Panda Models are really kicking bottom at the moment. Fresh from beating everyone that matters to market with an A320NEO they are now moving into widebodies and gazumping JC Wings with an A330-200F. Plus they have more new GSE. Compared to the other manufacturers they are really setting the pace for the new year.
Here's a summary of their latest announcements with some sneakpeaks at the finished products literally just released.
Just recently, courtesy of a random photo on Facebook, I was tipped off to a new player in 1/400 scale. After a bit of searching about I managed to find their page on taobao but who they are is still not entirely clear. Several factors seem to ally them to Panda models but a couple of others suggest that they may be something different. It's hard to be sure but this is what I've been able to find out so far.
The period from 2014-2016 has seen some major changes in the landscape of manufacturers. Witty and all their associated sub-brands left the market, whilst BigBird has been reactivated by JC Wings as a sub-brand, albeit one that seems to struggle to release more than a couple of models per year. The other big change has been the rise of Panda models; producing lots of Chinese airliners to a high quality, but in low volumes. It appears that 2017 is scheduled to bring more change with the return (?) of Inflight to 1/400 scale.
Since my last update, a month ago, there has been loads of progress on the new terminal, far more than can be covered in one entry in fact. So for now we'll take a look at painting progress and I promise to do more frequent updates to keep pace with construction. In this part we get stuck into the painting and spruce up the terminal.
In 2016 the concept of actually publishing high quality print books on the subject of aviation almost seems obsolete, but it shouldn't be. Digital books cannot yet replicate the layout and size of non-fiction works well enough to replace them and Airliners.net, as wonderful as it is, doesn't tend to tell a story. Nonetheless new series are rare so it's just as well that there is a backlog of fabulous series, mainly dating from the 1990s. In this review we'll look at one of the best - George W. Hamlin's Skyliners series.
Following on from part 2 in this series I take a look at some of the more obscure Ground Service Equipment (GSE) pieces that appear in Aeroclassics sets less regularly. In the last part we looked at the commonest 8 pieces, which means there are 9 more to go. So let's begin...