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Diecast Model Airliners

Updated on April 4, 2011

Diecast Fast Facts

This lens is dedicated to the insanely addictive hobby of 1:200, 1:250, 1:400 & 1:500 scale diecast model airliners and propliners. These models are considered Adult Collectible Models.

The main purpose of this lens is to promote awareness of this growing & highly addictive hobby sector to other collectors & buyers and also to drive potential hobbyists to Shows, Retailer & Manufacturer websites, and to provide current & relevant information for the budding enthusiast or the serious collector alike.

Most of the companies that are producing these models have websites and use Distributors and Retailers for the sale of these beautifully detailed scale models. Manufacturers are; Aeroclassics, Gemini Jets, Dragon Wings, Herpa, Jet-X, Phoenix Models, Inflight 200 and the list goes on. There are many Manufacturers that are defunct. The major scales are 1:200 & 1:400. *Herpa deals predominantly in the 1:500 scale however does produce some 1:400 scale models*

Static model aircraft (i.e those not intended to fly) are scale models built using plastic, wood, metal or paper. Some static models are scaled for use in wind tunnels, where the data acquired is used to aid the design of full scale aircraft.

Collectors can buy diecast models that have already been built and painted (referred to as the "tampo" printing process) as opposed to what we would put together as children at the kitchen table! Store bought plastic models that required, painting, gluing, toothpicks, cotton swabs, acetone, etc...Snap together models required construction and painstaking patience, but a high level of detail could be achieved if you were serious enough about it. Me, I used to pretend they were in combat and stuff them full of oily rags and pour gas...ohhh but that's another story for another day.

Today's diecast models, especially in the 1:100, 1:200, 1:250 and even in the 1:400 scale (my choice of scale), have magnificent detailing straight from the factory. We are focussing on diecast and tampo printed models only in this lens. Make no mistake, we are collectors not modellers. No assembly required, just pull out your wallet and start collecting! If you are an airplane modelling enthusiast (snap together) you are very welcome here too! In fact, some of us cross over from side to side and that's cool! We share the same love of aviation!

In static (snap together) models, the most popular scales are 1:72 and 1:48, followed closely by 1:32. 1:144 is popular for civil airliners, and there is a growing range of military subjects. More detailed models are available at 1:32 and 1:24. Some manufacturers introduced 1:50 scale and 1:30 scale. Japan offers 1:100. The French firm Heller SA is the only manufacturer to offer models in the scale of 1:125. Herpa, Gemini Jets, Aeroclassics, Dragon Wings, Jet-X, Phoenix, Inflight 200, Schabak and others produce promotional diecast models for airlines in scales including 1:200, 1:400, 1:500, 1:600, 1:1000 and more. A few First World War aircraft were offered at 1:28 by Aurora as well.

Other less popular scales are 1:64, 1:96, and 1:128; however, old molds are often revived in these scales. Many older plastic models, such as those built by Revell do not conform to any established scale. They are sized to fit inside standard sized boxes. These kits are often called "box-scale" and are often reissued in their original, unusual scales. Some helicopters used to be offered in 1:32 scale, similar to some fixed-wing aircraft models. The trend is to issue helicopters in 1:35 scale, similar to most land vehicle models.

There are also airport accessories in many scales for the serious enthusiast interested in designing their own airport dioramas much like the popular railroading hobbyists use for realistic effects.

The 1:400 scale seems to me to be the most popular scale for this as you can set up almost an entire airport with runways, taxiways, aprons, freight hangars and associated FBO's (Fixed Base Operators) on a large table and have the most detailed static airport display. We welcome Airport diorama hobbyists as well. Usually a diecast enthusiast turns their love of these models into a love of building the airport to go along so they go hand in hand really!

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Diecast Airliner Models... - 1:200 & 1:400 scales

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Airport Diorama for the 1:400 scale

Easy to follow step by step instructions on how to build your own 1:400 scale model airport and impress your friends and colleagues!

I have a friend that I have met on a diecast forum called 400 Scale Hangar who's name is Takehiko from Hawaii. He has designed and built his own 1:400 scale model airport and the instructions are simple to follow and the photos are excellent.

Please have a look and make comments about this section.

