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Old 09-08-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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I got three 1:200 models.

I was wondering if disassembling them will weaken the plastic. I would like to put my models together but I will be moving next year.
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I got three 1:200 models.

I was wondering if disassembling them will weaken the plastic. I would like to put my models together but I will be moving next year.
No it won't, but don't assemble/disassemble them repeatedly.
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Old 09-10-2015, 02:24 AM   #3
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once or twice should be fine, but still need to be careful.

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I have had massive problems with removing gears on some Hogan models. The Iberia A340-600 comes to mind.
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I have had massive problems with removing gears on some Hogan models. The Iberia A340-600 comes to mind.
I happen to also have the Iberia A340-600, what issues did you encounter, I never had problems with the landing gears...
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The only issue I've ever had with Hogan A340 (and A330) models is, it is difficult to remove the front landing gear once installed. Quite fragile and you have to be very careful not to bend or break.

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Thanks for the responses.
I have decided to wait until after the move to put them together.
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I just disassembled my Hogan Swiss A330 and had no problems at all. As long as you don't use brute force you should be fine.
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Just don't repeatedly disassemble them over and over again. Be careful about the gears and the engines because one of the engines fell off one of my models when I tried to take a wing out.

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I assemble and disassemble mine very frequently. Of course most of my hogans I don't consider as part of my collection. Only a few of them are actually listed in my collection statistics.
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I happen to also have the Iberia A340-600, what issues did you encounter, I never had problems with the landing gears...
I broke the front landing gear, trying to get it out. On the other hand, on a Qatar A340 diassembly worked without any issue.
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Assembling & disassembling your Hogan models frequently shouldn't be a problem at all, taking the landing gears out might sometimes be a problem because of the fragile nature of them... Hell, I even play hide & seek with my Hogan models & they still look & smell like new to me...
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Be careful with the Hogan A380s: once you inserted the vertical stabilizer, you will never get it out. I'm speaking from experience... So before you insert it, cut off ~0.5 mm from the tips of the two "hooks". I mean not the tips which point down but which point forward and backward. If you do so, you will be able to get the stabilizer out later. Again I'm speaking from experience.

The 747 stabilizer is also hard to get out, but that is at least doable without such "modifications". Just be brave and pull hard!
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Be careful with the Hogan A380s: once you inserted the vertical stabilizer, you will never get it out. I'm speaking from experience...
You are absolutely right !
The same happened to me.

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The 747 stabilizer is also hard to get out, but that is at least doable without such "modifications". Just be brave and pull hard!
Sadly, this happened to me recently with a British 747. One of the hooks broke off entirely and I was never able to find it. I have owned so many Hogan 747s over the years and this is the first time it has happened. Uncertain how to proceed with the model. Maybe use Elmer's Glue, because the vert. stab. will not stay vertical.
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Be careful with the Hogan A380s: once you inserted the vertical stabilizer, you will never get it out!
I have a BA A380 and when I tried to put the vertical stabilizer in, a 2 mm piece came flying off, but luckily I had a steady hand to glue it back on!
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Be careful with the Hogan A380s: once you inserted the vertical stabilizer, you will never get it out. I'm speaking from experience... So before you insert it, cut off ~0.5 mm from the tips of the two "hooks". I mean not the tips which point down but which point forward and backward. If you do so, you will be able to get the stabilizer out later. Again I'm speaking from experience.

The 747 stabilizer is also hard to get out, but that is at least doable without such "modifications". Just be brave and pull hard!
That reminds me. For me on my LH A380 it was the landing gear bay doors that were near impossible to remove to insert the aftermarket landing gear. Scratched the belly a bit in that operation.
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