Douglas / McDonnell Douglas
Until the 1960s Douglas were the biggest civil aircraft manufacturer in the world and into the 1990s McDonnell Douglas were still in second place. Fortunately this greatness has been noted in 1/400 scale and there are plenty of moulds out there. Sadly they are often pretty hit and miss.
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24/8/2016 11:41:17 am
Re the last on the list - the L100 Hercules, I disagree that there is no competition and Gemini is the winner. The Gemini Hercules nose radome is undersized and not the correct shape. Dragon Wings make a far superior Hercules and as you are dismissing liveries, the fact they have only released this in military C-130 schemes is irrelevant. However, you also need to list the L.100-20 stretched variant which has no competition and GJ have released this in Tran America and Lyndon Cargo liveries. JC have used this mould for a Chinese Hercules.
24/8/2016 01:54:15 pm
Did you test the SMA moulds? I found those to be far better than any of the other DC9 ones.
24/8/2016 06:42:40 pm
Yes I did - I own several. The nose like on the Gemini mould is all wrong and looks more like snoopy than a DC-9. Check out my DC-9 mould review: http://yesterdaysairlines.weebly.com/douglas-dc-9.html
26/8/2016 03:35:16 am
You've done it again, Mr. Stretton. Thanks for the wonderful writeup, I have always wondered how some of these moulds compare, especially when I don't have some to compare to. Keep up the good work!
26/8/2016 06:04:58 am
Thank you for these mould reviews, Rich. Because I mostly buy only models of airliners from about 1970 on, I can't speak to the propliners. But for the jets of 1970's onward that Aeroclassics has done in 1:400--DC-8, 9, 10--they are simply in a class by themselves.
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