So far in 2019 I've picked up 99 new releases, which is substantially lower than in 2018, but is still stretching my wallet in unpleasant ways. As with second-hand additions new models go through an initiation into the collection. First every model is photographed from the same 12 standard angles. After that it needs to be fitted into the collection displays, which are overwhelmingly ordered geographically.
Here's a look at a random selection of 24 new models - mainly from Aeroclassics and NG Models but with a sprinkling of Aviation400, Gemini Jets and Panda Models too.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-200 ET-AIF (Aeroclassics)
The Aeroclassics 767 isn't perfection and the models are rarely quite up to NG standard but they are still mostly fine additions. This Ethiopian is a good example. It's a generally decent model, and one I've been after for a while, but the white on silver near the nose isn't great. She still looks superb in the African section as my third Ethiopian addition.
VARIG Boeing 767-200 PP-VNQ (Aeroclassics)
The VARIG 767 is one of the best 767s Aeroclassics has made and fortunately doesn't have the way too dark cheatline of the DC-10 behind it. VARIG models seem to be really popular and this 767 sold out a while ago. I'm missing quite a few older VARIG releases like the Electra and A300 but I'm glad to have picked up the 767.
CAAC Boeing 767-200 B-2551 (Aeroclassics)
CAAC Boeing 757-200 B-2801 (NG Models)
Quite a few times recently Aeroclassics has produced a 767 and NG Models a sister 757 within a few months of each other. CAAC is one airline that has benefited from this and I was able to replace the JC Wings 757 with the NG Models one.
TWA Boeing 767-231ER N605TW (Aeroclassics)
TWA Boeing 757-2Q8 N706TW (NG Models)
Trans World is another example of the 767/757 dual release. The TWA globe scheme by Aeroclassics has a too dark a red colour but the 767 is better than the DC-9 release, which I passed on. The NG 757 is of course pretty close to perfect. They still sit well together despite the varying reds, especially when split by the Gemini 767-300.
British Airways 747-436 G-BNLY (Gemini Jets)
British Airways L-1011-200 G-BGBB (NG Models)
British Airways L-1011-500 G-BLUS (NG Models)
My Landor fleet continues to grow with this trio being the most recent additions.
AVENSA DC-10-30 YV-69C (Aeroclassics)
It is hard to pass up Aeroclassics DC-10s but I did only get one of the two AVENSA releases, which now makes it 3 AVENSA's in the fleet alongside the 2018 DC-9-51 and 727-200.
EL AL 767-258ER 4X-EAA (Aeroclassics)
EL AL 757-258 4X-EBT (NG Models)
Another example of the 757/767 effect shows with the Israeli flag carrier. There have been a load of variations of Aeroclassics EL AL 757s and 767s but I was only interested in the standard schemes myself.
KLM 747-206B PH-BUD (BigBird Mk3)
I reviewed this model just recently and wasn't overly impressed but at distance she still looks good in the European flag carrier section as my 8th KLM addition.
United Airlines Boeing 737-200s N9001U and N9008U (Aeroclassics)
Mainliner and Four Star 737s have been a major hole in anyone's United fleet for a long time so it was great to see these two make an appearance. Most of my classic United fleet is from Aeroclassics so these two fit in perfectly.
JMC Air 757-200 G-FCLA (NG Models)
Jet2 737-300 G-CELS (Panda Models)
Most of my UK charter fleet is now made up of NG Models releases and I love the NG 757. Panda have also been slipping out a few 737-300s on another great mould and the Jet2 joined the fleet recently.
Sichuan Airlines Airbus A350-900 B-304U (Aviation400)
Sichuan Airlines Airbus A330-200F B-308L (Panda Models)
Modern Chinese airlines are still a major fleet area for the hangar and Sichuan Airlines has been getting a lot of attention recently. I really like both the AV400 A350s and the Panda A330Fs so getting my 7th AV400 A350 and 3rd Panda A330F was an easy decision.
LOT Boeing 767 SP-LOA (Aeroclassics)
Tarom IL-62M YR-IRE (Gemini Jets)
Malev Boeing 767 HA-LHB (Aeroclassics)
Another region that has been getting some long-haul love of recent is Eastern Europe. This pair of 767s are both fine and the appearance of some classic Geminis was a nice surprise.
Pan Am DC-6B N6524C (Aeroclassics)
Propliner releases are increasingly rare but almost always welcome. There are still a few old DC-6s that need to be remade on the new mould and this Pan Am Clipper Pocahontas fills a gap in the PA piston fleet well.
Egyptair 767-200 SU-GAH (Aeroclassics)
Another named aircraft, this time it's Nefertiti. I originally resisted this beautiful metal bellied 767 but relented. She now is displayed in the North Africa / Middle East section of the displays on a stand.
Delta Air Lines 757-200 N637DL (NG Models)
I'll finish up with another NG 757 and one that allowed me to sell on the older Gemini release in the same scheme. This is a truly beautiful model and one of my favourite NG 757s of all.
I've been meaning to do this post for months now. I think I'll start a monthly segment for the site introducing the previous month's additions from this point on.
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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