EU Models is the brainchild of Shane McDonald who has been a model collector for years but has noticed a niche he feels is under-represented i.e. European models. He has always wanted to start a business and is keen to explore what can be done in 400 scale to 'treat collectors that collect European models and keep them happy'.
Below: One of the announced models is 9H-QAI of Ryanair / Malta Air
He also says:
"We aim to lower the prices of models and make it more accessible to other people as we increase productivity with releasing rare European models that people have been asking for."
He admits that this might not be very profitable at first but he's in it for the enjoyment as much as for the money.
Below: Another announced model is EI-DWZ with striped winglets
Shane has partnered with a group in China who have got a fresh team together to make his moulds (starting with a 737-800). Apparently they previously dabbled with model buses. The new 737 isn't quite ready yet but Shane will be travelling out to China in the next few days to check on production. He and his team have been working on the mould for the past 6 months or so and it is around 90% complete.
So far EU Models is mainly focusing on the Instagram crowd for its messaging so check out their account here. EU Models have just announced their first nine models. which will be:
Initial production runs will be very small at only 55 units each, with the plan to gradually scale up with later releases. The models should be ready around February/March 2022 and initially will be only sold in UK stores. EU Models also has plans to expand into Airbus narrowbodies in the future.
For now they are focused on getting the company off the ground and the first releases out. The recently ran a competition to have their company logo designed and are choosing the winner out of the 13 entrants they received.
Hopefully I'll be able to bring you more news on EU Models progress in the next few months. Stay tuned.
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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