The first mould completes their A320 family lineup (aside from the missing A320-100) and represents the smaller A318. Several people questioned why this variant was missing from the A320 samples NG sent me and presumably the reason is because NG are working on the vertical stabiliser, which is of course taller than on all the other Airbus A320 family range.
With only 80 aircraft sold there is a limited range of liveries but there are still more than for the 737-600 and the only competition in 400 scale is the awful Dragon Wings version and the weak Herpa mould. Even then, there have only been 8 400 scale A318 releases so surely NG can do better than that.
The other mould just announced by NG rather softly is the 737 MAX family. I am told it will be an all new mould, presumably covering all the variants. While hardly exciting from a classics collector perspective it enables NG to go head to head with other brands for modern narrowbodies for many years to come.
It is hard to see NG's continuous mould announcements as anything less than a push for dominance in 400 scale models. Their moulds are typically best of breed and with both the A320 families and the 737NG/MAX they have an incredibly strong platform to compete against not only Phoenix and Aeroclassics but also challenge Gemini and JC Wings. Of the moulds from these brands the Phoenix and Gemini / JC Wings A320 and 737NG series moulds are obsolete while the Phoenix and Aeroclassics MAX are poor too. Only the Aeroclassis A320 and the JC Wings / Gemini Jets 737 MAX provide real competition. Interestingly Panda have excellent A320 and 737NG moulds but seem in no position to compete with the larger brands.
Stay tuned for more news on this and I am sure that NG Models will be sending the new mould samples my way for detailed review soon.
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