Back in May I attempted to resolve the issue that my growing Cathay Pacific Group fleet was causing inside the existing cabinets of my collection. The resolution I came up with at the time was distinctly short term but nonetheless, even though I should have known it wasn't going to have much longevity about it, it was an important stepping stone towards a more permanent solution as described here.
Both Panda models and Skywings continue to produce a great range of mainly Chinese airliners both modern and historical. The sheer number of Chinese releases each month shows where the market sales are with JC Wings recently announcing a bevy of A320s and 737s representing Chinese airlines. This month Panda fight back with reciprocal releases of some of those plus both Panda and JC Wings are opening a new frontier with pre-delivery models.
When in August Aeroclassics announced new modern GSE sets for a pair of Chinese A330s I was excited. I have a large Chinese airport model, plus really like the classic GSE sets Aeroclassics produce so surely these would be awesome additions to my collection? Sadly it is not to be. To say I'm disappointed in these sets is an understatement. Let's take a look at why.
Ground service equipment (GSE) is a must for anybody building an airport diorama of any size. Most of the major manufacturers have also created GSE sets in the past and in May this year Aeroclassics re-entered this space with a series of DC-8s released complete with 15 part GSE sets. In this first part I review these classic GSE sets.
It's been 10 months now since groundbreaking began on Terminal 2 of Xin Long International Airport and construction is drawing to a close. Actually construction has been near complete now since May but I haven't found the time to update the blog with new entries. Sorry 'bout that. Last time I finished the major detailing on the terminal piers and in this part we finish off the gate detailing, taxiway markings and add airbridges.
The new releases keep on flowing out of China and last month's releases are also now available in the flesh, so to speak. Panda and Skywing's quality continues to shine through as some very beautiful releases are being produced. This month we have new 767s, A330Fs, A330-300s, A340s and another Y-20. Let's take a look at the new offerings and also see how some of August's announcements came out.
There can't be many airports in the world nowadays that regularly handle mainline jets that don't get an Airbus A320 series aircraft visiting. From Bhutan to Buenos Aires, Calgary to Christchurch and Denver to Dalian you're going to see the aircraft family that made Airbus the force it is today. The aircraft that indeed has forced two competitive responses from Boeing. This of course also means that 1/400 scale is swimming in Airbus A320s, but alas they are not all equal. As I did for the A330, back in March, in this post I aim to look at the current A320 moulds and see which cuts the mustard.
In the third and final part of my 1/400 scale model hangar update I take a look at how to deal with two of the most troublesome aspects of having a large die-cast model aeroplane collection - keeping it protected from dust and lighting it appropriately. I also begin to think of a new use for some reclaimed real estate my changes have given me.
My collection started out entirely focused on the USA and specifically the US regulated era from about 1950-1980. Of my 1534 models the US part of Yesterday's Airlines still consists of a big chunk of the collection - 641 models in fact. I like to display by airline fleet and this has created some challenges especially when this part of the collection has been stored in a variety of different cabinets. In this part of my hangar update I take a look at how the US collection has been upgraded recently.
My 1/400 collection continues to grow apace and demand more space, whilst at the same time I see ways that I can try and make the presentation better also. I am keen not to increase the footprint of the collection itself and that means finding innovative new ways to fit in more models without spending much $$. Here are some of my latest efforts spread across three posts.
In part 1 I look at the non-US section of the collection.
Back in December 2016 I asked the question who are HYJLwings? That has now been answered as I have made contact with their founder. They are a semi-independent brand run by a Chinese student, studying in Canada, that has utilised a mixture of Panda Models', JC-wings' and its own moulds on 13 1/400s and 3 announced 1/200s so far. I also mentioned back in December that an A321 was in the works and it now looks like it is imminent in both current and new engine option variants.
It is hard to keep up with the sheer number of new announcements from China's other 3 brands in 1/400 scale but they continue to announce a wide range of new models. Even better for the non-Chinese collector they also continue to announce really competitive non-Chinese models which I can see are going to give the established players some real competition. This month Panda branches out to new horizons - Malaysia and Singapore, whilst Skywings go to Germany.
Back in late December I wrote a blog post about a new player in the field of die-cast airliners called HYJLwings. At the time I had limited information about just who they were but since then I have made contact with their owner and can announce that they have an exciting new endeavour in a new scale for them – the first Bombardier CRJ-100/200 ever in the larger 1/200 scale.
Along with the UK and Japan, Germany has probably the biggest tradition of plane spotting, which has also been complemented by a masterful tradition of toy and model making. Most German airports have for decades had excellent viewing terraces and a spotter friendly atmosphere, so it is only fitting that German enthusiasts should model these wonderful airfields. In this post we take a look at Martin Reiffer's exceptional little diorama of Düsseldorf Airport which once again proves that you don't need a lot of space to make an exceptional diorama. Over to Martin...
In part 1 of this 2 part series I took a look at numbers 22-12 of aircraft types that have not featured (or at least not featured well) in 1/400 scale. I tried to keep it to aircraft with some chance of success, which meant excluding some interesting types, but even so I get the feeling it'll be a long time until we see even half of them in all their zinc/aluminium glory, given how conservative the manufacturers can be. That shouldn't be the case with the top eleven though, in here there is real potential for decent sales and model numbers.