Concorde was of course a special achievement, which cast off its failure to gain an aura of greatness as the years went by. In 400 scale Concorde releases have been rather sporadic and even though there have been 24 British Airways releases the Landor scheme is very poorly represented among them. I consider myself lucky therefore to have recently received one of those as a gift from a friend.
I don't acquire that many Gemini Jets models anymore, they just don't make a lot that interests me, so I tend to do a detailed review of everyone I get. This wasn't intended to be a detailed review, but there has been some discussion of the United 737 release so I thought I'd put down my thoughts about it and it has kind of turned into one.
This year has marked the twentieth anniversary of 1:400 scale and several manufacturers (notably Gemini Jets and Aeroclassics) have been celebrating their 20th year in business. Meanwhile relative newcomer NG Models has been slowly getting its Tristar production into gear, which gives an opportunity to compare some models from the dawn of the scale with some from recent month's.
Lockheed Tristars are coming thick and fast in 1:400 scale in 2019 with two new and active standard length moulds now in the market since mid-2018 and a third on the way soon. The present pair are made by JC Wings / Gemini Jets and, most recently, Lockness Models (note it isn't Lochness Models - that defeats the purpose of the pun). Considering these two are both active now it pays to compare them to each other and that is what I'll do here.
Few airlines are as synonymous with an aircraft type as American has been with the McDonnell Douglas MD-80, or Super 80, as they preferred to call it for many years. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for any 1:400 scale model manufacturer and the type remains one of the most poorly represented major aircraft types in this scale.
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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