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Old 01-05-2021, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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GJBAW1934​British Airways B747-400 G-CIVN​​​​​
GJCLX1954 ​Cargolux B747-8F LX-VCF “Not Without My Mask” (Interactive Series)​
GJDHL1948​DHL B737-800(BDSF) N737KT​​​​​​
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GMUSA094​U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy 50007 (Dover AFB)​​
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Eastern and Garuda for me!!!
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All three GeminiMacs and then either the DHL or the Eastern.

I wanted the Garuda and the Cargolux but Phoenix beat them to the punch on both, with better moulds.

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Does G-CIVN have any significance?
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Cheap month for me!
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Just about fell asleep reading these. But the BA 747 and mask cargolux will sell I am sure. Blue angels is nice if you collect military
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These are releases I can afford sleeping on. Nothing for me this month.

I find it weird Louisiana One was released in 1:200 but yet the 400 is an exclusive for one retailer... in my opinion that's a little unfair, but at this point, it is what it is. Might as well wait to see if NG can nail it when they get it done.
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Just about fell asleep reading these. But the BA 747 and mask cargolux will sell I am sure. Blue angels is nice if you collect military
I recently bought the older Blue Angels C130 from some shady Canadian outfit
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Macs look interesting, the rest... meh
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These are releases I can afford sleeping on. Nothing for me this month.

I find it weird Louisiana One was released in 1:200 but yet the 400 is an exclusive for one retailer... in my opinion that's a little unfair, but at this point, it is what it is. Might as well wait to see if NG can nail it when they get it done.
JJ Skippy, which retailer has the SWA Louisiana model?
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DHL, Blue Angels and Eastern for me!
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I'm glad it's a meh month. Chinese New Year really messes with deliveries, but it doesn't bother me if there's nothing there
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JJ Skippy, which retailer has the SWA Louisiana model?
It's The Airplane Shop. I believe the New Jersey location is the only one to have it; maybe the Las Vegas shop has it too but unable to confirm such. https://www.airplaneshop.com/catalog...e/category/10/
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These are releases I can afford sleeping on. Nothing for me this month.

I find it weird Louisiana One was released in 1:200 but yet the 400 is an exclusive for one retailer... in my opinion that's a little unfair, but at this point, it is what it is. Might as well wait to see if NG can nail it when they get it done.
Mine looks pretty good. Airplane Shop still has some in stock the last I heard.
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It's The Airplane Shop. I believe the New Jersey location is the only one to have it; maybe the Las Vegas shop has it too but unable to confirm such. https://www.airplaneshop.com/catalog...e/category/10/
I’m sure they both have it along with the Florida store. They are owned by ADI after all.
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No, thanks. Pass on everything.

That Cargolux was a hot contender, but it has to be that livery.

Maybe next month.
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I’m sure they both have it along with the Florida store. They are owned by ADI after all.
That would make sense, thanks for the clarification.
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Might have to make the annual pilgrimage to Airplane Shop in Miami...
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I applaud the release of the Eastern 767-300 ����

The BA 747-400 is an interesting release also, but why none of the them releases sport the BA “to Fly to Serve” coat of arms on them?

But with the new molds coming in, I guess that’s none of my business
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Are we going to just keep cranking out more of the same with the C-5s? Does GJ need some ideas?

For those of us that miss the mighty scream of the C-5A/Bs, GJ has not yet released a Dover bird with the old yellow tailflash.

85-0005 C-5B by RedRipper24, on Flickr

Or a European One schemed Dover bird with the yellow flash.

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Jump to the West Coast, I remember flying on these Travis C-5s many times!

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And this Travis tailflash C-17 has not yet been released in 1/400 scale.

150810-F-PZ859-003.jpg by Travis AFB, on Flickr

B-1 bombers were stationed at just a handful of Air Force bases (currently just two bases). C-141Bs were found at many more bases than B-1Bs, and they wore at least three different paint schemes. Isn't it long overdue for C-141Bs in 1/400 scale?

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I'd love to see some of the old Euro color schemes for the C-5s.

And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...
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I'd love to see some of the old Euro color schemes for the C-5s.

And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...
Small niche? How are C-141s different from C-5s, C-17s, IL76s and C-130s?

B-1Bs are a large niche? Oh yes, B-52s have a much larger audience than B-1Bs, you're definitely right there.

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I'd love to see some of the old Euro color schemes for the C-5s.

And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...
I'd LOVE to see a starlifter mould.
A yawn month for me....

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I applaud the release of the Eastern 767-300 ����

The BA 747-400 is an interesting release also, but why none of the them releases sport the BA “to Fly to Serve” coat of arms on them?

