All of a sudden there is a lot going on in 400 scale and it seems rather incredible (and perhaps for some a little depressing) that less than a week after I announced NG Models new Airbus A320 family moulds that a short video leak has announced that Aviation400 has also built its own set of A320s. I've been in contact with AV400 and here's what I've learnt.
NG Models just can't stop making new moulds and only days after I was able to announce the A319/320/321s they have posted on social media of another new mould and have allowed me to announce yet another. Both round out modern families allowing them to compete head on in the narrowbody space. Read on...
I have been one who has been a little critical of NG Models move towards more contemporary and less retro releases of late, however now it appears NG will get a little bit of a hand in this area as a new brand named Buchannan Models is partnering to use NG moulds for more retro-goodness.
The Tristar 500 is another of the classic moulds owned by NG Models they seem to have rather lost faith in, despite its excellence. Obviously the situation isn't helped by the electroplating issues NG has had with its natural metal belly L-1011s but there remains quite a bit to be made and I am rather impatient to see more. Here's an updated wishlist for the type taking into account production so far.
While I don't think you should let the politics in China get in the way of your model collecting I am nonetheless fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes of the diecast world. Usually it is very unclear what that is but sometimes you get glimpses. The announcement of an A330-200F release by NG Models caught my eye and now photos seem to confirm that it is using the Panda Models mould, which is very interesting, at least to me!