Photos mostly from the excellent Waffle Collectibles
It is almost universally agreed that the Aeroclassics DC-10 is one of the finest moulds in 1:400 scale so I’m always excited by the announcement of new Tens, especially when they visit some of the more obscure national carriers. Mozambique is a country that has been missed off the 1:400 map, until now at least. LAM’s DC-10 had a series of nice schemes applied to it during its decade of service in Africa and this model is surely for me the most exciting of the month. May be there will be a 767-200 to follow it up later?
Mexico is always popular and the bare metal orange scheme has been asked for many times so will surely be popular:
Lan Chile is a more obscure DC-10 operator for me but they did operate a trio of DC-10s for 5 years (not always the same aircraft) in the early 80s and the Lan scheme always looks nice. Again perhaps there will be a 767-200 to follow this up?
767-200 Production Rolls On
I expect many collectors will most appreciate being able to add a new type to their fleet of Landor BA this month with the release of the USAir example, N655US, painted in full BA colours. I admit however to not being convinced by the grey upper fuselage colour.
A pair of Chinese 767s was inevitable and the CAAC has never been done before. JC Wings have on the other hand recently made a pair of Air China 767-200s for Skywings.
A new addition for the 767s this month is the addition of maingear undercarriage doors. It is another sign of AC tweaking their production to improve the quality of their output.
A late addition to the lineup is the 3rd old colours 767-200 from Air Canada with C-GAUN depicting the famous 'Gimli Glider' as she was at the time of the incident:
Last month’s first Aeroclassics 757s were not met with universal praise even though they used the NG Models mould. This was the result of some poor paint application and colour matching. This month Aeroclassics goes head to head with NG Models own releases with 3 examples matching previous NG production. AC obviously feel there is a larger market for these than NG’s small production runs enables. It’ll be interesting to compare them alongside each other although straight off the Delta radome is a mess.
There is one point of difference between the eastern delivery scheme between both manufacturers. The NG version had the earlier RB211-535C engines whilst the Aeroclassics has the RB211-535Es.
The 4th 757 of the month is probably the most interesting. NG have so far ignored Canadian 757s and this Air Transat is a good first step. Hopefully it’ll be followed by Nationair, Odyssey Int and Canada 3000.
The least interesting models for me are the modern twins but I doubt my indifference will impact their sales. Nonetheless although the Airbus twins look good I think the windowline on the MAX is way to high.
Every month I can easily buy 6 or 7 Aeroclassics models, however I admit that recently I feel I need to see the models in photograph before pressing the buy button. Even so who else is ever going to make a LAM DC-10? This is another solid month, assuming construction quality standards improve. I’m keen on all the DC-10s, the CAAC, Air Transat and the EA delivery 757s.
I'm Richard Stretton, an aviation enthusiast and major collector of 400 scale model aircraft. This blog discusses ongoing events in the world of 400 scale.
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