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Old 02-21-2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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Just took it out of the box. Bad times.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:14 AM   #2
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I can't tell by the photo but: is it a clean separation (versus a break), so that the parts can simply be reattached with a drop of glue? Any paint damage?

I received a BA 747-100 with a snapped off engine and other damage, all of which I fixed with a bit of glue and patience. There is no sign of the repair.
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I received my BA a380in a similar condition with the right wing separated and the #4 engine as well. a little super glue fixed everything.
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Just took it out of the box. Bad times.
Sorry to see that but you're not alone. Out of 15 ordered 12 had to be returned that arrived in the same condition as yours at a local store. Lack of sufficient adhesive and application of adhesive over paint made for a very weak bond. Loose wings did extensive damage to the body work . Affected models were returned. I hope this will help in your case.
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That stinks it arrived like that. If it were me and there isnt any paint damage I would super glue/epoxy it back together, but if there is paint damage I would send it back.
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I agree with the others. If you are confident in your skills and there are no actual damage to the paint, consider gluing it back together. You might get another one sent to you that's even worse condition. if you are not happy with the way your own glue job comes out, just send it back anyway since it came defective in the first place.

Is it me or do these occurrences happen in batches? It seems like GJ was doing pretty good for a while on my orders compared to few years back when it seemed like everything was arriving with not enough glue in it. Recently I went through 4 bad samples of the American MD-80, and had to exchange it a few times. It seems like a few posts here are reporting issues with this aircraft.
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The manufacturers these days are so faithful to the last detail....it is known that Airbus 380's have problems with their wings...the model isnt an exception so it seems...
Now seriously, this sucks.
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Nothing a little super glue can't fix.
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Glue can fix this but it's really not appreciated to do this for a model that costs 120$!
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The manufacturers these days are so faithful to the last detail....it is known that Airbus 380's have problems with their wings...the model isnt an exception so it seems...
Now seriously, this sucks.
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Wow!that sucks after you've spent your hard earned money,that's the thanks you get!That's why I personally buy my models at a retailer that will allow me to check the merchandise first before buying it,as opposed to when you buy it online because I'll bet that most dealers don't bother to check the merchandise before shipping them.My suggestion to you would be to get in contact with the place you bought it and explain what happened to your model after you got it and see if they'll exchange it for a better model of the same one or better yet,the next time you order make a note to whomever you're buying from to check everything throughly before shipping it.
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That's why I personally buy my models at a retailer that will allow me to check the merchandise first before buying it,as opposed to when you buy it online because I'll bet that most dealers don't bother to check the merchandise before shipping them.
Which is why it's a good idea to buy from an online retailer who checks the 1:200 diecast models by physically removing them from the box.
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Glue can fix this but it's really not appreciated to do this for a model that costs 120$!

O rif you live in the UK over £120
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It seems to be more a problem with quality control from the Gemini factory. Not only a problem with the A380. On my 9 latest Gemini models 4 of them had different quality issues,paint,glue and bent landing gears. (A380-320, 767,777). My last purchases from JC wings,14 models,none of them have had any quality problem.
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Most of our Models have been purchased AFTER we see the actual aircraft. With a couple of exceptions thought but those are on unbuilt models that we have to build ourselves. Regardless, I am so sorry you received the A380 this way
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It's always a crap shoot when having models shipped. The A380 is so heavy and it's packaged in styrofoam which does nothing to absorb impacts so if the box gets tossed all that energy goes right to the model. I am fortunate enough to have three local stores to hand pick my models and even the majority of those have defects. It's too bad it has to be that way, but it's tough to transport something so delicate.
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From which retailer did you purchase your model ?
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From which retailer did you purchase your model ?
I purchased my British Airways A380 model from Troy's Toy's out of Overland Park, Kansas USA.The thing I love about Troy's Toy's is Troy checks the merchandise before shipping it.I live only 25 minutes away,I just go and pick my models up . Here's his website(www.troystoysinc.com)check it out you may find what you're looking for.
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It's always a crap shoot when having models shipped. The A380 is so heavy and it's packaged in styrofoam which does nothing to absorb impacts so if the box gets tossed all that energy goes right to the model. I am fortunate enough to have three local stores to hand pick my models and even the majority of those have defects. It's too bad it has to be that way, but it's tough to transport something so delicate.
I totally agree with you JTS97Z28. I feel for a lot of people who are having issues with their British Airways A380 models after paying all that money for it.And like you,I just drive 25 minutes to Troy's Toy's and pick mine up for the fact that Troy checks the merchandise throughly before selling it and shipping it.
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I was wondering if I was the only one this happened to, but I guess not! Luckily when I took mine out of the box I was opening it up on my bed and the wing just fell on the mattress as opposed to a harder surface! A little bit of the paint was chipped right against the wing root but you have to looked closely to see.

