Aviation Models

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Aviation models can be found on the desks and shelves of enthusiasts ranging from wanna-be pilots to the real ones serving in the Navy or Air Force. The kind of aviation models one prefers depends on the type of person doing the collecting. It all comes down to patience. There are the haves and the have-nots.

Aviation Models: Do it Yourself

For many, the appeal of collecting aviation models is in building and decorating them yourself. Such an undertaking is not to be taken lightly, however. It requires quite a bit of skill and patience. You may ruin several model kits before you finally get it right. If you are a beginner, it's best to start out with a simpler, cheaper model you don't really care too much about before trying a more detailed kit.

For those without the patience and skill, there are many companies today which offer pre-made airplane models that are just as detailed and well constructed as anything you can put together yourself, if not more so. Such items fall under the category of collector pieces and the prices usually reflect the quality and detail put into them. Herpa, Corgi, and Hot Wings actually offer some great looking airplane replicas that can be found for very reasonable prices.

Used to Be

I used to fall into the former category of model collector. I used to insist on doing it all myself. There was a definite appeal to building something from nothing and making it my own. Now, I have lost the patience and prefer to buy the pre-made, collectible, or more toy-like models. They tend to be sturdier anyway, and the only effort that needs to be taken to display them is to remove them from the box.

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