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Old 05-29-2015, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gemini 200 C-17 Stands

Hey guys,

Was finally able to get the two Gemini 200 March ARB C-17s (Spirit of California & Spirit of Reagan). These are very nice models, and can definitely appreciate the since I've worked on these two airframes in the past.

They are of course, very heavy too. Given their weight, the included stand simply doesn't seem like it would hold up long term, especially with having just two very small screws securing the display bar. Given their size and weight, it's unfortunate Gemini didn't provide heftier and less wobbly (when mounted) stands for them.

Has anyone had any issues with the stability or integrity of their Gemini 1/200 scale C-17 stands? Has anyone here ever had their models fall? Are there any solid alternatives for them?

Thank you.
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Old 05-29-2015, 03:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Gemini 200 C-17 Stands

I actually have both models too, but living here in earthquake country, I do not chance displaying mine on stands. And yes, they are both very heavy planes too.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Gemini 200 C-17 Stands

I have 4 of them, and they're all displayed flat on the shelf for that reason - even simply walking by causes them to 'nod' and sway on their stands.

But here's another way to look at it, and I spent years working on and flying in C-17s - they wouldn't be configured right up on a stand. If they were flying gear down, the wings would be 'dirtied' and have flaps and slats down, and also the landing gear is a long-travel design (to absorb no-flare assault landings) so it would be hanging down about 3-4 feet below where they are when the aircraft is sitting on the ground. So on the stand, it just doesn't look right in the first place!
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