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      Post #76778, posted on 10-17-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi there, two questions:

      1) Is there a list of all plastic airplane manufacturers? When I search diecastairplane.com, it gives me a very long list of model makers, but doesn't distinguish which ones make plastic. I can't even filter airplanes by metal vs plastic. The only manufacturers I know of are Hogan, Skymarks, and some of Herpa, and it would be nice to confirm if any particular model I'm viewing is indeed plastic.

      2) I bought a Skymarks 1:200 model. How do you tell if it's plastic or resin? I can't understand any of the explanations about the difference online. Like "a resin is a type of plastic, but is naturally occuring, is stronger/weaker, depends on the polymerization process, etc.". Confusing, haha. Basically, I'm hoping to strip off its colours, scribe some lines, repaint, etc. so I'm wondering if all the advice and techniques are the same between plastic and resin models.

      3) And thought I'd ask: know anyone that makes good 1:400 plastic planes? I'm looking for DC10s and older 747's mosty, but they're difficult to find. The results on eBay look like they have the wrong shape, especially the pylons.

      Here's an image of my Skymarks 1:200 747



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      Post #76780, posted on 10-17-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Recently some "chemists" discussed resin and polystyrene plastics in the group. Polystyrene is heated and molded. Resin is mixed and placed into molds to harden. A solvent cement will work on polystyrene kits but not on resin. I'd bet money that the Skymarks kit is polystyrene.

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      Post #76792, posted on 10-20-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Louie,

      Regarding your third point, there is no manufacturer of fully assembled, finished and printed "diecast" models in plastic in 1:400 in any meaningful quality level. Some manufacturers like Dragon and Herpa have plastic wings and engines, but that's it. However, there *are* quite excellent 1:400 *kits* from Hasegawa and Dragon. These are from an older production run, so can be hard to find and some sellers on eBay have quite ambitious pricing expectations. But the shapes are all excellent and Hasegawa made the DC-10-30, DC-10-40, 747-200 and 747-300. You will have to glue and sand and paint them yourself, though. Liveries are limited mostly to Japanese carriers, but many aftermarket decal makers like DrawDecal and F-DCAL will happily rescale any of their 1:200 or 1:144 decals to 1:400.

      To my knowledge Hasegawa has made the following 1:400 kits: 747-200, 747-300, 747-400, 777-200, 777-300, A300-600, A320, DC-10-30, DC-10-40
      Dragon has made the following: A319, A320, A321, A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, A340-300.

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      Post #76825, posted on 10-26-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks Misha.