Frequently Asked Questions regarding Flight Miniatures® aircraft models:

How do you assemble the models?

How many models do you have and how can I tell what is available?

How do you decide which models to produce?

Where are your models produced and how long does it take?

Can I get a custom model made for my company or my own airplane?

Are Flight Miniatures models available for purchase in stores?

Where can I find the models that you produced in the past but are no longer offering for sale?

What does "scale" mean and how do you decide on the scale for a specific model?

Why are the prices for some models different even though they are the same aircraft type and scale as others?

Can you ship aircraft models to any country in the world, and what are the shipping charges?

What is your return policy?

What can I do to take care of my models so they continue to look good?


How do you assemble the models?

The various pieces in a model fit together utilizing tabs and slots, each precision engineered so that the tab fits snugly into the correct slot at the correct angle. Assembly of models does NOT require glue.

To assemble the model, carefully work the tab into the slot opening so that the tab is aligned at the correct angle, then apply gentle but firm pressure to push the tab all the way into the slot. Should this prove difficult, check the tab to see if the edges or surface have plastic remnant resulting from the manufacturing process. You may use a fine nail file to gently sand down the remnant material, then try fitting the tab into the slot again.

With some models, the piece itself may fit directly into another piece, e.g., the horizontal stabilizer may slide into and through the tail end of the fuselage. In such cases, the piece usually slides in smoothly from one side. If you encounter resistance, try fitting it in from the other side.

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How many models do you have and how can I tell what is available?

Currently we have more than 550 different models, comprising more than 60 aircraft types and representing over 200 airlines. More are being produced regularly, and we use several methods to get the word out.

Our website is updated frequently to reflect our current inventory. If the model is included in our website under FLEET, this usually means it is available. New models or back-in-stock items recently made available again are also included in ARRIVALS for 90 days before they are removed from this list, but they will continue to remain in the FLEET list. Models that are available in very limited quantities and may no longer be made available after they are sold out are included in DEPARTURES and noted in the FLEET list that they are "departing from our fleet," giving you a final opportunity to purchase these models.

When placing an order, providing your email address or phone number allows us to let you know if any model you have ordered is no longer available. This is especially advisable if the models you ordered are from the DEPARTURES list.

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How do you decide which models to produce?

For the majority of our models, the production process is initiated by the airline or aircraft manufacturer. Sometimes we may choose to produce new models based on the popularity of the aircraft type and/or livery. (The livery refers to the paint scheme of the aircraft, or what is painted on the exterior of the plane.)

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Where are your models produced and how long does it take?

We do all the pre-production for the models at our facility in Arizona and then send the information to our factories overseas to have them mass-produced. It can take 6-12 months to produce the model of a new aircraft type because a new mold would have to be created, and 2-4 months for a new livery if the mold for the aircraft model type already exists.

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Can I get a custom model made for my company or my own airplane?

Yes, as long as it’s from a mold that we have available (or one that we would consider producing) for the specific aircraft type and scale. The minimum quantity for a custom order is 1,000 models. Please contact our model sales department by Email sales@flightminiaturesreseller.com or Phone (928) 340-3432 for details on our capabilities and requirements.

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Are Flight Miniatures® models available for purchase in stores?

Yes they are available from selected airline company stores, airport gift shops, aviation museums, hobby shops, air shows, Internet web-stores, various distributors and other retail outlet stores worldwide. (For a list of retailers who carry Flight Miniatures® models visit either the USA reseller page or the International reseller page).

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Where can I find the models that you produced in the past but are no longer offering for sale?

The best sources for out-of-stock models are people who want to sell or trade "retired" models. Good sources include are collector's forums or online auction sites

For your reference we do have a listing of "retired" Flight Miniatures® and InFlight 200 models.

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What does "scale" mean and how do you decide on the scale for a specific model?

Our models range in scale from 1:40 to 1:250, and they are true-to-scale. For example, 1:200 scale means that each inch on the model is equal to 200 inches on the real aircraft. So a Boeing 727 model in 1:200 scale measures 9.5" along the length of the fuselage and 6.75" across the wingspan, representing the actual aircraft size of 153-ft. length and 108-ft. wingspan.

Flight Miniatures® models are made to be desktop displays, so the scale they are produced in which they are produced is constrained by the actual size of the aircraft type. For additional information on model scale visit our Scale Reference page.

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Why are the prices for some models different even though they are the same aircraft type and scale as others?

The price per model varies as a result of many factors, including our licensing agreements with the airlines and aircraft manufacturers, the amortized costs for producing new tooling for each aircraft type and scale, the cost for materials and labor, packaging, freight, warehousing, etc. Usually a particular model has a higher price if it has a specialty livery because of additional licensing requirements and/or more complex graphics requiring more pre-production and production labor and materials.

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Can you ship aircraft models to any country in the world, and what are the shipping charges?

We no longer ship to countries outside of the United States of America.

If you are interested in purchasing one of our models we suggest that you check on our Reseller page to find an international reseller near you.

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What is your return policy?

We guarantee your satisfaction of our product within fourteen (14) days of receipt.

If you are not happy with the product, you may return new product in resalable condition for a full credit, excluding shipping and handling charges. Sorry, no cash refunds. You must contact us for an RMA within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the product.

Please contact us by telephone 928-634-8500. Your request will be reviewed and a representative will contact you within two (2) business days with an RMA number and the proper return address. The RMA number must be displayed on the address label of the return package.

All returns must be in the original packaging; packaged securely to avoid damage in transit; and shipped via an insurable, trackable shipping method. From Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, please send by insured U.S. mail. We are not responsible for items that do not arrive or arrive damaged in transit and for items that arrive without an RMA #.

Defective or Damaged Product

If the product is defective/damaged upon receipt, please contact us immediately, by telephone at 928-634-8500. A representative will contact you within two (2) business days with an RMA number and the proper return address. The RMA number must be displayed on the address label of the return package.

All returns must be packaged securely to avoid damage in transit, and shipped via an insurable, trackable shipping method. From Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, please send by insured U.S. mail. We are not responsible for items that do not arrive or arrive damaged in transit.

All RMA’s expire after 30 days and will be refused and returned to sender at his expense.

NOTE: The return procedures are subject to change without notice.

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What can I do to take care of my models so they continue to look good?

To protect the finish of the models, do not expose them to direct sunlight over extended periods and gently polish with a good non-abrasive car polish (we do this before shipping the models to our retail customers).

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