A new year brings another selection of excellent releases from Aeroclassics continuing the theme of late 2018 with the new moulds (737 MAX-9, 757-200 and 767-200) in action as well as the Douglas family of aircraft. 2019 brings the return of propliners as well, which is most welcome. Aircraft this month come from airlines of Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama and the USA.
Aeroclassics continues to choose excellent examples from aviation history to produce on its generally reliable set of moulds. December brings another selection of gems, although at least two of the expected models (those with ZK and HP registration prefixes) have been delayed until next year. Last month’s releases had some QA issues but hopefully this months will set the bar higher.
I admit to getting boxes of models once or twice a month, usually from Waffle or the Skywings store, and for every model I receive there is a routine to go through. After the initial unboxing I take 12 photos of each model at various standard angles (more if it's going to get a detailed review) and then the task is to find it a place in the collection. In this post I'll detail the introduction of a selection of recent models into the wider fleet.
There have been nearly 260 A300s made in 1:400 scale with 159 of them coming from the excellent Aeroclassics mould. Unfortunately the rest have been mainly on the pretty dreadful Phoenix and Jet-X moulds. You might think that there weren’t any worthwhile A300s left to be made aside from obscure freighters, but you’d be wrong there are still plenty.
November brings a smaller haul of new releases from Aeroclassics but if you think that will save your wallet you are probably mistaken. It's another bumper month for AC with technically two new moulds out, although neither are actually really new as of such. Nonetheless the models represent another batch of great choices and the delivery itself looks better this month than in recent times.
For over a decade the Boeing 727-200 Advanced was the aircraft of choice, if you didn’t want a widebody, within the USA and in many other parts of the world. Even into the late 1980s and early 90s it still formed a large chunk of the global fleet and so not surprisingly there is plenty of scope for 727s in 1:400 scale even though lots have been made already. Nowadays it falls only to Aeroclassics to regularly produce the venerable trijet so what easy pickings are left?
The new Aeroclassics have just been announced alongside some models from Blue Box. The latter include a new 767-200 mould and although Andrew says it isn't by Aeroclassics, almost all the retailers disagree. I'll not comment any further and let you decide where it comes from, after all it is the models themselves I'm more interested in. Let's see what we've got this month.
2018 in 1:400 scale has been the year of the 757 but we shouldn’t forget that prior to the recent 737 MAXs Aeroclassics last new mould was that of the 757’s competitor product the Airbus A310. The execution of some of the releases wasn’t fabulous but the mould itself is and I hope the recent paucity of A310s doesn’t mean we have seen the last of the mould as there are imho plenty of viable options left to do.
Last month’s Aeroclassics consisted of an excellent crop of subjects and although there were a few issues with some of them generally it was a strong month that cost a lot of people, including myself, some financial pain. September looks to continue in this vein with another superb selection of models announced including a welcome return of some prop classics.
I haven't been writing too much about Aeroclassics new releases of recent, for reasons many of you understand, however I still buy lots of their releases and this month is a bit special in that it is a really superb lineup. There are some great models in August's batch and it will be an expensive month for me.
It is a minor peculiarity that a model that does not come with its original box is worth a tiny fraction of the price of one that does, even when a lot of 1:400 boxes are very generic and sometimes almost unidentifiable as belonging to a specific model. I certainly have avoided unboxed models myself but given the opportunity to own some rare models at super low prices a recent sale was too good an offer to pass up.
Aeroclassics GSE sets are typically rather rare and expensive but living in Australasia they are probably slightly less sought after, though no doubt even rarer than in the USA. Recently I had the good luck to come across someone selling some GSE on a facebook sales sites from Australia and the opportunity to add a United Airlines GSE set was too good to pass up. It also gave me the chance to try it out on my Wright field diorama.
Aeroclassics has literally just announced its May releases and after a bevy of hints it isn't a great surprise that these include a new mould - that of the 737 MAX-8. Even though this may get the bulk of the attention in my opinion it is the classics that are the real draw this month. Even better they appear error free so let's take a look at a great month of releases.
Now Chinese New Year has been and gone the manufacturers are getting back into the swing of things. Aeroclassics rarely pause for breath over the period anyway and as it is nearly April the hints from the Mata Hari over at 400ScaleHangar are out. What might April bring from the major classics and modern Airbus maker?
It's not often that I get two examples of nearly the same model from two different manufacturers, however my recent branch into collecting Chinese airlines has given me more scope for this eventuality. In the first of a multi-part series I will compare 2 releases side by side to see which is the most accurate. First up Phoenix and Aeroclassic battle it out on the A319.