The other problem I am having is with the stand, and I was wondering if other people are having this problem as well? I have a Qantas A380 and the model sits firmly in the stand and does not move around. The BA A380 however doesn't seem like it goes all the way into the whole which causes the model to move around on the stand. Has anyone else had this problem?
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It seems to be more a problem with quality control from the Gemini factory. Not only a problem with the A380. On my 9 latest Gemini models 4 of them had different quality issues,paint,glue and bent landing gears. (A380-320, 767,777). My last purchases from JC wings,14 models,none of them have had any quality problem.
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My first ever JC Wings, Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-200 50th Anniversary, VR-HMS was purchased in a store near the Pearson Airport. Looked great at the store, brought it home and took it out of the box and the front landing gear wheel fell off in my hand :/

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Hi Rocky, in case you haven't already, you can put a thin coat of Elmers type glue or rubber cement on the shaft. It will make it tacky enough to stay in, but you can still turn the gear if you want to change the way it faces.
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Similar Situation with my Hobby Master FDX A310F purchase. Gotta be USPS being too rough with packages....................
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if it's only clean damage, just glue them back together. note that use gel glue instead of liquid.

but from the picture i think you really should contact the seller and get a replacement
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if it's only clean damage, just glue them back together. note that use gel glue instead of liquid.

but from the picture i think you really should contact the seller and get a replacement
Or at least a discount for the time and effort to fix it.
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Mine arrived in pieces too!!
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WOW is right I hope you will get at least a refund or a new plane
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how come there seems to be quite a significant number of cases where there are people receiving their models in pieces?i mean for starters,isnt the a380 box already so big and protective?
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Makes me glad I did not order any to be sent. I would be terrified.

What is the Policy of Models that arrive damaged? Do the sellers allow returns on them?
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how come there seems to be quite a significant number of cases where there are people receiving their models in pieces?i mean for starters,isnt the a380 box already so big and protective?

Yes, I agree from retailers and collectors who have sold/purchased this particular model; majority are arriving with several detached parts.

The box is big and looks like it could withstand some minor-mid impacts during transit; but I think the internal styrofoam is not securely hugging the model inside; so when that box is rattled externally the model inside is being tossed about/around = which is not good. Reminds me of that classic Jerry Lee Lewis tune = "A whole lotta shakin goin on"! I feel the pain for collectors who are experiencing this QC issue; only happened to me once with a G200 C-17 a few years back.

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Recieved mine today with a loose wing and 2 engine detached.... also 2 magnets for the landing gear are out of the fuselage so gonna have to be getting the super glue out... no biggy but when you pay £120 for a model youd hope you wouldnt be super gluing
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When we got our Emirates A380 last year it arrived with the magnets loose in the wheels and that is all.

We were lucky it looks like
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Just received mine today...there was one engine separated and loose. I fixed it right up with a little super glue. All good now!
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Are these GJs coming from Geminis factory, or are these being produced by some manufacturer who also makes his own stuff?
What I mean to ask, does GJ share a factory with another manufacturer, or is it its own place?!
That could explain loss of quality/ control...just saying....
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These are manufactured by JC wings factory
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Not enough glue or substandard glue which as degraded over time.
Gluing over the paint also produces weak spots.
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The 'model as a kit' seems to be a common thing.

Here's how I received mine.

Same problem, same wing. You can see by the mounting post, there was VERY little glue used.

Oh, and one of the engines came off during the repair too!
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Disgraceful.

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Has anyone confronted Gemini with these A380 models being in pieces ?

They really need to answer for this ! It is totally UNACCEPTABLE
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Collectors should be reminding their retailers to check their expensive models for any weak glue joints. I bet that most of these cases of a 'kit in a box' would have been avoided had the model been checked.

FYI, only a few of us retailers take the time to check the 1:200 diecast models outside of their box WITHOUT BEING ASKED, so don't assume that most retailers will do it unless asked to do so.
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Collectors should be reminding their retailers to check their expensive models for any weak glue joints. I bet that most of these cases of a 'kit in a box' would have been avoided had the model been checked.

FYI, only a few of us retailers take the time to check the 1:200 diecast models outside of their box WITHOUT BEING ASKED, so don't assume that most retailers will do it unless asked to do so.
Good point. Thanks for the tip!

The good thing is that the 'kit in a box' can remedied with a little glue. The model was packed well, and the wing was in place. It didn't come off until I lifted the model of the box. there was minimal/no paint damage, and the repair only took a little epoxy and about 5 min. of time.

But still, Gemini, please get your game together!
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Just got the GJ BA A380 yesterday and it is true that there are some quality control issues with this production. Sieved through a few units to pick the best one out and the following are the issues found with certain units

1. Front landing gear reversed.
2. Front landing gear detached.
3. Magnets on landing gear and fuselage of the same magnetic pole (so they repel)
4. Tail fin doesn't sit completely into the slot.
5. Landing gear at the wing does not sit fittingly.

Not the usual GJ products but this time around, it is really a problem. The Qantas A380 also found with a slight splash of unwanted red paint on the fuselage.
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Wowsers all these photos are making me realize how lucky I am to have received most of my models in one piece. I got alot of my Gemini 1:200's from Nick@Jetway and the physical inspection definitely helps.

Still, nothing can be 100% certain, I've received boxes with 2 or 3 diecast widebodies from China with little to know padding in the box and surprisingly, they came out with 0 damage.
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wow gear magnets that repel?QC that bad to that extent?wow
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Retroguy, I agree! I received an American Airlines DC-10 with the no.1 engine detached. I live by O'hare International Airport, so I laughed a little.

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Old 10-13-2014, 04:33 AM   #50
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Default Re: The condition I received my GJ BA A380

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I live by O'hare International Airport, so I laughed a little.
I'm sure those who lost loved ones on that flight didn't. Bit of a thoughtless comment really.

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