Phoenix have a strong following, especially in Asia, but have been losing ground in recent years to NG Models especially, but also to Aviation400, JC Wings and Panda Models too. One of the reasons for this has been their aging mould catalogue, which has largely been superseded by others. It had seemed like Phoenix was asleep at the wheel but it appears they have been jolted into action and fixed one of the most obvious mould issues they have had.
You spend hours organising your cabinets with all the models in just the right spots but there are always some that just refuse to do as they are told. These few are determined to point skywards rather than accept the touch of blessed tarmac. Tailsitters are a pain and require a range of solutions to solve. Just for fun here are the worst tailsitting moulds in 400 scale.
Back in May when I spoke with AV400 regarding their A320 series moulds they also told me about some other news. AV400 have long been fans of modern widebodies and now along with their new 787 and A380 they are expanding their widebody line to include the A330-900 too. Additionally at the same time they are making some changes to their A330ceos also.
When NG Models sent me the A320 moulds there was a conspicuous absence. Although they provided four A320 samples, covering both the A320ceo and neos, they did not provide an A320-100. Speaking with them they have now confirmed they will make a series 100 so let's take a look at that version, what has been made and what can be made on the original baby bus.
All of a sudden there is a lot going on in 400 scale and it seems rather incredible (and perhaps for some a little depressing) that less than a week after I announced NG Models new Airbus A320 family moulds that a short video leak has announced that Aviation400 has also built its own set of A320s. I've been in contact with AV400 and here's what I've learnt.
NG Models just can't stop making new moulds and only days after I was able to announce the A319/320/321s they have posted on social media of another new mould and have allowed me to announce yet another. Both round out modern families allowing them to compete head on in the narrowbody space. Read on...
While I don't think you should let the politics in China get in the way of your model collecting I am nonetheless fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes of the diecast world. Usually it is very unclear what that is but sometimes you get glimpses. The announcement of an A330-200F release by NG Models caught my eye and now photos seem to confirm that it is using the Panda Models mould, which is very interesting, at least to me!
It came to my attention today (thanks JJ Skippy) that there is a new name on the 400 scale scene branded as EU Models. There has been a proliferation recently of new brands but these have mainly used others to make their models and been focused on Asia or the USA. EU Models is different - it will focus on Europe and make its own moulds. Read on to learn more...
In September I received my first YRD Model Antonov An-225 and was quite pleased with it considering it was plastic not diecast, and a lot cheaper than the Herpa edition. Now YRD have gone one further and produced the An-225 with the Buran shuttle attached.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was surprised by the Panda announcement of their own Tupolev 204 but at the time it was reasonably clear the models themselves must be almost ready. That has turned out to be true and here are the first photos of the finished articles.
About 6 months ago there were rumours of a falling out between Panda Models and NG Models - two companies that there hadn't previously been any obvious ties between. Most of this apparently happened on Chinese social media. Panda has now released its own Tu-204s as part of this month's release announcements, which is an interesting development.
In early August I was alerted to a photo, which showed several new moulds side by side of each other. Three of them were clearly interactive 200 scale moulds for the 747-400F, MD-11F and 767-300F but the other two were seemingly 400 scale. The image was supposedly from JC Wings so I asked them what it showed and they have just come back with confirmation.
Almost a year ago now I wrote about a new brand YU ModeLs who had paid for the rehabilitation of the old Aeroclassics Tu-154 and with it produced a pair of Chinese liveried examples. No more had been heard of YU since but just yesterday I was informed of an exciting new development from them.
Since I published about the new brand Jet Hut yesterday it has become evident that they are the same, or connected to the same, people who are making the magazine / model series published by De Agostini in Japan, covering the history of Japan Air Lines. This opens up some exciting and potentially massive possibilities so before I look at the model they sent let's investigate a bit further.
Recently I was asked by NG Models whether I was interested in taking a look at a new 787 mould by a new manufacturer and brand in 400 scale they were assisting. I obviously said yes, but before I get into that NG made it very clear that they had nothing to do with the manufacture of the model and it was NOT going to be like any other 400 scale model being made in 2021. Let me explain.