STEP #1 - Finding a good solid platform like an old coffee table or dining room table is good. Remember that you will need to move it around into it's final spot so the suggested size is 4 feet by 6 to 8 feet at most. This will provide adequate room for the Main Terminal Building, FBO's, taxiways, aprons, ramps and runways.

STEP #2 - Sand it down clean.

STEP #3 - The Plan. I decided use only 2 sections of Gemini Jets Terminals and I have a total of 6 gates. For the spacing of the lines, Google Earth is the best place to check it out.

STEP #4 - Transfer the plan onto the the surface of the table with a pencil or pen. It does not have to be perfect as you will be painting over it anyway.

At this stage, it is a good idea to varnish the surface lightly to minimize the wood grain texture. I didn't and I regret it now.

STEP #5 - Painting. I used Testor Medium gray spray for the surface and sea gray for the taxiways. Paint markers and Sharpie pens were used for ground markings.

STEP #6 - Draw grids. Grids are drawn with no. 2 (HB) pencil. It is good to use a very long ruler stick if you have one.

STEP #7 - Testing the scale of the grid. The grids are 1" x 1".

STEP #8 - Draw in the rest of the ground markers.

STEP #9 - Mask the area to be grassed.

STEP #10 - I used Elmer's glue and grass powder (such as Woodland Scenic Fine Turf) for this. Grass powder can be found at the model railroad section of your local hobby shop.

STEP #11 - Here are some of the materials that I used. Clear coat (matt) will be applied at the end to seal the entire surface.

STEP #12 - Dust of the excess grass off of the display and apply the sealant (clear coat).

STEP #13 - These are gate numbers that I printed out with my ink-jet printer (Epson R800). They are pasted on a styrene sheet, cut out, and then clear coated. It will enhance the terminal and give it that realistic look.

STEP #14 - Voilà, Done! Just add the Gemini Jets Airport Terminal and you have yourself an airport!

Final Product! Just add your own 1:400 scale diecast airliners and get ready to amaze people with your new 1:400 scale airport!

Ground View - Insert your own background image by using images found on the internet. Enlarge, print and mount them on a sturdy piece of cardboard or foamcore sheet. Enjoy your new Airport!

Airliner Videos - Beautiful Virgin Atlantic Airways A340-600 on take off

Princess Julianna International Airport - Island of St. Maarten IATA: SXM, ICAO: TNCM

PJIA serves the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin and is known to have one of the most spectacular airline 'spotters' areas in the world. The video you are watching is from Maho Beach which is a very popular and scenic approach. PJIA is the second busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean, after Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2005, the airport handled 1,663,226 passengers.

The airport serves as a hub for Windward Islands Airways and is the major gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Saba, St. Barthélemy and St. Eustatius. It is named after Juliana of the Netherlands, who was crown princess when the airport opened. There is also an airport on the French side of the island near Marigot, called Grand Case Airport or L'Espérance Airport.

KLM 744 Flightdeck view on short finals to PJIA - Landing at PJIA

Aeroflot DC-10-40(F) Reg. VP-BDF

Armavia A319-111 Reg. EK-32007 *Latest addition in Armavia fleet - was delivered in March 2009. First plane in new color scheme. Came to Tallinn with Armenian national football team.*

Boeing 737-7C9 Reg. LX-LGS *Luxair has a newer, more colorful livery now*

US Airways A319-132 Reg. N837AW *Arizona Cardinals Logojet*

Air Jamaica A320-214 Reg. 6Y-JAI

China Airlines B747-409 Reg. B-18215

Air India Express B737-8HJ *Newest member of the beautiful Air India colorful tails fleet!*

British Airways A320-232 Reg. G-TTOB

Enerjet B737 Reg. C-GOEJ *Seen in Calgary (YYC) with the beautiful Rocky Mountains in background*

Germanwings A319-112 Reg. D-AKNO *The BEARbus!*

Virgin Atlantic B747-400 *Fly me to the moon!*

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Oldtimers and New Airliner Section

Send me your favourite photo of any great classic Jetliner or Propliner that you would like to see made into a diecast model. I will post them as soon as possible with a photo credit to you or your website. *Keep photos at close to 400 x 600 pixels*

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Buffalo Airways DC-3 - Reg. # C-GWIR on apron - Photo courtesy www.buffaloairways.com

