die-cast planes, model trucks, trains and other vehicles
British Airways Concorde
The 1:400 British Airways Condorde is the first Herpa-made die cast model in my collection. In real life, the supersonic airliner is about 62.1 meters in length, 11.4 meters high, and has a 25.56-meter wingspan. It is one of the most iconic and recognizable aircraft in the world.
Last weekend I visited a hobby shop while in a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. The shop is named Toy Studio, and it is located at the second floor of the MBK Mall in downtown Bangkok, right along Sukhumvit road. The store is not very large, about 20 ft x 20 ft, but it is brimming with die-cast toys in all sizes and shapes. The glass front has shelves that contain a vast number of planes and cars, including 1:100 sizes. They also carry most of the notable brands: Herpa, Gemini, Hogan, Dragon Wings and Phoenix. Most major airlines are represented, as well as the more obscure ones. I also saw some die-cast military aircraft in 1:200 and 1:44 scale.
I found the prices to be wanting though. I was hoping that the prices would be a bit cheaper than the shops in Metro Manila but found out that they are almost the same. I bought an AirAsia Philippines A320 for 1,200 baht, which is about PhP1,600, which is the same price in Manila. I still bought just so I'd have something that was procured in Ba…
Boeing and Airbus have been competing in the passenger jet market since the 70s, and until 2007, Boeing ruled the wide-body arena with its 747 airliner. Airbus finally came up with an answer, the A380, which became the largest passenger airliner in the world when it was introduced. Not to be outdone, Boeing also updated the 747 by introducing the 747-8 Intercontinental. I finally got both models this year. Here's how the two airliners compare in real life:
Boeing 747-8 Length: 250 ft Wingspan: 224 ft Cabin Width: 20.1 ft Height: 63 ft Maximum Take-Off Weight: 448,000 kg Max Passengers: 605 Range: 9210 miles Price: $357.5 million
Airbus A380 Length: 238.6 ft Wingspan: 261.6 ft Fuselage Width: 23.4 ft Height: 80.2 ft Maximum Take-Off Weight: 575,000 kg Max Passengers: 853 (one class) Range: 9755 miles Price: $403.9 million