Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models

A Gift….. It’s tough to come up with a good one. You are racking your brains for ideas for a gift that you want to be special, unique, and most of all appreciated. Coming up with the best gift giving ideas can be a struggle. It’s almost like ‘writer’s block’. You are at a dead end and wondering ‘What can I give?’.

Here’s a Great Idea

Are you looking to give a gift for a young person or an adult? Let’s talk about a young kid that hasn’t had the life experiences that you have had. You want them to experience the excitement of something new, something that drives the imagination whereby they start asking questions.

Look at Airplane Models. At a young age, an airplane model kit can deliver hours of enjoyment. From actually learningMilitary Model to build a model and then either playing with it or displaying it, brings their imaginations alive. It doesn’t matter what kind of model kit you give as a gift, though it helps to know if the young person has a particular interest.

Young boys tend to gravitate towards the military aircraft models or automobiles. Take the time to ask them if they have an interest in the older types of aircraft, propeller driven or Jet. Knowing where their interests lie will help you in determining what model may be the best gift.

Let me point you in a direction that may give you some ideas and will allow you to buy the most unusual gift they were not expecting. Find a gift that inspires and drives the imagination. You can look here.

Same Great Idea

If you’re looking for a gift for the older person who seems to have everything and you are at a loss for ideas…. The adult still has a ‘kid’ inside of them. We all still have our dreams and imaginations. We just seem to find it more difficult to experience the excitement that a young kid experiences, but we still have our moments.

Here’s the same great idea for the ‘Older’ young kid in all of us. A Model Airplane! Not a kit where one has to assemble pieces, but a model that is already built and painted with a livery that brings memories and a smile.

Display Model
Desktop Model

Again, it helps to know what interests they may have. Are they ‘Road Warriors’, business people who travel a great deal? Knowing the Airline that they fly the most will help you in finding the right livery (paint scheme) for a model they will have a personal interest in. A Boeing 767 or 777 or an Airbus 321 as well as a host of other types of commercial airplanes are all available.
Choose a gift that reflects upon what they have done or are doing and elicits memories of being a ‘Road Warrior’. Let me point you to a place you can ‘internet surf’ and find your ‘Road Warrior’ that special, unique, and most of all appreciated gift. You can look here.

If you would like to learn a little more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below where I discuss the nuances of model
airplanes from that of ‘scales’ to ‘how to clean a model’.

  1. Executive Airplane Models – Large Static and Beautiful
  2. Commercial Airplane Models
  3. Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
  4. Large Scale Airplane Models
  5. How to Clean a Model
  6. Large Scale Plastic Models
  7. Model Airplane Display Cases

Please leave a comment below. I invite your input or questions.

Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful

Aircraft Silhete
Far and away

We all have seen pictures of Aircraft in their element, usually with bright vibrant colors that elicit our feelings to be a part of the experience. But it’s just that, a picture. Having a Model of the aircraft that has inspired you is much better than the picture because it’s real and within your grasp. I will discuss through my posts the details surrounding your decisions for picking Airplane Models, large scale, small scale, and kits or pre-built. I will not be discussing the category of ‘Flying Models’, but only that of ‘Static’ models that are on display.

Choice

If you know what your looking for, whether it’s a model or a Display case to show the model(s), save yourself some time and look at some recommendations that I have here.

WWII F-4U Corsair
F-4U Corsair
Display American A-321
American A-321

Military Models to Commercial Airline Models in company Livery’s are available.

Discussions on Model Airplanes

There are several discussions concerning Model Airplanes and the questions that most people ask prior to purchasing a model. You can find these discussions in the menu to the left. I highly recommend that you look at my discussion on display cases as they will protect your investment. Reading may inspire you to ask questions.

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.

  1. Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
  2. Commercial Airplane Models
  3. Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
  4. Large Scale Airplane Models
  5. How to Clean a Model
  6. Large Scale Plastic Models
  7. Model Airplane Display Cases

Please leave a comment below. I invite your input or questions.

Commercial Airplane Models

Most if not all Airlines in the world have fleets of aircraft that are in turn modeled both in type and livery. When I speak of type, I am referring to the make and model of the aircraft. The word Livery refers to the paint scheme. Commercial Airplane Models are appealing to the eye and sparks the imagination of those that look at them. The models are built in different scales as well as different materials.

