Lufthansa BAe Avro RJ85 D-AVRI Jet-X 1:400 JXM310 2007




I have been looking for one of these for years. Produced back in 2007, in limited numbers – just 290 were made – it qualified for “price no object over-ride” status as it’s one of only four aircraft on my must-have-no-matter-what-list.

I would have paid double for this, but £55 (US$76) – is all it took in the end.

The advent of the newly bland Lufthansa livery has led me to a decision – this was always part of the plan – to freeze the Lufthansa collection at 2018, rather than the planned 2020. One example of the new livery will be purchased and that’s it.

The period 2000-2020 will have seen a massive alteration in the aircraft and fleets of the world, as they progressively become more bland and homogenized in coming years. Think for a moment how many genuinely new types of aircraft model companies will service in the next ten years? You’ll struggle to use all of the fingers of one hand.

Munich, February 2008

This 20 year period will have seen the most astonishing change in types of aircraft and massive airline consolidation and change – and the disappearance of almost 80% of the variations available at the start of the 2000’s. That’s the 20 years I’ve chosen to preserve in my collection.

D-AVRI arrived in its mint condition box, and was everything it promised to be. The box however has it listed as a BAe-146, which is wrong.

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Lufthansa ordered the aircraft from new for Lufthansa CityLine, they operated 18 of the RJ85 version and then 5 of the 146-200.

The RJ85 version of which this was the tenth of 18 to enter service, were all fitted with a business/economy layout of 93 seats. Notoriously a little cramped, it was never unusual to be asked to move where you were sitting to balance the load more efficiently, especially if the flight was under capacity and too many people sat forward or aft.

Manchester (UK) 29 April 2009

This particular aircraft was delivered on December 7th 1995 and served with CityLine until 6th October 2011, briefly had a UK registration G-CLHX for 9 days under Falko Aviation before being transferred to the US registry as N839AC, owned by Aero-Flite. She now serves as a tanker carrying fire-retardant, and was used extensively to help quell the recent horrendous fires that devastated parts of California in late 2017/early 2018. often seen around Palmdale, Burbank, Van Nuys, Victorville, La Verne, Santa Monica, Upland and Santa Paula airports.

November 2017

With so few now in service in Europe – the Belgian and Swiss versions that used to fly into BHX are now gone, in service terms they’re fast becoming a piece of airline history. Many are used for spares to keep others flying, some are on their fourth or fith careers, often in remote parts of Africa or Australia, where they STOL capabilities on rough ground are much prized.


As so often happens, model makers seem better at producing small models than they do large ones. Attention to details at this scale is difficult and more demanding, but they seem to come through well.

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Bearing in mind its age, the model is as good if not better than many produced now. The detail and technical print on the fuselage is excellent and really precise. Everything is where you’d expect it to be and it’s all been done in the best possible taste.


The overhead wings are superb, an excellent fit and nicely detailed for their scale and size. The underwing detail is particularly high and very accurate.

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3.Landing gear

Landing gear is more elaborate because of the way it works at such a low-level, with doors that open exceptionally wide to ensure they clear the bump-stops on such short hydraulic arms. They’re really excellent and have stood the test of time.

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The four Avco Lycoming LF502’s were notorious for their electronics overheating and shutting the engine down without an inflight on-board restart option, but they are faithfully reproduced here. The fans are of course lurid silver but for the size, the rims are neat, as is the paint finish. Really quite special for something so small.

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5. Nose detail

The nose section is faithfully accurate with a great flight deck, plenty of visible scale-appropriate markings and just helps complete a superbly made small model.

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6.Tail detail

The T-tail is vertical is part of the fuselage mould, with only the  upper horizontals being inserted into it as a single piece. Very satisfactory and a really neat finish.

The air brakes in the rear of the tail/fuselage are always interesting to see deploy, as they flick out, producing aerodynamically curved forward-facing panels, then just as quickly flick back into place.

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All exactly as they should be.

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Other than the lurid silver fan paint on the engines, a remarkably good model and a credit to Jet-X who often weren’t the best.

The only downside is these models have no stand hole for in-flight photos!

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