Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair 2020 Was An Amazing Success – Fantastic for Models!

SEE PHOTOS BELOW – The Amsterdam Aviation Collector’s Fair was held at the Van Der Valk A4 Schiphol hotel on Sunday, February 23, 2020, and it was an amazing success! The Dutch have easily surpassed the American’s in offering what is now easily the world’s largest aviation and airline collectibles show. Most of the table stalls and vendors have airline related collectibles, but there is a broad base of aviation collectibles on offers to suite every taste. But the main specialization of offer are professional aircraft display models.

This page features two videos prepared by Henry Tenby on this amazing show, the first video (above) being a 15 minute look at the show from start to end. And the second video (below) features the fantastic selection of quality aircraft display models that were offered for sale at this show.

This year’s show featured just over the 300 tables, but it is noteworthy to mention the sheer abundance of professional aircraft display models (both airline and military) that were offered for sale at this show. I am now aware of any other show on the planet that consistently offers more display models for sale under the same roof. One would think that a country as large as the USA and with as many display model collectors as the USA would have a collectibles show dedicated to professional aircraft display models, but it is clearly not the case.

I think Americans prefer to sell their models on ebay in hopes of getting the highest price possible and do not want to take their surplus models to old school collectibles shows which are like the flea markets and antique shows of yesteryear. Which is a real shame. Selling on ebay is so impersonal and takes away from the fun of collecting, and attending real collectibles shows allows people to interact and meet new friends, and socialize with fellow collectors. Which is what I really like about attending the Amsterdam show.

Special thanks have to go to Patrick Van Rooijen and his amazing team of helpers for organizing such a to drawer show. Their efforts are extensive and span most of the year leading up to the show, and every detail is planned with military precision. The event is First Class in every respect and I am honoured to be associated with such an amazing event. For full information on next year’s show please visit their website at www.aviationfair.com for the the latest details.

Also featured below are a selection of photos from the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collector’s Fair. I hope to see you at the next year’s fair. Until then, happy collecting!

Raise Up 1/80 scale Air India Connie

Raise Up 1/80 scale Air India Connie

CIE Generale de Transport Lockheed 749 Connie metal model

CIE Generale de Transport Lockheed 749 Connie metal model

Fabulous selection of military and commercial aircraft display models for sale at the Amsterdam show.

Fabulous selection of military and commercial aircraft display models for sale at the Amsterdam show.

This is a 1/24 perspex cutaway model of a Boeing Stratocruiser

This is a 1/24 perspex cutaway model of a Boeing Stratocruiser made by Westway Models in the 1950s. It sold for a reported 20,000 euros to a model broker in Paris.

A selection of Topping Models military display models at the Amsterdam Aviation show 2020

A selection of Topping Models military display models at the Amsterdam Aviation show 2020. None of the models were priced, which I think is a bad idea.

Ed Van Rooijen's fabulous selection of vintage F28, F28 and F100 1/72 display models

Ed Van Rooijen’s fabulous selection of vintage F28, F28 and F100 1/72 display models at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2020.

Ed Van Rooijen's fabulous selection of vintage F28, F28 and F100 1/72 display models

Ed Van Rooijen’s fabulous selection of vintage F28, F28 and F100 1/72 display models at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Show.

This is a 1/100 Vogelaar Martinair Lockheed L-188 Electra which is a lovely model

This is a 1/100 Vogelaar Martinair Lockheed L-188 Electra which is a lovely model. The seller was asking 1100 Euros, which is much more than the model is worth.

Peter Casell with his wooden 1/50 DC-7 model, in need of serious restoration.

Peter Casell with his wooden 1/50 DC-7 model, in need of serious restoration.

Peter Casell with his hand made large scale flying wing model. Price was 900 Euros.

Peter Casell with his hand made large scale flying wing model with retractable landing gear. Price was 900 Euros.

Peter Casell with his hand made large scale Swissair DC-7C, which he sold at the Amsterdam Show 2020.

Peter Casell with his hand made large scale Swissair DC-7C, which he sold at the Amsterdam Show 2020.

Two 1/100 plastic DC-8 models from France, for sale at 100 Euros each at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

Two 1/100 plastic DC-8 models from France, for sale at 100 Euros each at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

A very nice 1/100 plastic Topping Models 737-200 in home country Transavia colours, circa 1975.

A very nice 1/100 plastic Topping Models 737-200 in home country Transavia colours, circa 1975. This 80 Euro model was sold at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

A 1/48 scale Swiss Air Force De Havilland Vampire model in metal.

A 1/48 scale Swiss Air Force De Havilland Vampire model in metal. A bit chunky but fairly priced at 70 Euros at the Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair 2020.

Two very nice 20 year old British Airways Pacmin models in 1/100 scale

Two very nice 20 year old British Airways Pacmin models in 1/100 scale, at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

A small scale Northwest Airlines L-199 Electra, possibly a 1/144 Raise Up model, in plastic

A small scale Northwest Airlines L-199 Electra, possibly a 1/144 Raise Up model, in plastic. Offered for sale at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

A nice selection of Swiss Air Force metal ID models of Russian military aircraft.

A nice selection of Swiss Air Force metal ID models of Russian military aircraft. Offered for sale at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

A 1950s era 1/100 scale KLM DC-6 by Raise Up

1950s era metal ID model of a Dutch Air Force F-84

My prize acquisition at the show! This is a 1950s era metal ID model of a Dutch Air Force F-84, I just love this model! I purchased it at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

KLM Vickers Viscount ashtray model in 1/200 metal by Raise Up, circa 1950s

KLM Vickers Viscount ashtray model in 1/200 metal by Raise Up, circa 1950s, offered for sale at 400 euros at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

KLM DC-4 in wood, possibly made by the KLM model shop in the 1950s

A large and impressive KLM DC-4 in wood, possibly made by the KLM model shop in the 1950s. Offered at 1150 Euros at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

Martinair Holland DC-10 in 1/100 scale by Verkuyl circa mid 1970s display model

Martinair Holland DC-10 in 1/100 scale by Verkuyl circa mid 1970s display model. Offered at 450 euros at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

Small KLM Viscount 800 in plastic circa 1950s by Raise Up

Small KLM Viscount 800 in plastic circa 1950s by Raise Up. Offered at 195 euros at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair.

Transavia Se210 Caravelle in 1/100 metal by Verkuyl circa early 1970s

Transavia Se210 Caravelle in 1/100 metal by Verkuyl circa early 1970s. Offered for sale at 400 euros at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Show.

KLM DC-4 circa 1950s in approximately 1/50 scale

Large metal toy like model of a KLM DC-4 circa 1950s in approximately 1/50 scale. Offered for sale at 450 euros at the 2020 Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Show.

Henry Tenby with a 1/50 Verkuyl metal DC-8-50

Henry Tenby with a 1/50 Verkuyl metal DC-8-50

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