I try and keep an eye on what's going on across 400 scale, which can be difficult with the proliferation of retailer driven exclusives. Panda Models have been at the forefront of this movement and there are three more recently announced releases to discuss. Two are from my friends at Airshop Diecast and the third is the first model for a South American retailer.
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...
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fantasy releases are not usually my cup of tea but I just acquired one from a short series of them which are quite interesting. There aren't that many models made by brands, which partly illustrate the brand itself (the Schuco Concorde comes to mind) however for 4 years Panda Models produced an annual release celebrating themselves and Chinese New Year.
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.