Thinking of throwing together a collection of Gemini C-17's, and want to know what you think of them, as i have never actually seen one in person and want to know if they are worth collecting? Thinking of getting all the USAF ones, and hopefully find an RAF one too.
How's the detail on these, and the rear door that open's and closes? Would love to get abit of a military collection going besides the airliners, and could be a good place to start? How many did they make in each model (If the info was released?).
Also, anyone got any thoughts on the Herpa B-2's and B-52's?
The GJ C17 is a very nice model I had the first release, but ended up selling because im just not into the military stuff as much. From my observation its a very well built and solid piece. Very heavy as already mentioned. The only issue with mine is the rear cargo door was very finicky, but was not a big deal to me since I dont actually "play" with my models.
This is only my opinion and nothing more, but I personally dont see a point in collecting several of the C17's even though I know they are different bases. You would basically have several of the exact same things so to me I say get which ever one is your favorite and leave it at that.
I have the Gemini RAF and the Hogan (plastic) US AirForce. Both models are similar in accuracy with imho the Hogan even a little more detailed, it has the thinner and finer structures of a plastic model (wings, engines, antennas). It also weighs much less and is cheaper! I recommend that one (or the RAF, CAF versions). You find pictures here in the forum!
I got the Gemini C-17 McGuire version. Agree it's a very good model and worth collecting. I dont like the Herpa B-52 either. I think the engine pylons, canopy windows and landing gear wheels look wrong. If you are gonna build a 1:200 military collection, I would also recommend the Hogan P-3. Here are pics of my C-17 and P-3
I have a Gemini C-17 as well as a Hogan C-17. Both are awesome models in my opinion even if they lack some of the details of a 1:1. The Hogan definitely loses a little with its poor seam lines along the wings and landing gear areas. But overall, it has some better detail on it than the Gemini version. Sure, the rear cargo door may not open, but it's okay. It's still a fabulous model (and about half the price of the Gemini version).
As far as details on models such as the Herpa B-52 and what not, there's always going to be mistakes that collectors don't like. I just like the models for what they are, not what they aren't. I have the first Herpa B-52 and I think it's pretty awesome. I say collect what you want. If you like it, collect more. If you don't like it, find someone who does and move on to something else.
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