There were only 75 MD-87s built but if you lived in Europe the type was a common visitor to most major airports courtesy of being a member of the fleet of a lot of existing MD-80 operators. With literally a handful of MD-87s made in â400 scale to date there is lots of potential for the type even with its limited production run.
In part 1 I looked at the possibilities for MD-80s for the Americas but of course the type has been used widely in the rest of the world also. In fact, arguably the 80 was more representative of Europe than the US and certainly there was a massive diversity of Mad Dogs in the EU. So here we take a trip around Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa on the lookout for MD-80 options.
The MD-80 has not had a lot of love in 400 scale. There have been over 100 made, albeit that isn't 100 individual liveries and the moulds are all obsolescent or just not very good. In fact, the range of schemes that has been made has been low because there have been multiples of the same scheme quite a bit. There are literally tons of MD-80s that deserve to get made so here in part 1 I take a look at just those from the Americas.
There have been a significant number of A340s made in 400 scale to date (267 series 300s and 45 series 200s) but that doesn't necessarily mean the type has great coverage. Although there are plenty of decent existing A340 moulds they don't get used a lot and there is still a good range of A340s that have either never been made or haven't been made on a good mould. Hopefully NG will produce some of this pool of options and here's a wishlist to point them in the right direction.
The A318 didn't get a massive production run, but 80 frames is still quite a lot of possible liveries when you throw 20 private examples and 11 distinct Frontier tails into the mix. In 400 scale there have only been a handful of releases but with the new NG Models A318 imminent here I take a look at all the possibilities.
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.
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...
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.
The Tristar 500 is another of the classic moulds owned by NG Models they seem to have rather lost faith in, despite its excellence. Obviously the situation isn't helped by the electroplating issues NG has had with its natural metal belly L-1011s but there remains quite a bit to be made and I am rather impatient to see more. Here's an updated wishlist for the type taking into account production so far.
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!
The Tu-154 eventually gathered a rather poor reputation in Iran with nicknames such as 'Death Bird' due to various crashes, however the type was instrumental in getting many Iranian airlines into the air and saw wide service prior to it being banned in February 2010. As a collector of both curiosities and Iranian airliners the new NG mould would look great wearing these colours.
NG Models have had their 747SP mould in use since August 2020 and I admit to being rather disappointed by the limited usage it has got. Just 16 models to date, which is less than 1 a month. It doesn't help that JC Wings has been releasing its own SPs as spoilers for NG versions, but they are so inferior that surely few discerning collectors are acquiring them. To try and spur NG on here is a list of the majority of SPs that remain to be made on the best mould out there.
It was 2019 that the NG and Lockness Tristar moulds debuted and you'd have thought that would mean an avalanche of L-1011s. Sadly the Lockness mould is rather poor and NG have had electroplating issues and a change of focus. The result are a bunch of L-1011s I won't touch and a much smaller set of excellent NG releases than I'd hope for. So here's a kick up the bottom to highlight how much there is left for NG to make.
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.
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.