I just received my first 'plastic' jet. It's a Herpa A380 and I am disappointed.
This isn't a rant about non-metal models, in fact I would appreciate any plastic model over a metal one, IF it was more detailed.
If you take a look at the model railroading sector for example, todays plastic models are insanely detailed.
Anyway, back to the A380.
I'm easily impressed (was even impressed by the Inflight 737, see here
The A380 model lacks any antennas and the whole gear assembly looks cheap, because it is. The center wheels of the main gear pop off every time the plane is touched. Furthermore all axles are clipped in from the bottom. The gear is molded in grey plastic and not very detailed.
The APU exhaust is molded close.
Intakes and fan discs are painted overall silver with only the cone being colored black. No yellow warning spiral markings are printed on them.
Compared to the real thing it lacks different color shades (e.g. intake cowling inside).
The livery seems to be made out of decals, as I can easily spot the clear base extending around the printed parts.
Question: Is the red color of the Qantas livery correct? I haven't seen a Qantas A380 in real live - only 747s. They all spot a darker, purer red. The Herpa red slightly drifts into an orange color.
I've already painted the landing gear parts silver, the wheels white, the fan discs and the inside parts of the cowlings a dark blackish silver/gun metal.
I might do the exhausts cone, too.
Right now, I'm pondering about drilling open the rear exhaust of the APU... (big chance of f...ing the model up, if not made correct), or just simulating the opening by painting it.
What are your opinions about the Herpa jet? Am I too discriminating?