Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months ago) and read 4437 times:
If you plan to collect 1/400 scale, Dragon Wings and Gemini are definitely the way to go. With the exception of their recent 747-400 releases, Herpa's 1/400 scale models are of decidedly lesser quality. Some of the older Dragon Wings releases are so-so in presenting an authentic look of the real thing in miniature while Gemini Jets, without exception are, as they claim, "as real as it gets." However, I prefer the more recent Dragon Wings models over Gemini Jets by a slight margin when the same aircraft/airline/livery subject is available from both; I have a roughly equal number of models from both manufacturers in my 1/400 collection.
Ba777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4413 times:
James, To answer your question regarding stands, Dragon includes stands with all their models and give the option of removing the wheels or keeping them on. Gemini sells stands separately but their wheels don't come off.
Regarding who is the best manufacture, I had a poll last month on my website and 55% said they liked Dragon Wings models over Gemini, Herpa and Aeroclassics.
P.S If you want more answers to your model questions, I suggest you try asking them on the D.A.C forum. It's website is http://www.diecastaircraft.com
I like British Airways! I'm not sure why, but I do! ;-)
Mr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22 Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4403 times:
I collect both DW and GJ. Both are good. See the model for yourself and decide which is the one to your liking. About the DW, once the wheels are removed and you put the covers on, it is not possible to take them out again.
MagicMan_841 From Canada, joined Jan 2002, 182 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4375 times:
Herpa New Generation models are sweet....StarJets makes very nice 1:500s too.
Personally, I collect Herpa's....the non-new generation models have not-to-scale gears but the models are still very nice. For now I only have Herpa's (6 of them) but I might buy some StarJets and other brand, I haven't checked them a lot but I will in the future.