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Old 11-18-2020, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dragon Wings gets a lot of stick nowadays especially from younger and newer collectors who pointlessly compare them to 2020 releases rather than those of 2005. Not everything they did was great but they still produced some fine models and the last Waffle Collection sale saw me surprised by how good the 4 DC-10s I acquired are:

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Old 11-18-2020, 10:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Was fortunate enough to fly these 2 birds on a reg basis back home from MIA to Venezuela with Viasa and Ecuatoriana to Guayaquil, Ecuador when I lived there.


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Great finds! Waffle’s collection sales continue to impress me indeed; found a United Express CRJ-200, the CO globe or merger livery, something I’ve been looking for for a while. Yes I get excited about the tiniest regional jets
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Does Dododiecast count, they used the Dragon Wings DC-10-40. I just recently acquired the Jalways Resocha DC-10-40.
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Old 11-19-2020, 01:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice finds! Love that JAS Ten box!! I would probably display the box and keep the model in storage.

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Old 11-19-2020, 02:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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As I posted at Yesterday's Airlines:

The Dragon DC-10 is a very nice mould. Yes, Aeroclassics is the gold standard for DC-10's, but even they haven't done everything. I for one have happily bought Dragon-mould DC-10's well into my more serious collecting years, for liveries AC hasn't done.

I have the JAS Peter Pan, FedEx purple-top, United Blue-Star/ blue titles, for example. And because Aeroclassics made the red WAY too dark on their Northwest Orient DC-10's, I happily keep my Dragon-mould NW on display.

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I began my collecting 'career' with these 'bad boys'!! Loved Dragon's DC-10's and still have a few in my collection now. I thought they were a very good and accurate model. The AC ones are great too and again many in my collection. Did cross my mind though that if DW had no plastic and together with AC had the aerials and nose cone ( with the significant three stripes)..you'd have an absolute perfect model!!
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Here are a couple of my favs - a pair of 'classic-classics' Dragon Wings chrome beauties: DW55165B American Airlines DC-10-13, N137AA, and DW55232B American Airlines A300B4-605R N59081. Both still competitive after 20 years. Keepers, Doug
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My only Dragon DC-10 is a Western Airlines "Spaceship," N909WA (#55241). I miss Dragon Wings as they made some nice models. I never minded the plastic wings and less detailed landing gears. They're still to my knowledge the only 1:400 model options with gear up or down. I always felt the plastic wings, pylons and engines provided better detail.
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I would say that both the older Dragon Wings DC-10 and the Aeroclassics DC-10 version are hands down the best DC-10 moulds i have seen so far period.
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Old 11-19-2020, 09:51 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Been collecting since the early 90's when I was flying Schabak's around my house using masking tape on the floor for the runway/taxiway outlines. To this day I still believe Dragon has some of the best moulds. In my opinion, their MD-XX & BAe-146 are still the best. Jet-X took it to another level with their livery releases. Miss them both!
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Old 11-19-2020, 11:11 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I just recently picked up that Scanair one as well, after I passed on the AC DC-8 that got the orange/yellow color wrong. I too have kept quite a few of these, including the Fedex purple, SAS 80's livery, Laker, CP Air, Canadian w/signatures, and AOM examples. I almost grabbed that Hawaii Express too.
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If memory serves Dragon Wings also made provision for not only the engine differences (most notably the DC-10-40 No.2 engine bulge) but also the extended wing introduced on later variants. I recall this having NW Orient and Canadian Airlines versions back in the day and comparing them to my Western DC-10-10, the latter featuring the shorter span (and of course no centreline main gear).
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My favourite Dragon -10 (and favourite Dragon in the collection) is this one:
United DC-10-10 N1807U, released 20 years ago - by Jet-x!


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Thanks for another great review Richard. I really appreciate that you devote time to reviewing some of these older models, particularly Dragon Wings. I have a number of their DC10's in my collection, including 3 Northwest DC10-30's and 1 DC10-40, but know very little about their background and history. Based on the prices some DW models fetch on eBay, it is clear to me that they are still valued by the diecast community.
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Alex,

Your model photos are REALLY good. Some of the best I've ever seen. Crisp. Simple. Thank you. Richard, good insights, thank you as well.
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Your model photos are REALLY good. Some of the best I've ever seen. Crisp. Simple. Thank you. Richard, good insights, thank you as well.

Thank you. Out of sheer dispair over not having the time to go out shooting the real thing I discovered the fun to do some 400scale basement spotting when kids are in bed...


Btw, not having time really sucks this week with having Spanish Hornets for weapon trials just south and US troop movements with C-17/C-5 just north of where I live...
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Thank you. Out of sheer dispair over not having the time to go out shooting the real thing I discovered the fun to do some 400scale basement spotting when kids are in bed...


Btw, not having time really sucks this week with having Spanish Hornets for weapon trials just south and US troop movements with C-17/C-5 just north of where I live...
WOW!!!! Looks like your time is being well spent!! Love to see an exercise like this!!
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Following up on my recent Dragon DC-10 post I pulled together a short video to explain why you too ought to be picking up the odd Dragon Wings release and why they are often better than new models made 20 years later:

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Not all Dragon A340s are created equal. Their A345 and A346 are superb.
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We 'Old Schoolers' appreciate our Dragon Wings stuff, including my 1:144 scale 747 prototype 'see-through' - an elegantly detailed model. Which begs the question, what broke DW's back? I see that they're still releasing Airbus house models, but these are not up to the quality of their early stuff. RIP Dragon Wings, Doug
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