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Old 09-17-2009, 04:19 AM   #1
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OK, we seem to have established that DW has the best 747-400 mould, and Phoenix has the best 777s. What about A330/A340s? I'd love to hear everyone's opinion before deciding on my next A330/A340 product. I'm not an Airbus fanatic, quite the opposite, so I tend not to notice details that aren't quite correct (whereas I'd nitpick about every little thing wrong with a 777). I only have one A340 model at the moment, and that is the Phoenix SQ A345.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:35 AM   #2
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Herpa for A340, for sure.
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I got A330/A340 in GJ and PH I think PH has done a great job. But Herpa must be better because they tend to sell higher on Ebay.
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I like GJ A330/a340's
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I'll go for Herpa for the best mould currently avaliable but they rarely make anything in 400 scale nowaday. Dragon's A330/340 mould once had a pretty decent nose shape and cockpit window but now they're the worst IMO; you might want to check out the A330/A340 models DW made between 2001-2003 as many of them are quite good back at that time(Eg, Lufthansa A333, China airlines A343)

GJ/PH isn't too bad IMO apart from the shape of the nose and sometime cockpit window; the big seam also annoys me. I don't think we have an "excellent" A330/340 mould in 400 scale yet, so hopefully a manufacturer can either re-tool their existing mould or give us a complete new mould with focus on the accuracy of the nose.
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I have atleast one example of all the mainstream 330/340 moulds out there...
According to me....the DW 345/346 (I have no issues with the plastic wings...infact they depict the winglets on 'buses better :P ) are the closest looking to the real thing...Herpas are a close second...but DW really falls short on the older 340s or 330s...they re downright pathetic....its a shame they sell...
GJ/PHX 330s are quite good...but IMO they look a lot better in pics than in hand..I noticed something seriously wrong with the fuselage...something with the overall width or the taper towards the nose...a menacing flaw for me.
Well...If I had to choose amongst airframes:
345/346: DW
332/333: GJ/PHX/Herpa(HW uses same engines as on 340s)
343/342:Some old Dragon releases are spot on(LH 342)/GJ

Some of the gems DW released are hard to come by...never pass on if you come across one (LH or VS 340-600)
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Gemini Jets. Love my Aer Lingus A330
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DW used to have the best, now they suck. GJ is highly dependent upon cockpit position---it ranges from sucky to OK---never "great" IMHO. Also the tip of the nose is often rather blunt. But about the best you can get nowadays.

Now, if you're talking A340-500/600, Herpa is probably the best, but they have color-matching issues like usual----white translucent plastic not matching the painted white parts, etc---really depends on which paint scheme you're getting.
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I was thinking about adding a QF A332/A333, CX A333 and EK A345 to my collection. Some of you have said that Herpa is probably the best, but does that also extend to the CXcitement range? I was also leaning towards getting GJ for the QF A332/A333, because I'm not so sure about the plastic wings on the DW models. But if DW is significantly better, then perhaps I'll get the DW one.
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I was thinking about adding a QF A332/A333, CX A333 and EK A345 to my collection. Some of you have said that Herpa is probably the best, but does that also extend to the CXcitement range? I was also leaning towards getting GJ for the QF A332/A333, because I'm not so sure about the plastic wings on the DW models. But if DW is significantly better, then perhaps I'll get the DW one.
The Herpa A330 is no good because they use the engines from the A340. The A340 is great and, yes, that also applies to the CXcitement models.
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I was thinking about adding a QF A332/A333, CX A333 and EK A345 to my collection. Some of you have said that Herpa is probably the best, but does that also extend to the CXcitement range? I was also leaning towards getting GJ for the QF A332/A333, because I'm not so sure about the plastic wings on the DW models. But if DW is significantly better, then perhaps I'll get the DW one.
Whether a wing is plastic or not is never an issue to me. Don't be fazed by the word "plastic" because many metal wings are actually too thick or lacking details. As for the Qantas A330 models you are thinking of getting, get the GJ version but not because it's all metal, but simply because of the nose and cockpit window on DW's QF A333 are really screwed.
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GJ's A330-300 is better than their -200.
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They all have their strenths and weaknesses. Right now, for new releases, it's really only between PHX and GJ, as HE and DW hardly release anything anymore.

a332/a333: I love the DW RR engines on this mould, but the nose is way off. I have a Sri Lankan a332 from DW that I love, and a TG a333 which I don't because of a bad nose and bad engines (PW). I like the PHX and GJ a330's best, however with RR engines I'd definitely give DW a shot (if you can find any). As mentioned, the HE a330 with RR engines uses the CFM engines from the a343, which are way too small.

a343: HE has too small wings and bad landing gear (and that includes the CXtiment a343, I have that one as well). The landing gear looks like 767 or 747 gear, way too small. I don't like the DW a343's, because the engine nacelles are way too big, making the engines hang too low. Plus the nose issue from the a330 is an issue here as well.

a345/a346: Agreed with the above that HE and DW have the best moulds. However, since they don't use them, it's a moot point (unless you can find an older release). The PHX and GJ are not bad at all, however the GJ needs some work on the winglets.
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