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Old 11-18-2019, 07:54 PM   #1
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In 1:400 scale's 20th year the NG Tristars have provided an opportunity to compare a 2019 release with some from 1999-2000. I find the differences interesting not only for how much the models have improved but also how well the old releases still stack up:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/m...come-1999-2019

Old Gemini Jets vs New NG Models Tristar Comparison by rstretton, on Flickr
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One on the left looks better!!
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It must be a Lockness model... ha. teasing
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One on the left looks better!!
Are you insane? Lol
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We may as well hold on to our Gemini Tristars - sale price often falls below mailing charges - you can't give 'em away. Has anyone actually just tossed out an older and outdated model? Blasphemy? Maybe... Doug
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Has anyone actually just tossed out an older and outdated model? Blasphemy? Maybe... Doug
Yes....sort of. Gave one to my kid and he is proudly displaying this one model that is really old, doesn't meet today's standards, and will not even be touched even if I put it on eBay for a mere nickel.

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Harvey - a model to your son doesn't count as 'tossed out' - what you have done has created a new diecast airliner collector down the road. Also, you ever jumped a C-123? Doug
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Harvey - a model to your son doesn't count as 'tossed out' - what you have done has created a new diecast airliner collector down the road. Also, you ever jumped a C-123? Doug
Yeah, could be causing my own kid to start an addiction.....

Nope, no C-123 jumps. But I do have a DC-3 jump that SWC ran at Nijmegen DZ. No seats, just sat on the bare metal floor. I remember one guy became a towed jumper when his main caught on that little tire in the rear. He chose to never jump again after that.

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Harvey - Keep yer powder dry... Someday, someplace, we need to share a Busch and swap stories, SFC Doug
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Granted, todays attention to accuracy and detail is impressive. I still can't see me parting with my very early Gemini Jets. Seam and all.
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Look how crude AeroMinis look today, yet when I see them at collectibles shows they bring back fond memories of my childhood.
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I have a couple of old Ertl planes with retractable gear that I used to have as a kid - I found some on Ebay a few years back. That said, I am mostly selling off the old Gemini's as NG's come in, because a) I need the room and b) displaying them next to each other highlights the older model's flaws, much like Richard's picture in the first post. Even though I agree that the GJ stands up pretty well for a 20 year old model. Only ones I'm keeping I think are the Delta examples simply because it's likely that I flew on those exact registrations at some point.
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We may as well hold on to our Gemini Tristars - sale price often falls below mailing charges - you can't give 'em away.
And this isn't true in my experience - I just sold a GJ TWA Twin Stripe for almost $50 and my Eastern one went for a decent price too. Some people are more into the "collectible" part I think. Me, I'm more about the "accurate mould" part.
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One on the left looks better!!
You're obviously joking! Right?
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The GJ TriStar is a pretty good mould and I have a few of their TriStars that I am perfectly happy with.

Also have a couple of NG's too, and Aeroclassics. The NG is best, but I don't think the Aeroclassics or GJ are as bad as some make out, I am happy with them.

I understand why Richard used the TriStar, as moulds were developed 20 years apart, but that aside there are some examples where the improvement from 20 years ago are really obvious like the 707.
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Very interesting to see what models were like back in 1999, the landing gear has improved massively and the addition of antenna and wifi domes have definitely improved the overall looks of the models. The retirement of the old cradle mould was also a massive step up.
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