Display Boeing 707
Display Boeing 707

I have discussed in other articles the differences in scale as well as materials (click the links to see the article). Your choices are not that many, but choosing the right model for the purpose is most important. If you would like to browse selections of models, you can do it in an article I wrote where I provide links that will take you to Amazon with the Keyword search already inserted.

Models not Toys

Depending on the materials used in the construction of the models will directly affect the durability of the model. Large models reflecting Commercial Airplanes are usually for display purposes. They may have been a gift of gratitude or just personal self-indulgence highlighting events that conjure up memories. They are not durable enough to be treated as a toy for an adolescent child.

The biggest concern for these large models is that of Dust and handling. In my article ‘Model Airplane Display Case’, I talk about the vulnerabilities that one needs to address if you want an expensive model to last the test of time. There are no guaranties when a model is in the hands of a child. They just will not survive.

Model Kits

Different Sizes
Different Scales

Pre-built models are ‘turn key’. Nothing is needed other than a place for display. Display places’ could be on a credenza or in a display case designed to protect the model. But models also come in kits to be built by a modeling enthusiast. Models are available in different scales and in different materials. Kit models are built from numerous pieces and with workmanship, can be very difficult to discern from a solid one piece model.

The biggest disadvantage with kits is the time necessary to build them. Once finished, then the livery of the model must be put on taking on additional time. Hand painting and decal placement are not for the faint of heart. Very exacting and meticulous work is needed if you are going to have a beautiful model for display.

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.

  1. Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
  2. Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
  3. Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
  4. Large Scale Airplane Models
  5. How to Clean a Model
  6. Large Scale Plastic Models
  7. Model Airplane Display Cases

Leave a comment below on your thoughts or if you have a story to tell about a model you have.  Questions are welcome as well.

Large Scale Airplane Models – What are they? Do you need one!

Gold Watch
Gold watch

Recognizing achievement, loyalty, or a colleague’s career is a principal tenant in the management of personnel. The time honored ‘Gold Watch’ is passé. Technology has advanced far beyond an analog chronometer. The ‘Gold Watch’ of today should be an acknowledgment that will endure well past the ‘Gold Watch Party’. There are many gifts that can be given; make it a memorable one.

Large Scale Airplane Models can be displayed in private or public spaces. They appeal to the most discerning executive and usually garner questions of interest.

Large or Small Scale Models

Large Scale Static Models
Large Scale Static Models

According to Wikipedia – “A scale model is a representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the object being represented“.

What is an appropriate scale? If you are looking for a model to display in a public setting like that of a lobby or conference room, the scale should be larger than a desktop or display case model. Models can be displayed sitting on a pedestal. Generally, they are depicted as if in a state of flight.

Small Scale Model
Small scale Model

But smaller models, like that of ones we once built ourselves in our youth, will most likely be displayed on either a plastic pedestal or the model is sitting on its own landing gear.

 

Obviously, the ‘Large Scale Aircraft Models’ have a purpose. These models reflect a product produced or offered. In some cases, they represent the branding of the company.  Further discussion of ‘Scale’ is discussed in my other article, Large Scale Plastic Models – What are the scales?  Terminology and definition of scale are covered.  As an example, American        Airlines had on display a model of a Boeing 757 in their livery (corporate paint scheme).

Large Scale Lobby Model
American Airlines Livery

American Airlines does not solely fly the Boeing 757. This displayed model represents the visual branding of their flying fleet.

Custom – Commercial – Private – Military Aircraft Models

Military Philippine Hand Carved Wood Model
Philippine Hand Carved Wood Model

There are many suppliers of Aircraft models. They are located worldwide. When dealing with wood models, you will find most are built in the Philippines. There are no absolutes when it comes to availability of model types. But most models from the Philippines are hand carved and are extremely well done. Unlike plastic, resin, or metal models, wood models do suffer from time and humidity. The wood model will dry out over time and the over laying surface of paint will show cracks when the wood shrinks.

When you are in the middle of your decision making process, there will be a number of questions that will come to mind that will directly affect your outcome.  I discuss four areas that you will have questions about in my article ‘Commercial Model Airplanes – Large Scale‘.  Aircraft type, Size or Scale of the Model, Livery and Custom details.

