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Old 06-06-2013, 04:21 PM   #1
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Hi y'all!

As there was some talk about the nose section being somewhat imperfect on some recent A330, particularly the JC Wings Dragon Air A333 and Gemini Virgin Atlantic A333. So I decided to take a few comparison shots of A330:



  1. Hogan 1/200 US Airways A333 and Kuwait A343
  2. Herpa 1/200 KLM A333
  3. Herpa 1/200 Gulf Air A332
  4. JC Wings 1/200 EVA Air A330
  5. Gemini 1/200 KLM A332
  6. Gemini 1/200 Virgin Atlantic A333
  7. Gemini 1/200 KLM A332 & Virgin Atlantic A333
So, what's your verdict? I agree that the VA A333's nose seems a little too long on an otherwise stunning model.

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I am tempted to say that the nose and cockpit windows of the Hogan model are the best.

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I am tempted to say that the nose and cockpit windows of the Hogan model are the best.

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I support that comment. JC and Gemini noses look like "Pinocchio". Herpa's windshield printing is to small in all of their Airbus models.
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Hogan wins hands down!
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I am tempted to say that the nose and cockpit windows of the Hogan model are the best.

Jean Pierre.

I agree. That's why I cannot quite decide whether to pre-order the GE200 Thai A330. Now if Hogan had a better record of adding detail (the SAA A346 would be a good example of satisfactory detail) and maybe also a few antennas here and there (like on the A300 and MD-11) I'd prefer them.
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Hogan is able to make highly detailed models, it depends on how far they wish to go.
I bought many years ago in Tokyo an ANA B 747-400 produced for japanese market, it is gorgeous with a level of details comparable to what we can find on Herpa premium.

There are also Hogan models which are very basic ...

This is the reason why I am very happy with my old Hogan AF A 330 and A 340 and I am not sure that I will buy the Gemini product.

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This is exactly what has stopped me from purchasing the Virgin. Wish Gemini would revise the mould.
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I can live with the nose, don't think it looks that bad at all. The colours more than makes up for anything! Looks stunning! Love mine!
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I can live with the nose, don't think it looks that bad at all. The colours more than makes up for anything! Looks stunning! Love mine!
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I can live with the nose, don't think it looks that bad at all. The colours more than makes up for anything! Looks stunning! Love mine!

True, and I love the Thai colors too. That's why I'm still undecided.
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I am tempted to say that the nose and cockpit windows of the Hogan model are the best.

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Well I definitely agree that the Kuwait nose looks as close to perfect as you'll find. The rest all have slight but very noticeable faults
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True, and I love the Thai colors too. That's why I'm still undecided.
Yea I agree, think I will be getting the Thai as well
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I am tempted to say that the nose and cockpit windows of the Hogan model are the best.

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I agree completely with you Jean Pierre. I think that Hogan A330/340 mould is still the best one! (as many other Hogan moulds as 777, 767, MD11)
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I found the Virgin "face" does have a slight thinned and sharper nose as mentioned above. In photos the less defined cockpit contours could use some improvement as well. The upsweep of the GJ windows is clearly noticeable in the side by side. Both models lack the flat planes that make up the "face character".. Once you see them up close without a camera viewfinder, these traits minimize themselves.The rest of the GJ Virgin model is excellent. The luster of the red metallic tail and engines is of automotive quality.

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Very interesting comparison Nurunet! I'm really amazed that the alignment of the cockpit windows is so much better on the KLM than on the Virgin and Eva, all three being Gemini! Why is that?
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Apologies, EVA being JC-Wings of course.....
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Apologies, EVA being JC-Wings of course.....
Still same mold/factory me thinks. But I have no clue why the cockpit windows are aligned differently. Maybe they have been tinkering with it to get a better fit and that lead to different positions? Maybe it is done by hand? Or the machines are just not precise enough to print at the same position but instead have a few mm of leeway...
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Still same mold/factory me thinks. But I have no clue why the cockpit windows are aligned differently. Maybe they have been tinkering with it to get a better fit and that lead to different positions? Maybe it is done by hand? Or the machines are just not precise enough to print at the same position but instead have a few mm of leeway...

Plastic=Minimum or no polishing after injection
Diecast=Each work piece need to be polished by hand
That's why plastic can maintain the nose shape easily on every production
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