Originally Posted by fongee
i never did buy a flap down before. please advise if it were to be display on a runway. should the engine be in reverse thrust?
The flaps on this model are in the 'takeoff' position. Most airlines will push back from the gate, start engines, and set the flaps for takeoff before taxiing, usually 10-15 degrees, so this flap configuration would represent an aircraft taxiing for takeoff, not one that is landing. Neither flaps or thrust reversers deployment would be appropriate.
If the aircraft were supposed to represent a landing aircraft, the flaps would be at 35-40 degrees during the approach. On landing, the spoilers and thrust reversers would be deployed and flaps would be in the 'full down' position but all 3 would be retracted before or soon after leaving the runway. A model with this configuration would be accurate for only the few seconds that the aircraft is braking on the runway, and would, as mentioned, contain many thin, breakable parts. To make these parts moveable would probably triple the cost of the model.