I expect I am not alone in trying to build a diverse collection of model airliners. Obviously nations like the USA, Canada, China, UK, France, Australia etc are well represented in almost any scale but if you want a geographically representative collection then often your choices are rather limited or even non-existant in 1:400. In this 2 part series I plan on taking a look at where the gaps are in my collection and in production in general.
In part 1 of this 2 part series I took a look at numbers 22-12 of aircraft types that have not featured (or at least not featured well) in 1/400 scale. I tried to keep it to aircraft with some chance of success, which meant excluding some interesting types, but even so I get the feeling it'll be a long time until we see even half of them in all their zinc/aluminium glory, given how conservative the manufacturers can be. That shouldn't be the case with the top eleven though, in here there is real potential for decent sales and model numbers.
Recently I took a look at moulds that are extant but underused by the major manufacturers. This got me thinking about the other side of the coin, which is of course aircraft that are missing. To do this topic justice I am not just looking at aircraft that have never existed in 1/400, but also at aircraft that may have once been represented in 1/400 scale but are either under-represented or represented by a poor quality or obsolete moulding.
In this 2 part series I choose the top 22 most worthy new aircraft and in part 1 we look at numbers 22-12.
For many Heathrow has been a nightmare of old cramped terminals, long immigration lines, traffic jams and delays. I expect people think that with the new terminals it's much better. I disagree, nowadays its a shopping mall and the diversity of airlines has shrunk compared to AMS and FRA. Anyway back when I was a kid it was a place of wonder and I'm tempted to recreate a part of that. For that I'll need a fleet though, so what's available?
Aeroclassics has the finest A320 mould. This statement would be in almost no dispute if they fixed the nosegear tyre size and perhaps started adding antenna, but even so personally it is my favourite of the available A320 family mouldings. As always with Aeroclassics they have made good use of the mould but there are still lots of A320s to do. With Panda Models now competing for Chinese releases using the same mould here is a wishlist of B reg A320 family aircraft still to be made.