Research is key when I’m writing content for my aviation history blog and although the web does provide a wealth of great information you still can’t beat the printed word for a lot of the details. A core part of my library is made up of aviation magazines, mostly ones that are now out of print. This post is the first part of a series where I'll look at the most important titles of yesteryear that are well worth getting hold of.
I admit to getting quite a few new models a month, partly as a result of new purchases but also from the second-hand market. Overwhelmingly these come via Waffle Collectibles Collection Sales. Say what you like about Waffle but he gets the stock and ships it out efficiently at great prices. Here's a selection of 11 additions from the past 9 months acquired from the seconds market, mostly from the Waffle man.
The Tupolev TU-204 was robbed off a TU-154 style production run by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which is a real shame as it appears to be a decent aircraft broadly in line with Western contemporaries at the dawn of the 90s. In the end although the aircraft has had a 30-year production run only 86 aircraft were produced! Even so the type has appeared in a surprising number of liveries.
JC Wings are well known for taking a literal age between announcement of a model and its release. This isn't always the case, but in general you can usually be sure of at least a 6 month wait. That means you're probably reluctant to preorder, but frustratingly when the model is finally released they often slip out with little fanfare. So to help you out here are some JC Wings, which should be hitting the shelves outside China soon.