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Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built  
User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13770 times:

Emirates is having a 1/3 scale model A-380 built for display at Heathrow. According to this article, it will replace an SST model located in the center of a roundabout.

The company building it is located about 2 miles from my business. I've driven by twice and caught a glimpse of a wing and fuselage section. I asked a worker if I could take a look and he declined.

It's supposed to be loaded into an AN-225 at ONT on the 3rd of July. I will try to get some photos. If anyone has more info, please post!


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474218, Carl, You will be missed.
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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5134 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 13732 times:



Quoting KevinL1011 (Thread starter):
Emirates is having a 1/3 scale model A-380 built for display at Heathrow. According to this article, it will replace an SST model located in the center of a roundabout.

I think it still takes second place to the model 787s Boeing is currently producing  duck 



That'll teach you
User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13725 times:

Old news for us Brits, Kevin. This was doing the rounds nearly two weeks ago.

Depending on which story you choose to believe, it could be an AN124 and not the -225 originally quoted.


User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3912 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 13699 times:

Actually, I think *this* is the largest aircraft model ever built:



1:1 scale model of the B2707 supersonic transport.


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13664 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 1):
I think it still takes second place to the model 787s Boeing is currently producing



Quoting Moo (Reply 3):
1:1 scale model of the B2707

Wouldn't these be considered as "Mock Ups" or "Prototypes"? By definition, "scale" model should be a replica of a fractional size.

Quoting Delboy (Reply 2):
Old news for us Brits, Kevin. This was doing the rounds nearly two weeks ago.

Two weeks?
Dang, news gets old fast around here. Was there already a thread?



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13616 times:

Hi Kevin

Don't think the news was posted here, I'm sure it was on UKAR or was it PPRuNe? Anyway, it was a while back.


User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3912 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 13616 times:



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 4):

Wouldn't these be considered as "Mock Ups" or "Prototypes"? By definition, "scale" model should be a replica of a fractional size.

You can actually have a 1:1 scale model - and another term for it would indeed be a mock up.


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13541 times:

Quoting Delboy (Reply 2):
Depending on which story you choose to believe, it could be an AN124 and not the -225 originally quoted.

You got it right Delboy!
Here she sits @ Ont. as of an hour ago. The sun was almost set and all I had was my Power Shot.



At this moment, Penwal is loading the wing assembly's into a 35,000lb. steel cradle. They will be working through the night preparing this huge model kit for transport.

I shot several pictures of a wing being loaded into the cradle and some partial fuselage shots last night, however I was asked by Penwal executives to not post them until after Emirates has their press launch. The Penwal people were very courteous and not demanding. With respect for their client relationship and as a local business owner, I agreed to comply. I will say that the product is stunning and wish for some feedback from our LHR spotters.

The An-124-100 will be off to LHR sometime late tomorrow.

When you see that glorious ship at Heathrow, think of it as a grand "G'day" from Rancho Cucamonga.
  

[Edited 2008-07-02 21:41:13]


474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 13526 times:

How much must Emirates be paying not just for the model but for the rights to put it in a location at one of the world's busiest airports that millions of people will see? IPulling out a random figure I'd assume this would be up around the $20 million? All the planning to get it right, getting the workers to do it properly. Not to mention the transportation costs.

As big a 737 that's huge just for advertising.


User currently offlineDC10BHX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 13491 times:



Quoting QFA380 (Reply 8):
How much must Emirates be paying not just for the model but for the rights to put it in a location at one of the world's busiest airports that millions of people will see? IPulling out a random figure I'd assume this would be up around the $20 million? All the planning to get it right, getting the workers to do it properly. Not to mention the transportation costs.

As big a 737 that's huge just for advertising.

But Just think how much the model itself is worth in advertising revenue. Don't forget that BA had a model SSC on that roundabout which was a really big talking point (especially when it was first unveiled). Even when Richard Branson from VS hi-jacked the blessed thing one year it was still talked about as the BA model aircraft.

I think if EK want to spend all that money on such a model (like you I dread to think how much money!!) then fair play to them and long may it stand. So long as no little toad vandalises the bloomin thing.



I'm lucky my job is my hobby
User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13484 times:

I think it's a bit rich that a foreign airline can advertise it's product like this. BA should have done something, anything, on the site, it is their 'home' airport for God's sake!

Rant over.


User currently offlineDC10BHX From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13469 times:



Quoting Delboy (Reply 10):
think it's a bit rich that a foreign airline can advertise it's product like this. BA should have done something, anything, on the site, it is their 'home' airport for God's sake!

Please bear in mind that BA were (if my information is correct) offered the chance to re-new the lease for this site. They refused. EK accepted. The rest is history. BAA (or Ferrovial) make some money out of a spare piece of land at the Airport. If it was empty and left there people would be saying "Do you remember when BA had their model at LHR?"

