Etihad Airbus A330-300 Visit Abu Dhabi Livery

I flew Etihad last December for a trip to Abu Dhabi and Turkey. One of the planes that I took is the Airbus A330-300, which was on Abu Dhabi-Istanbul segment. I got the Airbus A330 diecast on sale onboard as a souvenir, although the one I flew didn't have this livery. This is the first 1:500 in my collection.

Airbus A330-300 is a twin-jet wide-body aircraft, capable of carrying up to 335 passengers, with range between 5000-13400 kilometers.

Model: Airbus A330-300
Livery: Etihad Airways 
Registration: A6-AFA
Manufacturer: unknown 
Scale: 1:500 
Length: 4.99" 
Wingspan: 4.75" 
Provenance: onboard Etihad flight, AUH-MNL
Price: USD 35

Airbus Kinder Surprise A330-300

I got this unique limited-edition collectible from a friend who flew in from Japan aboard a Philippines Airlines flight. The Airbus Kinder Surprise 5-pack is a box filled with five chocolate eggs, each egg containing a model of an Airbus A330-300 plane in different liveries. 
The liveries include Lufthansa, Airbus, Turkish Airlines, Asiana Airlines and a fantasy Kinder brand livery. The planes are small, probably 1:600 by the size of it. They are also not die-cast metal, but plastic, and are disassembled to fit inside the egg.The box has a clear plastic cover and has a smaller box inside which doubles as a display case. Each plane also comes with a plastic stand.

This is not the scale that I usually collect but I liked this collection for its uniqueness (the box says it is only available for air travellers, so these can only be bought in duty-free shops and onboard during flight).The cholocate covering the eggs is also a delicious bonus!
Model: Airbus A330-300 Livery: Airbus, Lufthansa, T…

Head to Head: Airbus A380 vs Boeing 747-8

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

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Grab a Porsche from Petron

Petron, a Philippine oil company, is running the 'Grab a Porsche' promo this November. A purchase of PhP1000 in any Petron gas station gives you a chance to buy one of the five 1:32 diecast Porsche cars.

The cars are Porsche GT3 Cup (white), 918 Spyder (gray), Carrera GT (red), Cayman Race (blue) and the 911 GT3 Race (black with red trim). The Spyder and the Carrera GT comes with a relica key that acts as remote for controlling the lights and sounds. The remote will work with all the five cars. Each box also contains extra sets of button cell batteries, and some cars comes with sticker decals.

The cars with remote cost PhP 240, while the rest cost PhP180. The promo will last for the whole of November. I've only have three so far, so two more to go. 

Air France Airbus A380

I got my first Airbus A380 as a pasalubong, but we got it in a store in Greenhills.

The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airline. The A380, previously designated as the A3XX, broke Boeing's stranglehold on jumbo airlines. The four-engined double-decker can seat up to 853 passengers. Its floorspace is 40% larger than Boeing's competitor, the 747-8. It entered service in 2007.
The model I got has an Air France livery.

Model: Airbus A380 
Livery: Air France  
Registration: F-HPJC
Manufacturer: Phoenix Platinum Series
Scale: 1:400 
Length: 7.18" 
Wingspan: 7.85" 
Provenance: Toy Nuts, Greenhills, Metro Manila
Price: PhP 2,300.00 

Boeing 747-8I Sunrise Livery

I was able to visit the brick-and-mortar Boeing Store in St. Louis, MO a few weeks ago and the model I picked was the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental with the Boeing sunrise livery. 
The 747-8I was a derivative of the 747-400 but has a longer fusilage. It is the largest 747, largest passenger aircraft built in the United States and at 250 ft 2", the longest passenger aircraft in the world [1].

Model: Boeing 747-8I 
Livery: Boeing sunrise livery 
Manufacturer: Hogan Wings 
Scale: 1:400 
Length: 7.5" 
Wingspan: 6.75" 
Provenance: Boeing Store, St. Louis, MO (
Price: $35
Note: has spinning engine fans. 

LEGO Ferrari

I added two more LEGO Ferrari cars from Shell to my collection: Ferrari FXX and Ferrari F40. These are sold in Shell gas stations in the Philippines for PhP 140 for every gas purchase of PhP1,500.

The promo will supposedly end on November 30 but will be extended until December 30, so I will have time to complete the six. I am only missing the yellow Ferrari 458 Italia.