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Hi folks,

OK, I'm going to out this here as I don't need these for a particular game, but my wife needs several for a craft project. What we need are aircraft toys/models/minis - some smaller airplanes that she wants to use for decorations in a craft project. I'm going to go look for minis in game store sites, but thought I'd drop by here if anyone has suggestions.

What we need are:

1) Planes, roughly 2 inches to 3 inches long. (Exact size not important, but that range).
2) Level of detail is not important. They don't have to be 100% accurate or highly detailed models.
3) She requests what she calls "cool" planes. Military aircraft preferred, but not required.
4) No specific material requirement - can be wood, plastic, rubber, metal, etc - but would prefer them relatively inexpensive as she'll probably need 10 or more (or varying types).

That's really about it. Any/all types considered, but what we've found are toys are a little large, and die cast metal models are a touch expensive for the amount we'd want.

Any ideas?
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Check the toy aisle at a dollar store or the party favors section of a party supply store.
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Gregarius wrote:
Check the toy aisle at a dollar store or the party favors section of a party supply store.


Basically this.

If you were looking for much smaller, there are some 'accessory' model kits meant for decorating aircraft carriers or airbase models - but those are probably far too small for your needs (well under an inch, tops).

The Wings of Glory miniatures are certainly in your size range - although also quite detailed, accurate, with a good supporting game, and so...comparatively expensive.

You may have some luck with Matchbox-type toys?
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Google for "Z-Cardz". These are little packs -- about the same size as Pokemon or MtG packs -- that have two plastic cards inside each one, which are about the thickness of a credit/debit card. The cards are pre-colored and pre-punched and you pop out the bits and slide them together to build a little model of a particular thing. Each foil pack makes one model.

(I think there was originally a game that these went with, but I've never found the rules.)

There are dozens of different types of things the cards make: Dinosaurs, military vehicles, cars, WW2 planes, fighter jets, spaceships, wild animals, giant robots, and lots of others. I had a bunch of the spaceships, and the models were one-and-a-half to two inches long, an inch or so wide, and less than a half-inch high. They are very light weight and hold together nicely.

I don't think they're made any more, but you can easily find packs of them in bulk on Ebay -- that's where I got mine about ten years ago. I think I paid about a dollar per pack. Prices are probably higher now.
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The 'cardstock' assortment will appear as such, of varying sorts:

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They're not minis but they are parked in the Mojave desert.
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GROGnads wrote:
The 'cardstock' assortment will appear as such, of varying sorts:



Thanks for finding that picture, Grog!

Those are almost life size (about 80-90% ?) and gives you a good idea of what I was talking about. You just have to be careful snapping the parts out, as too much bending can deform the pieces.
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robot I even had this, and another 'design' of which BOTH were then SENT to another as their *Prize*. cool

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Orangemoose wrote:


They're not minis but they are parked in the Mojave desert.

Very challenging to paint with those little cans of Humbrol...
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Ozludo wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:


They're not minis but they are parked in the Mojave desert.

Very challenging to paint with those little cans of Humbrol...


Well, I use a rattle can for the primer and undercoats, so that'll save a bit of time...

To the OP: I've seen book compilations of punch out and fold paper planes, in toy departments, book stores and aviation museums, maybe that would help? (Sorry if that's a bit vague...)

Love the picture of the storage facility, btw! Um, my understanding is that our wonderful Ministry of Defense has built/is close to completing two aircraft carriers, but doesn't have any planes to put on them (waiting on the F-35. Yippie.) Can we borrow/rent/have some spares?
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I collected metal jets,planes and helicopters back in the day - I think the ones I had were Dyna-Flites and whatever else I could get my paws on at the time might also be by a company called Zytmex.

They can still be found on Ebay. Dyna-Flites here.

Roughly 2.5" average.

My dad even made me a wooden aircraft carrier. It has been in my sons room until just recently

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Thanks for the thoughts, folks. I've checked with the wife on her needs for the project, and she says she'd prefer to have something more solid than the punch-and-fold paper/cardboard ones, so while I thought that might be perfect, looks like the search continues... Still, was a good thought!

edit: I think the metal ones are exactly what she's looking for, she's just balking at the potential cost of getting a dozen or so of them. May just have to tell her that if that's the quality she wants, that's the price she'll have to pay!
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jeffreyac wrote:
I've checked with the wife on her needs for the project, and she says she'd prefer to have something more solid than the punch-and-fold paper/cardboard ones...


Just to clarify, the Z-Cardz are plastic -- about like a standard debit/credit card -- and the parts slide or snap together fairly securely. A tiny drop of "the Kragle" (Krazy Glue, i.e. superglue) at the joints will make sure they don't come apart, but I've never had any problem with them.
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vandemonium wrote:
I collected metal jets,planes and helicopters back in the day - I think the ones I had were Dyna-Flites and whatever else I could get my paws on at the time might also be by a company called Zytmex.

They can still be found on Ebay. Dyna-Flites here.

Roughly 2.5" average.

My dad even made me a wooden aircraft carrier. It has been in my sons room until just recently

arrrh They sell the 'Aircraft Carrier' with a small contingent of "Dyna-Flie"(?) aircraft included for this. I have some of soft plastic around the same sizes as theirs, and these appeared with being the "Party Favor"-kind. in either TAN or GREEN, all with US markings.
 
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