The relationship of NG Models to everyone else has been a bit hard to understand however from what I have gathered they are not related to Panda Models directly and instead are allied to the major Chinese retailer Skywings. They also have a close relationship with Jelly Huang's HYJLwings and appear to be the manufacturer of the moulds he has been using (CRJ in 1:200 scale and A321 in 1:400 scale).
I had been getting some conflicting messages from HYJLwings about the usage of the name NG Models but whatever was going on they both appear to have it sorted out and although I have been told by HYJLwings the names are effectively interchangeable that doesn't really appear to be true. It seems like NG Models are the factory and make models for partners like HYJLwings. Anyway they are definitely working together on a batch of new 757s using the NG mould.
These 757s encompass 4 new Chinese examples and 2 from Singapore. On the Chinese front there are a pair of Xiamen Airlines in the old and new colours. These are very welcome as the only other Xiamen 757s in 1:400 are by Phoenix using the horribly modified nosegear mould.
The other pair are of the same airframe, B-2899, wearing SF Airlines interesting all black scheme but with different nosecones. One of the noses is from Air China and the other is China Southern. Once again this aircraft has been made by Phoenix but in the full livery version, and once again it has the awful nosegear.
Rounding out these new announcements and I suspect the pair most people reading this will care about are a pair of Singapore Airlines 757s - one in the early 80s yellow and one in the late 80s gold. They are registered 9V-SGL and 9V-SGN. These are once again limited to only 150 pieces each.
Although I welcome the release of these models the complete lack of a distributor outside of China and the small numbers released makes it all a bit annoying. I wish NG Models and HYJLwings would sort out their production as clearly they could sell a lot more than 150 Singapore 757s.
The other thing about HYJLwings releases is they are very expensive. Panda Models typically sell for 188 Yuan for a narrowbody and 220-230 for a widebody. NG Models was pricing their 757s at 245 Yuan whilst HYJLwings sells at 280 Yuan. More well known brands (except JC Wings which are tpically under 200) do sell for more than that in Yuan but obviously we can get them outside China for a reasonable price.
Even so I'm sure these will be lovely models and I will try and acquire a few of them myself.
I'm Richard Stretton, an aviation enthusiast and major collector of 400 scale model aircraft. This blog discusses ongoing events in the world of 400 scale.
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