Since a recent post I got to thinking, I bet a lot of us would like a nice desktop model of our Cirrus 20/22. The price on a high quality “custom” model, with your paint color, N number, etc. can be over $300. I got to thinking, If we pick a company we like, a bulk order may save us big bucks.
I did a little research on the internet and fund some surprising answers. Most of these quality wood carved “classic” models like B-17s, Boeing 727s, ect. we see in the stores,priced $99-150 because they are made in bulk. You want a Bonaza or Mooney made with your paint and its $300!
I emailed all the major wood carved model companies and fund most of them use manufacturers in the Philippines. After checking with the companies direct, I found they would build us some nice looking Cirrus models for around $30-60. Yes, these are the same models you see in the stores, and this is the money we would save buying direct. Now I see how much mark up goes on in our “Free Trade” world we live in.
Two companies said they would send me out prototypes to check proportions and accuracies prior to starting any large orders.
My question to all of you is, how many are intersted in this? We would need at least 100+ pilots interested to get the better price. The model could be in eithor 1:32 or 1:24th scale, you paint stripe color, 20/22, and a carved display base with your N number again with the Cirrus logo.
I recommend the 1:32 scale ( LENGTH=9.75", WS=13.28" )WS=14" for SR22.
If you are interested, and I am only getting information at this time, please email me. If you would, let me know if you have a partner or two, so I know if each of you would need a model, what scale you like best, if it would be a 20 or 22, and if you would like one right away or later on when you are closer to getting your plane.
Clyde and I talked about all this a bit, and if we find a company we really like we may place them on this site for later orders, advertising for them may even get us all an even better price.
Thanks, hope to hear from some of you.
PS I will post a follow up in a week so every one knows where we are with this.