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Old 10-14-2019, 06:55 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Not sure if anyone can answer this, But i am due to fly on the Virgin A350 and was wondering if Gemini planned on releasing a more accurate model of this plane? i ask because the current release is a fantasy model.

The same has happened with a few releases as of late, GJ jumping the gun so we can get these models, Yes i thank GJ for trying to release these models in a prompt manor, however it is pointless if its not correct.

Also if you release any further TUI/Thomson models can you please be sure the paint is the correct colour, the Thomson 787 is very very wrong.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:28 AM   #2
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I'm like yourself, but with the BA one. The reg is correct, but the winglets aren't, so held off. Knowing GJ's penchant for churning out similar stuff I'm hoping for G-XWBB to turn up in the next year or so.
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I'm like yourself, but with the BA one. The reg is correct, but the winglets aren't, so held off. Knowing GJ's penchant for churning out similar stuff I'm hoping for G-XWBB to turn up in the next year or so.
Same here, i wanted to add the first A350's to my collection with both BA and VIR welcoming the aircraft. Especially interested in the Virgin as they will be using different flying girls on some of their planes, Red velvet being one of them.
If it was an error on the reg thats normally not difficult to change, however the mistake on the winglets and the errors on the VIR A350 are much more difficult to correct, in the case of the VIR i don't believe its possible due to the colour of the plane.
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Same here, i wanted to add the first A350's to my collection with both BA and VIR welcoming the aircraft. Especially interested in the Virgin as they will be using different flying girls on some of their planes, Red velvet being one of them.
If it was an error on the reg thats normally not difficult to change, however the mistake on the winglets and the errors on the VIR A350 are much more difficult to correct, in the case of the VIR i don't believe its possible due to the colour of the plane.
Those are not errors on the models, they were released based on the airlines liveries at the time, both of which made pre-acceptance changes and/or released accurate reg information after the models came out. They are no more wrong than the large pacmin display models the airlines themselves commission when announcing these orders. BOAC even produced a large scale Concorde model in full BOAC livery when they publically announced it back in the late 60's. Not only was it never going to fly like that for technical reasons, BOAC itself was BA by the time Concorde arrived.

I'm all for criticising model makers when they get lazy with research and get things wrong, but both these releases were simply based upon information as it stood at the time and as we all believed the aircraft would end up looking like. Same goes for countless releases in the past, hey GJ even released an American Airlines 777-300 (400 scale) in the old tri-stripes livery, when in fact the aircraft order was used to launch the new 2013 colour scheme. I think we've seen it often enough to know these are likely 'fantasy' releases without getting 'butt hurt' with feelings of being ripped off. I think there are also enough collectors who enjoy these 'advance renderings' though too, to keep the model makers churning them out. Knowing full well they will be buying them again after the real 1:1 exists and the final livery details and nuances are settled.
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I’m confused??? What is wrong with the registration G-VNEW Birthday Girl?
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I’m confused??? What is wrong with the registration G-VNEW Birthday Girl?
No mate, it's the A350 not the 787, that is a cracking model.


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Those are not errors on the models, they were released based on the airlines liveries at the time, both of which made pre-acceptance changes and/or released accurate reg information after the models came out. They are no more wrong than the large pacmin display models the airlines themselves commission when announcing these orders. BOAC even produced a large scale Concorde model in full BOAC livery when they publically announced it back in the late 60's. Not only was it never going to fly like that for technical reasons, BOAC itself was BA by the time Concorde arrived.

I'm all for criticising model makers when they get lazy with research and get things wrong, but both these releases were simply based upon information as it stood at the time and as we all believed the aircraft would end up looking like. Same goes for countless releases in the past, hey GJ even released an American Airlines 777-300 (400 scale) in the old tri-stripes livery, when in fact the aircraft order was used to launch the new 2013 colour scheme. I think we've seen it often enough to know these are likely 'fantasy' releases without getting 'butt hurt' with feelings of being ripped off. I think there are also enough collectors who enjoy these 'advance renderings' though too, to keep the model makers churning them out. Knowing full well they will be buying them again after the real 1:1 exists and the final livery details and nuances are settled.
If you would kindly dismount your high horse, i am simply asking if we will be seeing the stated aircraft with Current livery/reg details. i did say i believe these are fantasy models.
At no point have i stated i feel ripped off or whatever butt hurt is, in fact i thanked GJ for the prompt release of these models whether correct to the actual aircraft or not. I am also not denying the fact that this is common place and some collectors are happy with this, they are great models, i am fully aware of these facts, My question still stands.
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In time models are re-released with updated registrations, but slots at the factory are harder and harder to get so it may be a while.

What Big Al said was true, the airlines supply the artwork long before rollout and that is what the manufacturers have to work with.
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Same here. I'll pass on these two but if they do an updated more accurate BA and VS A350, I'll certainly be getting them. It's a shame because the Virgin 787-9 release from 2015 is absolutely beautiful. Bizarrely despite the VS 787 being a very popular model, and selling out they haven't done a second run of it.
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What's inaccurate about the Virgin A350? Registration?
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What's inaccurate about the Virgin A350? Registration?
G-VXWB does not exist in the Virgin fleet as far as i am aware.
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