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Old 04-23-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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Default Gemini Jets - Plastic Stabs/Tails?

Have a question and as hoping someone could enlighten me, checked and didn't see this posted anywhere yet. I received the DL 739 and UA 737 in 1:400 from the March GeminiJets release this week. Both the vertical and horizontal stabilizers on the Delta -900ER are completely plastic. (The UA 737-700 has the normal diecast tails.)

Is this a new 737-900 mould change or has GJ just started to reduce quality? I understand with split scimitar winglets and more intricate parts needing to be plastic but this just seems to be a reduction in quality/cost. It looks and feels quite cheap instead of being nice all-diecast pieces, meanwhile the price for models keeps going up.


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Old 04-23-2017, 12:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Gemini Jets - Plastic Stabs/Tails?

Gemini is definitely getting cheaper with their models. Plastic parts instead of die cast are the new norm for them. I'm not even sure they're painting their models anymore, I got one of the Alaska Veterans 737-900s and it looks like it was decaled.
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This is a weight and balance issue as the 737-900 is tail heavy. The plastic vertical stabilizer allows the model to sit correctly.
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Everybody likes the heft and sturdiness of solid metal diecast models, but there's only so much detailing you can do with cast metal, often wings, vertical and horizontal stabilizers are thicker than scale, blunt, and lacking fine trailing edges. So, I'm in line with the use of plastic, as long it's properly painted and tampo printed. I have a few Herpa models where colored plastic was used for flying surface parts and were not finished off with a painted coating - they are translucent. I like my older 1/400 Dragon Wings airliners with plastic wings, etc. Since models are primarily meant to be appreciated for their appearance, what's the problem? Also, after extensive work with AeroClassics Connies, I found that their fuselages are all plastic, too, and they remain the industry standard for that model type. Later, Doug

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Old 04-27-2017, 07:15 AM   #5
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It uses JC's new mould using plastic horizontal and vertical stabilizers on 737-800 and -900, but using metal stabs instead for -700...Some use decals and some are tempo printed. You can't really tell which one uses decals just looking at pictures. I once wanted the JC Cargolux 747-8F Cut-a-way, but since I saw the real thing using horrible decal finish I just let it go. The same thing happened on AC Brussels Tintin A320 which I did not get because of the terrible decal.
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I would be OK with the entire plane being plastic as long it's not translucent and has higher detail. It would reduce shipping costs and zinc rot would never be an issue although aluminum diecasts solves that problem too.
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Default Re: Gemini Jets - Plastic Stabs/Tails?

Thanks for the replies. On the surface I am not opposed to the plastic components if there is a reason (like weight and balance) and if they look good for display, no worries. These are just flat grey pieces that wiggle and don't look particularly nice.

Main reason I bring this up is I also have the GJ 1/400 Delta Spirit of Seattle 737-900, and it has diecast stabs and clearly better painting/detailing, wasn't sure when the change happened.
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