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1:400 Collectors, Dragon Wings, Gemini Or Herpa?  
User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9806 times:

I'm a pretty new collector and would just like to ask for anyone's opinion on which of the three are better for the 1:400 series. personally like DW's and gemini's landing gear alot better, but herpa always feels more... correct? in terms of colour at least. and DW seems to be so detailed that it sometimes looks abit odd.

any opinions?

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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9675 times:

I would say DW is the best. Best detailed but not best in paint though.

alvin



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User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3414 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 9669 times:

get what you like. thats what i do. if they're all the same scale, then who cares who made the model.


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User currently offlineAlphie747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9667 times:

I too like Dragon Wings...especially their DC-10/MD-11/L1011 line up. No 737-200's/757's form DW. I get those in Gemini...

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9662 times:

Dragon Wings just came out with a Westjet B737-200  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineClassic707 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9645 times:

I have heard that the details on Herpa 1:400 aren't that good compared to Gemini and Dragon Wings.

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 9637 times:

I work at a little shop at the Airport here in Calgary (where Westjet is based). I have to say the Dragon Wings are better detailed than Herpa. But they are a little more expensive.

Dragon-wings: Yeah they did just bring out the Westjet 737-200 line. Also soon they will be starting Westjet 737-700's!! I can't wait for those to come in.
Are you a Wesjet fan? Your profile says you're from the U.S. Alot of Americans haven't even heard of Westjet.

Ragards,

Kris  Smile



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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 9633 times:

I am a fan of Dragon Wings models  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9634 times:

Cool, I have been too since I started working at the shop. Also Westjet is my favorite airline, so you can bet I'll be buying that model!!

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9627 times:

i dunno why, but i prefer herpa and gemini. gemini has very few asian airlines, which is a shame. and why doesn't anyone build airports in the 1:400 scale!!! argh!!

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9622 times:

Where did you hear about a Westjet B737-700? you have anymore upcoming Dragon Wings models you would like to share with us?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy (not the ones that are already on the Dragon Wings web site)

By the way, I pre-ordered my Westjet B737-200 about 2 weeks ago  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineFlyguy1 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9618 times:

Gemini Jets were the best when they first came out. Dragon have really improved, plus they have a much better selection. I have many 1:500 Herpas, but none of the 400. Most of the Herpa 400 series is a copy of previous Dragon, and Gemini models.


727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9618 times:

I heard that from the distrubitor that sells them to buisiness's in Western Canada, I'm not sure if it's true, but I wouldn't doubt it too much.

BTW could you post a link to Dragon Wings website? I can't remember it, and I tried to find it on Yahoo and all I get are childrens books sites, and doll sites ?!?

Thanks,

Regards,

Kris



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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 9610 times:

here is the link VonRichtofen  Smile

http://www.dragon-models.com/html/wingsf.html



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User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9607 times:

Does anyone build airports in the 1:400 scale?

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 9607 times:

Thanks for the link Dragon-wings!!!  Big thumbs up

Carmy:

I work tommorow and I'll check with my distributor if anyone makes 1:400 airports. I think I remember seeing one in my herpa catalogue but I'm not positive. Check back tommorow as I'll post what I find in this thread.

Regards,

Kris  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9601 times:

hey thanks for the help!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9600 times:

here is another great site that shows photos of Dragon Wings......enjoy!  Big thumbs up


http://www.brinkley.cc/Dragon.htm



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User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9602 times:

Hey Carmy,

I checked my catalogues etc. at work, Herpa does make a complete set however it's in 1:500 scale. It's also very expensive.

Thanks for the second link Dragon-wings!!

Take care,

Kris  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9593 times:

Thanks for the help Kris! It's a pity isn't it, that no one builds airports in the 1:400 range. I for one would love to have a little Changi Airport in my room, full of little SIA planes.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Nice link, Dragon-wings. But one of the best I've ever seen remains http://www.delftblue-daybreak.de. This guy has got one great airport, suprebly done photography as well. And to top it all off, argh.. he's got both SIA tropical Megatops in the 1:400 scale. I am SO jealous. hahaa.


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 9585 times:

That is a good web site...thanks for the link  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I wonder where he gets all of the airport accessories you see in those photos  Confused



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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9580 times:

I always prefer DW models which have very good selection of models but for excellent printing , i have to go for Geminijets .

Both models have their pros and cons but DW is currently leading the market because they are improving all the time

Regards
Charles

Happy Collecting



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User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 9572 times:

What about Jet-X? I hear they produce 1:400 airplanes as well. Does anyone have a Jet-X model?

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 9574 times:

I have one Jet-X model so far, the Eva Air Caro MD-11 (it's one of my favorite MD-11 models I have) it has the same details as the Dragon Wings models, the only differnce is that Jet-X models are limited in production #'s like the Eva Air Cargo I have is limited to 1,500 models


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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9566 times:

Ohh yes , i have 3 jet-x models and they are all excellent quality .

1. Alaska Airline B737-900 ( Wrong engines )
2. AA/TWA MD-83 ( Almost perfect )
3. EVA Air MD-11 Pax ( Beautiful )

they have a forum too
http://www.jet-x.com

Cheers
Charles



Airliners is the wings of my life.
25 Carmy : Well, my sister just got me a Gemini Jets Swissair Asia MD-11. Lovely plane, love the detail! However, would just like to ask anyone who stays in the
26 VonRichtofen : That sounds about right, I'm in Canada, but I'm used to converting into US funds. I don't think she got ripped off as the difference between what she
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