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Old 11-16-2004, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wings900 & DAC announce new Features!

New Wings900 Features
The Wings900 team is proud to introduce many new features for & DAC!! We've been hard at work bringing you new features, enhanced database capabilities and a fresh new look. Below is a sampling of what you will find inside. Please email any questions/comments/bugs to: [email protected]

Above: The new Home Page
Dedicated Server - Wing900 and DAC have grown so much over the past few years that we finally had to go with a dedicated virtual server. Our new server features 4 CPUs, 9GB of storage, 4gb of RAM, and 100GB of bandwidth, We now have the capacity to grow into the future and bring more services to you!

Wings900 New Look - It had been 2 years since our last face lift and just like airlines change their liveries, we figured it was time to do the same. All the features of the last site are here, except now they are more easily organized. We removed the drop down menus from the top in an effort to simplify the site and make it easier to use.

Wings900 Enhanced Home Page (see left) - Our home page now features Preferred Retailer Featured Items, two random photos from the gallery, Model Database and My Collection statistics, latest forum posts from Wings900 and DAC, & Airline Industry news, related Google ads and more! The new system also automatically links certain keywords to manufacturers websites and other die-cast resources!

Team Members - The "Wings900 Wants Your" campaign was a success. We received many applications and we thank all of those who wanted to be part of the team. The new team members are Carlos Casanova, Doug Fisher, Bob, Michael Hoeltmann, Patrick Bahnerth, Brad Meyers, and Alexander Zdrakowitsh. All team members will be working on Wings900 as well as DAC!

DAC & Wings900 Model Database Enhancments (see screenshots below) - The model database has been greatly improved by expanding the data for each model as well as adding additional data. Every model in the database has been reviewed and updated. This includes the model's Make, Country, Continent and more. The box type have now been linked to a box database showing a description and photo of the box types! We now also have real time charts that show you a visual view of die-cast models by Manufacturer, Scale, Country and more! Additionally every model has been updated, and we now have over 7400 models and over 6300 photos online. Also for each model you'll see a "Buy Now" button, this button will take you directly to the preferred retailers page for that model! Don't forget to use your Preferred Retailer coupons to save $$!

Enhanced Model Detail View (see screenshots below) - Our model detail view screen has some enhanced views, an easier way to view photos and a real-time graph showing the average value of the model over time with a trend-line, showing how the model value has either increased or decreased over time.

Model Value - All models in the database now feature the current value of the model (average), as well as the high and low prices paid. The values come from users entering the price they paid inside My Collection on Wings900 and DAC. Regardless if you use "My Collection" or not, you can update a models value with the price you paid inside the model detail screen, without logging into the system. This means that people from around the world can update the models value. The more people that update the model, the more accurate database we will have. We also keep track of the models value over time and graph it on each model detail screen!

Screenshot of the new graphing
feature in My Collection

My Collection Enhancment(see screenshots below and to right) - You can now graph your collection my Manufacturer, Scale, Country and Continent! When you view your collection you will now see the price you paid for a model, the current value, and the difference. The difference field will be automatically color coded based on how your model has performed against the current value. Green if what you paid equal or below value, yellow if you paid $0.01-$5.00 over value, red if you paid $5.00 or more over value, and gray if there is no data available for that model

Retailers Database - We have gathered information on almost 200 retailers from around the world! No more wondering if there is a shop in a specific city you will be visiting! Need to contact a retailer? The information is all right here, search by name, state and country!

Wings900 Preferred Retailers - On our front page Preferred Retailers now have the ability to highlight specific items! You'll see special deals, new items, exclusive items and more, right on the Wings900 Home Page!

Improved Review Photos (see photos to the right) - We acquired some new lamps, natural color bulbs and spent a good 2 hours finding out how to shoot the best possible model photos. We think you'll agree our new photos are some of the best you've ever seen.

Wings900 & DAC on your desktop (RSS News Feeds) - You can now bring Wings900 and DAC to your favorite instant messaging software, news reader, and even your desktop! That's right, get updated instantly as news and posts are made to the news and/or forums! Thanks to RSS technology, our server streams news and other information via XML directly to your PC. Click here for details.

Syndicated Wings900 News for Your website - You can have instant model news posted to your website! Thats right, your site will have the same news headlines you see at Wings900, better yet you'll have them the instant they are posted on! It is 100% free and requires no coding. Click here for details.

Wings900 Store - Support us by ordering your official Wings900 logo merchandise! T-shirts, mugs, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, tank tops, you name it, we've got it! All proceeds go towards keeping the Wings900 server healthy. A DAC store and the CD with the lost attachments is coming soon!

Enhanced Toolbar - Our toolbar now features updated Wings900 news and links to the retailer database!

Model detail page from the database now features country, continent, photos, buy now links, and an Average Value over Time with Trend-line Graph!

Below left is the new My Collection system, complete with a color coding system based on the models value!

Above: A screenshot of the real-time chart generation available in the model database and my collection!

A sampling of the new photos for Wings900 Model Reviews!
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Old 11-16-2004, 11:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds great , can't wait to use the new functions. Keep up the good work.

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Old 11-17-2004, 02:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Congratulations from ol' Andy Andresen

Whoww! Now that is a BIG surprise. When Todd and the team finally took over Wings900 in December 2004 (boy, where those guys tough to negotiate with ) I hoped the site I started way back on November 15, 1997 would further grow.

The site is now in it's 7th year and despite all discussions has outgrown all other sites. Why?


Who ever worked on Wings500 and later Wings900 was and is dedicated! Dedicated to bring to YOU, the collectorate, the BEST of all aircraft model collection sites on this planet. Period.

The new design and the new features are stunning! Although not active in the team any longer and although I sold my large model collection, I am still a regular visitor to Wings900.

I do wish the team and all users fun and further success with Wings900!

Andy Andresen
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