Buffalo Airways DC-3 - Reg. # C-GWIR from flightdeck - Photo courtesy www.buffaloairways.com

Buffalo Airways DC-3 - Reg. # C-GWIR passenger cabin - Photo courtesy www.buffaloairways.com

V Australia B777 - Reg. # VH-VOZ - Photo courtesy John Stranieri - Melbourne, AUS

V Australia B777 - Reg. # VH-VOZ - Photo courtesy John Stranieri - Melbourne, AUS

V Australia B777 - Reg. # VH-VOZ - Photo courtesy John Stranieri - Melbourne, AUS

V Australia B777 - Reg. # VH-VOZ - Photo courtesy John Stranieri - Melbourne, AUS

V Australia B777 - Reg. # VH-VOZ - Photo courtesy John Stranieri - Melbourne, AUS

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LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 12, 2007: Victoria's Secrets models Selita Ebanks, Adriana Lima, Izabel Goulart, Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio pose in front of a Virgin Airlines Airbus A320 after arriving from New York at Los Angeles International Airport November 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Polaroid Moments

Polaroid Moments
Polaroid Moments

Look at this photo...how did they do it? - Australian B737

Can someone tell me how this was done?

Photoshop? Genuine?

Coffee, Tea or me?

Recently spotted...

New liveries recently spotted!

Aircraft livery is a paint scheme applied to an aircraft, generally to fuselage, wings, tailfin or jet engines.

Types of aircraft livery

Heritage or retrojet

See also: Heritage aircraft

Heritage or retrojet livery is a livery that an airline has used in the past (apart from any modern livery used by an airline). Aircraft in a heritage or retrojet livery is called heritage aircraft.

Cheatline

A cheatline is a decorative, horizontal (single or multiple), band of color(s) applied to both sides of an airplanes fuselage.

Commemorative

Commemorative liveries are one off paint schemes applied by airlines to celebrate a milestone in their history. One such example would be ATA Airlines 25th anniversary paint scheme, celebrating the airline's inception under George Mikelson, the founder of American Trans Air[1], or SkyWest Airlines paint scheme used to commemorate 30th anniversary of that airline.

Eurowhite

Eurowhite is a livery that uses paint schemes which are predominantly white.

Jelly Bean

A "Jelly Bean" livery is a color scheme in which an airlines corporate logo and image is displayed in multiple colors or hues upon its aircraft. Among the most notable "Jelly Bean" type liveries used among North America airlines would be that used by Braniff International Airlines, although other airlines such as Air Canada's Jazz & Zip and Vanguard Airlines, have used this concept. A slight variant of the "Jelly Bean" concept is the Jelly Tails of JetBlue Airways, Mexicana, and Frontier Airlines. Upon the Eurasian "sub-continent," Air-India Express uses the "Jelly Tail" concept. These liveries are characterized by the vertical stabilizer and sometimes aft fuselage being painted in multiple designs as is the case with British Airway's short lived Newell and Sorrell World Tails design.

Logo

Airlines can paint airplanes in special liveries, examples being:

the logo of a sports team

images of a city, usually a hub or other city of importance to the airline

advertising for a company (logojet)

Military

Military air force generally paint non-combat aircraft in a national livery, however combat aircraft are normally camouflaged.

Government

The US President's aircraft, Air Force One, uses a light-blue and sky-blue color scheme, with the Seal of the President of the United States just above front gear and the flag of the United States on the tailfin designed by French-American industrial designer Raymond Loewy.

An aircraft used to transport state or government leaders is often painted in a livery that represents national colors of a country or colors of a particular government office, and most of the time is coordinated with flag, seal and other insignia.

Below are some examples spotted in recent months...Enjoy!

German Start up Bremenfly.com 737-400 Reg. # D-ABRE - Photo courtesy www.flightglobal.com

German Start up Bremenfly.com 737-400 Reg. # D-ABRE - Photo courtesy www.flightglobal.com

Cayman Airways 737-300 Reg. # VP-CKY - Photo courtesy www.flightglobal.com

Air Asia A320 Reg. # F-WW BW 3404 - Photo courtesy www.flightglobal.com

Sterling B737-700 Reg. # OY-MRG - Photo courtesy www.flightglobal.com

Southwest B737-700 - Illinois One Reg. # N222WN - Photo courtesy www.flightglobal.com

Aviation Art - Vintage Airliner Posters

Eagles may soar, but weasels never get sucked into jet air intakes!

