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Old 04-07-2020, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm an absolute newbie and I'd like to buy a display model of an A350 and A380 to keep on my desk. Easiest way to do that would be from the airbus website since I live in EU. I don't like too much the basic airbus livery though.
Alternatively I'd get the Emirates A380 from their website and the Singapore A350 their website (I cannot post links at the moment sorry). The problem is that the shipment will be slow and I'll have to pay the import fees and I have no idea how much they'll be.
So I'm asking for your suggestions:
  • Between these 4 models, which one is better? Why?
  • Have you got an idea of how expensive are the customs fees?
  • Do you know if official emirates and Singapore models are sold in other online stores possibly in Europe?

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Old 04-07-2020, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. Airbus official models tend to be made by Dragon Wings, which are usually the least detailed moulds out there. The Singapore A350 on their website is not a diecast model - it looks to be the Hogan plastic one, and it's 1:200. Emirates' site does have 1:400 diecast models from Gemini, but if you are in the EU, you would be better off using one of the diecast retailers in your area.

Some suggestions in that region that I'm aware of, in no particular order:

scalemodelstore.com
arcunia.com
aviationmegastore.com
aircraftmodelstore.co.uk
aviation-center-berlin.de

Look for Emirates A380's by Gemini (although if you can find a Phoenix version, that's an even better mould - but those are likely sold out - Ebay is probably the only option there). JC Wings made several Singapore A350's but those may be a little harder to find as well. Good luck!
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Welcome to the forum. Airbus official models tend to be made by Dragon Wings, which are usually the least detailed moulds out there. The Singapore A350 on their website is not a diecast model - it looks to be the Hogan plastic one, and it's 1:200. Emirates' site does have 1:400 diecast models from Gemini, but if you are in the EU, you would be better off using one of the diecast retailers in your area.

Some suggestions in that region that I'm aware of, in no particular order:

scalemodelstore.com
arcunia.com
aviationmegastore.com
aircraftmodelstore.co.uk
aviation-center-berlin.de

Look for Emirates A380's by Gemini (although if you can find a Phoenix version, that's an even better mould - but those are likely sold out - Ebay is probably the only option there). JC Wings made several Singapore A350's but those may be a little harder to find as well. Good luck!
Hello and thank you for your reply.

Good to know, I'll avoid the official Airbus models.

About the Singapore model, I was talking about the 1:500 A350 model from krisshop, that should be a metal die cast.

Good to know that the Emirates A380 is a good model. I'll get that if I cannot find the Phoenix.

I'll have a look at the shops you linked, thank you very much.

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btw it doesn't have to necessarily be Singapore and emirates. Other liveries are ok. The important thing is that they're good looking and detailed.
  • I found many Herpa Wings, how are they?
  • Gemini A350, is it good?
  • I found a JCWings A350 Singapore on Ebay, without stand tho and with the landing gear deployed. I'd prefer a stand and landing gear retracted. But seems super details I have to say.

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Old 04-07-2020, 12:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you want the best A380 model, check Phoenix.
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If you want the best A380 model, check Phoenix.
All right, thank you!
What about the best A350 model?
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All right, thank you!
What about the best A350 model?
Aviation400. Check out this review I've done:

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About the Singapore model, I was talking about the 1:500 A350 model from krisshop, that should be a metal die cast.
Yes, probably a Herpa, but since this is the 1:400 forum I didn't think you'd be interested in that

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I found many Herpa Wings, how are they?
They don't make 1:400 very much at all. Their 1:500's seem pretty nice, but I don't think many of us in this forum will have much of an opinion there. Many of their 1:200's are plastic.

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Gemini A350, is it good?
They use the JC Wings mould, but early ones were not great with the cockpit printing. They've gotten better. See Richard's link that he provided for his mould reviews.

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I found a JCWings A350 Singapore on Ebay, without stand tho and with the landing gear deployed. I'd prefer a stand and landing gear retracted. But seems super details I have to say.
There aren't any manufacturers in 1:400 that produce removable landing gear. Dragon Wings used to but again, they're gone from the market and not the best detail. And most don't include stands either. You're going to need to look at 1:200 for that.
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All right, thank you!
What about the best A350 model?
Watch Gemini and JC Wings, for me, they make the best A350, probably from the same factory. But soon, NG Models should make a new A350 mould. So, waiting for this should be great.

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In the end I decided I wanted to get the A350-1000 carbon from JC Wings and get the A380 later in the future. The thing is I cannot find the version with flaps up, every version is flaps down sadly.
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In the end I decided I wanted to get the A350-1000 carbon from JC Wings and get the A380 later in the future. The thing is I cannot find the version with flaps up, every version is flaps down sadly.
Just in case you preferred an airline one over the standard Airbus livery, JC Wings also makes a nice looking China Airlines A350-900 with large A350 lettering and carbon patterns towards the tail.

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Just in case you preferred an airline one over the standard Airbus livery, JC Wings also makes a nice looking China Airlines A350-900 with large A350 lettering and carbon patterns towards the tail.
In the end I ordered the A350-1000 carbon from scale model store. It was the last one remaining. Just arrived and..see by yourself.