As I have said before if EK want to spend their money on this then fair play to them.

It should also give the police (that always seem to congregate there) something to shelter from the weather.



I'm lucky my job is my hobby
User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3912 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 13438 times:



Quoting Delboy (Reply 10):
I think it's a bit rich that a foreign airline can advertise it's product like this. BA should have done something, anything, on the site, it is their 'home' airport for God's sake!

Well, when you think about it, with BAs customers going to Terminal 5, they will no longer go by this roundabout...


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13408 times:

Here's the latest:
The AN-124 is now being loaded and expected to depart @ approx. 11:30p PDT. Go figure what the arrival time @ LHR might be IF she flies N.S.

Fuselage sections are staged to the left awaiting the arrival of the wing sections. The cradle containing the wing assy's weighs approx. 60,000lbs and must loaded first.

http://mysite.verizon.net/biz7myu2/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/IMG_0882_1_1_1.JPG

http://mysite.verizon.net/biz7myu2/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/IMG_0885_3_1_1.JPG

http://mysite.verizon.net/biz7myu2/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/IMG_0883_2_1_1.JPG


While spotting, I happened to meet this young man who is "connected" well enough to receive this model kit autographed by the AN-124 Skipper.
He is also a future FSX addict in training eager to fly the AN-124. Anyone know if it's available for FSX?
You can meet the nicest people while spotting.  Smile



After arrival in LHR, assembly will be performed by an independent U.K. team.
If I may, please correct the thread title to:
Possibly the Largest Aircraft Model Kit Ever !



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 12672 times:

Any updates on this? Something must have happened in the last 34 days!


Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12640 times:



Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 14):
Any updates on this? Something must have happened in the last 34 days!

Thanks!
A certain user who works @ LHR "promised" me photos of the final installation but....?
I'll send him a nasty IM as follow-up. Stinking Phil.  Wink



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12640 times:

Yessss

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/blogs/...icture-emirates-a380-sculptur.html

flyingKangaroo



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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12638 times:



Quoting FlyingKangaroo (Reply 16):
Yessss

Thanks for the link FK !
Yes, It does look "ditched". I was thinking they would elevate it more to appear in flight.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12580 times:



Quoting FlyingKangaroo (Reply 16):
flyingKangaroo



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 17):
Yes, It does look "ditched". I was thinking they would elevate it more to appear in flight.

Thanks!

A couple of others:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/news/a380...cord/2008/07/24/1216492614022.html

http://www.pointniner.com/2008/07/wo...s-biggest-a380-model-lands-at.html



Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineAA388 From Puerto Rico, joined Sep 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12558 times:

I think they could have made it more presentable i.e raise it up and have no landing gear.



-max



Flown on A319, A320, A321, A330-200, A340-300, 737-3,5,7,8, 747-400, 757-2,3, 767-300, 777-200
User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12538 times:



Quoting AA388 (Reply 19):
I think they could have made it more presentable i.e raise it up and have no landing gear.

Possibly the photos don't do it justice. It's so big that it may be difficult to support it any higher without risk. Still freaking impressive.

If anyone has actually seen it, please give us your impressions.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 837 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12529 times:



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 15):
I'll send him a nasty IM as follow-up. Stinking Phil.

I've had worse from you Mr L

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 20):
If anyone has actually seen it, please give us your impressions.

It looks good from most angles,Kevin, both in daylight and when it's lit at night.

It seems a great shame to me though that at the UK's biggest airport and the home base of BA, we have this and not a model of a BA plane.

And don't get me started on American build quality  Wink


User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2358 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (6 years 1 day ago) and read 12509 times:
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Germans just recently produced what might be the largest FLYING jet model:

A 1/4 scale Embraer 145

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/6482/erjganz1jh2.jpg

http://erj145.de



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User currently offlineAA388 From Puerto Rico, joined Sep 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 22 hours ago) and read 12501 times:

Thats a really cool ERJ. I wonder if they could have done winglets to save fuel consumption.


-max



Flown on A319, A320, A321, A330-200, A340-300, 737-3,5,7,8, 747-400, 757-2,3, 767-300, 777-200
User currently offlineContinentaL From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (5 years 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12422 times:



Quoting AA388 (Reply 23):
Thats a really cool ERJ. I wonder if they could have done winglets to save fuel consumption.

No need, it runs off 900 D cell batteries.


25 GST : Um looking at the pics of its construction there are most deffinately 2 turbines in there, and a good amount of fuel tank too.
26 KevinL1011 : Well....yeah. I was going easy on you. The above posts by Delboy, DC10BHX and Moo couldn't agree with you more. It's all about big money and possibly
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