Hi everyone! First off I'd like to say everything said here is my opinion, and will be my opinions only. I was not told by any company mentioned today to say anything. Also please excuse my awful photos, I tried to edit them and post them to the best of my abilities
Recently I was able to get my hand on the long awaited Gemini renditions of the British Airways retro BEA A319, and the new United 737-800 livery. I will be comparing them beside the Aeroclassic/Bluebox BEA A319 and the NG United 737 (Which was a huge success and best seller)
The Real thing: (United 737-800)
The Gemini and NG Models side by side: (United 737-800)
Both models perfectly executed the fade in the blue colour on the tail, and both display a lot of details. (Sadly, the Aeroclassics Fantasy A320 and 737 Max United tail did not have a blue fade). The NG one goes one step extra in producing a more realistic front nose gear, and extra attenas on the bottom of the model, which seem to be more realistic to scale compared to Geminis. In Price terms, NG was pricy, and even if you were not able to get the NG version, the GJ is similar in almost every aspect except the mould and a bit cheaper (Depends on where you live mostly). Both manufacturers executed the livery perfectly and appear to have the most closely matched blue.
(this seems very picky, but the "U" in "United" at the front of the fuselage skips over one full window on the actual airplane, and on NG it skips over 2. No big deal as Gemini gets a +1 but no one notices) I love both models and plan to display both alongside the 1:200 United 737-800 New Livery by GJ.
The BEA A319 by Aeroclassics/Blue Box was one of the first retro liveries of #BA100 to be produced in 1:400. (Right before GJ and Phoenix BOAC) This model was an instant sellout and has some of the best tampo printing I've seen to date. More so, I'd much rather prefer the printing on the Aeroclassic to Gemini's. Gemini's A319 looked more realistic though with the attenas, and much more detailed landing gear. Gemini perfectly executed the "fat and short" look of the A319.
The Aeroclassics BEA A319 had a bit more detail under the model as they had produced decal gear doors. Both models have very similar colours and both companies have a rock solid model and mould. (In case anyone is still looking to buy an Aeroclassic A319, Threshold Aviation still has 1 for sale) IMO, Gemini's A319 had much more variety of paint type used allowing the model to pop out a bit more, and of course the detailed GeminiJets Box it comes in is jam packed with info about the A319.
I hope everyone enjoyed these side by sides. I attempted to the best of my abilities to distinguish colours. Also would appreciate feedback on how to better improve my photos.
Good job to all manufacturers today! Gemini, NG, & Aeroclassics did an awesome job in producing some of the best models on the 1:400 market