Collecting 1:400 scale models can be an expensive business, especially if like me you want a large representative collection. Then again at the same time it doesn't have to be expensive for individual models necessarily. Nonetheless at times you will probably have to splash out, although I am pleased to say that of nearly 2,000 models only 7 have cost me more than $50. What are those models?
There have been few moulds as requested by 1:400 scale collectors as the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar. Although there have been various moulds made for the standard type most are either obsolete or awful and the best ones have been chronically under-used. The Tristar 500 is even worse off so what should any new mould of the type wear?
Aeroclassics has rarely been affected too much by Chinese New Year in terms of their release schedule. So it is no surprise that they are able in March to release a full set of 13 releases primarily featuring the primary moulds of 2019 so far – the 767-200, DC-6 and DC-10.
In comparison to most developed countries there isn't a lot of aviation activity in New Zealand due mainly to the tyranny of distance. Not only does this make it hard to reach most places but also assists in keeping NZ safe. The result of the latter is that the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a small force with little strike capability. Also being NZ it is friendly and easy to visit.
The Fokker F28 was an adaptable little jet that saw use throughout the world From Norway to Swaziland and Argentina to Papua New Guinea. As such there are lots of colourful and interesting airlines that it saw service with. Often these were some of the smaller national carriers that have not featured well in 1:400. Having said that there are still major European flag carriers in the mix as well. So here I’ll take a look at what can be made on the existing Aeroclassics mould.