FantasyWings Apron Equipment
Published: August 2021
FantasyWings are a Hong Kong based model retailer that since 2019 has branched out to produce its own range of high quality ground service equipment and airport structures in both 200 and 400 scale. They are one of few brands producing this sort of equipment and are easily the largest manufacturer of GSE, which is of a very high standard.
Their product range ranges widely from passengers to vehicles to airport buildings and runway sections. They can be purchased direct from the FantasyWings site or through a wide variety of diecast model retailers.
In this review I'll take a look at the various non-vehicular airport structures they have produced for your model airport apron.
FWDP-AP-4005 LIGHT POLES
Realistic 400 scale lighting poles are not something that have been produced a lot in 400 scale and in fact I have tended to use the HERPA 500 scale light sets (see above left photo) as the only other alternative I am aware of is the Airline Manufacture poles (the tallest in the above left shot). I have discussed earlier 400 scale lighting poles here:
The new FantasyWings light poles scale between the Herpa and Airline Manufacture versions for a more pleasing height. They also have a detailed base unit, which not only helps them stay upright but also gives them an impressive level of detailing.
The top of the poles has a circular ring from which the individual lights hang and once again there is a good amount of detailing. The structures at the bottom of the light base are the airport lightning warning light and the foreign object (FOD) bin:
I am rather pleased with these lights, which work well on a 400 scale diorama. I'm definitely thinking of using them across my Xin Long model airport. They come in a pack of six.
FWDP-AP-4028 GATE AIRCRAFT PARKING AID (APA) GANTRIES
Stand guidance systems is an area that as far as I know has not been attempted previously in 400 scale but is surely a must if your diorama has any remote stands. This pack comes with 6 gantries of varying sizes and a selection of stickers, which can be stuck on to illustrate the instructions being given to the aircraft. Judging by the Wikipedia page on the topic it appears that these have been based on the Safedock system made by ADB Safegate.
The set is made entirely of plastic but as with other FantasyWings releases has a nice amount of detailing and goes very well with the light poles and vehicle sets. A mixed set of light poles and APA gantries has also been made - FWDP-AP-4006.
400 Scale Production To Date