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Old 01-19-2015, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, So I recently picked up a Phoenix Asian A380 and thought it felt kind of light as compared to my two Gemini A380's (One Qantas and one Etihad). So when I got home I held the Asian in one hand and the etihad in the other and realized the Phoenix was much lighter than the Gemini.

is phoenix using a lighter material or is the model hollowed out or something?
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Aluminium as opposed to zinc apparently...
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I think you mean Asiana
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Aluminium as opposed to zinc apparently...
I used to think they were hollow but checking out my recent 9V-SKS, doesn't seem like it. So perhaps the difference is the material.
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The Phoenix A380`s body material was aluminum.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Is there any reason for this? Was it simply to make it lighter? A quick google search shows that zinc is apparently superior to aluminium, although most of these are production benefits and most consumers wouldn't care as long as they get a decent model.
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Probably cheaper to buy than zinc but I've yet to hear any official comment from Phoenix.
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For the bean counters, if the actual weight were to be scaled down to 1:200, the model would need to weight: 276,800 / (200 x 200 x 200) equals 0.035 Kg.
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That's why airliners fly and diecast replicas sink ! ��
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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For the bean counters, if the actual weight were to be scaled down to 1:200, the model would need to weight: 276,800 / (200 x 200 x 200) equals 0.035 Kg.
No one's complaining here. It was just a curious question as to how/why the PHX A380 is so much lighter compared to others like GJ's.
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For ****s sake these days you cannot write anything on a forum anymore before another user feels you stepped on his dik.
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Probably cheaper to buy than zinc but I've yet to hear any official comment from Phoenix.
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Is there any reason for this? Was it simply to make it lighter? A quick google search shows that zinc is apparently superior to aluminium, although most of these are production benefits and most consumers wouldn't care as long as they get a decent model.
I've never heard of "aluminum-rot" in a diecast model though. That alone may be a huge plus.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
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As long as they don't have a different metal for the wings !
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As long as they don't have a different metal for the wings !
Exactly. I like my models to be just like their real life counterparts, except for...you know....corrosion.
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As long as they don't have a different metal for the wings !
Very true--I see zinc rot in wings far more often than in fuselages. I have several wing-less models now, that could be "restored" by a new set of wings.
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