It can be a challenge to keep up with some of the more obscure under the radar releases that often barely get outside of China, so I want to thank some of my friends for alerting me to a selection of new releases that have recently been announced. They include a selection of Chinese airlines from HYJLwings and Panda but also something for Canadian fans and a classic from Yu ModeL. Read on for the details...
HYJLwings have been back on the scene for a couple of years now and slipping out limited edition models of mainly Chinese airliners using their A321 mould and various NG Models moulds. However the company has a strong connection to Canada and so it isn't just Chinese airliners they make as the latest releases illustrate. Read on...
Thanks to my friend Đặng Tùng for alerting me to these releases.
As you probably know I like to keep an eye on some of the more obscure brands in 400 scale including those that cater heavily for the Chinese market. Two of these are HYJLwings and Yu ModeLs. The former is seemingly back as an independent company and the latter is growing well with new announcements so let's take a look at what's new.
My best bet at the present time is that the reborn HYJLwings brand acts merely as a sub-brand of NG Models producing China only models, even though NG itself still makes other Chinese airliners. What becomes NG and what HYJL seems rather arbitrary. Regardless there have been new announcements from HYJL with their latest batch of Chinese airliners and since they aren't widely reported I thought I'd pull together a post for you.
HYJLwings is a brand I've been interested in right from the start, due to my interest in Chinese airliners. They commissioned the 200 scale CRJ and 400 scale A321 moulds that NG Models now uses and between 2019 and the brand's return in mid-2020 it does seem that there has been change (not the least being a new logo) and that HYJL may now be a subline of NG entirely. Nonetheless they are still producing new releases.
The last time that HYJLwings released an A321 was way back in December 2018 and since then NG Models have begun to use the HYJLwings mould for own-branded A321s. It seems however that after a break HYJLwings, or the name at least, is back - with a new trio of Chinese A321s scheduled for May.
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?
The release train rumbles on and I see from taobao that the huge July announcement of 21 A321s by HYJLwings continues to deliver into September. There are still a couple outstanding but 5 of at least 6 old colours Lufthansa A321s are now available.
A few weeks ago I received my latest box from engtaobao, which had survived the attention of the Chinese postal service despite their best attempts. Nonetheless one of the models was missing something rather important. Thankfully NG are the decent sort of company to help out a collector and they included with the part an extra surprise too.
Following on last month’s spread of alliance A321s HYJLwings continues to plough the same furrow but with a selection of more colourful examples. Yet again they do so by including a focus on Chinese examples but also by continuing an attraction to Lufthansa, which is also shared by Panda models.
HYJLwings is cranking out a steady stream of models nowadays using its A321 mould and the latest batch has settled on Star Alliance and Skyteam house colours for its subject matter. This means it is not just Chinese airliners that feature but also French, German, Canadian and Taiwanese. Let's take a look at them.
So far to the best of my knowledge there have been 29 757-200s released or announced using the new NG Models mould under three brands. Firstly NG Models themselves but also in addition Jelly Huang's HYJLwings and the Taiwanese brand Dream Air. In this post I'll take a look at the releases from HYJLwings recently which are all now out in the marketplace.
In part 1 we looked at the development and background to HYJLwings new A321 mould but what have they made so far? There have in fact been 25 releases under their own brand name up to this point and 4 more for DreamAir of Taiwan. So let's take a look at what is available.
HYJLwings has grown impressively in the past year from a tiny manufacturer to a reasonable force. This is testament to its owner Jelly Huang and also its connectivity at times with Panda, JC Wings and NG Models. Since last November however they have been rolling out a line of new A321s using a mould that not only is superb but also entirely their own.
HYJLwings sure seem to have been busy recently and not just in 1:400 scale. Back in January they announced a third batch of CRJs in 1:200 scale and they are now available for sale. As before they can be purchased through Threshold Aviation in Canada but numbers are no doubt very limited. They will no doubt also be available through taobao shops.