400 Scale Hangar - Basics Page
If you are new to collecting 1:400 scale aircraft models,
you may find the following 'Frequently Asked Questions' helpful.
An introduction to the major
In 1999, Andrew Klein saw a market
gap in which classic aircraft models were lacking, he decided to make a
model company not to compete with other brands, but to complement other
models. Their early releases were decaled all metal models. Several of which were propliners. They
were highly limited and cost more than regular releases. Today,
Aeroclassics offers printed models that cost the same as other companies
releases, and their quality is just has high as competitors - and in some
cases better. They
offer models like the Tupolev TU-154, the SE-210 Caravelle, the 707/720 series,
the DC-3, DC-6 and more. If you're a retro airline fan, you should definitely have
a look at their models.
Click here to read our Aeroclassics History Page!
Wings was the first company to ever make 1:400 scale commercial aircraft. They
feature models made with a metal fuselage, plastic wings, tail and
horizontal stabilizers. They also have highly detailed (and removable)
landing gear. Each model comes with a display stand and features a
"Dragon Mileage" point stub on the box. The mileage stubs can be collected
to redeem what is called the Dragon Mileage model (which is a different
one every year.) They concentrate more on Asian liveries, but have a good
number of models from around the world as well. And models released by the
company named Jet-X, also use their moulds and factories.
Click here to read our Dragon Wings History Page!
Gemini Jets was the second company to make
models in this scale. Their models are all metal and the landing gears are not as detailed as Dragon's are but are
not prone to breaking and are not removable. Newer models have holes in the
bottom for an optional metal stand (which is sold separately) and recently
they have started making models without a tail seam near the back of the
model. These have been dubbed 'Gemini Jets II' models. They concentrate more on North American
liveries, but like Dragon Wings, have a good number of models from around
From the ashes of the company Tucano Line, rose Phoenix Models. Made in
the same factory, but to a higher standard, Phoenix Models is fast becoming a
major player in the hobby. Releasing mostly 'special schemed' models, PH uses
former Tucano moulds and Gemini Jets moulds. Their runs are limited to 500
pieces or under.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Which manufactures make 1:400 scale aircraft models?
A. The major companies are: Aeroclassics, BigBird400, Dragon Wings, Gemini Jets, Herpa Wings, Jet-X, Phoenix Models and Seattle Model Aircraft Co. There are also many 'white box' model brands, which release
unlicensed models. Though most often these unlicensed models still use
major brands moulds and printing - so expect the same quality, but a higher
Q. How big are these models?
A. A visit to our model scale chart
will answer your question. The page can be seen here:
How much do 1:400 scale models cost?
A. Dragon Wings cost between $14.00 U.S for a 737 to
$30.00 U.S for an A380. Gemini Jets cost between $18.00 for a 737
to $25.00 U.S for a 747. And Aeroclassics cost between $25.00 U.S and
$30.00 U.S. Other exclusive or limited releases, can go as high as $50.00
Q. How many
units are made of each model?
A. Most Dragon Wings and Gemini Jets models are
limited to between 1000 to 2000 units. But other manufactures like
Aeroclassics, Jet-X, Phoenix and SMA vary between models
(from 50 to 1500 units) but tend to hover around 500 units.
How do you know if a model is rare?
A. There is really no way of knowing if a model is
rare when it first comes out. But if it is limited to less than 500 units,
and a desirable livery
there is a good chance the model will become rare at some point. If you own a model that you
think is rare, either ask your local retailer or check the going price on
What are the websites for model manufactures?
A. For Aeroclassics visit:
www.aeroclassics.net, for Dragon Wings visit:
www.dragon-models.com, for Gemini Jets visit:
www.geminijets.com, for Herpa visit:
www.herpa.de, for Phoenix Models, visit:
Q. Where can I
find rare or sold-out models?
It's not guaranteed, though many times, rare
models are listed on:
eBay.com. But be prepared to pay a "premium" price. Some
online stores also have "rare models"
Which model company is the best?
This is probably
the most asked question by new collectors, but truly, there is no answer. It
is best to try all the brands and see which you like the most, but also keep
in mind that it's not best to stay with one brand as they all release
Q. Where can I buy these models?
There are lots of retail and online stores around the world that sell
diecast aircraft models, to see some of the reputable
online retailers, check our
I have more questions! What can I do?
Your best bet is to join our
With more than 2000 members there, your questions can be easily answered!