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Old 03-25-2019, 01:42 PM   #1
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I recently received my Inflight200 American Airlines 707 along with two IF 727 models. The 727s are fine. When I opened the 707 I found that the antenna on the vertical fin of the 707 had broken off. The models were packed in a corrugated box with no cushioning over or under the model boxes...only a little bit of crumpled paper around the sides of the boxes. The outer box is not damaged, but with no cushioning over or under the models, any shock and vibration (such as dropping or throwing the box) will be transmitted to the model, potentially breaking fragile part(s).

The retailer told me I was the only customer to complain about this problem. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue with 707 models.

I was also wondering if anyone has ever tried to glue an antenna back on, and if so, how good or bad it will look.

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Old 03-25-2019, 02:09 PM   #2
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I've had models arrive broken with no signs of damage to the shipping box, but not a 707. Could've been broken from the retailer or broken by force to the shipping box in handling.

Was the package insured?
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Also I have glued on 747 wing antenna successfully. I've even made 727 wing details that have broken off.
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I have purchased this exact same model and the tail antenna was severely bent. I think touching it in an attempt to adjust would result in it breaking off. I don't have the eyes or the hands (talent) to make a clean repair so the retailer I purchased from is taking it back. I have seen an auction on ebay with a broken antenna for this exact model. I have also seen a photograph from a die cast airplane Facebook page that had a broken antenna. Many times they aren't perfectly straight so you have to accept a little give and take.
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Believe it or not I was able to glue the wing antenna back onto a 1:400 747 with white glue. That was several years ago, and it's still good. Although I don't fly it around the living room

So I would try your luck that way first.
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Yeah, unfortunately if the antenna is bent in some fashion, then it would need to be heated to the point of being malleable in order to bend it back into place. But I wouldn't even attempt that because chances are I would do even more harm.


You could try lying the tail on a flat surface and lightly tapping down on the antenna ever so slightly until it reaches an acceptable shape. But I'm unfamiliar with the mould since I don't have one. Sorry you guys are experiencing these issues.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:03 PM   #7
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I don't know if the package was insured or not. The retailer did offer to let me return it (I'll probably have to pay shipping). If I do that, who knows if I'll find another one elsewhere, and at what cost. He also said he'd take some money off for the damage. Personally, it wasn't nearly enough. And, I don't know what it will look like if I attempt to glue the antenna back on. There's not enough surface area to glue to ensure that it will be strait.

Snowghost - thank you for suggesting white glue...I should be able to undo anything I do that's not strait (I was thinking of using a super glue type of adhesive).
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Yeah, unfortunately if the antenna is bent in some fashion, then it would need to be heated to the point of being malleable in order to bend it back into place. But I wouldn't even attempt that because chances are I would do even more harm.


You could try lying the tail on a flat surface and lightly tapping down on the antenna ever so slightly until it reaches an acceptable shape. But I'm unfamiliar with the mould since I don't have one. Sorry you guys are experiencing these issues.

Hot water mostly does the trick with PVC parts, not sure about metal tho.
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