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      Post #13893, posted on 12-26-2006 GMT-5 hours    
      The time I have availaible to actually build models seems to get less and ess, but I need to have to have some airliner models around me!

      My favoured building scale is 1/144 but I know there's not much around in diecast in that scale (apart from Corgi). So, which manufacturer in 1/1200 scale offers the best quality (in terms of acuracy and finish).

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      Post #14142, posted on 01-15-2007 GMT-5 hours    
      Best value for money IMHO is Hogan, and if you don't mind spending a bit more, Herpa(not the Premium though, they're pretty expensive!!!) Inflights are nice, but there are criticisms about them, and for the price you're paying, I'd find them an iffy purchase...

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      Post #15295, posted on 04-03-2007 GMT-5 hours    
      Herpa and Hogan are the same. Id go for a couple of rare Herpa Premium models if you want the most details. otherwise their regular releases are decently nice and modeled well.
      "best quality" is usually up for debate. Inflight makes some awesome models in diecast metal but some may say that the wingroot sucks because of the gap.
      Risesoon/Everrise/Skymarks is just decent. some parts like the engine pylons and engines arent modeled with the best quality.

      forget flightminiatures and wooster - no gear and not accurate.

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      Post #18665, posted on 10-10-2007 GMT-5 hours    
      Obviously Herpa Premiums are pretty much the high bar in 1/200 models. I only have one, the Lufthansa o/c 727-200 and it's stunning.

      In the plastic category I agree with the assessments made of Hogan and Herpa 200s. Not to the same level of detail as HPs, but affordable and there's a big variety out there.

      In diecast there are some options as well. Herpa has done a 727-100 in diecast that was used by Phoenix for a short while. I have the American Astrojet, TWA twin red stripe and United Mainliner- all are nice (the Astrojet was done by Herpa, the other two by Phoenix).

      Hogan has done a very nice 1/200 diecast Concorde. Easily one of the nicest 1/200 diecast models out there. Herpa has done a 328JET (Midwest Connect is the one I have) and an ATR-42/72. The ATR is very nice, I have the American Eagle ATR-72 and it's nicely done and reasonably priced.

      Herpa has just done a DC-8-51 in Delta colors, but I'm sitting on the fence on it. Blue's too light, I don't think it captures the DC-8 nose quite right.

      Inflight 200 is also diecast but they're all over the map. I recommend their 707-320BAdv/C mould and their DC-8-62. Both are very nice. They also do a 727-200, DC-9-30, DC-10, 747, and L-1011, but opinions are much more varied on the accuracy of those moulds.

      Several years ago Gemini Jets had the Starjets 200 line and that line was plastic but they had very high quality 757 and A320 family models. Hard to find now, but very nice if you can get them.

      Gemini Jets now has a 1/200 metal line that has been launched with A320s. They're also planning to release a 737-800 that looks very promising.

      Jet-X Millenium Series has done a very nice 1/200 diecast BAe-146 and they have all three fuselage lengths. I have the PSA -200 and the prototype -100. Very well done models. They are planning 1/200 diecast VC-10s as well as the DC-9-10 family.

      Hope that helps.