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Heller 1/125th Airbus A380

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  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Heller 1/125th Airbus A380
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Saturday, September 24, 2016 5:42 PM

Hi Guys,

I built this kit a few years ago and I thought I would throw up a few shots. 

The 1/125th size really makes a difference. I don't think I put these up before. 

I was on the tarmac at LAX in 2010 and saw a Qantas A380. I couldn't believe my eyes seeing it up close. So I had to build one. The Heller kit has nice rubber tires if you choose to have gear down, and also comes with this nice stand. 

Tamiya white, MM gunship gray bottom, I think the blue rudder is Tamiya (something blue?) have to check my notes,  final coat decals sealed with MM gloss laquer. My first commercial airliner. A steep learning curve.  Lots of sanding. I left the fuselage sides glass out.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
Posted by 7474 on Saturday, September 24, 2016 6:35 PM

Nice job, for the lack of parts airliner kits can be challenging. Hope to see more airliners from you

  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Thanks,

 

I'd like to build a Virgin Atlantic 787-9, which I've flown on,  but I understand I would need two kits to extend it to the "9" version.

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    July, 2006
Posted by Scotty T on Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:25 AM

I beleive Zvezda and Revvel/Germany have released a 787-9 1/144

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    July, 2004
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by Aussie747 on Monday, October 03, 2016 4:40 PM
Scotty is correct, Zvezda and Revell have both issues a 787-9 kit. The moulds are from Zvezda in both kits. The Revell decals sheet is the better of the 2.You will need to find after market decals for the Virgin scheme.

Ray

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    December, 2002
Posted by 7474 on Monday, October 03, 2016 8:02 PM
Also Braz models offers a conversion kit for the Revell Kit http://www.brazmodels.com/boeing.html
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    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Monday, October 03, 2016 9:36 PM

The Revell and Zveda kits are 787-8's  not 9's.  They need a conversion kit to make them 9's.

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    March, 2008
  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 6:54 PM

On the Heller A380, any issues with the kit? I'd like to see one next to the 1/144 kit to see how much bigger it is. Some Amazon retailers have the kit for around $65.

 

 

Zvezda does have the -9 kit now. Here's a couple reviews.

http://mkns.ipmssrbija.com/?p=3866

http://kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=12468 

  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:46 AM

kg4kpg,

Sorry for the late reply.  There were no issues per se other than this was my first civil airliner build.  So getting the halves as perfect as possible, and then a lot of sanding to get it as perfect as it could be.  Like auto modeling there is no hiding any small screw ups with weathering in airliner modeling, as can take place in military modeling of any kind. The rudder did have to be bent back to 90 degrees though, which is not all that uncommon in airliner kits.

It is a very nice kit and the bigger scale really  makes a difference. The tires are really nice rubber as well.

 

Thanks for the info on the 787-9, I will now have to buy one, and the Virgin Atlantic decals.  I've flown on "Birthday Girl", which was their first 787.  The wings really vector up while in flight.

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, October 16, 2016 8:09 AM

Hmmm.

 Gotta say , even with the real size of this bird , she is kinda pretty in a strange way .  T.B.

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    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:41 PM

Oshkosh 2009, Airbus displayed and flew the new 380. Good show, cross wind landing and other impressive banks, turns and climbs. It looked like a large building flying around. They made sure that us photographers got the shot!

Great job on the model, you did it justice. You probably should display it with some other teeny airliner for scale! lol.

Max

  • Member since
    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, October 21, 2016 8:41 AM

Curious, what are the dimensions of the finished model?

Max

  • Member since
    March, 2008
  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Friday, October 21, 2016 9:05 AM

Hodakamax

Curious, what are the dimensions of the finished model?

Max

 

 
One of the reviews I read (Aeroscale) said 24 inches long with 18 inch wingspan. Seems like the wingspan should be bigger though. The decal for each wing is a foot long, according to the review. I think I will pick one up once I'm in my new home with a new work bench.
 
  • Member since
    February, 2006
  • From: Boston
Posted by Wilbur Wright on Saturday, December 03, 2016 3:15 PM

True measurement is: Wingspan is 25-1/2" and the fuselage is 22-1/2" nose tip to tail tip.

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    March, 2015
Posted by Toshi on Monday, December 05, 2016 7:25 AM

You did a great job on that airliner!  It's a fantastic build.  Thank you for sharing that.

Toshi

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