But with the new molds coming in, I guess that’s none of my business
The 2013 release of G-BNLU did in fact have the Fly To Serve crest on it, but that was the only time they did it (AFAIK). That one was on the pre-improved mould, had no antenna and featured those older solid, clunkers of main gears.

https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com...iew-35072.html

Incidentally the Eastern 767 is also a former BA bird in real life, G-BNWJ, which featured the Russian 'Golden Khokhloma' tail, before spending a vast section of it's career in Qantas livery. Released by Gemini Jets many moons ago in it's BA utopia scheme.
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Does G-CIVN have any significance?
Not that I can think of ? It was flown to Kemble last April for storage/scrapping. It was never updated into the 'brilliant white/Fly to Serve crest scheme either. All in all a somewhat insignificant BA 747. It could however be the first 'clean livery' Gemini release with antenna and the newer gears ? The closest we have to that already was the Olympics golden radome edition from a few years ago.
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I'd love to see some of the old Euro color schemes for the C-5s.

And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...

Small niche? How are C-141s different from C-5s, C-17s, IL76s and C-130s?

B-1Bs are a large niche? Oh yes, B-52s have a much larger audience than B-1Bs, you're definitely right there.

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Very simple. They’re all current.

Which means that you didn’t have to be around in the 90s and early 2000s when they were still super common to see around.

As much as members here complain about Gemini’s focus on modern types and big airlines, it’s obviously a business model that has kept them going while some other high regarded brands struggled or disappeared over time.

There’s probably a lot of younger people now who don’t know the 141 as anything more than some old jet that the AF used to fly.

141s would sell in small numbers, but not in the 2000 piece runs that Gemini does.
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And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...
Both types would be snapped up by all those that bought the C-5s, C-130s and KC-135s etc. I collect military as well as airliners in 1/400, so would love a nice silver MAC C-141A. The last US troops evacuated from Vietnam were by C-141s, so a pretty well known type.
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And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...
Both types would be snapped up by all those that bought the C-5s, C-130s and KC-135s etc. I collect military as well as airliners in 1/400, so would love a nice silver MAC C-141A. The last US troops evacuated from Vietnam were by C-141s, so a pretty well known type.
Vietnam is pretty obscure to today’s population at large.

Certainly I’d buy too if they made it, I just don’t see it happening.
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Very simple. They’re all current.

Which means that you didn’t have to be around in the 90s and early 2000s when they were still super common to see around.

As much as members here complain about Gemini’s focus on modern types and big airlines, it’s obviously a business model that has kept them going while some other high regarded brands struggled or disappeared over time.

There’s probably a lot of younger people now who don’t know the 141 as anything more than some old jet that the AF used to fly.

141s would sell in small numbers, but not in the 2000 piece runs that Gemini does.
Ah, the current vs. classic argument. I see your perspective there. But if that were true, AeroClassics would have disappeared a long time ago and GJ would not release Convairs, DC-9-10s, and models of airlines that no longer exist. The younger collectors probably have no connection to L1011s either, yet three manufacturers rushed out to flood the market with them.

Hopefully a 1/400 C-141 will emerge before I quit this hobby. I sometimes wonder if my lack of enthusiasm for monthly releases is really because the models are uninteresting, or if it's because I'm starting to get uninterested.

I think the days of 2000 piece runs ended over a decade ago. Could be wrong though.

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Ah, the current vs. classic argument. I see your perspective there. But if that were true, AeroClassics would have disappeared a long time ago and GJ would not release Convairs, DC-9-10s, and models of airlines that no longer exist. The younger collectors probably have no connection to L1011s either, yet three manufacturers rushed out to flood the market with them.

Hopefully a 1/400 C-141 will emerge before I quit this hobby. I sometimes wonder if my lack of enthusiasm for monthly releases is really because the models are uninteresting, or if it's because I'm starting to get uninterested.

I think the days of 2000 piece runs ended over a decade ago. Could be wrong though.

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I'm all for a Starlifter too, it's a subject that comes up here every so often and it's keenly requested. Yes GJ are undoubtedly in a different place now from the late 1990's as is the market for 1:400 it would seem. I don't really buy this notion that young collectors only collect current airliners, I'm sure they account for most of that demand, but I've bought tons of models of aircraft from before my time and always find them pleasing buys.

As to your comments about losing interest in the hobby, yeah me too. And that's for similar reasons as yourself as well as ever increasing unaffordability of it all. After 18 years, maybe I've reached the end of the line and it's time to go do something else ? 2021 will be very telling I think.

And yup, the 2000 strong release schedule finished a long time ago.
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Ah, the current vs. classic argument. I see your perspective there. But if that were true, AeroClassics would have disappeared a long time ago and GJ would not release Convairs, DC-9-10s, and models of airlines that no longer exist. The younger collectors probably have no connection to L1011s either, yet three manufacturers rushed out to flood the market with them.

Hopefully a 1/400 C-141 will emerge before I quit this hobby. I sometimes wonder if my lack of enthusiasm for monthly releases is really because the models are uninteresting, or if it's because I'm starting to get uninterested.

I think the days of 2000 piece runs ended over a decade ago. Could be wrong though.

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As far as I know Gemini still does massive runs - at least compared to the others. But even if they've cut down, that makes it even harder to justify a new mould for a type that might get three different models made, ever.

But look at the military aircraft that Aeroclassics has done - all of them are based on civil frames. They can justify a run of 150-250 here and there because they'll sell and because there's no added investment. A C141 would be a very different story.

GJ does do those things you talked about, but they do them on moulds they already have and that only need minor if any modifications to do, so the actual investment is tiny. A new mould is a different animal entirely.