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    • ManipledMutineer profile image

      ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

      Very handsome lens! (I am a scale modeller myself but do have a Brittania Airways 727 somewhere...)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I noticed pictures of Buffalo Airways DC-3 passenger sched C-GWIR and thought that I would let you know that it will be available as a 1:200 scale model in November from Gemini Jets. The model will have a wood/metal stand, collector box and card. It will be available through Buffalo Airwear www.buffaloairwear.com. We currently have a small number of our flagship DC-3 sched C-GPNR available as well.

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      RunwayModels 6 years ago

      @abacct: Thank you very much! I'm so glad you like the lens!

      Ted :)

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      RunwayModels 6 years ago

      @Fred-17: Thank you Fred!

      Do you collect diecast collectibles?

      Cheers!

      Ted :)

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      abacct 6 years ago

      Bright and hot are the two words coming to my mind seeing this Lens.

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      Fred-17 6 years ago

      Awesome lens, very nice photos and videos, thank you very much!

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      RunwayModels 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Matt, sorry for the wait in responding to you. I would love to recreate YEG in 1:400! Email me at teddytsplace@hotmail.com and we can start the project! I live in Sherwood Park and I have been wanting to do this for a long time!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have posted an article here saying that die-cast airplane collectors are now favoring modern models as opposed to those in WW1 or 2. http://www.diecastairplanetoys.com/pressroom/dieca...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey,

      i'm about to start an exact replica of the edmonton intermnational airport. any advice on how to do it or what scale to do it in?

      P.S. i'm only 11

      thanks,

      matt

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I collect my 747s,757s,767s,777s,DC-10s,MD-11s,A330s,A340s I'll be adding DC-9s,727s,737s,717s,787s,MD-80,MD-90s. I have United,Philippine,Garuda,Air Pacific,Korean Air,Cathay Pacific,China Airlines,American,Delta,US Airways,JAL,ANA,EVA Air,Air China,Asiana,Lufthansa,British Airways,Air France,Alitalia,Varig,Air Canada,Continental,Northwest,Iberia,Hawaiian,Air Tahiti and others. I love to build my own International Airport like Minneapolis/Saint Paul International,Tokyo Narita International,Manila Ninoy Aquino International,Osaka Kansai International,Nagoya Centrair International,San Jose Minetta International,Oakland International,San Francisco International,Los Angeles International,San Diego International,Seattle/Tacoma International,Portland International,Las Vegas McCarran International,Vancouver International,Honolulu International,Seoul Incheon and others.

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hi there! Oh yeah, I always love watching some of those crazy landings at Kai Tak! One of the coolest final airport approaches ever!

      I'm glad you liked my lens and I will spread the word about your as I favorited your lens. You can favorite mine if you haven't already. It's always good for us avaition types to stick together eh?

      Cheers,

      Ted

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      blastfromthepas1 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens, clear instructions, great photos! And glad you enjoyed my crazy aircraft landings at Kai Tak.

      Best regards,

      blastfromthepast

      http://www.squidoo.com/kai-tak

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      PJ,

      How eloquently put!

      I am happy to have provided information that you could use and enjoy! I aim to provide the most up-to-date and relevant content about this hobby as I can for people such as yourself!

      Thank you for the nice words and I hope that you will keep enjoying this lens in the future!

      Cheers,

      Ted :)

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      pj-traikovski 8 years ago

      Very nice lens ted. Your content was quite up to date, relevant, and interesting. Thank you for helping me expand my already vast knowledge of this beautiful obsession!

      PJ

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Aerotach...do you have a link to you collection so I can see it?

      What scale do you like to collect?

      Thank you for visiting!

      Ted

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      aerotach 8 years ago

      I like all die cast aircraft i have big collection to

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Mike,

      Thank you for the nice words and continued success on Squidoo!

      Thanks for looking my friend!

      Ted

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hi Andrew! Yes I have been hearing comments about the "turbulence" at the end, but I think it tisd in nicely to the overall theme of the lens and it's a play on my user ID too...I may have to edit that photo though. :)

      Thanks for the comments!