I'm pretty sad now I have to say.
EDIT: I contacted the store and they told me I'm getting a refund. They checked all the models they have in stock and they said that they have the same problems, because the plastic box inside let the model move too much and they said they're all broke. Wtf? Are all JC Wings like this?

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Wtf? Are all JC Wings like this?
No, JC Wings are generally pretty well put together. I occasionally have an engine detached like that and I just glue it back in, as long as there's no paint damage. But the nose gear? Yeah somebody threw that box across the room or stacked it under a box of bowling balls. I can't imagine that was any fault of the manufacturer.
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No, JC Wings are generally pretty well put together. I occasionally have an engine detached like that and I just glue it back in, as long as there's no paint damage. But the nose gear? Yeah somebody threw that box across the room or stacked it under a box of bowling balls. I can't imagine that was any fault of the manufacturer.
They guy from the shop told me that only this model has these problems, because the box is not sized correctly for the model. So now I'll have to find another model because the A350-1000 carbon it's impossible to find in EU. Seems like mine was the last model available.
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No, JC Wings are generally pretty well put together. I occasionally have an engine detached like that and I just glue it back in, as long as there's no paint damage. But the nose gear? Yeah somebody threw that box across the room or stacked it under a box of bowling balls. I can't imagine that was any fault of the manufacturer.
They are for the most part. I did however fall asleep on the Air China 'Smiling China 77W' when PHX released it. Anyway, I preordered the JCW's copy. It came to me in a mint box mint clamshell. Both wings detached from fuselage. horizontal stabilizers flopping around scratching everything and the front landing gear minus wheels. It was a sad day to say the least.
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Very often troubles with scale model store
And owner very rude....
Bad experience from my side !
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In the end I ordered the A350-1000 carbon from scale model store. It was the last one remaining. Just arrived and..see by yourself.

I'm pretty sad now I have to say.
EDIT: I contacted the store and they told me I'm getting a refund. They checked all the models they have in stock and they said that they have the same problems, because the plastic box inside let the model move too much and they said they're all broke. Wtf? Are all JC Wings like this?
That's unfortunate - and rather surprising the whole store's stock had the issue. Someone really must've threw that pallet of planes pretty hard.

I'm very new to diecast aircrafts, only just learning my trade this very month of April. I've collected 6 JC Wings aircraft so far and all have been very well packaged, and I did not have any issues with any of them arriving (all were acquired via post).

That said, I also received my first NG Model this week and I must say it looked the most secure of all other brands I've received so far (being wary brands might change their packaging over the years). It had the standard crispy clear plastic holder with a large thick foam securing the model in place like a sandwich.

I've come across a few sellers selling your A350-1000 carbon. I understand you had trouble finding a seller. Give me a PM if you're still interested in another copy and let me know whereabouts you are situated (to figure out which seller might be best - I might or might not be able to recall where I saw them all - definitely saw a few). (Edit: Just noticed you mentioned you're in the EU. I think I saw them in either Australia, US and/or Hong Kong).

Meanwhile, I ended up ordering a China Airlines A350-900 featuring a bit of the carbon by JC Wings (see photo). The Tokyo 2020 behind was also a JC Wings.
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That's unfortunate - and rather surprising the whole store's stock had the issue. Someone really must've threw that pallet of planes pretty hard.

I'm very new to diecast aircrafts, only just learning my trade this very month of April. I've collected 6 JC Wings aircraft so far and all have been very well packaged, and I did not have any issues with any of them arriving (all were acquired via post).

That said, I also received my first NG Model this week and I must say it looked the most secure of all other brands I've received so far (being wary brands might change their packaging over the years). It had the standard crispy clear plastic holder with a large thick foam securing the model in place like a sandwich.

I've come across a few sellers selling your A350-1000 carbon. I understand you had trouble finding a seller. Give me a PM if you're still interested in another copy and let me know whereabouts you are situated (to figure out which seller might be best - I might or might not be able to recall where I saw them all - definitely saw a few). (Edit: Just noticed you mentioned you're in the EU. I think I saw them in either Australia, US and/or Hong Kong).

Meanwhile, I ended up ordering a China Airlines A350-900 featuring a bit of the carbon by JC Wings (see photo). The Tokyo 2020 behind was also a JC Wings.
I've found some sellers of that model on eBay but all where from USA or Asia. Shipments and fees would be too expensive. The guy from scalemodelstore told me that he will try to ask JC Wings if they have some spare models in stock that are not broken like that
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I've found some sellers of that model on eBay but all where from USA or Asia. Shipments and fees would be too expensive. The guy from scalemodelstore told me that he will try to ask JC Wings if they have some spare models in stock that are not broken like that
Sure, hope it works out!
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No, JC Wings are generally pretty well put together. I occasionally have an engine detached like that and I just glue it back in, as long as there's no paint damage. But the nose gear? Yeah somebody threw that box across the room or stacked it under a box of bowling balls. I can't imagine that was any fault of the manufacturer.
I've been seeing a few Gemini's with the nose gear broken lately over a culprit I would not have thought of: the wings. Insufficient glue on the wing roots for slot-in wings causing the wings to separate. This results in the fuselage itself moving longitudinally in the cradle itself and slapping the nose gear against the back part of the cut-out for the nose gear section.
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