When it comes to variety Aeroclassics are the brand to beat and this Ukrainian A320 is probably the most interesting A320 release for years now - since perhaps Air Moldova or Air Cote d'Ivoire, both of which were also Aeroclassics releases. For this reason Aeroclassics are still my top brand in terms of purchases and definitely worth a look. It is just a shame that they rarely reach the same levels of quality nowadays as they did in the past, or as other brands regularly do. Let's take a look and see how this release came out.
Each review is to split into three key areas:
This Aeroclassics A320 is one of the most important moulds in 400 scale history. Released originally in 2009 it was streets ahead of the competition and, along with the Aeroclassics A330s/A340s, thrust the brand to perhaps its peak. It has also been used more times than any other A320 mould and remains a good example of the type.
Unfortunately the mould, and Aeroclassics, have not really kicked on since the mid-2010s and although this mould remains decent it is nowadays inferior to the Panda Models, NG Models and the upcoming Aviation400 versions. The Panda Models version is an interesting comparison since it is likely a clone of this version, but one updated with new undercarriage and aerials.
The Aeroclassics mould has not remained static since in 2018 as the nosegear tyre was modified and made larger. This didn't go with a new tyre-hub though and because of this the simple hub is too small and the tyre doesn't look as good as competing efforts, even though it is a better size than before.
The core of the mould is exemplary with an effectively perfect fuselage, wings and stabiliser set. The wings slot into the fuselage with no discernable gap and angle upwards gently towards the wingtip fences.
The engines on this example are CFM56-5A3s and the Aeroclassics CFM engines are very nice.
This particular example of the mould has a somewhat suspect nosecone but that isn't I believe a mould issues per se and I'll look at that in the quality control section.
In general this mould still holds up well and is close to perfect with the changes Panda Models has made, but Aeroclassics refuse to do.
SCORE - 8
PAINT & LIVERY
In 2007 the Ukrainian Aviation Group was formed by the Privat Group to combine Dniproavia, Donbassaero and Aerosvit. The airlines continued to operate separately, at least at first, but swapped aircraft and adopted this patriotic blue and yellow scheme in 2011. This aircraft was one of three A320s with Dniproavia that gradually transferred to Aerosvit and operated with dual titles.
The colours of the livery were a bright yellow and a light blue, with a much darker blue tail emblem. Aeroclassics have a tendency to reproduce colours too dark and once again that is the case here. The yellow isn't too bad but the light blue is definitely quite a lot darker than it ought to be.
On the other hand the rest of the scheme is replicated well positionally, with the shape of the central blue curving section accurate and titles in the right place. The model is missing the AI registration ending on the nosegear doors. Unfortunately, there are several other printing issues with the livery replication that I will cover in the quality control section.
SCORE - 8
PRINTING & QUALITY CONTROL
As I have suggested in the introduction nowadays Aeroclassics biggest issue appears to be printing and quality - two areas that in days gone by weren't major concerns for them. The factory just seems unable to do the finer things that others can and so you have to accept there will be issues.
One of the issues Aeroclassics have had recently is over-polishing of the nosecones of their moulds. There have been problems with various types such as the Viscount and DC-9. This A320 also seems to have the issue to some degree. Comparing it to other Aeroclassics A320s I own and the angle down from the cockpit is not as rounded and the nosecone is a little pointy. It isn't dreadful but it is noticeable.
In terms of printing the A320 template is good but there are aspects of the finished version that don't improve the model. Firstly overprinting of colours is another area Aeroclassics sometimes struggle with. Here the yellow titles have clearly been printed over the blue and so the titles, which should be just as yellow as the rest of the scheme, are significantly darker than they should be.
Another printing error is on the engines and this one is just sloppy. The engines have the airline's web address on them, and the titles are admittedly tiny and hard to read by the naked eye. Take photos though and it becomes obvious that the text on the right side engine is backwards.
The engines also have some sloppy paintwork. The yellow ring should be the same width all the way around the engine but on the port side engine it clearly tapers towards the bottom, whereas on the starboard engine it does not. This is most obvious from underneath where the differences in thickness are largest.
SCORE - 6
This model almost slips into the decent category but in the end falls just outside. Does that mean I don't recommend it - not really. I am still glad I got it but it does illustrate the compromise you often must make when acquiring Aeroclassics releases. They do produce some very good models but the issues seen with this model are not at all unusual. Having said that I can't see anyone else producing the diversity of airlines they do. Not even NG nowadays make these sort of niche products and so as a collector you are caught somewhat between a rock and a hard place. I get a huge amount of pleasure from my Aeroclassics releases but I would be very surprised to receive a model with the overpolished nose and print issues here from any other brand too.
FINAL SCORE - 22/30
11/1/2023 04:12:53 am
I can also produce photos of the real aircraft under different lighting or angle from the sunlight which gives a matching color. So sorry, in this case, I do not buy the wrong color argument. Other models perhaps, but not this one.
11/1/2023 11:21:50 am
A major problem of the printing is that the yellow titles are way to dark! They should have the same tone as the yellow on the top and bottom of the aircraft. It looks like the titles were printed just one time over the blue underground. This causes the blue is mixed with the yellow.
11/1/2023 02:15:17 pm
You seriously lack any kinda of self awareness or ability to take criticism, especially the kinda of constructive criticism provided by him which appears to have been of great help to other far superior brands. If you would like people to stop criticizing your models improve your quality and stop making childish statements.
11/1/2023 10:25:24 am
AeroSvit changed their livery and in 2005, the blue was exactly as the model before changing to the light blue, so it is quite accurate for the time.
11/1/2023 10:33:44 am
This aircraft flew with AeroSvit only in 2011-2012 and looking at all the images from Airliners.net and Google image search for this reg none show this sort of darkness.
Jorge A. Zajia
11/1/2023 04:26:58 pm
That was a good review Richard, very objective and it highlighted a lot of the things that are wrong, but more importantly that are (or were) right with Aeroclassics. I honestly though Andrew would have gotten something good out of it, but I can see that I was wrong lol.
12/1/2023 12:47:01 am
I notice that all my comments except one have been deleted, and Richard is running around other sites crying victimhood!
14/1/2023 10:30:42 pm
Dear Mr. Klein,
15/1/2023 12:56:26 pm
Right on!!! The trouble is him and his AMERICAN PALS over at the DAC forum run the place and they promote nothing but those brands that are associated with ! Crownvic the trailer park "shoot from the hip" asshole and and MR.AK,use the forum to promote their crap and say crap about every other brand and get people banned from there that have ANY different view to theirs! ITS A SHIT FORUM!
12/1/2023 09:21:42 pm
A Pro-American and DAC forum brand ,thats ball they are! 2nd rate!
14/1/2023 01:18:21 pm
Umm,i thought i'll just add to be fair to MR.AK,that his DC-10s are the best out there , i give Aeroclassics atleast that and lets say their DC-8s ! Now i am not sure if they are involved with BigBird B747s of the past and 400 Aviation 747s? Though if they are,well they were decent models as well! I shall give them that!
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