The Aeroclassics A300 is an excellent mould, albeit one that is still cradle mounted. This may be an issue for some but the seam is a very minor inconvenience considering how good the model is overall. Slightly more troublesome is that sometimes Aeroclassics has printed the passenger window line too high.
Even so the Aeroclassics A300s blow all other competitors out of the water. See my mould review for more details:
Sadly, it hasn’t been since 2015 that the Aeroclassics mould has been used, hopefully it is still available to produce some of the following 22 examples. What follows are 22 of the most deserving A300s left to be made starting with 3 G-reg examples.
I’m not sure why but Andrew doesn’t seem keen on British airline releases. It’s a real shame as I think G-regs should sell well as long as Aeroclassics doesn’t rely on the old fashioned and rather unreliable ARD for its sales. There are plenty of other avenues.
Laker is a real standout missing A300 operator. They acquired several A300s towards the end of their operations as Freddie Laker prepared to take his Skytrain to Europe.
Orion Airways was a significant and much-loved British charter airline that operated from 1980 until its takeover by Britannia in January 1989. For the last two years of their existence they operated a pair of A300s.
Air Scandic always seemed like a rather anachronistic charter airline given it was operating old A300s in the 1990s in aa rather odd retro-livery. Definitely worth a punt though.
The A300 was popular amongst European charter airlines and although Condor, Hapag Lloyd, Germanair and others have been covered where are these classic major charter airlines:
On the scheduled side Luxair also operated a single ex-Singapore A300B4 for 3 years in the 1980s.
Airbus struggled for a while to get its products into the USA but it wasn’t just Eastern and Pan Am that used the A300. For a while in the early 1980s Northeastern looked like they could be a contender amongst the deregulation startups. Four A300s flew with them during 1984.
Carnival Airlines flew for 7 years from 1990 and in that time it operated 10 A300s before being turned into Pan Am II. Dragon Wings have made an example but their mould isn’t really competitive.
TAESA of Mexico (an Aeroclassics favourite) operated a pair of A300s for a year or so in the mid-90s.
Africa / Middle East / West Asia
During its latter days the A300 found a ready market amongst scheduled and charter airlines alike in the Islamic countries. In recent years Iran in particular has been a major operator of the trusty A300.
There are still some classic A300s missing from the Asia region. Toa Domestic, Air India and Air Siam would I’m sure all sell well. Plus seeing as I collect Chinese airliners I’ll throw in a couple of freighters too:
I'm Richard Stretton: a fan of 1/400 scale model aircraft and airports. This blog reports work on my model airport dioramas and discussion of the model manufacturers output.