Suppliers who work in plastic, resin, or metal have molds that are extremely accurate and replicate detail fairly well. A new technology, 3D-Printing is just now starting to make its way into the model industry. It’s still too early to evaluate the durability of 3D-Printed models.

Future 3D Printed Model
Future 3D Printed Model

In the ‘Custom’ category, future projects, hyper-designed aircraft, and aircraft of fancy, will most likely be served well utilizing 3D-Printing technology.

Some suppliers can model the interior of the aircraft. Generally, the interiors will replicate the actual aircraft the customer owns. Floor layout, seating, colors are just a few of the details that can be provided. But, that detail comes at a cost both in time and money. Custom orders can take as long as 6 – 8 weeks to build.

Large Scale Interior Model
Large Scale Interior Model

There are many suppliers for any of the above mentioned categories of aircraft. Prices will vary depending on how proud the manufacturer is in their production of models.

Recognizing Achievement, Loyalty, A Colleague’s Career, or a Personal Remembrance.

No matter what the reason, there are suppliers and sources that will cater to any whim in aircraft design.  There is a reason why model aircraft hold us all in a state of fascination. Our desire to acknowledge a love affair with a machine that has created dreams and delivered us to places and locations that we would not have visited.  Find the model that inspires and enjoy.

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.

Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
How to Clean a Model
Large Scale Plastic Models
Model Airplane Display Cases

Please leave a comment.  Let me know what more I can do for you or just reflect on your feelings about what you have read.  I appreciate, as do others that read these posts, your input and your opinion.

How to clean a Model

Having a model on display could represent a Brand or a Corporate logo. It could also be on display as a personal memento that is dear to your heart.

Cleaning Maid
Oh – Really!

In either case, the models that are on display will eventually have to be cleaned due to environmental dirt’s.  I will attempt to give you some insight as to ‘ How to clean a Model ‘ and the products that are    recommended.

Some Ideas that will guide you in caring for your Models

Cover them up

If I have my model on display, I certainly don’t want to cover it up.  But, there are times when you want to store the model in a place where it is not on display.  The model needs to be protected and the best materials are plain linen muslin, or acid-free tissue paper.  The purpose is to remove the model from the harsh environment, limiting surface dust and exposure to light.

Using materials that are common for other storage items is not safe for Models.  Bubble wrap, foam or newspaper should not be used as these material decay and chemically breakdown.  When in contact with the surface of your model, these materials can damage the surface and paint.

Put them away

When storing your models, you will undoubtedly use boxes or a container.  Two containers that are good are seal-able plastic tubs or acid-free boxes with lids.  In both cases, you will wrap the model with plain linen muslin or acid-free tissue paper.

Frequent and rapid temperature and relative humidity changes

Organic-based materials (balsa and tissue) as well as some synthetic materials used in the construction of models are subject to ‘Thermal Creep’.  These materials are subject to expansion and contraction when the environment changes in temperatures. This constant temperature movement will cause the materials to break and tear over time.

Do not use solvents or adhesives on the model.

Solvents and adhesives leave chemical residue on an object that can continue to act on the model even after it has been wiped off.  If you are cleaning a model or object with a non-porous covering, try vacuuming the dirt off first and then cleaning with a compound called Orvus paste.  Orvus also works well for cleaning fabric items.

Don’t handle the models.

Holding a model Airplane
Holding a model Airplane

When handling your models, acids in human skin, along with any dirt or other material on a person’s hands is left behind on the models’ surface.  Over time, this acid, dirt and grime can etch into the painted surface causing damage.

Recommended cleaners

Buying acid-free materials may seem like an expensive extra step, but it pays off in the long run. There are two products that restoration companies use.  ‘Absorene Dirt Eraser‘.

If you are using a cleaning cloth, pay attention to the fine details of the model as the threads of the cloth can snag the models detail and damage the surface.

To mitigate the need to clean your models, displaying them in a display case will greatly reduce the environmental dusts and will prevent observers from handling your models.

I welcome any information from you that you may have regarding any techniques or practices that serve you in cleaning your models.  It would benefit the community and I certainly like to hear of new methods.

Please leave a comment below and tell us about what you have learned.

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.

Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Airplane Models
Large Scale Plastic Models
Model Airplane Display Cases

Large Scale Plastic Models – What are the scales?

