I admit I wasn't really sure what to think about Jet Hut. I had been told about them in good faith, but not that they were the people behind the JAL Collection models. Once that became obvious it appeared to open up some real potential since they would have access to an impressive existing mould catalogue. However, after the initial contact I heard nothing more and I assumed it was a venture that hadn't come to fruition. That didn't surprise me too much given the impact COVID was having in China.
Nonetheless, I have spent some time looking at the JAL Collection models produced for the DeAgostini magazine series. The JAL Collection models are interesting as they illustrate the potential well. Some are surprisingly nice whereas some of the moulds are very weak. The printing on them is simple by 2022 standards but not too bad.
For my previous writings about Jet Hut see:
In many ways the JAL Collection moulds are quite similar to pre-2010 standard 400 scale moulds. Typically they lack modern mould features in 400 scale. The moulds are of variable quality but standard features or lack of would be:
As I said in my original Jet Hut article my understanding was these models aren't necessarily being aimed at standard 400 scale collectors:
Jet Hut are aiming, not at the same collector market as everyone else, but at entry-level audiences. These would be people without a strong interest in model aircraft or aviation but who would like a model at a cheap price. They are definitely not aiming these at adult model collectors, but I find what they are doing really interesting for a couple of reasons:
Jet Hut's Plans
What I have learned now from Jet Hut themselves is as follows:
I am interested in seeing how this develops. While I am not the target market for these models it doesn't mean I think it is a bad idea. Certainly if Jet Hut ever produce models using some of their decent moulds that are hard to find used in standard 400 scale (MD-80, MD-87, MD-90, Yak-42, 737-400, Saab 340 etc) then I'd be very interested. The Virgin model above looks surprisingly well printed and painted compared to the JAL Collection models. Hopefully this illustrates a company that wants to make a good product at an affordable price.
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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