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Old 10-08-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Question Difficult to find models

Just recently I have started collecting 1/400 scale planes. I've been trying to get all the United Airlines planes in the post continental merger livery. At one point I got all of the models (737-787, A319 and A320) in the new livery except the 757-200. It took nearly a month and a half of searching but i finally got a model 757. I had to get it through eBay from buying someones entire United collection for about $260. I got curious as to why there aren't more United 757-200 planes compared to the others so i looked at the sold listings and there have been only two or 3 other 757-200's sold. I was wondering why is it so difficult to get some planes. ( the fact that the model is so difficult to find makes it hard to get a second model to add to my airport)
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Re: Difficult to find models

The ones that are difficult to find tend to be the more popular models, also keep in mind that they are limited edition and only so many made. The UA 752 is a walk in the park to find compared to other models. Notable would be Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and Singapore...those airlines sell like hot cakes!
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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Re: Difficult to find models

A lot of UAL aircraft are done by Gemini, and of those, a lot of those are done under contract for UAL (to be sold via their special airline shop.)

A lot of manufactures rarely ever re-release any Airline-Airframe combos they made before outside that condition. Most of them have this belief that if you didn't get it when they first did it, you should go suck on a lemon then, as they're museum pieces (to them). This also tends to create a artificial shortage of more desirable planes, which might also lead to not only making them hard to find, but also highly expensive compared to types like the UAL 777s and 747-400s, which Gemini gets contracts to make many times over, and has. I mean, imagine if Dragon did the American MD-80, or if Gemini Jets did the AA MD-80, you can see this model selling easily many times over, and each time when one shows up (like the JetX ones), they sold rather quickly. You have to remember, that these are also done once in a production run rather than continuoisly, like a Matchbox Skybuster has. So after 2000 examples (I think that's what GJ does), that's that for that release unless something prompts them to redo it.

I've looked at the database, and there are only 4 UAL 757s made in this hobby, 1 by herpa, and 3 by GJ, with only the last one in the CO/UAL hybrid, which was done last year. So pretty much all 1500 of those may have sold out quickly. Looked at some retailers I like to use, and no joy on the UAL 757-200. Seems like those sold out quickly, your best bet then will sadly be Ebay, or if you're lucky, a Trade Show (which California (mostly LA area)) tends to have a couple!
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Re: Difficult to find models

If you keep looking you will find. Try Wafflecollectables.com. They usually purchase "collections" and other things like that. Get on their list and as soon as you receive email notification go there. They don't last long. Otherwise place "wanted" ads (for free) in the forums. If it was made it is still out there.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions, ill check em' out.
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