Now Chinese New Year has been and gone the manufacturers are getting back into the swing of things. Aeroclassics rarely pause for breath over the period anyway and as it is nearly April the hints from the Mata Hari over at 400ScaleHangar are out. What might April bring from the major classics and modern Airbus maker?
Charter airlines used to be a major, if often rather volatile, segment of the aviation market in Europe. The most significant portion of this was inclusive tour (IT) charters from the days when you booked your whole holiday as a package through a travel agent in your high street. These days are long gone – destroyed by the advent of the internet and low cost airlines. Nowadays traditional charter airlines constitute a tiny fraction of the market and as with Monarch last year continue to be lost.
The NG Models 757 has so far been well received but has proven hard to get your hands on unless you are buying through taobao. That doesn't look like it is going to change anytime soon however HYJLwings has announced that it has partnered with NG to produce some more new 757s and this time they aren't just Chinese.
Browsing around taobao can be a major challenge if you don't understand Mandarin, however sometimes it can yield rewards. A little while ago I happened across this model. The airline, Xiamen Airlines, is not unusual however there haven't been many aircraft released in this livery. The mould is Panda but the manufacturer says they are JMZ Models?
Nowadays it seems that die-cast sales outside of China are often almost a backwater and many releases for the Chinese market don't even get announced outside of it. This is a shame as Chinese releases make up at least a 5th of all release nowadays I'd say. It seems that at the same time NG Models / HYJLwings were releasing their quartet of Canadians they also let out 4 Chinese CRJs too.
Back in August Yesterday's Airlines was the first outlet (in the West at least) to announce the new 1:200 scale CRJs made by HYJLwings. It took a little while longer than expected but the models came out in November to good buzz on the forums and Facebook. I've come across some new photos of the models so let's take a closer look. In part 1 I'll look at the Canadian releases and in part 2 I'll look at the other CRJs that haven't previously been announced outside China.
Given the ever expanding size of my 1:400 collection I probably ought not to be expanding into new collection areas, however I obviously can't help myself. My latest foray takes me into the territory of manufacturer house colours and has been bolstered by some excellent releases from Phoenix, JC Wings and Panda recently.