It has been a long time since we've seen an IL-18 in 400 scale, however the Chinese brand Yu ModeL have shown an interest in Soviet-era airliners. Following their first pair of models back in September 2020 Yu ModeLs have now announced the return of the IL-18 'Coot'. Read on for more details.
While the major brands struggle to get their models to market this year has seen a plethora of smaller brands using Panda and JC Wings to make their own models. I reported on Miniature Models back in July as a brand using Panda but with pretensions to make their own moulds. Here are their latest set of announcements.
Taobao continues to throw up random new models from obscure brands despite the production problems in China and the shipping crisis. The latest is another brand using the NG Models ARJ21 - this bunch call themselves Day Dreaming Works.
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.
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.
Just recently I've seen a new brand coming onto the market in 400 scale with a trio of Cathay Pacific models. The brand has been advertised as both J.Fox and Inflight 400 but the boxes say on them that they are by Baby Toyss (and that isn't a typo). Who and what are they? Let's take a look.
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.
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.