Welcome to this week’s Collector’s Spotlight where we take a look at one Air New Zealand fan’s ultimate 1:200 scale collection!
Taumaruni, New Zealand
DF=The Diecast Flier
DF: What led you to develop an interest in aviation?
JH: In 2004, my dad’s brother got married to his long-time partner in Wales, Great Britain.
This was the first time I had ever been on an aircraft. I was 11 at the time of our trip over and at that point I became fascinated by civil airliners. I remember waiting for our connecting flight to London in Los Angeles and just sat staring out the gate windows looking at the aircraft taxiing by and also trying to go to different parts of the terminal to see other airport scenery.
DF: When did you start your diecast aircraft collection? What was your first model?
JH: It was at the start of 2015 when I decided I wanted to start collecting models. Being a New Zealander, and an Air New Zealand fan, I decided the scope I wanted to go for was a 1:200 diecast Air New Zealand fleet. The first model purchase I made was a 1:200 diecast JC Wings Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER model.
DF: What scale models sizes are part of your collection?
JH: I only collect 1:200 diecast models. As mentioned above, the scope I initially wanted to go for was an Air New Zealand fleet only. I then found what I thought was a great bargain for a 1:200 Aviation200 Air Pacific Boeing 737-800 model which I had to go for. The detail in the models made me want more. Like alot of other collectors, I then started to collect outside of my criteria and things just got bigger from there.
DF: What is your favorite aircraft?
JH: I have two favorite aircraft; the Boeing 747-400 and the Boeing 777-300ER. The 747-400 comes as no surprise as this was the first aircraft I flew on. The 777-300ER to me, I don’t even know why I like it, I just do. It’s a great looking aircraft.
DF: What is the favorite aircraft in your collection?
JH: I have two favorites in my collection, the Air New Zealand 747-400 (Pacific Wave)
as well as Air New Zealand 777-300ER (The Hobbit).
DF: How many diecast aircraft are part of your collection?
JH: My Air New Zealand model fleet consists of 32 models. This collection will soon expand to include 53 models.
|Justin’s Air New Zealand 1:200 Diecast Model Fleet|
|Model Manufacturer||Aircraft Manufacturer||Aircraft Make||Livery||Registration|
|Aviation200||Boeing||737-200||Air New Zealand (Front Row 1999 Rugby World Cup)||NK-NQC|
|Aviation200||Boeing||737-200||Air New Zealand (Pacific Wave)||ZK-NAW|
|BlueBox||Boeing||747-400||Air New Zealand (All Blacks Front Row 1999 Rugby World Cup)||ZK-NBW|
|BlueBox||Boeing||747-400||Air New Zealand (Pacific Wave)||ZK-SUI|
|BlueBox||Boeing||747-400||Air New Zealand Pacific Wave (No Wave)||ZK-NBV|
|Gemini Jets||Airbus||A320||Air New Zealand (Current)||ZK-OXB|
|Gemini Jets||Boeing||777-300ER||Air New Zealand Pacific Wave (No Wave)||ZK-OKM|
|Hobby Master||Fokker||F27-100 Friendship||Air New Zealand (Retro)||ZK-BXG|
|Hobby Master||Lockheed||L-188 Electra||Air New Zealand (Teal)||ZK-TEB|
|Hobby Master||Vickers||Viscount||National Airways Corp (NAC)||ZK-BRF|
|InFlight200||Boeing||747-400||Air New Zealand (Retro)||ZK-NBS|
|InFlight200||Boeing||747-200||Air New Zealand (Retro)||ZK-NZV|
|InFlight200||Boeing||747-200||Air New Zealand (Pacific Wave)||ZK-NZY|
|InFlight200||Boeing||737-200||Air New Zealand (Retro)||ZK-NAR|
|InFlight200||Boeing||747-400||Air New Zealand (Pacific Wave)||ZK-SUH|
|InFlight200||McDonnell Douglas||DC-10||Air New Zealand (Retro)||ZK-NZL|
|JC Wings||Airbus||A320||Air New Zealand (All Blacks)||ZK-OJR|
|JC Wings||Airbus||A320||Air New Zealand (LotR)||ZK-OJA|
|JC Wings||ATR||72-600||Air New Zealand (All Blacks)||ZK-MVA|
|JC Wings||ATR||72-600||Air New Zealand (Link)||ZK-MVB|
|JC Wings||Boeing||777-300ER||Air New Zealand (Current)||ZK-OKR|
|JC Wings||Boeing||787-9||Air New Zealand (Current)||ZK-NZF|
|JC Wings||Boeing||777-300ER||Air New Zealand (The Hobbit)||ZK-OKP|
|JC Wings||Boeing||787-9||Air New Zealand (all black)||ZK-NZE|
|JC Wings||Boeing||777-200ER||Air New Zealand (Current)||ZK-OKC|
|JC Wings||Boeing||737-200||Air New Zealand (NAC)||ZK-NAE|
|JC Wings||Boeing||737-200||Air New Zealand (Retro)||ZK-NAS|
|JC Wings||Boeing||777-300ER||Air New Zealand (All Blacks)||ZK-OKQ|
|JC Wings||Boeing||747-400||Air New Zealand (LotR)||ZK-SUJ|
|JC Wings||Boeing||777-300ER||Air New Zealand (all black)||ZK-OKQ|
|JC Wings||Boeing||767-300ER||Air New Zealand (LotR)||ZK-NCG|
|Phoenix||Boeing||777-300ER||Air New Zealand (Smaug)||ZK-OKP|
DF: Most desired model you’re currently seeking?
JH: At this stage, I am not really looking for any models, however there are two models I am aware of in the 1:200 diecast Air New Zealand related model lineup that I currently do not have to complete a full 1:200 diecast Air New Zealand model fleet. These are:
1:200 Inflight200 Air New Zealand McDonnell Douglas DC-10 ZK-NZM
1:200 SkyClassics Short S.45 Solent Flying Boat ZK-AMO
DF: Do you have any plans to expand your current collection?
JH: In fact, the complete opposite! I am heading to Europe in mid-2018 and will be looking for some funding to be able to get there. Not only that, I have also decided that I do want to limit my collection back to just Air New Zealand models as well as aircraft I have flown on (Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 & Boeing 747-400) and also maybe a couple special models like the Etihad Airbus A340-600 (Formula 1). I currently have 3 models on the way which I ordered in Jan17. They are the 1:200 JC Wings Boeing House Boeing 747-400 (N401PW), Gemini Jets British Airways Boeing 747-400 (G-BYGE), and the Gemini Jets Emirates A380 (A6-EUE).
DF: Thank you very much for your time Justin!
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