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.
The NG Models 757 has so far been well received but has proven hard to get your hands on unless you are buying through taobao. That doesn't look like it is going to change anytime soon however HYJLwings has announced that it has partnered with NG to produce some more new 757s and this time they aren't just Chinese.
Nowadays it seems that die-cast sales outside of China are often almost a backwater and many releases for the Chinese market don't even get announced outside of it. This is a shame as Chinese releases make up at least a 5th of all release nowadays I'd say. It seems that at the same time NG Models / HYJLwings were releasing their quartet of Canadians they also let out 4 Chinese CRJs too.
Back in August Yesterday's Airlines was the first outlet (in the West at least) to announce the new 1:200 scale CRJs made by HYJLwings. It took a little while longer than expected but the models came out in November to good buzz on the forums and Facebook. I've come across some new photos of the models so let's take a closer look. In part 1 I'll look at the Canadian releases and in part 2 I'll look at the other CRJs that haven't previously been announced outside China.
Back in December 2016 I asked the question who are HYJLwings? That has now been answered as I have made contact with their founder. They are a semi-independent brand run by a Chinese student, studying in Canada, that has utilised a mixture of Panda Models', JC-wings' and its own moulds on 13 1/400s and 3 announced 1/200s so far. I also mentioned back in December that an A321 was in the works and it now looks like it is imminent in both current and new engine option variants.
Back in late December I wrote a blog post about a new player in the field of die-cast airliners called HYJLwings. At the time I had limited information about just who they were but since then I have made contact with their owner and can announce that they have an exciting new endeavour in a new scale for them – the first Bombardier CRJ-100/200 ever in the larger 1/200 scale.
It's been a few months since I wrote about the releases from the less mainstream manufacturers in China - since late April in fact. That doesn't mean lots hasn't been happening however with plenty of new model releases and both Skywings and HYJLwings branching out into collaborations with JC Wings.