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I don't recall when and where I was "introduced" to 1:285 scale armor -- probably at a hobby shop would be most likely. Having been enthralled by "the real thing" from TV shows and movies, books and museums; various plastic kits I'd had over the years (especially the 1:35 scale variety, starting with Tamiya kits, but then expanding to other manufacturers); and a more-than-passing interest in the 1:87 scale line made by Roco -- I suppose it was "only natural" to be taken by these little gems, too! So-o-o-o small... and yet, so much detail!
I know there are several manufacturers in this scale, but to this date, only two have successfully competed for my "hobby dollar" -- GHQ and C-in-C. I know I found GHQ first; and to this day, they are the standard by which all others are judged. To the best of my knowledge, they have the widest variety, the best detail -- and (unfortunately) they're also the most expensive. But I'm willing to pay for that incredible level of detail; and so, apparently, are many others! C-in-C, while somewhat less detailed, are also less expensive -- roughly two-thirds of the price for their GHQ counterparts. There are many offerings in C-in-C's line that are not made by GHQ. And when painted and weathered and seen from anywhere but very close up -- they match up well to their competitors.
I have tried to compile an "all-time" list for both GHQ and C-in-C, and have included pictures where I've been able to obtain them. I have not included price; as time passes, the price changes (and as we all know, it mainly goes up...). In the listings, a number at the end of the listing, in parentheses, indicates how many models come in a given package.
Unless otherwise noted and/or credited, the pictures are courtesy of the manufacturer.
Each manufacturer-designated division has its own page. I wanted to build one unified list, but the page just got too big and unwieldy -- between C-in-C and GHQ, there are well over a thousand different models, and the list keeps growing!
A note on the lists; if a country name is spelled out, in Upper and Lower Case Letters, or is abbreviated with periods (such as U. S. A.), that usually signifies World War II era models; if the country name is in ALL CAPS, or abbreviated without periods (such as USA), that usually signifies post-World War II era models. (This is more prevalent with the C-in-C models, since they only differentiate by country, not by era.)
One other note -- I do not guarantee the absolute accuracy of these lists. The information I'm presenting is that which I've gleaned from web sites, catalogs, and sales brochures I've had access to. I have not confirmed these lists with their respective manufacturers. Often, when a model is "re-done", it has been given a new number and the old casting / number has been retired. Occasionally, though, I find that a model that I've thought was "retired" is, in fact, still in production. But to the best of my knowledge -- these are "all-time" listings for the 1:285 armor from GHQ and C-in-C. If you know of any additions / corrections I should make to these listings -- please let me know!
Various and sundry sites which I find of interest... and I offer them here for your consideration.
Here are some pictures of my 1:285 armor.
I am also a big fan of GHQ's Terrain Maker® (TM®) System -- click on the title to go to my TM® pages!
My personal archive of threads I've gleaned from GHQ's Military Models Forum