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Old 09-24-2019, 12:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice photo's you made..

NG is by far the big winner for the United B738 model.. Much more detail and in the photo's above it almost looks likes a real plane..

For the BEA model I think that GJ made the best model..
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NG looks great
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I notice the GJ A319 sits up a little higher than the AC. Which is the more realistic?
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The best kind of review - 'side by side' well taken images, perfect way to compare models. Thanks, Doug
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I notice the GJ A319 sits up a little higher than the AC. Which is the more realistic?
I want to say it’s the Gemini one. IMO the aeroclassics looks more like an A320 and if you have ever watched flight reviews of the British airways London city to New York, you’d see just how tall and fat the a319 can be (even though they use an a318) , and since Gemini also has more detail on their gear going to give it to Gemini. Although Gemini has had issues of oversizing their models before. (777)
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The best kind of review - 'side by side' well taken images, perfect way to compare models. Thanks, Doug
Thank you Doug!
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I don't think it's up for debate. NG clearly did it better. The mold, the colors, the overall appearance, hell, even the box!

GJ is no longer the collector's choice!
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Fantastic pictures. Really gives you an idea of what the differences are. NG looks fantastic.

Thanks for sharing
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Fantastic pictures. Really gives you an idea of what the differences are. NG looks fantastic.

Thanks for sharing
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Picked up my gemini BA A319 on friday from ARD.
They had four on the shelf
First one had paint chipped and loss under the tailplane
Second one aerial missing.
I accepted the third one. Although on closer inspection back at base, it looks like the cockpit area, on the left side, is slightly malformed? and being ultra picky, a small paint bubble under the fuselage paint.
Personally I think this is not good that these models are being passed off as being of "Mechantable Quality" by Gemini.
if they cost a few quid ok but not at £35.
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Picked up my gemini BA A319 on friday from ARD.
They had four on the shelf
First one had paint chipped and loss under the tailplane
Second one aerial missing.
I accepted the third one. Although on closer inspection back at base, it looks like the cockpit area, on the left side, is slightly malformed? and being ultra picky, a small paint bubble under the fuselage paint.
Personally I think this is not good that these models are being passed off as being of "Mechantable Quality" by Gemini.
if they cost a few quid ok but not at £35.
Sadly this happens all the time. As long as you’re able to go to a physical store to have a look at more than one copy it’s always good. I only order from collection sales online. Every brand new model I buy is in store. The only model I choose to preorder brand new is NG because the only issue I’ve seen from them is loose wings due to lack of glue. Nothing as bad as Gemini and Phoenix.
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Sadly this happens all the time. As long as you’re able to go to a physical store to have a look at more than one copy it’s always good. I only order from collection sales online. Every brand new model I buy is in store. The only model I choose to preorder brand new is NG because the only issue I’ve seen from them is loose wings due to lack of glue. Nothing as bad as Gemini and Phoenix.
Me too - go to ARD and check them out!
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The Aeroclassics version was perfect!
Yes the AC looked better! But I've had my fair share of pre-ordering AC models and it ends up arriving like a GeminiJets model (don't ban me its just a joke) so thankfully my retailer still supplies models monthly. I recently picked up a plethora of 767-200, 737-200 and DC-10/L-1011 models!
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Me too - go to ARD and check them out!

What? like check three out of four models on the shelf were faulty?
I just happen to prefer the Gemini over the AC version...apart form the slightly low setting of the BEA square on the tail.
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What? like check three out of four models on the shelf were faulty?
I just happen to prefer the Gemini over the AC version...apart form the slightly low setting of the BEA square on the tail.
The Gemini model got the shape right, but Aeroclassic seems to have way better printing on their models. It pops out when taking pictures. You don't really see it when looking at it.
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