Aero Mini American DC-9?

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A year or so, I got an Aero Mini DC-9 in American Airlines paint. It was grey with decals, and had its landing gear epoxied in the down position. I thought it was a one-off and I had gotten it for parts, but I have seen a couple more on eBay since (there's one up right now), and I wonder if someone did a short custom run at some point? Anyone know anything about these? Thanks in advance!

Posted by ihphobby (Questions: 1, Answers: 2)
Asked on August 4, 2014 11:45 pm
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Hi,
I bought a custom Air Canada in 2004 or 2005 from Mike Bartel and then had him do three custom Western Airlines, a 727, 737, and a 707. I then found Kyle Langley and he did more customs for me on Aero Mini’s and Gemini 250’s. Unfortunately I haven’t been in contact with either of them since 2011.

Posted by Blackbirdfun980 (Questions: 2, Answers: 2)
Answered on March 10, 2016 6:32 pm
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I think we are t of saying the same thing – someone took an aero mini and re-did it with epoxy and new paint. In any event, it would hold little value to me personally because I only like the originals, but of course I have no idea what it might be worth to other people… Interesting.

Posted by mtmartifacts2 (Questions: 1, Answers: 18)
Answered on August 19, 2014 11:04 pm
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No, it’s definitely a repainted original Aero Mini diecast DC-9. I am starting to take apart the one I have and it’s had its landing gear fixed down in place and all three wheel wells filled with 2-part epoxy, then spray-painted overall with grey paint, then decaled with custom AA decals. Usually, to make professionally-printed custom waterslide decals, you have to order a minimum quantity, and these were professionally-printed waterslide decals, not laser-printed one-off decals. This would lend further credence to the theory that a small run of these were made somehow because I’ve seen two or three of these on eBay in the last year or so from different sellers. I haven’t gotten to stripping the paint off the fuselage yet, so I don’t know if these were done from old stock models or fresh unpainted castings, but from removing the landing gear, I am seeing silver paint under the grey there. I’m using mine for spare parts, so I’m not really interested in its collecting value, but it would be amusing to know its background.

Posted by ihphobby (Questions: 1, Answers: 2)
Answered on August 16, 2014 12:59 am
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OK, I went and looked at the one on eBay right now. That is definitely not Aero Mini, it is someone’s knockoff effort. Looks like it’s made from epoxy to me…

Posted by mtmartifacts2 (Questions: 1, Answers: 18)
Answered on August 7, 2014 2:03 am
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Sounds like someone tried to make an American version from another established model, maybe a Northwest Orient? See if the paint on the tail matches the paint on the fuselage. If not, you probably have a homemade conversion of a Northwest Orient. If it does match, I have no idea…

Posted by mtmartifacts2 (Questions: 1, Answers: 18)
Answered on August 7, 2014 1:59 am

There was a guy doing that several years back. Can’t remember who.

(BOWENAERO at October 2, 2014 2:11 am)

And it seems some 737s were also done this way, but with only window decals. There’s a pair on eBay right now.

(ihphobby at August 10, 2015 11:00 pm)
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