Singapore Airlines A350-900 9V-SUA Phoenix 11000 October 2014 Release

The Superb Phoenix A350-900 in SIA livery
The Superb Phoenix A350-900 in SIA livery

This model is of the soon to be delivered A350-900 in SIA livery. It’s my first one of these aircraft type and was by http://www.Airspotters.com. It cost £32.00 ($51 USD) including tax.

I had no expectations, other than expecting a good Phoenix model. My expectations were blown away, this model, is to be utterly frank, another massive upward step in the quality stakes and Phoenix should be absolutely proud of producing something this exceptional. You may be aware of my love of Witty Wings and the superb quality standards they reached. Phoenix have surpassed them. This sort of model making consigns Gemini Jets to second-tier has-beens. It is at worst equal to Witty at their very best, but really it’s another small step above that.

Starboard Quarter view
Starboard Quarter view

1) Fuselage

The mould and the detail on the fuselage are simply exquisite. Phoenix seem to have gone all-out with this, their Item 11000, to take the A350 as a next generation aircraft and create a next generation model. I have absolutely nothing to complain about. It’s better than anything I could have hoped to see, I am truly delighted with it. Three upper and two lower aerials are beautifully installed and painted. The three communications domes are well detailed and the paint excellent. Graphics and print are flawless, with no runs, blurs or paint issues. The flight deck and logos/detail are all just excellent.

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Superb see-through engines
Superb see-through engines

2) Engines

The Rolls Royce Trent XWB rated up to a staggering 97,000b’s of thrust are a new departure for Phoenix – they have adopted the Witty-pioneered see through engines and this is an exquisite piece of detail on a 1:400 scale model. They look every bit as good as one would hope and then some more. The nacelles and pylons are all superbly neat in execution and painting.

3) Landing Gear 

Painted metal with detailed struts and hydraulics, fully rolling wheels. The one down side to this model is that they are fixed in position and the bogies don’t move at all. Other than that they are highly detailed, excellent quality befitting the general high standards of this model.

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4) Tail fin and stabilisers

They look so good and are so perfectly straight, flawlessly mounted, just as you would hope for, outstanding. Logos and paint detail are all highly accurate and crisp. In fact the tail fin is so finely moulded I had to check to see it wasn’t made of plastic, but it isn’t, it’s just beautifully made. the graphics are excellent and it looks ideal.

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5) Wings and underbody.

Now without actually seeing the finished aircraft, it did strike me as slightly odd that it would have a gigantic A350 XWB logo over the under part of the fuselage. Until I know differently I’ll pass any comment on it. Either way its well done. The hole for a stand fits the standard thin arm Gemini version. The push in wings are accurate and well detailed. the big issue on this model was how would they mould the hugely curvaceous wing tips? Have no fear for Phoenix have done them proud, really very impressive. The underwing detail is very good, simple but sufficient.

6) Colours 

Perfect.

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7) Overall score – we start at 10.

This really is a new standard of Phoenix model – a whole new generation of quality that we can only hope is applied across the range of future models. If you enthuse over detail and value for money as I do, this is it. It’s worth every penny because it’s that good. Exquisite is a word that defines something really so wonderful to look at you cannot find superlatives to describe it. If you could give something 12 out of 10 I would. It really is that good and I commend it to anyone thinking of buying it. Well done Phoenix, an outstanding job.

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