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Six 76s Again
As with last month half of the releases are 767-200s. This month’s six 767 releases all come with the modified and corrected overwing exit markings and show off operators from Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Africa.
For Japan there is a delivery colours cheatline Japan Air Lines 767-246 and a re-release of the All Nippon 767-281 with a modified registration.
For me the other four are more interesting, showcasing smaller national airlines that chose the 767. Interestingly three of them also operated the competing Airbus A300. All look very nice and if I had the room I’d get them all. As it is I’ll settle for half of them.
Aeroclassics has shown quite a bit of interest in the Venezuelan airline AVENSA in the past year, and Venezuela is definitely topical! I acquired both the 727-200 and DC-9-51 from last year so the addition of a DC-10 is most welcome. AVENSA started operating long-hauls towards the end of its existence (indeed AVENSA will be featuring in the blog next month) and during the two periods of DC-10 operations different schemes were worn. Both are reflected in this month’s Aeroclassics. The blue looks a bit dark but otherwise they look nice (and the map on the tail is correct this time too).
Last month’s DC-6s were excellent and the regeneration of the DC-6 in 1:400 continues apace this month with a trio of classic propliners, two from Pan Am and one Delta C&S. The arrival of the latter wearing the livery titles implemented when Delta took over Chicago & Southern on May 1, 1953 means that surely next month the standard Delta Six will also be on the horizon. Delta was known as Delta C&S for just about two years until Summer 1955.
The remaining two releases are about as far from the DC-6s as 1:400 gets (i.e. 1950s to 2019). One is a Lion Air MAX-9 wearing its US test rego and the other is a real treat. Only Aeroclassics can be relied upon to produce the more unusual customers for the 737 and A320. Air Cote d’Ivoire is a real treat for lovers of African airliners. The national airline of the Ivory Coast now operates 2 A320s, 4 A319s and 4 DHC-8-Q400s on regional services within Africa. It doesn’t fit my collection criteria but I kinda wish it did.
Every month is a strong and diverse month with Aeroclassics. The improved research and effort being put into its models is beginning to show fruit and all the models look pretty good at first glance (aside from perhaps the globe Pan Am DC-6, which has an odd nose antiglare). Five will be coming my way, which is fairly par for the course. Next month things may get even more exciting!
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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