Amsterdam Aviation Fair – Pure Heaven for Airline Display Model Collectors

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The second annual Amsterdam Aviation Fair took place at the Van der Valk Hotel Schiphol A4 on Sunday, February 24, 2019. For collectors of travel agent models and aircraft display models, this was an amazing show. I have been attending airline collectibles shows for the past 30 years, and collecting display models for just a s long, and can honestly say this show was the best show I have ever attended for models.

Model collectors congregated at the show from the US, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France and other countries and there were table holders with models for sale of course from the Netherlands, as well as Germany, and France. For collectors of Verkuyl models, given that Matthias Verkuyl was based in Badhoevedorp where he produced his fine models from the 1950s to the 1990s, it only made sense that there was a large number of Verkuyl models for sale at this show.

Two notable collections of display models were recently brought to market after the collectors had released their collection due to old age, and the presence of these two collections at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019 made this a special once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity for model collectors. The reason being that many of the offered display models were old and rare, and they are not models that present themselves for purchase on a frequent basis.

My videos and photos below give a very good idea of the models that were offered for sale at the show. My suggestion for fellow collectors is to make plans to attend the next year’s Amsterdam Aviation Fair so as not to miss out on getting some really amazing models for your collection. You really do need to make the effort to attend the show because almost all of the display model sellers are only selling their models privately in person-to-person dealings at the show as they do not sell their models online via websites or auction sites like ebay.

If you see models you are interested in, make the effort and attend the next year show. You can get all the latest up to date information about the Amsterdam Aviation Fair by visiting their website www.aviationfair.com

Amazing period 1950s wooden ID model of a Bristol Freighter refinished into Aeropostal Venezuela colours. A really accurate and mazing model.

Amazing period 1950s wooden ID model of a Bristol Freighter refinished into Aeropostal Venezuela colours. A really accurate and mazing model.

Side profile view: Amazing period 1950s wooden ID model of a Bristol Freighter refinished into Aeropostal Venezuela colours. A really accurate and mazing model.

Side profile view: Amazing period 1950s wooden ID model of a Bristol Freighter refinished into Aeropostal Venezuela colours. A really accurate and mazing model.

This is a very nice 1990s era Lufthansa DC-3 that was made by Verkuyl for the collectors market.

This is a very nice 1990s era Lufthansa DC-3 that was made by Verkuyl for the collectors market.

This is believed to be a wooden ID model of a C-119 that was possibly refinished by Verkuyl into Syrian Arab Airlines livery. It sits on a Verkuyl base.

This is believed to be a wooden ID model of a C-119 that was possibly refinished by Verkuyl into Syrian Arab Airlines livery. It sits on a Verkuyl base.

A lovely 1950s era Walker Westway 1/72 scale South African Airways Vickers Viscount 800 metal travel agent model. In very nice condition for its age.

A lovely 1950s era Walker Westway 1/72 scale South African Airways Vickers Viscount 800 metal travel agent model. In very nice condition for its age.

Top view, this is a very nice 1990s era Lufthansa DC-3 that was made by Verkuyl for the collectors market.

Top view, this is a very nice 1990s era Lufthansa DC-3 that was made by Verkuyl for the collectors market.

Nice top view of what is believed to be a wooden ID model of a C-119 that was possibly refinished by Verkuyl into Syrian Arab Airlines livery. It sits on a Verkuyl base.

Nice top view of what is believed to be a wooden ID model of a C-119 that was possibly refinished by Verkuyl into Syrian Arab Airlines livery. It sits on a Verkuyl base.

Selection of vintage models for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair. With exception to the DC-8 and Convair these are all wooden models.

Selection of vintage models for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair. With exception to the DC-8 and Convair these are all wooden models.

The star of the show! This is an original 1950s era KLM Flying Dutchman Lockheed Super Constellation model made by Raise Up. Period models with tip tanks on the Connie makes this a particularly collectible model for collectors.

The star of the show! This is an original 1950s era KLM Flying Dutchman Lockheed Super Constellation model made by Raise Up. Period models with tip tanks on the Connie makes this a particularly collectible model for collectors.

