a quick question. I received my Hogan/Limox Lufthansa A380 D-AIMG (the second I flew on) yesterday and realized that it comes w/o gears. I'd like to install gears. Now I wonder how to remove the gear covers without damaging them or - even more important - the fuselage. The slits between fuselage and gear cover are very, very narrow so I have no clue what tool to use:
Any ideas appreciated. The slits are even too slim for a paper clip...
I personally just used some tweezers, but you have to be very delicate. If would be difficult to not damage/scratch anything. For me, it did scratch the gear doors, as I made sure not to damage the fuselage.
I always use a paper clip.Try to give L shape to the tip with the help of some tweezers, if the clip is too thick. File the clip until you can easily insert into that little hole. Then, try to pull that door cap. Be patient, process may takes some time due doors could be very tighten.
Hope this helps.
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I just finished installing the under carriage landing gear on the Hogan 1:200 Lufthansa A380 (D-AIMG just like yours). I have a couple of suggestions to help you out.
Get yourself the smallest Jeweler's Precision Screwdriver you can find. It's the same kind used to tighten the screw on the hinges of eyeglasses I had a set and used the 1.4 mm screwdriver.
Using the thin (and sharp) flat blade of the screwdriver, gently wedge and wiggle the driver's tip between the cracks to gain a hold. You are going to have to use some pressure so don't be squeamish.
I suggest you work on the opposite side of the plug to get to a point where it begins to lift out. Once a millimeter or two are exposed, you can use your fingers to pull each plug out
Lift the "plug" outwards, the front wheel plug and fuselage rear wheels are plugs, not flaps. so the key is to wiggle and lift as apposed to prying.
The flaps under each wing is way simpler and they pop right off.
Follow the insttruction on the back of the package to install your new wheels.
Be very gentle installing the rear wheels as I broke the small flap off one of the bogies just by removing it from the packaging!
The instructions say to use modeling glue to secure the wheels in place. I didn't have to as the new wheels fit snug and they held in place without needing glue. Since I keep my model mounted on the stand, I'm not worried about placing weight on the new wheels. Plus, this give you the advantage of switching back to no landing gear in the future with ease.
Well I hope that helps. Keep it simple as they say.
PS - On July 29, 2013, I flew on Lufthansa flight LH711 from Tokyo to Frankfurt on board Lufthansa's A380 named "Wien". The tail number was D-AIMG. That is the sole reason I purchased the Hogan model as Herpa nor any other manufacturer made/make Lufthansa's D-AIMG aka "Wien".
PSS - I purchased The GeminJet 200 version of a Lufthansa A380 and it was much more detailed like having spinning turbo fan blades and more antennae. It is also much heavier than the Hogan version. I also purchased a Herpa Wings 1:200 Lufthansa A380's, also made of die cast metal, and though it doesn't have spinning turbofan blades, overall in my opinion, is the best value and has the highest quality and detail of them all. I only wish Herpa made a "Wien" model with tail number D-AIMG.