A Lifelong Love of Flight Led to This Man's Record-Breaking Collection of Model Airplanes

Most of us see an airplane and think they’re cool. It might inspire us to get a pilot’s license or maybe buy a few Micro Machines or even put together a model plane. Michael Kelly saw his first Douglas DC-3 aircraft at the Shannon Airport in Ireland when he was just a little boy and became very passionate model planes.

It left such an impression on him that he began collecting model the most accurate and rarest models he could find. Made to scale, with detailed, accurate markings, these planes were almost like the real thing (apart from the ability to fly).

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Today his collection stands at over 5,000 which he holds a Guinness World Record for, and he says he still hasn’t lost his boyish wonder about them. In fact, despite his age now, he could look at the sky and tell you what aircraft was flying above him.

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ManchuCandidate
ManchuCandidate

Damn. That is an impressive collection.

Some folks might say “big deal, he could make them.” Sure he could, but building 5000 model aircraft would be impossible unless you just slap them all together without regard for quality or accuracy.

And if he tried to improve the accuracy via detail parts the build process would take a long time... and then painting jet liners with their partial near metal finishes and gloss coats (and then not screwing it up) and getting the accurate paint (it is bad enough with military colors let alone civy ones.) I shudder thinking about the process.

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