NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4857 posts, RR: 10 Posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3655 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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Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3301 posts, RR: 44 Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3615 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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TCT From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3570 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.
TCT From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3533 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.
FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1324 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3529 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.....
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.
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.
Moo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3596 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3513 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
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.