As is well known Cathay have been litigious in the past in relation to licensing, which has led most manufacturers and brands to release their Cathay models under the radar. Phoenix tends to make its unbranded in boxes with the Hong Kong skyline on, while JC Wings puts its in orange boxes with EW part references. Admittedly things seemed to have died down somewhat of recent, and brands seem a little more relaxed with their Cathay models, but even so it is unusual to see branded boxes containing CX aircraft.
Three models have been produced so far as follows:
Cathay is hardly under-represented in 400 scale so it is a little curious that these models have been made, after all this is now the 7th time a Cathay A321neo has been made (previous versions exist from Aeroclassics, HYJL Wings, JC Wings, NG Models, Panda Models and Phoenix).
As to the maker the 1:200 brand J.FOX Models, which I believe is a subline of Inflight, seems to have taken responsibility for them judging by their Facebook page.
The moulds appear to be the JC Wings versions of the 777-300, 300ER and A321, which obviously means the 777s are great and the A321 mediocre.
In all honesty the whole thing bemuses me. Why go to the trouble to make models made by others already, even using the same moulds, and then why give them such a bizarre name. If the idea was to hide who made them then why actually claim them as your own?
I guess I should give up trying to make sense of what goes on in China! Nevertheless, these models appear to be available now, although oddly they seem to be missing from taobao sites.
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