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.
Just recently I had been moaning about the lack of entrepreneurship from European retailers compared to those in Asia and the US and lo and behold I wake up this morning to see that overnight a Uk retailer has announced a couple of their own retailer exclusives. They may not be quite what I had in mind but it is a good start.
Panda have been producing so many models for others their own releases almost seem like an afterthought. Their Tu-134s seem especially to take a while to see the light of day but the majority of the small Panda backlog is now on its way to foreign retailers and is available within China. Here are the first shots of the models.
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.
I literally wrote last week about the fact that Panda Models make as many models for others as for themselves (see Panda Retailer Exclusives) and yesterday the news dropped of a new brand releasing a trio of A321s that appear connected to Panda. Who are they and what are they using? Here's my take.
Browsing around Taobao can be an interesting experience as it sometimes throws up models that you haven't ever seen before and even sometimes entirely new brands. A few weeks back I happened across an unusual looking ARJ21 model made for a new brand called Sebastian Model so let's take a closer look.
Increasingly, and a little annoyingly, it seems 400 scale releases are being made for specific retailers in specific localities. Don't get me wrong it's great that people can get models made but it's a pain when they aren't well publicised and/or almost impossible to get hold of. Here's a quick roundup of some models you may have missed from this year made exclusively for markets in Asia.
In recent times Asia has been a hotbed of exclusive releases for retailers and one of the most prolific has been the well known Malaysian store MyHobbyHouse, which continues to produce an interesting range of models from JC Wings, Panda and Phoenix for the Malaysian market. In this post I'll take a look at the latest and what they have coming up.
Latin classics always appear in high demand and until recently it has only been Aeroclassics that made them at all regularly. Now El Aviador is on the scene in 400 scale we can look forward to hopefully a lot more. Just recently there have been a selection of Peruvian releases and they have all sold like hot cakes. In fact, while people have zeroed in on that Gemini Delta CRJ I'd say it has been a lot harder to find a Faucett DC-8!
Getting the colours correct on model aircraft can be a major challenge, especially when the livery in question is historic. The United Battleship Grey scheme is perhaps the most problematic scheme to make. With NG Models recently joining the fray with their United 747SP I wanted to take a look at some of the different greys that have been used.
Panda Models are something of an enigma and they make at least as many models for others as they do under their own brand name. You're never sure when they'll announce new models or what they'll be but they have several excellent new moulds for narrowbodies that are crying out for usage and this month the four models announced are awesome.
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.
It was only in December that I exclusively announced Aviation400's next new mould (the 787 series) but they are busy creating another new mould too, which has reached the resin sample stage. Yet again AV400's focus is on modern widebodies but this is one that hasn't got a huge amount of love in 400 scale to date - the Superjumbo A380.