It is now mid-February and with all the December releases (aside from the JC Wings ones obviously) arrived it is a good time to reflect on the year that was 2018 and what it meant for my collection. 2018 was an outstanding year for 1:400 Scale and certainly my pocket felt the pain of so many excellent releases but what was I buying and why?
In part 1 I looked at the layout and spotting opportunities at Guangzhou Baiyun. In part 2 I'll focus on the traffic I saw in the 3 hours early morning that I was there on December 16, 2018 and the 7 hours evening I was there on Thursday 3, January 2019. Paradoxically the first shorter period was far more productive than the latter, partly due to a very favourable taxi to the runway.
This past December I found myself travelling back to the UK at rather short notice. Living in Auckland there is a wide choice of possibilities flying this route nowadays and you can go via the US, Asia or the Middle East. We chose the cheapest option, which was with China Southern Airlines via Guangzhou. Although the cheapest it almost certainly wasn’t the worst and spotting at CAN was something, I was keen to do, at least for the few hours of my stopover. Here’s a look at CAN.
The Chinese New Year is almost upon us, which means there'll be a lot less models for a month or so until the whole of China gets back to work in March! In the meantime though Panda Models have not been sitting still and instead have released their December models and announced their batch for January, most of which are already on sale as well. Let's take a look.
February brings Chinese New Year, which has a massive impact on 1:400 model production since the entirety of China takes a holiday. Even so Aeroclassics has been working hard between Christmas and now to release a full set of thirteen new models to tide the collector over the lean period. This month is a Boeing heavy one but both Airbus and Douglas are represented also.