I've taken to watching some airliner videos on Youtube, especially older videos from the golden age of passenger air travel. I LOVE THAT 1970's Southwest commercial for one where the 737 roars over head of the cough, cough, sexy looking stewardess. But I love seeing the older jets and props. Seeing well dressed and well mannered passengers, flight crews and stewardesses makes me so want to go back in time flying on such airliners in the 1960's and 70's.
BUT! what I like most are the GREAT and IMO most TIMELESS paint liveries. The modern paint liveries in general just lack that visual joy and classic style, colours of these great old planes. I really like Air Canada's classic red and white livery and more so love CP Air's Orange colour livery. Eastern, Pan Am, United, TWA, American, BRANIF, B.O.A.C and others all looked so good too and I do not know why modern liveries just do not seem to look as good and timeless in general... THOUGHTS ON SUCH ANYONE?
Also any favorite plastic air liner kits you all like, I'm pretty weak on airliner kits and quality as such.
Me too, Gordon. The old liveries were beautiful and I'm really into nostalgia these days (as I get older).
Here are some websites that might give you ideas. You can get decals for just about any airline livery, and the newer photo-style windows really will make all the difference.
Not knowing what scale you'd prefer makes it difficult to suggest kits. Most build in 1/144 scale, but there's a huge variation in quality among available kits. Some of my favorites are the Minicraft DC-8, Daco/Skyline 737-300, and Revell (newer) Constellation. There are also some very nice kits of newer generation airliners by Revell Germany and Zvezda (mostly Airbus and newer Boeing subjects). Some of the old Airfix 1/144 series, though lacking finesse, had fairly accurate shapes and could be made into gems. In 1/72 the Revell DC-4/C-54 is a beauty. Authentic Airliners makes excellent resin kits in both scales but they are pricey.
Here's an airliner enthusiast website you might like:
Lots of info there.
Hoping this helps!