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?
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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