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A diecast aircraft analogy...

As well as buying model railways, I collect diecast 1/72 and 1/144 model aeroplanes.

At Nuremberg, a company called Gemini Jets launched a range called Gemini Aces, consisting of a Spitfire, a Mustang and an Me 109. These have etched brass parts, retracting undercarriage and are limited editions of 1500. All for £24.99!

The main player in this field is Corgi. Corgi's 1/72 Spitfire is five years old, rather chunky, available in limited editions of 7500 and yet retails for £30 under new pricing!

Higher price=better quality? Not always.

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