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As far as I know Gemini still does massive runs.

But look at the military aircraft that Aeroclassics has done - all of them are based on civil frames. They can justify a run of 150-250 here and there because they'll sell and because there's no added investment. A C141 would be a very different story.

GJ does do those things you talked about, but they do them on moulds they already have and that only need minor if any modifications to do. A new mould is a different animal entirely.
No I think you're confusing things with large corporate orders for the likes of airlines like Emirates ? GJ no longer does huge runs on general releases for the collectorate.

And if anyone is going to do a C-141 it would certainly not be Aeroclassics, because (as you say) it's not a derivative of an established commercial aircraft or tooling. Gemini Macs on the other hand have given us several military only types, like the C-5, C-130, B-1 and A400M, so would be best placed to take a risk on the Starlifter or indeed a B-52.
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No I think you're confusing things with large corporate orders for the likes of airlines like Emirates ? GJ no longer does huge runs on general releases for the collectorate.

And if anyone is going to do a C-141 it would certainly not be Aeroclassics, because (as you say) it's not a derivative of an established commercial aircraft or tooling. Gemini Macs on the other hand have given us several military only types, like the C-5, C-130, B-1 and A400M, so would be best placed to take a risk on the Starlifter or indeed a B-52.
That's true, but they've had the C5 and C130 for a long time. Only the B-1 and the A400M are new moulds, and this month I believe only marks the second B-1 use.

GJ may not be doing the 2000 runs, but they're still making more than some of the others. For example, the Louisiana One is a limited release for Airplane Shop, but even at a 400 piece run that's still more than most ACs.

I'd love it if they make a 141, but I don't see it happening, at least not before a B-52. I really hope I'm wrong

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Last Gemini BA 744 release was G-BYGF with aerials, would be great if this one's on a new mould.
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As to your comments about losing interest in the hobby, yeah me too. And that's for similar reasons as yourself as well as ever increasing unaffordability of it all. After 18 years, maybe I've reached the end of the line and it's time to go do something else ? 2021 will be very telling I think.
Unaffordability definitely factors in. I started collecting in 2006 and remember new models cost in the 20 - 30 USD range. GJ Hawaiian 767s used to top out at about $18 on eBay auctions, and I always lost those auctions. Winning a used model on eBay at $18 today would be a bargain!

The fact that we're becoming more selective of what we shell out money for now is all the more reason for these manufacturers to produce stuff that we actually want.

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Unaffordability definitely factors in. I started collecting in 2006 and remember new models cost in the 20 - 30 USD range. GJ Hawaiian 767s used to top out at about $18 on eBay auctions, and I always lost those auctions. Winning a used model on eBay at $18 today would be a bargain!

The fact that we're becoming more selective of what we shell out money for now is all the more reason for these manufacturers to produce stuff that we actually want.

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Probably old news by now but pics are out! They’re not up on their socials but they’re on the website.
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I'd love to see some of the old Euro color schemes for the C-5s.

And yes, it'd be nice to see C-141s, but other than a small niche I'm not sure who'd go for them.

B-52s, on the other hand...
I was lucky enough to get Dragons C-5 in the green ETO camo but have never seen Geminimacs do it!! The Buff (B52) I've been lobbying for for ages and definitely want to see the C141's too.
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Forgot to add that I'd like to see more of the military 707 line being done too. So many derivatives such as JStars; AWACS; Mercury; Cobra Ball; RivetJoint, KC-135 etc etc. I did get some of these that Dragon produced,but was hoping GJ could expand on them.
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Have these landed at retailers yet? Haven’t seen pics posted yet of actual models from collectors.
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Have these landed at retailers yet? Haven’t seen pics posted yet of actual models from collectors.
Not yet. But I've seen some pics on Instagram.
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Forgot to add that I'd like to see more of the military 707 line being done too. So many derivatives such as JStars; AWACS; Mercury; Cobra Ball; RivetJoint, KC-135 etc etc. I did get some of these that Dragon produced,but was hoping GJ could expand on them.
Mil. 707s would be highly welcomed. Not wanting to turn this into a wishlist thread, but those three would be "must haves" for me.

We usually get E-3A in for maint/upgrading, so I'd definitely love one on a good mould (not just a 707-320B with some glued on gimmicks, but correct clean turbocompressor-less pylons and proper TF33-PW100 nacelles)

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would only need a refueling boom to go on the AC mould...

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Mil. 707s would be highly welcomed. Not wanting to turn this into a wishlist thread, but those three would be "must haves" for me.
I gotta second that. I’ve seen a few of the 707 military variants IRL, like the Constant Phoenix and Rivet Joint.

Will expand on the GJ 400 wishlist thread.
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As long as it's not on the actual GJ 707 mould...
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Just noticed the December releases are gone from the website. The last 1:400 model pic has also been posted from January too.
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Howabout a B-52 with an X-15 under the wing!
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As long as it's not on the actual GJ 707 mould...
Indeed, sad to say that the 707 is probably GJs worst mould.
Leave the 707 and its derivatives to Aeroclassics.
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