So many aviation magazines have come and gone but few were as excellent and useful as WAFNews. Even more the magazine was a labour of love of one man for its entire run spanning nearly 25 years. Before the web, if you wanted to know what was going on in any detail you had to get WAFnews.
Aviation400 have been getting a bit of stick recently for the amount of time it is taking them to release models after announcement. I have had multiple people asking me if I know when various A350s will be released. They certainly haven’t been too quick, but at the same time they aren’t JC Wings slow either. Anyway, they have just cleared a big chunk of their backlog so here’s what’s now available.
Considering there were only 85 aircraft made you could argue the Bristol Britannia has had a fair run out in terms of 1:400 scale models with 32 releases. Nonetheless the big prop has been rather ignored in recent years and no UK historic fleet is anywhere near complete without a larger representation of the type. It may be a long shot but let's see what could still be done.
In part 1 I discussed how I got to spend some time in Chicago and found myself with time to kill at O'Hare on my birthday. The long walk around the domestic terminals was great and I finished the last post moving from terminal 2 over to AA territory in terminal 3, which is where I'll pickup here.
Last month I travelled, at short notice, to Chicago for work. That didn’t give me much time to plan but fortunately the trip actually inadvertently allowed for me to spend a decent amount of time at Chicago O’Hare. The city was nice but O’Hare has long, for me, been one of the most interesting airports in the world, so getting to spend a few hours in the domestic terminals was the trip’s undoubted highlight.
It wasn’t too long ago that if you wanted to acquire manufacturer house colours models in 1:400 scale then your most likely avenue was the series of Dragon Wings examples, which usually utilized their poorer Airbus moulds. Things have certainly changed and in the past two years there has been an impressive array of new house colours releases. This has helpfully fed my appetite for collection expansion.