When in August Aeroclassics announced new modern GSE sets for a pair of Chinese A330s I was excited. I have a large Chinese airport model, plus really like the classic GSE sets Aeroclassics produce so surely these would be awesome additions to my collection? Sadly it is not to be. To say I'm disappointed in these sets is an understatement. Let's take a look at why.
Ground service equipment (GSE) is a must for anybody building an airport diorama of any size. Most of the major manufacturers have also created GSE sets in the past and in May this year Aeroclassics re-entered this space with a series of DC-8s released complete with 15 part GSE sets. In this first part I review these classic GSE sets.
It has been a while since I did much with my Wright Field diorama but I did recently tidy it up and make sure it's all looking ok. The arrival of May's Aeroclassics included a pair of DC-8s complete with 15 piece GSE sets and it gave me an opportunity to disguise Wright Field, which usually represents a US airport, as Maple Field - somewhere in Canada on the West Coast in the early-mid 60s.
Following on from part 2 in this series I take a look at some of the more obscure Ground Service Equipment (GSE) pieces that appear in Aeroclassics sets less regularly. In the last part we looked at the commonest 8 pieces, which means there are 9 more to go. So let's begin...
As I said in the first part of the Aeroclassics GSE review they have made 17 different vehicle types and the aim of this and the next part of the review is to take a closer look at these individual vehicles. Some appear in almost every set that has been released whilst others are much rarer and have been used much more sparsely. In this post we'll look at some of the commoner elements. So let's get started.
Considering that, to my knowledge, Aeroclassics has barely released any GSE sets as stand alone items it is perhaps surprising to find that they have actually made the most GSE items of any 1:400 scale manufacturer! In fact Aeroclassics have produced at least 17 different GSE items, in the liveries of multiple airlines, and they are all of high quality and lovely detailing. If only they weren't so rare and hard to find. I think Aeroclassics could make a nice sideline in releasing more of these great sets.
In the early years of the 2000s Dragon Wings was the biggest manufacturer in 1/400 (or at least as big as Gemini) and produced a good range of models including ones that came with terminal pieces and ramp sections. They also somewhat randomly slipped in GSE items with several models plus they released two GSE sets of their own. Let's take a look at them.
You can't have a vaguely plausible model airport without having quite a lot of GSE (Ground Service Equipment). Recently I've been trying to bulk up my GSE collection and thanks to friends and some deals I've been able to add most of the major sets on the market in 1/400 scale. So I thought I'd take a look at what's been available.
Good quality ground equipment for 1/400 scale airliners is often hard to come by, expensive or requires skill in painting. So its good to see that recently there has been a deluge of modern style buses released by by JC Wings/Gemini Jets and Panda Models. The only issue you might have is wanting some that don't represent Chinese airlines!