It's been a long road, with more than a few traffic jams and speed humps, but finally the time is drawing near when the dreams of a good few classic collectors will be answered by the release of the first new Soviet era 1:400 mould in many years and for a deserving aircraft - the Tupolev Tu-104A. In this blog entry I have an exclusive interview with the man behind Retro Models - Kamran Sekha.
In the past few years there has been a proliferation of new brands in 1:400 scale although almost all of them have had a focus on the Asian market over traditional Western markets. One of the newer brands to emerge aiming their product at a niche market is Dream Air, who have so far partnered with JC Wings to produce a range of airliners aimed squarely at Taiwan.
It has been oddly quiet from Aviation400 in 2018 but my understanding is that the people at Inflight, who are behind the brand's resurgence, have simply bitten off more than they can chew. This has resulted in delays as they try and deal with the backlog of releases. It seems 1:400 scale isn't as high in the priority list as it might be. However belatedly AV400 have some new A350s on offer including a new A350-1000.
Aeroclassics has literally just announced its May releases and after a bevy of hints it isn't a great surprise that these include a new mould - that of the 737 MAX-8. Even though this may get the bulk of the attention in my opinion it is the classics that are the real draw this month. Even better they appear error free so let's take a look at a great month of releases.
There are precious few IL-62s still in service anywhere in the world and in fact it takes an outcast state to see one nowadays. Its isolation has long been a boon for the more adventurous plane-spotter looking to log some time on a TU-134 or such. Unfortunately with their focus on active aircraft very few IL-62s have been made in 1:400, however recent livery changes in the DPRK have opened the door to double the number of Korean IL-62 releases.
In part 1 we looked at the development and background to HYJLwings new A321 mould but what have they made so far? There have in fact been 25 releases under their own brand name up to this point and 4 more for DreamAir of Taiwan. So let's take a look at what is available.