There is not an official definition for Large Scale Plastic Models.  But I have come across some terms that may help you in making a distinction between different size models.  Knowing what size model you want, will guide you in your searches for what you are looking for. Knowing the differences between terms as used by a host of websites will give you understanding as to what is being offered.

According to Wikipedia: “A model aircraft is a small sized unmanned aircraft or, in the case of a scale model, a replica of an existing or imaginary aircraft”.

There are two basic categories for Model Aircraft:  Non-flying and flying. Non-Flying models are referred to as display, shelf, or static models.

Small Scale - Static Model
Small Scale – Static Model

Static models range from mass-produced toys to highly accurate and detailed models produced for museum display. Within the non-flying category, there are a number of different sizes and the terms tend to overlap both the flying and non-flying models.

Static model aircraft are primarily available commercially in a variety of scales from as large as 1:18 scale to as small as 1:1250 scale. The scales are based upon simple divisions of either the Imperial system, or the Metric system. For example, 1:48 scale is 1/4″ to 1-foot (or 1″ to 4 feet) and 1:72 is 1″ to 6 feet, while metric scales are simpler, such as 1:100th, which equals 1 centimeter to 1 meter.

Non-kit models are models already assembled and painted.  Large scale desk-top models are produced for travel agents, airlines and aircraft manufacturers.  These manufactured models are usually made from die-cast metal, mahogany, resin and plastic.

I discuss the various ‘scales’ that models are built in, helping the reader in determining the scope and purpose for a particular scale in my article, ‘Large Scale Airplane Models – What are they? Do you need one!‘.

Giant Scale

In the non-flying arena, Giant Scale is generally found in models displayed on floor pedestals.  These models are usually found in lobbies, conference rooms, or travel agencies. These models are huge; three feet in length and larger.

Large Scale Lobby Model
Factory Direct Model

1:18 scale is a traditional scale (ratio) for these sized models. 18 units (such as inches or centimeters) on the original is represented by one unit on the model. The scale is also called two third inch scale since 1 foot is represented by 2/3 of an inch.

Large Scale

Large Scale models are typically found on desktops, credenzas, display cases, and are of museum quality.  1:100 scale is a common scale used, but large scale models are not solely limited to this scale.

Desktop Display Model
Desktop Display Model

This scale model will usually be displayed on a custom pedestal or hanging from a ceiling. Rarely will you find a model sitting on it’s landing gear.

Small Scale

In this category, model kits are generally plastic or wood. Assembly and painting are usually required and are primarily available in 1:144, 1:72, 1:50, 1:48, 1:32, and 1:24 scale, often depending on the size of the original subject.

Different Scale Models
Different Scale Models

These models can be held in your hand for closer examination. They are displayed on smaller pedestals or they sit on their own landing gear.

 

Most Airlines allow their fleet aircraft to be modeled in their livery for promotional purposes. Additionally, airlines and airplane manufactures distribute their desktop model airplanes to airport, airline and government officials as a way of promoting their airline or company.

Other issues that will influence your decision are discussed in my other article, ‘Commercial Model Airplanes – Large Scale‘. Issues that I touch upon are Type, Size, Livery and Custom details which will lead you in your search for answers.

If you have any suggestions, I am most eager to read your comments that you can leave in the comment form below.  Others will learn from you as well and may engage in your conversation.

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at other posts below.

Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Airplane Models
How to Clean a Model
Model Airplane Display Cases

Commercial Model Airplanes – Large Scale

Boeing Commercial Plane
A Dream

Our fascination with flight is teased when we are reminded of the vehicles and machines that take us aloft. Seeing Commercial Model Airplanes displayed can have a very positive interaction between your Dreams of participation and your inquisitive thoughts of ‘What if’. ‘What if’, I was sitting in the left seat flying this behemoth that has so much power and grace?

How can I have a model that represents what I did for a living or what I worked on? A reminder of achievement whether it was mastering the concepts of flight or allowing me to escape to where I wanted to be.

Airplane Models

We will assume for this article that you want a model that is already assembled or built.  As in my other posts, ‘Large Scale Aircraft Models – What are they? Do you need one!‘, and ‘Large Scale Plastic Models – What are the scales?‘ I have talked about the aircraft models in terms of their size, method of display, and what they are made out of.  But what other information is pertinent to know prior to ordering a model.  A few thoughts come to mind.