A 1/72 scale Beech 18 and Focke Wolfe 200 both believed to be refinished metal ID models

A 1/72 scale Beech 18 and Focke Wolfe 200 both believed to be refinished metal ID models

Close up view of the wooden ID models of Pan American flying boat and Aeropostal Bristol Freighter.

Close up view of the wooden ID models of Pan American flying boat and Aeropostal Bristol Freighter.

Big Raise Up KLM 1/50 DC-8 at top, with Verkulyl Martinair DC-8 1/100 in metal, a 1/50 Martinair Convair 640 in resin and an assortment of refinished wooden ID models, all offered for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

Big Raise Up KLM 1/50 DC-8 at top, with Verkulyl Martinair DC-8 1/100 in metal, a 1/50 Martinair Convair 640 in resin and an assortment of refinished wooden ID models, all offered for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

At the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019 there was a large selection of Verkuyl Fokker house livery models. The Verkuyl Fokker models in factory liveries are miuch more valuable than the house livery models, of which there must have been thousands produced in the 1960s and 1970s.

At the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019 there was a large selection of Verkuyl Fokker house livery models. The Verkuyl Fokker models in factory liveries are miuch more valuable than the house livery models, of which there must have been thousands produced in the 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Matthias Verkuyl produced a range of 1/72 classic propliners in metal. Two examples are these 1/72 Stratocruisers in Northwest and United liveries, each bring priced in the 1200 Euro range.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Matthias Verkuyl produced a range of 1/72 classic propliners in metal. Two examples are these 1/72 Stratocruisers in Northwest and United liveries, each bring priced in the 1200 Euro range.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Matthias Verkuyl produced a range of 1/72 classic propliners in metal. This Braniff International Airways Lockheed 749 Connie in 1/72 scale is one such example, priced at 1200 Euros.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Matthias Verkuyl produced a range of 1/72 classic propliners in metal. This Braniff International Airways Lockheed 749 Connie in 1/72 scale is one such example, priced at 1200 Euros.

This is an original 1950s era Lockheed L749 Connie in period BOAC livery. I believe this model is in 1/100 scale and it appears to be mounted on its original period stand. Not sure of the maker, the price is 850 Euros.

This is an original 1950s era Lockheed L749 Connie in period BOAC livery. I believe this model is in 1/100 scale and it appears to be mounted on its original period stand. Not sure of the maker, the price is 850 Euros.

This fabulous photo presents many of the wonderful models from a collector who recently exited the hobby due to old age, and his collection was presented for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

This fabulous photo presents many of the wonderful models from a collector who recently exited the hobby due to old age, and his collection was presented for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

This appears to be a 1/100 Raise Up QANTAS Lockheed Super Connie on a replacement stand, being offered at 1100 Euros at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

This appears to be a 1/100 Raise Up QANTAS Lockheed Super Connie on a replacement stand, being offered at 1100 Euros at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

In the background is a Verkuyl 1/72 metal National Lockheed Super Connie (at 1150 Euros). In the foreground is a small scale metal Air France Deux Ponts, most likely a refinished ID model.

In the background is a Verkuyl 1/72 metal National Lockheed Super Connie (at 1150 Euros). In the foreground is a small scale metal Air France Deux Ponts, most likely a refinished ID model.

Another view of the wonderful models from a collector who recently exited the hobby due to old age, and his collection was presented for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

Another view of the wonderful models from a collector who recently exited the hobby due to old age, and his collection was presented for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

Some modern and lowered priced travel agent display models offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Some modern and lowered priced travel agent display models offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

These models are offered for sale from a long established collector of many decades who recently offered his collection for sale due to old age. Many of these models are military ID models and vintage oldies models that are the types of models you see for sale only once in a lifetime.

These models are offered for sale from a long established collector of many decades who recently offered his collection for sale due to old age. Many of these models are military ID models and vintage oldies models that are the types of models you see for sale only once in a lifetime.

The 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair also featured sellers offering old toys and tin plate models or airliners for sale.

