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Old 06-27-2010, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Herpa A340-600 mould?

I received my Etihad A340-600 F1 colours and noticed some differences between it and my Hogan/Herpa South African Airways A340-600.

I don't actually have an original Herpa A340-600 model to compare to, but to my understanding (from posts on this forum and research from other pictures) Hogan shares the same mould.

Excuse the picture quality, but I hope these can illustrate some of the changes:


Tail-to-tail height has changed


The Etihad nose gear is higher and lacks the detail of the South African, while the gear bay doors are different. The contour of the nose is also noticeably different.


Dihedral angle of the wings has changed, and the new mould has a larger winglet.


Compare the welding of the engine pylon to the wing to the Etihad below:


The new mould has a properly shaped engine, which squares off at the bottom and looks much closer to real RR Trent A340-500/600 engines.

I really like the Etihad F1, but I think the old mould comes out on top in every aspect except for the engines.

If Herpa has invested in a new 1:400 mould for the A340-600, does that spell further releases down the line?
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very interesting comparison.... Etihad´s is noticeable higher than SAA´s (tail nose and wings), it is related only on gears size???
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I really like the Etihad F1, but I think the old mould comes out on top in every aspect except for the engines.

If Herpa has invested in a new 1:400 mould for the A340-600, does that spell further releases down the line?
I guess Herpa has found a new supplier as a result of the termination of the Hogan 1:400 contract, hence the latter's 1:400 releases over the past year.

I think the South African Airways A340-600's mold is much accurate, particularly over the size of the A340-600's vertical stabilizer.

The A340-600's vertical stabilizer is definitely not this large!
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I guess Herpa has found a new supplier as a result of the termination of the Hogan 1:400 contract, hence the latter's 1:400 releases over the past year.

I think the South African Airways A340-600's mold is much accurate, particularly over the size of the A340-600's vertical stabilizer.

The A340-600's vertical stabilizer is definitely not this large!
That sounds about right. In any case, I really hope Hogan release some more 1:400 A346 models in the future!

And to be fair, the vertical stabilizer isn't exactly 'bigger', it just sits higher as a result of the landing gear.
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That sounds about right. In any case, I really hope Hogan release some more 1:400 A346 models in the future!

And to be fair, the vertical stabilizer isn't exactly 'bigger', it just sits higher as a result of the landing gear.
And the vert stabilizer is a plastic piece on most Herpa releases (is that true for this model?), and not strictly a part of the "mould."
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Comparing nose-gear detail and engine pylon detail is one thing. Comparing V-stab and winglet height takes on a whole new level of "I know a little about airplanes, but not THAT much". Hey closedwaterways, I'll give you two guesses as to what happens when you load a plane up with fuel, pax, and cargo....

Save the "internet Cowboy" B.S. and just think about it for a minute....
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And the vert stabilizer is a plastic piece on most Herpa releases (is that true for this model?), and not strictly a part of the "mould."
On the Herpa/Hogan A346 mould the vertical stabilizer is metal as well, and with very good detailing.

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Comparing nose-gear detail and engine pylon detail is one thing. Comparing V-stab and winglet height takes on a whole new level of "I know a little about airplanes, but not THAT much".
You're not wrong there. I don't claim to know a lot about airplanes - in fact my knowledge doesn't go much further than aesthetics. But then, planes are not my livelihood, so for me it doesn't really matter.

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Hey closedwaterways, I'll give you two guesses as to what happens when you load a plane up with fuel, pax, and cargo....
And I'll give you two guesses as to what happens when you make a comparison between the logistics that go in to a real aircraft to a diecast model...

edit: and it's keyboard cowboy, not internet cowboy!

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And I'll give you two guesses as to what happens when you make a comparison between a real aircraft to a diecast model...
Being anal and REALLY anal?
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edit: and it's keyboard cowboy, not internet cowboy!
Edit button. For when you're just not quick enough to say what you really wanted the first time.
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Edit button. For when you're just not quick enough to say what you really wanted the first time.
Bang on!

edit: edited for the hell of it.

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Bang on!

edit: edited for the hell of it.
A fine edit If I do say so myself.....
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