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    Hi everyone,

    With the recently painted OE-LBP I know of 4 different "Retro-Looks" on Airbus Narrowbodies.

    --> SAS, Iberia, Lufthansa, Austrian


    Now this is just the right moment to start a small collection. As I admire the A318-A321, for the moment I would only collect this model, but I'm open for other airlines. This is also due to restricted availability of space on the shelf. Thus I think 1:400 would be the best scale.

    - Would you agree with the scale suggestion?
    - Which manufacurers offer the above mentioned retro liveries?
    - Which one would offer the best details?
    - Of course there are some others all around the globe, but I simply don't know them yet. What other airlines operate Retro liveries on Airbus narrowbodies? Actually, one could also see the "old" Air Berlin livery as Retro And I think, also a Swissair Bus would fit into this collection...

    Many thanks for your opinions and suggestions!
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    I would wait till they all come out in 1/400 scale and anything but Herpa, I found herpa's quality far insuperior to the other 1/400 scale companies. For retro airbus's I have the following:

    Lufthansa A321
    US Airways PSA
    and a few others i can't think of right now.

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    Well, recently I came over a few others...

    Air Canada: C-FZUH
    US Airways: N828AW ("America West")

    Plus those from Europe:
    Iberia: EC-KKS
    SAS: OY-KBO
    Lufthansa: D-AIRX
    Austrian: OE-LBP

    Well, and if one really likes to start a collection, there are also some UA heritage schemes (PSA, Allegheny, Piedmont) and a few other colorful busses...

    Thanks Chris for your opinion on Herpa. I ordered now (before your answer) two models, one from Herpa, one from Gemini. Let's see how they compete

    Does anyone know where I could order the Air Canada C-FZUH??
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    Quote Originally Posted by bleuair
    Well, recently I came over a few others...

    Air Canada: C-FZUH
    US Airways: N828AW ("America West")

    Plus those from Europe:
    Iberia: EC-KKS
    SAS: OY-KBO
    Lufthansa: D-AIRX
    Austrian: OE-LBP

    Well, and if one really likes to start a collection, there are also some UA heritage schemes (PSA, Allegheny, Piedmont) and a few other colorful busses...

    Thanks Chris for your opinion on Herpa. I ordered now (before your answer) two models, one from Herpa, one from Gemini. Let's see how they compete

    Does anyone know where I could order the Air Canada C-FZUH??
    Well in 1/400 scale only Dragon has made one and its their old version which is pretty bad looking, in 1/500 herpa made one but that is a joke big time. The 1/500 starjets version isn't bad, but for the dragon one I don't know where you would find it as it was discontinued in 2001, my guess would just be Ebay as your best choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisburns
    anything but Herpa
    Well, now that my first order was delivered, I was first of all impressed by the details these little things are offering! But: The Herpa D-AIRX was pretty similar to the GeminiJets OY-KBO - therefore I can't second this meaning so far - but of course the size of this sample is far from appropriate this meaning I'll have to expand it
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    Hi folks, just for those who saw it as late as I did (just a few days ago ), GeminiJets is delivering now

    Iberia: EC-KKS
    Of course my collection is growing these days
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    Well, and thanks to jp.net I learned right now the news about Air France...

    Which means I'm still waiting for:

    OH-LVE (Finnair)
    OE-LBP (Austrian Airlines) and
    F-GFKJ (Air France)

    ...and hoping for this year's birthday and santa's deliveries
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    Here`s my SAS retrobus, Herpa 1:200 scale:



    Cheers,
    Les sanglots longs des violons de l'automne blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleuair View Post
    I'm still waiting for:

    OH-LVE (Finnair)
    OE-LBP (Austrian Airlines) and
    F-GFKJ (Air France)
    Hi folks,

    Does anyone have information about manufacturers offering the above mentioned retros? I would be veeeery grateful!

    (In the meantime I quieted my lust with other busses like Czech AF's 2801 or Azerbaijan's 4K-AZ03 )
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    Have you tried www.flugzeugmodelle.com ? It used to be my source for information, when it was still known as "Airmail-Versand" run by Ueli Frei.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LX-A343 View Post
    Have you tried www.flugzeugmodelle.com ?
    Thx Gerardo,
    I check it out regularily (and it is my principal souce of supply) but they can't sell what manufacturers don't produce...

    I still hope to get some infos, not only from the latter but also about airlines promoting their own aircraft models (like e.g. Swiss).
    Last edited by bleuair; 05-25-2010 at 06:41 AM. Reason: quote fixed
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    Hi everyone,

    Bringing up this one again...

    PR-MBW is the newest addition to the fleet of Airbus narrowbody retroschemes. I know there is not yet any 1:400 scale model around, but for the future, it would be nice if you'd let me know about any release somewhere in the world!

    I'm still looking for Finnair's OH-LVE and Austrian's OE-LBP - any ideas where they're available?

    F-GFKJ (Air France) is on the shelf already
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    New to the lineup is Aer Lingus EI-DVM but haven't seen any source yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by bleuair View Post
    PR-MBW of TAM
    Finnair's OH-LVE
    Austrian's OE-LBP
    They as well are missing on my radar. Suggestions where to buy them are highly appreciated!
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    D-AICA - Condor Flugdienst, A320, since early December.

    Very nice one!

    Thanks: Any hint on where to get one of these is highly appreciated!
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    Found this one: N475UA (and ordered my copy). ZS-SHA is not quite a retro bus (as it is scrapped already ) but it looks nice too.

    Still looking for:

    PR-MBW of TAM
    Finnair's OH-LVE
    Austrian's OE-LBP
    Aer Lingus EI-DVM
    D-AICA - Condor Flugdienst
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    Just in case, I lost interest in the collection.
    If anybody would be interested.... I can provide a list. We're talking about 30 models of Airbus Narrowbodies which I would put up for sale.
    Not sure yet whether I'm going to auction the lot or piece by piece or not at all...
    Let me know.
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