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Old 07-20-2019, 11:27 AM   #1
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It seems like we are getting more choices these days as more and more these days as in years past. I took a few comparison photos, some you may have already seen (but decided to re-add to create a larger thread), and hopefully some of you will add your own for ones that I am unable to do.



A word of note for anyone new...all 747 variants of Inflight have the visible two piece wing joint vs Gemini (Exception, Gemini 200 UPS 747-400) & JC. I just decided to use one.



I also no longer have a JC Wings 757 to compare with but I would add that I do prefer the Gemini version. With that being said, even though I personally have moulds that I prefer over others, I will generally buy anything on "my list" regardless of who makes it (Including the Inflight 727 which I know a lot of people hate).





Gemini DC-9-30 (ValuJet) vs Inflight DC-9-30 (TWA)











Inflight 737-800 (TWA retro) vs Gemini (AA)









Jet X 200 MD-80 (TWA Wings of Pride) vs Gemini (TWA)








Gemini A320 (Delta) vs. Inflight A320 (US Airways)








Gemini 200 727-200 (Delta) vs Inflight (TWA)









Gemini A330-300 (Delta) vs. JC A330 (China Eastern)







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Inflight 200 747 (TWA) vs JC (UPS)







Gemini 777-200LR (Delta) vs. JC 777-300ER (I don't have a 200 & 300 from each)






Aviation 200 L-1011 (Top) vs Gemini 200 (Bottom)






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Gemini CRJ200 (Top) vs NG (bottom)




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Great thread! Love the pics. I buy all the makes as well despite some moulds being better than others. When displayed among other planes the flaws are less apparent. However, when doing the comparisons the flaws really stand out, especially the consistent way in which you present the subjects.

Up to and including the 727 I would say Gemini200 is the better mould. Will come back and look at the others later.
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Great thread. Some advice though:

Make sure that the camera and model always stay in the exact same place for comparison shots. Even the slightest variation of placement presents a false impression. If you notice, some shots do not compare equally because of camera movement/lens adjustment. This can be seen by the difference between the zoom respective to the ground foils. For instance, if I were to get up close to a model and use a wide angle in order to get the entire model in frame, then I would create sort of a barrel distortion. If I were to stand further away from the model and zoom in to get the model in frame, then there would be no distortion and I would be representing the model accurately with no distortion.

Also, comparing two very different liveries creates a false comparison. For instance, the first two models have different nose treatments. One having the black paint underneath the cockpit windows, while the other does not. The black paint gives the impression that the nose is more slender than the other. But in reality it is not.

A side note here: you said that JCWings uses a different mould than Gemini. I thought they were the same, no? If not then I am mistaken.

So for me, in order to achieve a true honest comparison between manufacturers, I would make sure that all conditions are set equally. This means that a tripod is a must. This ensures that perspectives never change. Also, I would try my best to compare the same livery. If not possible, then two extremely close liveries paintwise. And lastly, the lighting needs to be identical. But it seems okay here.

I don't mean any of this in a negative light. I just come from a photographic background and know how easy it can be to make unintentional mistakes.

Keep 'em coming. It will be nice to see the A310 variants.
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Nice work Steve,

It's really helpful to see the subtle differences side-by-side.
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I do the best I can to take comparable photos but I am no expert and haven’t had a real camera since iPhone came out. I just think it’s better to put photos up on the forum whenever possible. We always talk about what we like and dislike but it’s hard to discuss it without something to look at.

I’m hoping others will contribute to the thread. I don’t buy models to compare with what I already have. The two that are the same are for specific reasons (Got the Gemini because I missed out on the Aviation 200 originally and then photographed both before selling the Gemini. And Gemini came out with the Delta CRJ first so I bought it and then got the NG when they announced).
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The IF727 has its faults and apparently they could care less and are still pumping out classics on that old mould every month. It is a shame that the GJ/Jet-X 722 mould is rarely used. I can deal with the old wing root join and the oversized nose gear on the IF727s but on recent releases,the window line is WAY too high towards the #1 & #3 engines. i bought a few of the Pan Am releases but no more unless they get that worked out.


Damn... i sold my Jet-X Braniff Flying Colors 727 to a member here awhile back ago.... boy do i regret selling it now knowing GJs could care less about the mould...
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The IF727 has its faults and apparently they could care less and are still pumping out classics on that old mould every month. It is a shame that the GJ/Jet-X 722 mould is rarely used. I can deal with the old wing root join and the oversized nose gear on the IF727s but on recent releases,the window line is WAY too high towards the #1 & #3 engines. i bought a few of the Pan Am releases but no more unless they get that worked out.


Damn... i sold my Jet-X Braniff Flying Colors 727 to a member here awhile back ago.... boy do i regret selling it now knowing GJs could care less about the mould...
I agree. InFlight needs to do an update to their 727 mould. As it is now, if the same livery is offered from both manufacturers, then it's a no-brainer. Gemini's mould rules.

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I find the InFlight narrow bodies need some attention...the Boeing noses especially, and better wheels...
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I think it’d be cool if each manufacturer just stayed in their taxi lane. Inflight can do the 747-100 & -200 (guess they’re never going to update the wing root problem), DC-10, A320.. Gemini could pump out all the 727s, 737s, 757, 767s, A300s, 747-400s, etc. Aeroclassics can do the classics, NG has its thing going on. In my opinion, the competition between companies means absolutely nothing as far as prices coming down for the collectors. So why not...

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you notice with the Jet-X MD-80 that the main landing gears are too high of the ground.. same with all their MD-90 models as well.. it makes the engines look straight with the fuselage but when you compare them with the ones on the Gemini Jet, you can see that those are more correct, they must point a little upward towards the sky..
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I think it’d be cool if each manufacturer just stayed in their taxi lane. Inflight can do the 747-100 & -200 (guess they’re never going to update the wing root problem), DC-10, A320.. Gemini could pump out all the 727s, 737s, 757, 767s, A300s, 747-400s, etc. Aeroclassics can do the classics, NG has its thing going on. In my opinion, the competition between companies means absolutely nothing as far as prices coming down for the collectors. So why not...

Thanks for the thread and pics!! Love them all!!!

I personally think the Inflight 737NG is on par with the Gemini now. Prices haven't come down and in fact have increased, but I think we are getting more variety and it seemed that rarely you had actually had a choice of the same model from different companies.


I certainly have preferences (Gemini 727 over Inflight) but I still don't think there is anything that I wouldn't buy specifically because of the mould. The only thing that I may hold off on is a Gemini CRJ200 instead hoping that NG would make it. But another reason for that is because NG has produced a lot lately and most of which was always on my list so I feel like odds are in my favor.
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