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Dragon Wings-Thoughts?  
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

I'm expecting a heck of a lot of dough in the form of a gift certificate after a trade-in at JustPlaneFun.net. Apart from the YX 717 and UAex E170, and if back in stock, the DL MD90, I've been looking at Dragon Wings models. What do you think about them in terms of quality? I'll be displaying them on their stands, and have been mainly looking at the Reno Air MD-80, OS Vienna Philharmonic A340, United 722 OOC, and Germany's "Air Force One". Also, if I find 'em, NW MD80, DC10, and/or 744 (all bowling shoe) and AA MD80.

[Edited 2008-02-16 06:52:36]


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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

Most Dragon Wings models are pretty good, especially the DC10 and MD80 moulds. Stay away from the a330 and a340 though... terrible moulds, you'd be better off with Gemini Jets or Phoenix.


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User currently offline9VSIO From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5468 times:
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Really? I have a dragonwings A346 and I am very happy with it. I think their plus for me is their removable landing gear. I definitely prefer them over Gemini, but that's just me.


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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5448 times:

I have both the A330-300 and A340-600 in Dragon Wings and think both are pretty good. It's the 777-300ER model I have problems with. The engines and pylons simply look awful and too small.

At first, I liked the plastic wings of the Dragon wings models as I felt they were able to give more detail than the metal wings of Gemini Jets, however I recently dropped a model off the desk snapping a wing in half. Wouldn't have happened to a Gemini jet.

One good thing is Dragon Wings models come with stands. I'm not sure if all Gemini Jets have stands.



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User currently offlineTCT From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

At first when I just started loving airplanes, dragon wings was the only plane maker I knew of, and I bought more than 15 models from them and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them got damaged somehow, it was either an engine fell off, or the landing gear got lost, or the entire wing/tail section breaking off, etc..... Then when I discovered geminijets my life changed, lol their models are great mostly entirely made of metal unlike dragon wings with plastic wings/tails/gear, overall when it comes to quality geminijets beats dragon wings by a mile (from my own experience), geminijets might be more expensive but well worth it.

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1649 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5379 times:

At first when I just started loving airplanes, dragon wings was the only plane maker I knew of, and I bought more than 15 models from them and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them got damaged somehow,

Sounds like your just not careful with you models. About 60% of my large collection of 1:400's are DW and I've only had damage to 3, and thats with me dusting once a month.

Yes DW are much more delicate than GJ's but I don't see how that directly relates to quality.



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User currently offlineTCT From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5366 times:

Quoting Sinlock (Reply 5):
Yes DW are much more delicate than GJ's but I don't see how that directly relates to quality.

You basically answered your own ?, as you mentioned DW are much more delicate than GJ in terms of quality, obviously "in terms of quality" if something is much more delicate than the other, the product that isn't as delicate (in this case being GJ) has to be the better overall product in terms of quality, if you take a DW model and a GJ model and compare the two, in the DW model the only part that is metal is the fusealge and then when you look at the GJ model its entirely made up of metal, now think about quality.

[Edited 2008-02-20 18:59:25]

User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1401 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

I personally prefer Dragon way more. I think there is way more detail, the support they have is great, they come with a stand.

Quoting TCT (Reply 4):
it was either an engine fell off, or the landing gear got lost, or the entire wing/tail section breaking off, etc.....

 Confused Were you playing with them like little toy cars?

The only problem I have had it when I was moving some stuff around one day I knocked my FX MD-11 off my desk 5ft onto my hardwood floor, it broke the stand and the nose gear. I e-mailed Dragon and they sent me a new set of wheels free of charge, so now it's good as new.

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User currently offlineTCT From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5360 times:



Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 7):
Were you playing with them like little toy cars?

No never played w/ them, I was just doing simple things like moving them from one place to another, dusting, I wasn't aware that you could replace the missing parts, but anyway I'm much happier with GJ models and dusting, or moving them is always hassle free.

[Edited 2008-02-20 20:01:10]

User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3970 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5346 times:

My experiences with my 300 plane collection are mixed -

Dragon Wings: prefer because of the removable undercarriage and higher detail allowed on the wings due to use of plastic, downsides are that sometimes the undercarriage is hard to fit or is too loose to stay attached without assistance.

Gemini Jets: slightly better build quality but I have had quite a few GJ models that have had slightly bent wings which are next to impossible to correct. Now you would be hard pressed to notice them in a cabinet, but *I* know they are bent  Sad

I have stopped buying 1:400 for the moment because DW have for some unknown reason stopped releasing. My current collecting passion is WWII 1:72, either Corgi Aviation or Gemini Aces - GA are fantastic, highly detailed and worth the money.


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