JC Wings have had a rather quiet year as typically they have struggled to get most of the models they've announced into the market. Nonetheless they have released a new 777-200 mould and updated their 757 just recently. There is also a modified A350 coming soon. Compared to the stale and often poorly made output from Phoenix and Gemini Jets they are a breath of fresh air.
Now it seems they are working hard on another new mould, which as you'd expect for JC Wings nowadays will come in both standard and flaps down configuration. What is the mould of? Well surprisingly it is an all new Boeing 747-400!
I have acquired permission from my contact at JC Wings to reveal a few photos of the new mould being tested. It is still at an early and unfinalised stage and I am told we are not likely to see it in use until some time next year, but take a look at this. Already it looks like an awesome moulding - especially as the flaps are so complicated on the big Jumbo.
JC Wings current 747-400 is a modification of the old Gemini Jets mould and has been a bit long in the tooth for a while now. Phoenix's 747-400 is a steaming pile of turd so will be easily crushed by the new JC offering. The only competition really is the old Big Bird mould, which is owned by the new Big Bird Mk3 and produced for them by JC Wings. They have however failed totally to get their shit together and the output of the new Big Bird has been tiny and much delayed.
So I for one and seriously looking forward to the new 747-400, which may finally oust some of my old Dragon Wings 747s (I missed all the first Aeroclassics and Big Bird series 400s). I only hope that JC Wings are able to use it and stray further afield than the usual bunch of Asian carriers. I especially hope it isn't used just for modern freighters but sees the liveries of airlines from the glory days of the big Jumbo.
Version wise JC Wings will apparently be producing a 747-400, 400D and a 400LCF. I mentioned to them that if they do a 400D then surely they can also do a series 300 (albeit with different engines). They agreed but said they are focusing on the 400s at the moment.
So what will be made? I can almost guarantee a Cathay Pacific or two plus of course a spread of JAL and ANA 400Ds. Outside of those the following would probably top my list:
What can I say - a man can dream! I'm sure you have a few you'd like to see as well so what are they?
1/8/2018 11:27:12 am
Wow it's good to here JC Wings still brings new excitement in the 1/400 world! Also can't wait to see their new A350's mould as I don't have any A350's in my collection yet!
1/8/2018 01:43:43 pm
It will certainly be interesting to see what liveries JCWings choose first. It may give an indication of what they consider ‘essential ‘.
1/8/2018 03:03:43 pm
Great announcement and lets hope JC Wings can ramp up their production output to get these done timeously. Richard do you know why they have such trouble getting releases out the factory after announcing them ? Is it lack of production slots, are they way down the pecking order in a factory producing someone else's stuff ?
1/8/2018 06:40:26 pm
I'm not sure - I think they just produce too much in other scales and they just don't have enough room for the 1:400s. I believe they own the factory.
1/8/2018 07:21:23 pm
1/8/2018 07:25:07 pm
What great news! One can only hope that 747-100/200 and -300 will follow. Reissues on a new mould reflecting technical improvements since 2006--like the fantastic landing gear on the new NG 757-200 mould--would be very welcome.
2/8/2018 11:31:40 pm
This is very surprising, considering they own the already perfect BigBird 747 moulds. I wouldn't mind betting this is that mould modified?
28/9/2018 09:31:43 am
I'm really glad to hear this. If they place as much attention to detail into this mould as they've done to their previous moulds, then I eagerly await them in anticipation. Only slight disappointment for me ( as I'm sure it is for others) is I'm a huge 747SP fan and I was hoping that this could be reproduced again from a renown manufacturer other than Gemnijets. Their mould of the SP is pants in my opinion.
João de Sousa Ferreira
27/10/2018 09:48:32 pm
...Bem... aqui no Brasil, não é diferente do restante do mundo, estamos todos, (aficcionados da aviação e etc)esperando, ansiosamente, o lançamento do B747 c/ flaps em baixo.
26/5/2020 04:07:46 pm
So what happened with this? It's may 2020 and still not being used? Why spend the time, money, and energy on a new mold and not use it?
13/8/2020 02:56:32 am
I just hope one day we can get a new mold of the classic 747s 100s/200s/300s/sp.
13/8/2020 03:06:47 am
NG Models will be making all of these and the first SP is out next month. Check out my review of it in the mould reviews section
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