The completion date at Xin Long's terminal 2 rapidly approaches and it is time to add some realism to the barebones. I have to admit that I am not much of a model designer, but what I have found is that just playing about with the materials you have at hand can sometimes create surprising results, especially when there is a problem to get around. In this case an attempt to hide some unseemly joins has allowed me to add to one of the piers a bit of an architectural flair, that I originally never intended to create.
Welcome travellers to the blog posts that catalogue great moulds that have been left to rot in favour of a constant stream of 737/777/787/A320/A330s. It seems that the manufacturers believe that classics are only viable in 1/200. I believe they are wrong. If you're out there and reading this manufacturers please broaden your horizons and take a walk on the wildside. You may even find you like it!
Moulds - why do some manufacturers create what must be expensive items and then barely use them? I don't understand it and can only put it down to being rather poorly organised and/or preoccupied with other scales. Herpa are past masters at this but their moulds are often rubbish. Anyway we've looked at 15-11 so now in part 2 we start getting serious as we go from 10-6.
On the forums there is often a lot of discussion about getting the model manufacturers to release new moulds of relatively obscure aircraft types. I'm all for that, but let's face it at the moment the manufacturers barely use many of the excellent moulds they've got and instead would prefer to pump out bucket-loads of A320s and 787s. Just how many V Air A320/321s can there be a market for?
My collection continues to expand at a steady rate of about 10 models a month and yet I have sworn to myself that the footprint of my collection will not expand beyond its already impressive area at Yesterday's Airlines central. This poses some issues and requires creative methods to find new spots to place models, as the collection inexorably approaches 1500 aircraft in 1/400 scale. Cathay Pacific's placement has been a long standing issue.