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Herpa Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 1:500  Hot E-mail
Wings900 Reviews Commercial Aircraft
Written by jkwan12345   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Editor's rating
7.0
out of 10
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 Description
  To rejuvenate its long-haul fleet, the first Airbus A330s were commissioned from 2010 to connect the popular holiday destination with Asia and continental USA.
Model Details
  Manufacturer: Herpa 

Airline: Hawaiian Airlines
Make: Airbus
Model: A330-200
Scale: 1:500
Part Number: 519137


Model Review
  Mould and Assembly: One more A330 in this batch:

Again, the nose is not that great - the side cockpit windows are printed too high, while the center ones are too low, and squint. They could both be a bit larger too.

The nose landing gear has now been shortened, and the nose-down angle is present. However, the support struts are over-exaggerated, and the landing gear doors on the main landing gear are oversimplified.

The wings are pretty well done. They're thin and crisply done, and the winglets are the correct shape. One of the best parts of the model, in my opinion, is the wingbox. The A330 wingbox is a very organic shape, and Herpa has absolutely nailed it. Combined with the laterally inserted wings, we have a very crisp wing. My only problem is with the leading edge of the connection of the wing to the wing box - on the model, it points out straight, while it should actually be slightly bent down. HOWEVER, they're gulled a bit too far upwards, like they're in inflight configuration.

Another star are the Rolls Royce engines; unlike the previously tiny ones, these are nicely done, with the correct organic curves of the real thing.

Livery: The Hawaiian Airlines livery is simple, and quite beautiful.

And honestly, I have nothing to say in this arena. While the tail is a bit complex, overall it is a very simple livery. I think Herpa reproduced this model exquisitely well. The placement of the tail details crosses the window line exactly. And the titles are correctly placed too.

Although it looks like the pink on top of the fuselage is dark, it's just because Hawaiian Airlines aircraft are usually photographed in full daylight (it's Hawaii weather!), and in the shade the pink does turn this darker shade of magenta.

Well done Herpa.

Details: Details, once again, are lacking. The noteworthy ones:

-Hawaiian flag near and above first door.
-Name of the aircraft, and A330-200 titles

However, there are so may blank spaces - the whole front of the fuselage is by and large plain white, and the engines are blank.


Pluses
  Livery is exquisitely done.
Mould's wing box and engines are done very well.

Minuses
  cockpit window troubles
Details!

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Editor review: A tropical and beautiful, but plain, model.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

Overall rating
7.0
Mould and Assembly
7.0
Livery
10.0
Details
3.0
Overall Impression
8.0
I think this is a beautiful model, that could find it's place in any collection. I certainly plan on getting this some time soon. The livery, the star of this aircraft, is done exquisitely. And there are gems in the mould too. Only the details disappoint.
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