Aircraft type
Size or Scale of the Model
Livery (Paint scheme)
Custom details

This is fairly straight forward.  In the automobile world where you find companies we all have heard and most likely have bought from; Aviation has its own players all competing to sell their aircraft. Boeing Aircraft Company and Airbus Industries are the two largest manufacturers.  Their aircraft are modeled by many different model manufacturers and in many different mediums.

Boeing 221 and 787 Aircraft
Boeing 221 and 787

But the most important information to know is what type or model of aircraft are you interested in.  Time has seen many new Airplanes developed and most have been        modeled.  Boeing’s first airliner was the Model 221, which had a 6-passenger cabin. The latest is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Identifying the type is important, especially if the model is destined as a gift of appreciation.

Size or Scale of the Model

First question should be … Where will the model be displayed?  Models come in different sizes or scale. Displaying the model needs to be kept in context with anything else on display that is related to the aircraft.  It is not so important if the model is on display by itself; A corner of a desk top or behind the desk on a credenza or in a display case.  It’s also a matter of concern as to the recipient.  An adolescent will have a different need for display than that of an individual being recognized for their accomplishments.

Different Scales
Different Scales

The larger the model, the more detail will be available.  Models come in different scales, as shown by this image.

So how large is ‘large’?  Models can be a couple of inches long to several feet.  It’s determined by the scale of the model.

An example:  Airbus 300-600R  aircraft in real life is 177 feet long.  A model of the aircraft at a scale ratio of 1:100 will be about 21 inches long.

Livery (Paint scheme)

You have two basic options in this decision. Either you know what livery you want or you will want a generic livery that is provided by the aircraft manufacturer or the custom paint by the private owner of the aircraft.

Most likely you will want to choose a specific Airline Company which has its unique livery and is generally provided by most model companies.  But if you’re looking for a specific paint scheme, corporate or private, you will most likely need to custom order the model.

Custom details

This will add costs and time to the building/ordering of any model that you may want. Off the shelf models are the least expensive and may not be available in a scale that you desire.  Ordering a Custom made model affords you a greater choice in what you want. But a custom model can be more expensive than an off the shelf model.

As mentioned above and in previous articles that I have written, your search for a model, that will convey appreciation for work done, honor commitment to innovation, or recognize the love affair one has with a machine, can be a rewarding venture.

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.

Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Airplane Models
How to Clean a Model
Large Scale Plastic Models
Model Airplane Display Cases

Leave a comment below and let me and others know what your opinions are.

Model Airplane Display Case

Different Scale Models - All Desktop Models
Different Scale Desktop Models

Model Airplanes come in various sizes as pointed out in my article, Large Scale Plastic Models – What are the scales?  Depending on the size of the model and how you want to display it, you should pay attention to the ‘environment of display’. Small models are more delicate than larger models due to the detail and the sheer size of the detailed parts on the model. Hence, displaying the model in a ‘Model Airplane Display Case’ will protect the model from tactile wear and tear as well as environmental pollution.

You can visit several of the sites that I recommend that provide aircraft models. But,  I encourage you to read about the dangers of handling your models.  Just select ‘Continue Reading’.  You can go directly to Display Cases and other links for aircraft models here.

You should also consider the ‘Access’ the model will have by the observer(s). Certainly, you don’t want the model to be picked up as injury to the model is highly likely. General cleaning of the model can result in damage to a delicate part. Protecting your model is paramount. That brings us to discussing a means to protect your investment and provide visual access to your model, mitigating the risks to damaging the model.

Holding a Model – Good or Bad

It’s really cool to pickup something that has captured your interest. The act of doing so gives you more information about the item you’re holding. How heavy is it? What’s it feels like to the touch? The act of holding an item in your hands can convey the degree of quality in the item and that is an important piece of information. But there is a downside to allowing physical access to a model.

Holding a Model Airplane
Holding a Model Airplane

The first and most concerning action to having a model picked up is the risk of damage to the model if it’s mishandled. The most attentive individual with an inquisitive interest is prone to having accidents as we all are. But, even when a model is handled with extreme care, unseen damage can occur. What am I talking about?

