Airbus A380-800 Qantas Airways (Herpa)

Herpa released the Airbus A380-800 as a plastic model cast with a solid, resin like body.

Needless to say, this type of aircraft makes for an impressive model!

Unfortunately it has some rather visible issues.

This is not going to be a rant about non-metal models, as in fact I would appreciate any plastic model over a metal one, if it was more detailed.
If you take a look at the model railroading sector for example, todays plastic models are insanely detailed.

The A380 model lacks any antennas and the whole gear assembly looks cheap, because it is. The center wheels of the main gear pop off every time the plane is touched. Furthermore all axles are clipped in from the bottom. The gear is molded in grey plastic and not very detailed.

The APU exhaust is molded close.
Intakes and fan discs are painted overall silver with only the cone being colored black. No yellow warning spiral markings are printed on them.
Compared to the real thing it lacks different color shades (e.g. intake cowling inside).

The livery seems to be made out of decals, as I can easily spot the clear base extending around the printed parts. The Qantas red seems to be slightly off into an orange color tint.

Some issues can be fixed easily by using some fine brush and some enamel colors.

I’ve already painted the landing gear parts silver, the wheels white, the fan discs and the inside parts of the cowlings a dark blackish silver/gun metal.
I might do the exhausts cone, too.

Airbus A380-800 Qantas (Herpa). Custom painted details include: Silver painted landing gear struts, white wheel hubs, fan discs and inside parts of the cowlings painted dark blackish silver/gun metal as were the exhausts cones. APU was carefully drilled open.
■ Airbus A380-800 Qantas Airways
Big jet airliner with some minor flaws.

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