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.
Even though the 757-300 only sold 55 units to 7 customers it has recorded a strong service record and worn a surprisingly high number of liveries. Here I've found 40 possible 757-300s that can be made, of which so far only 16 have been produced on existing moulds. Will the 753 get a renaissance in 400 scale in 2023? Maybe...
It may be the case that retro-airliners don't sell well but that's not going to stop me advocating for the history of aviation to be represented in 400 scale. Obviously when you're talking Comets it has to be Aeroclassics. The mould hasn't been used for over a decade but there are still some nice schemes that remain unmade, even Comet 4s that fit the mould's proportions. I wonder if we'll ever see them?
JC Wings has a variety of excellent moulds that barely get any use. A good deal of the blame for this can be laid at the door of their production partner Gemini Jets who I have heard block a lot of releases, however with Yu ModeLs producing an IL-86 on the JC mould soon there is hope we might get to see more of the big Russian Airbus.
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.
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.
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.
The IL-18 was a contemporary of the Britannia, Vanguard and Electra as one of the few big turboprops to see the light in the period when pure jets were beginning to take hold. In 400 scale the type has received very limited attention so there remains a decent number of possibilities for the type. Read on for a look at what is left to be made.
Usage of the Panda Models 737-300 remains rather disappointing as it has only recently been used for a handful of models and most of those have been Asian retailer exclusives. What have been ignored are the large number of European and American 737-300s available to be made. Back in April 2020 I did a wishlist for the Europeans and now I turn to the States.