DC-10 to replace the old Gemini one?
Nordair Fairchild FH-227 CF-NAJ (Aeroclassics)
I'm always on the lookout to bolster the fleet of Canadian local provincial airlines like Nordair. Even though the 1970s scheme wasn't a patch on the 1980s one this FH-227 was a handsome addition to the Nordair fleet in June. As you can see in the background the Eastern Provincial fleet needs a bit of work still.
Northeast Airlines Douglas DC-6 N6585C (Aeroclassics)
Some models just seem to elude you for years when you don't put the strictest effort into acquiring them. A Northeast DC-6 in the masked pilgrim scheme was one of these, even though there were several releases in this scheme made. February's collection sale resolved this issue and my early NE fleet is looking a little more complete now.
Eastern Air Lines Douglas DC-8-51 N8779R (Aeroclassics)
Eastern has always been one of the largest airlines in my 1:400 fleet, by number of models, but for some reason I never did acquire a hockeystick Eight, at least not until last December anyway. You can see below that most of the early hockeystick fleet is present and the DC-8 fits unobtrusively at the rear next to 3 other EA short DC-8s in earlier liveries.
SABENA Convair CV-440 OO-SCT (Aeroclassics)
For many years I shied away from collecting all but a small number of European flag carriers but the fleet has expanded in recent times and is one of the areas of the collection under some intense space pressure. With some judicious rearranging there is still scope for some small additions though and I'll finish this post with this lovely Convair.
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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