The 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair also featured sellers offering old toys and tin plate models or airliners for sale.

The large scale Fokker 100 cutaway model is a highlight piece on the table of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

The large scale Fokker 100 cutaway model is a highlight piece on the table of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Another view of the large scale Fokker 100 cutaway model from the late 1980s or early 1990s that was the highlight piece on the table of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Another view of the large scale Fokker 100 cutaway model from the late 1980s or early 1990s that was the highlight piece on the table of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

These models were for sale on the tables of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair. He sold the large Air Canada DC-8-63, and the 1/50 scale Uzbekistan IL-76.

These models were for sale on the tables of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair. He sold the large Air Canada DC-8-63, and the 1/50 scale Uzbekistan IL-76.

Another different view of the larger models that were for sale on the tables of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair. He sold the large Air Canada DC-8-63, Martinair DC-10, and the 1/50 scale Uzbekistan IL-76.

Another different view of the larger models that were for sale on the tables of Patrick van Rooijen, the Managing Organizer of the Amsterdam Aviation Fair. He sold the large Air Canada DC-8-63, Martinair DC-10, and the 1/50 scale Uzbekistan IL-76.

This is a unique model of a 1920/30s era Lufthansa Junkers. Although the mixture of modern and vintage liveries is questionable. The model measures about 30 X 30 cm and appears to be of vintage manufacture, possibly hand built. It is certainly is an accurate model and classifies as being unique, as this will likely be the one and only such model like this a collector is likely to see in an entire lifetime of collecting.

This is a unique model of a 1920/30s era Lufthansa Junkers. Although the mixture of modern and vintage liveries is questionable. The model measures about 30 X 30 cm and appears to be of vintage manufacture, possibly hand built. It is certainly is an accurate model and classifies as being unique, as this will likely be the one and only such model like this a collector is likely to see in an entire lifetime of collecting.

Another view from one of the surplus collections of vintage civil and military ID and display models, as offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Another view from one of the surplus collections of vintage civil and military ID and display models, as offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Another selection of budget priced value models from the modern era offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair. These entry level models are ideal for new collectors entering the hobby.

Another selection of budget priced value models from the modern era offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair. These entry level models are ideal for new collectors entering the hobby.

Another selection of budget priced value models from the modern era offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair. These entry level models are ideal for new collectors entering the hobby.

Another selection of budget priced value models from the modern era offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair. These entry level models are ideal for new collectors entering the hobby.

1950s on top, 1960s and 1970s down below. A nice selection of many Verkuyl models highlight this photo of models offered for sale a the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

1950s on top, 1960s and 1970s down below. A nice selection of many Verkuyl models highlight this photo of models offered for sale a the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

1950s on top, 1960s and 1970s down below. A nice selection of many Verkuyl models highlight this photo of models offered for sale a the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

A nice 1/50 fibreglass TAP Portugal 727-100 travel agent model for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

A nice 1/50 fibreglass TAP Portugal 727-100 travel agent model for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

Once-in-a-lifetime modes. This amazing collection of refinished ID models (metal and wood) are from a long term collector who recently released his collection to the marketplace. They were all offered for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

Once-in-a-lifetime modes. This amazing collection of refinished ID models (metal and wood) are from a long term collector who recently released his collection to the marketplace. They were all offered for sale at the Amsterdam Aviation Fair 2019.

This is the table of models for sale of display model collector David Bourgaud from Paris, as presented at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

This is the table of models for sale of display model collector David Bourgaud from Paris, as presented at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Some more modern models offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Some more modern models offered for sale at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

For the corporate model collector, a table with an interesting selection including three Mu-2s.

For the corporate model collector, a table with an interesting selection including three Mu-2s.

Fokker house models by IMC and Verkuyl were in good supply at fair prices at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Fokker house models by IMC and Verkuyl were in good supply at fair prices at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Some vintage Mystere metal models from the 1950s at 150 Euros per model, at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

Some vintage Mystere metal models from the 1950s at 150 Euros per model, at the 2019 Amsterdam Aviation Fair.

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