      Ted

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      An information packed lens and I see it is your first - well done. Excellent, hope Squidoo proves successful for you.

      Mike.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very educational and fun. Interesting "bumpy" landing towards the end.

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hi Neal...I have the same goal as you. At first I wanted to do LAX, but now I think I may do Hong Kong!

      Where do you live? Are you on W900 or 400SH?

      Cheers man and thanks for looking!

      Ted :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm making my own airport like Seattle,Portland,San Francisco,Los Angeles,San Diego,Honolulu and others.

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      LOL! You saw the store called Just Plane Fun did you? Or not maybe? Yeah, I must say it is for me...Just Plane Fun! Makes me feel young again...collecting models and waiting patiently like a kid at the toy shop for the latest release. Pathetic really? LOL! Reliving my youth and being able to afford these things is the best part.

      Thank you so much for your kind words Lizzy!

      Cheers,

      Ted :)

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hi Zhante! Nice of you to visit my lens! Thank you for commenting as well.

      I will visit your lens tonight after supper!

      Cheers,

      Ted

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      This lens is just plane fun

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      zhante 8 years ago

      Very nice lens...great info and everything

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Thank you so much Manila! Very nice of you to say that.

      Cheers!

      Ted :)

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      manila lm 8 years ago

      amazing lens. Great work and nice pictures. 5*

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hey Southwest!

      Thanks for your support. I'm so glad that there are nice people in this hobby like you. As you know I am new to it so I don't know a lot of the big players. I'm trying to add as much relevant and up-to-date content that I can and I plan to add more.

      I am looking for someone to give me step-by-step instructions with photos on how to build your own 1:400 scale airport. There's a guy on the 400 SH forum from Hawaii and he's done some stuff like that so maybe I will use him! There's also a guy, I think his website is TCS or something? His stuff looks amazing!

      Anyway, do you know anyone who builds/designs superb 1:400 scale airports? If you do, send him my way!

      Keep checking back with me as I'll be adding lots of new content. Send me a couple photos of any airliner or propliner that you would like to see made into a diecast model!

      Cheers!

      Ted

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great to see the sight coming along! Lots of great info and it just keeps getting better and better. Keep up the great work!!

      SouthwestAirlines

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hi Nick!

      Thanks so much. I know I am just new to this hobby, but that doesn't mean I can't have the same passion as someone who's been in it for a while. My problem is that I want to collect everything! It's probably because I am a newbie and I haven't gotten into a groove where I should probably just pick an airline or a type or an era, etc...you know?

      Thanks for the support and you run a great outfit! Watch for the banner ad for Jetway Models coming to this site soon!

      http://www.jetwaymodels.com/

      Shop with Nick at Jetway Models! I do!

      Cheers,

      Ted

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Hi Jill!

      Thank you so much for your kind words...I know I can always count on you!

      Hey...you know you should start your own lens devoted to Heavy Metal! Why not eh? I'm into Flying Metal, so you do a lens on Heavy Metal! LOL!

      Cheers,

      Ted

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks Ted! Love the large amount of content, quality of the layout, and the personal touch you added to it.

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      MetalJill 8 years ago

      WOW Ted!! Your page is absolutely awesome!! I love all the pictures you have put up...keep up the good work =)

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Thank you a_willow! It IS so much fun. I know to some it seems a little dorky, but to me it just combines all my passion for aviation, detail (I am a detail man), nostalgia & design! It is just the perfect hobby for me.

      Maybe I could interest you in starting your own fleet. LOL!

      Thank you again for your wonderful comments and I cannot wait to start building more lenses.

      Cheers,

      Ted

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      This looks like very fun hobby! :) Nice start with your 1st lens! Welcome to Squidoo!

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      RunwayModels 8 years ago

      Thanks Adam! I knew I could count on you man!

      Keep checking in from time to time as I will be affiliating with some very good and reputable Diecast Collectible Retailers in the US.

      I may start a "Trade it" section too, but have to find some good HTMl codes for that type of setup!

      Take care man!

      Ted

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey Ted,

      THe site looks awesome. I think I'm going to have to get back in to my collecting so that I can eventually build my collection up a little more. I love the links to the Wings900 website showing historical value for the items in your collection. Keep in touch!