The release train rumbles on and I see from taobao that the huge July announcement of 21 A321s by HYJLwings continues to deliver into September. There are still a couple outstanding but 5 of at least 6 old colours Lufthansa A321s are now available.
2018 in 1:400 scale has been the year of the 757 but we shouldn’t forget that prior to the recent 737 MAXs Aeroclassics last new mould was that of the 757’s competitor product the Airbus A310. The execution of some of the releases wasn’t fabulous but the mould itself is and I hope the recent paucity of A310s doesn’t mean we have seen the last of the mould as there are imho plenty of viable options left to do.
Last month’s Aeroclassics consisted of an excellent crop of subjects and although there were a few issues with some of them generally it was a strong month that cost a lot of people, including myself, some financial pain. September looks to continue in this vein with another superb selection of models announced including a welcome return of some prop classics.
It has been a somewhat odd year for Panda Models. In some ways they have kicked on nicely from the excellent year they had last year, and in some ways their new focuses make their models both harder to find and of less interest to my collecting. Nonetheless both July and August’s batches have useful additions within them.
The past few days have seen the release of four models that I imagine most people were wondering if they'd ever see. Three feature Cathay aircraft and one All Nippon and although they all probably come from the JC Wings factory none are JC Branded. Two are BigBird 747s announced well over a year ago and two are the elusive Cathay Tristars of almost similar vintage.