Up until now Panda models have been happy releasing just Chinese airliners with a rare Asian or Japanese addition. However this could be the moment they start to become mainstream. Whatever you can say about them their models are excellent and the printing fantastic. Now they've scooped all the other manufacturers with the first A320NEO in 1/400.
In the early years of the 2000s Dragon Wings was the biggest manufacturer in 1/400 (or at least as big as Gemini) and produced a good range of models including ones that came with terminal pieces and ramp sections. They also somewhat randomly slipped in GSE items with several models plus they released two GSE sets of their own. Let's take a look at them.
You can't have a vaguely plausible model airport without having quite a lot of GSE (Ground Service Equipment). Recently I've been trying to bulk up my GSE collection and thanks to friends and some deals I've been able to add most of the major sets on the market in 1/400 scale. So I thought I'd take a look at what's been available.
Since I moved into the new Yesterday's Airlines hangar my work on and in the design section of the hangar has been limited. Now however I have reorganised the airport diorama space again and it is time for some expansion at Xin Long. Phase 2 and 3 are now in the pipeline. Phase 2 sees a doubling of the airport's real estate and the addition of taxiways and a runway.
2016 has been an impressive year for the upstart manufacturer Panda Models, which continues to exploit its excellent moulds for the 737-300/700/800, A319 and A320 (regardless of where the latter two were copied from). In fact in terms of number of releases Panda are producing more models than JC Wings and Gemini, it's just that if you aren't interested in Chinese airlines you're largely out of luck.