FantasyWings have certainly been busy and between getting the interview together and publishing it they have produced several new offerings in areas that have until now not been touched by anyone else producing GSE. This is pretty exciting if you bought the recent JC Wings Beluga XL.
The advent of 3D printing has revolutionised the ability for individuals to get involved in making their own equipment and models for display with the professionally made aircraft produced in 1:400 and 1:200 scale. One of the newest additions to the growing area of ground service equipment is FantasyWings, who were gracious enough to give me an interview introducing themselves.
I have a soft-spot for the mighty Convair 580 ‘muscle machine’ having flown on the type from the cockpit two years ago with Air Chathams. I am sure I am not alone in thanking Gemini Jets for announcing a North Central CV-580 as part of their June 2019 releases in 1:400 scale. Hopefully this model will sell successfully and lead to some more releases of the type. If so there is a decent range of possibilities that can be made.
No sooner than I have posted updates of the year so far for both Aviation400 and Panda Models then both of them announce their June models. Although they are both relatively small sets both contain some exciting models showing that even with an airframe as common as the A330 there is still gold to be mined in 1:400 scale.
With my personal collection approaching 2000 models it seems like a good time to take a look back at where I began with 1:400 scale. I've had an interest in civil aviation for about as long as I can remember but it was only in 2008 or so that I gravitated towards this scale and finally cut my ties with 1:600s. Here's a look at the early days way before Yesterday's Airlines existed.