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...
Yu ModeLs appear to be ramping up their production somewhat with their A300 now out, the first image of the new Il-86 emerging and four other releases in the pipeline. All of these are Chinese subjects and the models can still at present only be purchased through Taobao, however the subject matter is a lot more interesting than the majority of 400 scale model releases.
I admit I can't quite get a handle on Panda Models release schedule, which seems often rather random. Certainly they are still making almost as many models for exclusives for retailers as they are for themselves. However, they have just announced their next batch of 6 models bringing their 2022 announcements to 17.
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.
Way back in April 2021 I wrote about a company that I had been informed of going by the name of Jet Hut. It gradually became clear that they were the people behind the JAL Collection models. I was told they were going out on their own making entry level 400 scale models, but following the initial contact I heard nothing more. Well out of the blue, a few days ago, they contacted me and it seems their first product is almost ready.
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.
Some things in 400 scale are depressingly predictable. No sooner does a manufacturer come out with a new mould then other brands attempt to flood the market with as many versions of the same aircraft as they can hoping to steal away sales. Competition is good but this is pretty damn cynical. So a few days after AV400 announce its first A380s both Phoenix and JC Wings announce a raft of their own.
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.
I have been one who has been a little critical of NG Models move towards more contemporary and less retro releases of late, however now it appears NG will get a little bit of a hand in this area as a new brand named Buchannan Models is partnering to use NG moulds for more retro-goodness.
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!
As discussed here just under a month ago when Yu ModeLs announced their new IL-76 release they also discussed a 'mystery widebody' they would be releasing. Given that they have a penchant for Soviet era aircraft the number of options appeared limited and as myself and a few others guessed this time Yu have teamed up with JC Wings for the first IL-86 in some time.
Yu ModeLs are a Chinese brand that have shown an interest in Soviet era metal, mainly focused on the Chinese market, using the Aeroclassics factory. Although they have not been prolific they have just released their third model and announced their fourth, along with hints of what is to come later in the year. Here's an update...
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.
It's been a while since any new news of the Aviation400 Airbus A380 has sneaked out, in fact it was June when I reported on the resin sample. AV400 has however been busy behind the scenes, despite the impact of factory closures and Covid in China, and new images indicate the new mould is approaching completion and that it features a new novel feature - detachable landing gear.
The Airbus A319NEO looks set to follow in the inauspicious footsteps of the Airbus A318, with a small order backlog and little further interest from prospective customers, but even so it is a little surprising that until now nobody has taken much interest in it at 400 scale. Panda Models have just announced that they have taken the step of adding the NEO engines to their excellent A319. Read on...