In part 1 I covered Malaysia's MyHobbyHouse and I have previously written about MP4 and Airshop Diecast in Indonesia, plus DreamAir in Taiwan, but it is not just those nations with a thriving retailer exclusives market in Asia. Thailand especially seems to get quite a lot of models made for it.
It has become commonplace for retailers and individuals to get models made for them by others. Panda Models, Aviation400, JC Wings, the Aeroclassics factory and NG Models all undertake this kind of business in 2021. The models being made look great and are often a lot more interesting than the standard releases being made by the same manufacturers. How many of these did you see advertised recently?
Thanks to Victor Wong who runs the HK based store iflya350xwb for many of the photos below. Check out his store here:
Made for a Thai Model Store by the Aeroclassics factory
Thai International Airbus A320 HS-TXA (Aeroclassics Mould)
Thai International Douglas DC-9-41 HS-TGN (Aeroclassics Mould)
JC Wings Exclusives
These have been made for a Bangkok Store. There have seemingly been others as well which although originally exclusives have become general JC releases like the Thai 747-400 in the old colours plus the Thai 777-300ERs.
Thai Airways Int Boeing 747-400 HS-TGW XX4898 - Flaps Up and Flaps Down Variants
Bangkok Air ATR-72 HS-PGA and HS-PGG (JC Wings Mould)
Tailwind Diecasts International
Made for Philippino Store
Limited to 250 pc
Philippine Airlines A340-300 RP-C3439 "Shepherd One" AV4097
Pope Francis visited the Philippines on January 15-19 2015 for a Papal visit. He went back to Rome on January 19, 2015 and rode this plane.
Images courtesy of Jeremy Daniel, Hans Ang and Roan Carl Santiano
Seemingly made for a Japanese store by the Aeroclassics factory
Japan Air Lines Douglas DC-8-61 Twinpack JA8061 and JA8049
It is entirely possible there are other models I have missed as these style of releases are not promoted by the manufacturers. The JAL DC-8s were first spotted on eBay and most of the others I've seen via Facebook posts. Nowadays if you collect models outside the region where you live it really pays to keep a close eye on the internet - or just keep reading yesterdaysairlines.com of course!
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