As innocuous as it may sound, the act of just touching the surface paint of a model can damage the paint. All of us leave finger prints on everything that we touch. Finger prints are deposits of ‘oil’ produced by the body. This ‘oil’ is the culprit, as it can interact with the paint used on a model. Over time, the interaction of the ‘oil’ can discolor the paint. Acrylic paint tends to turn yellow over time and it distracts from the beauty of the model.

Dust and Dirt

This is a major issue with models. The longer a model sits the more dust it can be exposed to. If the dust is not removed, it eventually adheres to the surface and adversely interacts with the surface paint. Hence, ‘dusting’ will always be a concern to remove it. But the downside is the risk of damage especially by the products used to clean the surface. Cleaning cloths can snag small parts.

Cleaning Rags
Cleaning Rags

Cleaning fluids can interact with the acrylic paints that are used. To mitigate this risk, the model has to be removed from this environment. Better yet… a protective barrier that prevents dust and dirt from landing on the surfaces of the model and allows visual access is the ideal solution.

Protective Display Cases

Placing your model on display so others can enjoy it seems like a no-brainer. The size of the model will be an issue for you if you decide to go in that direction. In a public setting, Display cases are more for security than for protection from the elements. In a private setting, security may not be as important as much as to protect the model from dust.

Wood Display Case
Wood Display Case

The larger the model will require a larger display case. You will most likely have to custom order a display case for a large model.  Display Cases can be made out of many different materials but are generally made from Acrylic Plastic or Glass and wood.

I have found a provider that leads the field for quality, simplicity of design, and craftsmanship.  I recommend that you look at the Display cases below and others that are available.

Here we have two different display cases.  The one on the left is a case that sits on a piece of furniture and is elegant.  It does the job and will protect your smaller models.

Small Airplane Display Case
Small Airplane Display Case

Large Airplane Model Display Case
Large Airplane Model Display Case

The Display case to the right is much larger and will handle larger models.  To view these cases and see more detail, click on the image and you will have the opportunity to acquire them.

If your making an investment into purchasing large scale models, you certainly want to protect that investment.

Here are a couple more cases that may interest you.  Just click the image to see the details. Or if you would like to view some models that may interest you, just follow this link.

Large Model Plane Display Case
Large Model Plane Display Case
Counter Top Model Airplane Display Case
Counter Top Model Airplane Display Case

 

Please leave a comment below and let us know what your opinions are. I would love to engage in conversation.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.

Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Airplane Models
How to Clean a Model
Large Scale Plastic Models

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About Me – Chris

Chris Barr
Chris Barr

I want to help you in making a choice that will possibly be a reminder of Achievement, Loyalty, or just a gift between friends. A model that adorns the desktop of a professional is displayed to reflect a career. No matter what the reason, an Executive Airplane Model holds memories as well as stories associated with events that once soared.

Philosophy of Flight

I took a class in college called ‘Philosophy of Flight’. My professor, Richard Bach, (he wrote “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”) inspired my dream of flying. He did so by advocating the need to become one with the airplane. I’ve never forgotten that.  Today, I continue to have a love affair with the airplane. In my office, I am reminded of the many wondrous adventures that I experienced; I can look at a scale model of the Aircraft that I flew and it touches a nerve every time.

Having started my professional flying career as a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was nick-named Airdale by my drill instructor when I was in OCS (Officer Candidate School). Marine drill instructors are ‘ground pounders’, ‘grunts’, and ‘leather necks’. They are there to instruct the recruits how to be a Marine and fight on the ground. I was there to Fly in the air. My drill instructor was not pleased. I was immediately labeled an ‘Airdale’ separating me from the rest of the recruits. My life took a nasty turn through OCS. I have proudly carried the moniker of ‘Airdale’ since.

Provide and Inspire the Dreams that are held within.

I have come to realize that appreciation for one’s achievements, whether they are your own or that of a colleague can be displayed in a number of different ways. A career spans many years. A parting gift to reflect that investment to a company can be an Executive Airplane Model from the management team. A gift, that will be appreciated and one which will always hold and inspire the memories of a Dream that has come true.

I want to provide Aircraft Models, which to this day continues to inspire me. You too can choose a model to reflect the dreams that have inspired and motivated.
If you ever need a hand or have questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Chris

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