The Airbus A330 was the first mould released by the new Aviation400, back in mid-2017. It has not garnered the same fame as their A350 series partly because of the high levels of competition between A330 moulds in 400 scale and partly as they have mainly used it to produce Chinese examples. The exception has of course been the series of A330 MRTTs they have made for which they were first to market.
I have reviewed the AV400 a few times and from a mould perspective it has only scored ok not great:
The nose shape has been one area that has not impressed me so it is good to hear that Aviation400 have been fine-tuning this area. They have sent me the following photo:
It is a little difficult to get the full measure of the changes but it does look like a promising improvement.
A New A330neo
They will need a good A330 nosecone as Aviation400 have also confirmed that they are producing an A330-900 series mould. This image was shared illustrating some of the ongoing design work being done:
There are currently two extant A330-900 moulds in 400 scale and both have some issues. I have undertaken a detailed comparison of the two moulds already:
Presently I think the JC Wings A330-900 is superior to the Phoenix version but I would expect a high quality mould from AV400. I am told that AV400 hope to have the new A330-900 complete by the end of the year. It is certainly a busy time at AV400 who have their first 787s incoming soon and A380s, A319/20/21s and now an A330-900 on the way.
I'm Richard Stretton, an aviation enthusiast and major collector of 400 scale model aircraft. This blog discusses ongoing events in the world of 400 scale.
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