In recent months I've been taking a special interest in some of the more obscure releases that have been popping up and although these tend to use many of the major manufacturer's moulds from well known operators, such as Aeroclassics, JC Wings and Aviation400, by far and away the leader in the 'making models for retailers and individuals' space is Panda Models. Often the models are unbranded and just sold exclusively (or near exclusively) at particular retailers stores but sometimes they gain a brand name too.
Recently I covered the retailer exclusive models I was aware of from South-East Asia in a couple of posts - see:
The latest pair use the new Panda 737-400 mould for another pair of Thai Airways International aircraft. These have actually been made before by Phoenix. The first two releases by Phoenix in 2006 and 2010 used the classic Gemini Jets 737-400 mould and covered both the available colourschemes.
The next two were made by Phoenix in 2019 using the, in my opinion, inferior newer duck-nosed 737-400 mould and both wore the later 2004 colours. Certainly the new Panda Models mould is superior to all the previous 737-400s available but I'm a little surprised there is the demand for more wearing these schemes.
Both of the new models represent HS-TDH:
I'm not sure which store is behind this Miniature Models brand, however these models are available for pre-order in the USA through the Midwest Model Store here.
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