Aeroclassics and Lockness Models have just announced their May models on the same day. I wonder why that could be? Anyway it is more of the major new moulds for both manufacturers - 757 and 767s for the former and L-1011-1 and L-1011-500s for the latter. Together they make a strong selection of European, New Zealand and North American jets.
As 1:400 scale enters its 21st year one of the near constants has been the online forum 400 Scale Hangar. The site had been offline for a while but is under new ownership now and back up and running. Throughout its history the site has been a home from home for Aeroclassics and in 2004 they partnered with the forum to produce a series of special models for members of the site’s Hangar Club. By my count there have been 53 models made up to 2016.
Whilst Tristars begin to flood onto the market Aeroclassics continues to produce a strong selection of models on its existing mould catalogue. This month's releases mainly fall into the category of AeroModerns and capture a variety of new liveries ranging from the bland and boring to the cool and exciting. Either way I'd expect them to be good sellers.
There have been few moulds as requested by 1:400 scale collectors as the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar. Although there have been various moulds made for the standard type most are either obsolete or awful and the best ones have been chronically under-used. The Tristar 500 is even worse off so what should any new mould of the type wear?
Aeroclassics has rarely been affected too much by Chinese New Year in terms of their release schedule. So it is no surprise that they are able in March to release a full set of 13 releases primarily featuring the primary moulds of 2019 so far – the 767-200, DC-6 and DC-10.
The Fokker F28 was an adaptable little jet that saw use throughout the world From Norway to Swaziland and Argentina to Papua New Guinea. As such there are lots of colourful and interesting airlines that it saw service with. Often these were some of the smaller national carriers that have not featured well in 1:400. Having said that there are still major European flag carriers in the mix as well. So here I’ll take a look at what can be made on the existing Aeroclassics mould.
It is now mid-February and with all the December releases (aside from the JC Wings ones obviously) arrived it is a good time to reflect on the year that was 2018 and what it meant for my collection. 2018 was an outstanding year for 1:400 Scale and certainly my pocket felt the pain of so many excellent releases but what was I buying and why?
February brings Chinese New Year, which has a massive impact on 1:400 model production since the entirety of China takes a holiday. Even so Aeroclassics has been working hard between Christmas and now to release a full set of thirteen new models to tide the collector over the lean period. This month is a Boeing heavy one but both Airbus and Douglas are represented also.
Now the 767-200 mould is out and Aeroclassics have started pumping out releases it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at what they might turn their hand to. In my opinion there have been two perfectly good earlier moulds for the type and they have already plucked a lot of the obvious low hanging fruit. To that end I’m not too keen to go over already released candidates unless there is a good specific reason to do so. That still leaves plenty of fertile ground anyway and hopefully Aeroclassics agree with me.
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?