JC Wings (and through them Gemini Jets) have got some stick from me over the years for having quite ordinary moulds, but it seems that recently JC Wings have been undertaking a lot of investment, and this has been really paying off. In fact no other 1/400 manufacturer has been producing this volume of new moulds in 1/400 scale, let alone the new moulds they've been putting out in 1/200 and 1/72 scale. In addition JC have shown a willingness to experiment, which is quite commendable.
Note that a lot of the models mentioned below have just been announced and are not yet actually available.
Three models have been announced on the new A330-200F mould, which looks pretty decent and judging by the photos doesn't suffer from the crazy wing issue of the main A330 mould. Unlike the Panda Models A330-200F the underchin bump is part of the mould, or at least seamlessly attached, however as with the parent A330 I do question the length of the undercarriage, which looks a little short. Even so this looks like a great mould.
JC Wings already had the best A350 mould and now they've created a flaps down version as well. Flaps down is an interesting new idea for this scale and whilst I don't see it ever being more than merely a sideline it's good to see new initiatives.
Creating a new mould for the newest version of the A350 is logical and yet JC Wings are the only people to have done it so far. The new mould looks really exceptionally good:
JC Wings and Gemini 787s previously suffered in comparison to the Phoenix mould in having a 787 with a wing seam, but not anymore. There's a new mould in town for both the 8 and 9 versions with the 787-9 also having a flaps down version too. These look as good or better than the Phoenix mould, which is good news for Boeing fans everywhere.
For years now the cream of the crop of Phoenixes moulds has been its 777s and JC Wings 777s have suffered in reviews accordingly. JC Wings did update the landing gear of their old mould but only in 2017 have they finally stepped up their game with a new 777 mould. The mould is seamless and looks excellent. One of the few criticisms of the Phoenix mould has been engine size so it'll be interesting to see how this mould compares. Several models have been announced but so far none have been released, however it is as good as it appears to be I'll be in line for several of these.
JC Wings still struggles somewhat with modern narrowbodies and I would still rather take the Aeroclassics A320 series over its new A320 mould. Panda have recently released a 737 MAX 8 and it has to be said that it is not only available but looks better than this new JC Wings MAX. Even so this mould isn't rubbish by any means. This is however yet another of JC Wings models, which has been incoming for ages now and yet to land.
As with the 737 MAX JC Wings' A320NEO is unlikely to be superior to Panda models already existing model. I assume it will be based upon JC's new A320 mould, which I've not seen in hand yet. Either way the JC NEO hasn't made it in front of a camera as of yet, however JC have announced 3 models to be released on it. Both of the airline versions have already been seen on Panda models.