One of the last parts of Xin Long left to complete is the thin pier that runs along the rear margin of the field from Terminal 2, which I've nicknamed pier I (since the other piers are J and L based on their shape.
With the increasing number of 1:400 scale releases every month by the now 6 major brands in this scale it is small wonder that there have been some new ideas being introduced into the marketplace. Aside from altering the moulds themselves in terms of liveries the two newest trends have been for nosecone special schemes and pre-delivery primer aircraft. Whether you consider this innovative or a cash grab to create more model variants is up to you, but let's take a look at what has been made.
1:400 Scale is getting really crowded. Of course there are the big boys (Gemini Jets, JC Wings, Phoenix and Aeroclassics) but Panda Models is also staking a claim. In addition there are niche players like Skywings, Dream Air and HYJLwings often, but not always, using moulds from Panda and JC Wings. Now we have another player with the return of Aviation400. It's game on!
Nearly a year ago I reported on the return of Inflight400, but then it all went quiet. Now they have finally returned but not as Inflight400. Instead they are Aviation400. The models they had announced were pretty run of the mill so it is a huge surprise that one of their first releases is a CAAC Concorde fantasy model!
Whilst I've been away Panda and Skywings have announced their November releases and it's a bumper month with 17 models, six of which are not Chinese! In fact this month Indonesia, Japan and Russia get a look in and both manufacturers continue to release narrowbodies that few other manufacturers release regularly. Panda has for example released far more 737 MAX -8s than anybody else. Plus there is a new mould also. Let's take a look at what is on offer.