modesto2
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Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Sat Apr 12, 2003 9:03 am

I'd like to start a collection of 1:400 airliner models. I'm not looking for anything spectacular...just average aircraft like a Delta MD-11 and United 777. What brand (Gemini, Dragon, Herpa) do you recommend? Which brand has the best quality? Which brand has the most detail? Thanks.
 
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RE: Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Sat Apr 12, 2003 2:42 pm

All three are very good. I have some of each in my collection.
 
captaingomes
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RE: Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Mon Apr 14, 2003 3:56 am

Dragons are the most popular in the 1:400 scale. Gemini Jets are also very popular.

Dragons: metal fuselages, plastic wings, and tails. Wings are more detailed, very beautifully assembled. Wide range of products, from the regular releases to corporate releases and other special releases. Many go up in value after a while, so they are good investments too. Always check inside the box before purchasing, because many come damaged from the factory. Check for tail angles, if all engines and wheels are attached properly. Quality seems to have improved recently, but there used to be many that would be delivered with problems. All in all, Dragons are my favourites though.

Gemini Jets: all metal. Much fewer problems compared to Dragon models. Just recently, the moulds have changed, at least on the 747 so the ugly assembly of the horizontal stabalizer especially has been greatly improved. Some extra details on Gemini's that are missing from dragons, including engine markings and aircraft lights. You can now put a Gemini beside a Dragon, and only collectors will recognize the differences, since they are so well put together.

Whatever you do, find a good supplier who you are comfortable with and you can get competitive prices from. Good luck with your new (expensive) hobby!
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RE: Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Mon Apr 14, 2003 4:24 am

This site is really good for 1:400 scale models, however you'll find that lots of them are overpriced.

http://www.collectorsaircraft.com

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RE: Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Tue Apr 15, 2003 11:47 am

Personally, I don't think you should limit yourself to one brand. With the exception of one brand in this scale (Tucano-Line) all the models are pretty much well made, and are accurate.

Like Captaingomes stated, you should find yourself a good retailer. And since you live in the US, I recommend http://www.jetcollector.com they have great prices and service.
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RE: Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Tue Apr 15, 2003 4:01 pm

hey,

check this site.....

http://www.wings900.com
 
manni
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RE: Gemini Vs. Dragon Vs. Herpa

Tue Apr 15, 2003 11:57 pm

Have a look at this site, from a new manufacturer in the 1/400 scale, the only one producing the Antonov 124, atleast it is announced as a future release. http://www.tucanoline.com/index.htm

Dragon, Gemini and Herpa are all nice too, however Geminis have ugly seams were the tailwing connects the fuselage, and Herpa's one 1/400s aren't as detailed as Dragon.
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