For other posts detailing some of my Cathay and Dragonair fleets see:
To be honest I am blessed with space, having a huge garage, (see this blog category for posts about the hangar space) however although technically I could fit in a lot more models I am pleased with the general layout and not looking to change it. Plus my wife's patience has its limits! The glass cabinets I have are awesome but due to their very bespoke size and setup it is a major challenge to fit anymore glass shelves in them than they have already. I've already squeezed in several half shelves here and there.
The left most 2 cabinets in my display contain the airlines of China and it is within these that Cathay Pacific and Dragonair/Cathay Dragon have resided. This hasn't felt right for sometime. Obviously Hong Kong has a separate relationship with the rest of China (I know this can be a sensitive topic) but Cathay also has a much more substantial history than all other Chinese Airlines. There are very few classics in the rest of the display case (just a few from CAAC) and I have often thought it made more sense to have CX in with my 'rest of Asia' fleet. There is however not enough room for that.
This issue has been excacerbated recently by the expansion of both my CX Cargo fleet and also that of my HNA Group fleet so it was time to find an alternative. The solution came to me this last weekend and involves a new display case atop the model box storage chest of drawers. Technically I don't see this as a footprint expansion of my collection area since a) I already owned the display case and b) the area was already used for model uses.
The new display case was acquired for $30 as part of the massive July Bonanza from last year. It had originally had a handbuilt F-14 Tomcat model within it but I bought just the case. I couldn't resist getting it at that price even though I didn't really have a need for it and felt sure I'd find a use eventually. It just about fits atop the chest of drawers (with some back support legs added) and gives an opportunity for Cathay and Dragon to break out into their own area, just.
It is already a tight fit in the new case for the Cathay fleet, with the recent addition of a pair of JC Wings Cathay Cargo 747-8s being a it problematic. I can see I'll need to be imaginative in the future with any CX expansions. Nonetheless it looks really good and has freed up a lot of space in the China cabinets. This has allowed me to have a reorganisation there providing some growth space for China Eastern (by moving Shenzhen Airlines down a shelf), Juneyao and the private airlines (again by moving down a shelf) but most of all Chinese cargo airlines and the Hong Kong based bits of the HNA Group which now occupy the lowest level.
So for now the collecting can continue with wild abandon. Bravo!
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