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Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:20 am

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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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:44 am



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 
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:29 pm

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



1:1 scale model of the B2707 supersonic transport.
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:35 pm



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?
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:01 am

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.
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:29 am



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.
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:39 am

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.
  

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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:19 am

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.
 
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:44 pm



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.
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:25 pm

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.
 
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Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:20 pm



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.
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:51 pm



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...
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:43 am

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 !
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:18 am

Any updates on this? Something must have happened in the last 34 days!
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:24 am



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
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Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:24 am

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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:32 am



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.
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:47 pm



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
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:13 am

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



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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:53 am



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.
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:37 am



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
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:32 am

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

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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:18 pm

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


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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:43 am



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.
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:38 pm



Quoting ContinentaL (Reply 24):

No need, it runs off 900 D cell batteries.

Um looking at the pics of its construction there are most deffinately 2 turbines in there, and a good amount of fuel tank too.
 
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RE: Possibly The Largest Aircraft Model Ever Built

Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:32 am



Quoting 747438 (Reply 21):
I've had worse from you Mr L

Well....yeah. I was going easy on you.

Quoting 747438 (Reply 21):
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

The above posts by Delboy, DC10BHX and Moo couldn't agree with you more. It's all about big money and possibly a bit of decadence.

Quoting 747438 (Reply 21):
And don't get me started on American build quality

This was built in Rancho Cucamonga bro. Not Detroit.  razz 

Quoting LH526 (Reply 22):
A 1/4 scale Embraer 145

Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Quoting ContinentaL (Reply 24):
it runs off 900 D cell batteries.

 rotfl 
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