Along with the UK and Japan, Germany has probably the biggest tradition of plane spotting, which has also been complemented by a masterful tradition of toy and model making. Most German airports have for decades had excellent viewing terraces and a spotter friendly atmosphere, so it is only fitting that German enthusiasts should model these wonderful airfields. In this post we take a look at Martin Reiffer's exceptional little diorama of Düsseldorf Airport which once again proves that you don't need a lot of space to make an exceptional diorama. Over to Martin...
In part 1 of this 2 part series I took a look at numbers 22-12 of aircraft types that have not featured (or at least not featured well) in 1/400 scale. I tried to keep it to aircraft with some chance of success, which meant excluding some interesting types, but even so I get the feeling it'll be a long time until we see even half of them in all their zinc/aluminium glory, given how conservative the manufacturers can be. That shouldn't be the case with the top eleven though, in here there is real potential for decent sales and model numbers.
Recently I took a look at moulds that are extant but underused by the major manufacturers. This got me thinking about the other side of the coin, which is of course aircraft that are missing. To do this topic justice I am not just looking at aircraft that have never existed in 1/400, but also at aircraft that may have once been represented in 1/400 scale but are either under-represented or represented by a poor quality or obsolete moulding.
In this 2 part series I choose the top 22 most worthy new aircraft and in part 1 we look at numbers 22-12.
It's been a few months since I wrote about the releases from the less mainstream manufacturers in China - since late April in fact. That doesn't mean lots hasn't been happening however with plenty of new model releases and both Skywings and HYJLwings branching out into collaborations with JC Wings.