Aeroclassics had been suggesting it was looking at a 757 for sometime but was rather caught out by the introduction of the NG Models mould, which has become a true fan favourite. It is nice to see that companies in 1:400 can co-operate and this month Aeroclassics does produce its own 757s but sensibly using the NG Models 757 mould to do so.
My understanding is that Aeroclassics has sourced 3,000 units of the NG 757s for its own use. There is no agreement between the two about who makes what and I know there will be overlap from time to time but nonetheless this represents a boon for the collector. The only minor downside is that true to form Aeroclassics has refused the aerials of the NG mould and they will all come sans aerials. It's not ideal but I can live with it.
The first pair this month represent effective hybrids of each other. The Aeromexico is in the more unusual white base paint (used for AeroMonterrey) and the AeroPeru of course reflects the time that they were under Aeromexico ownership. They are both good first choices as NG have so far stayed well away from Latin America with their own 757s.
The 767s this month represent the first directly associated with Aeroclassics, after last month's White Box / Blue Box releases. It is clearly the same mould but as I had said last month comes with an updated gear arrangement, including for the first time with an Aeroclassics models proper gear hubs. The nosegear may be slightly too large now but overall it is a definite improvement over last month's landing gear.
The livery choices this month are once again excellent and represent some very sought after 767s from the type's early years. Dragon Wings once announced a Pacific Western back near the birth of 1:400 scale, which never eventuated. We've had to wait about 17 years for another so this for me, and many, is probably the model of the month.
Other choices include silver-belly delivery colours All Nippon, early Saul Bass United and a pair of nice Air Canada's. Interestingly neither of the Air Canada 767s are the Gimli Glider but perhaps we will see that in a future month ;)
The 767s this month look better than last month's not just due to the new gear but also the printing. My only criticism so far is that the cockpit printing on the All Nippon looks a little low. I'll see for myself when mine arrive. Unfortunately Waffle's unfortunate accident means we don't have the usual quality of photos to base our assessments on.
Rolls On Mexico
Aeroclassics' love affair with Mexico continues this month in the remainder of the releases. A different scheme for a Mexicana A320 and a Mexican Police 727 complement recent month's releases nicely.
Israeli's Wouldn't Give a 4X for Anything Else
Bonus points if the above beer joke makes sense to you. Anyway there was a suggestion of a new Israeli model this month, but I assume it has been delayed. With both the 757 and 767 in play there are several options available and I assume we'll be seeing some EL AL soon.
Well done to Aeroclassics for continuing what they do best and for also working positively with NG Models. Together the hobby is stronger and the 757s and 767s Aeroclassics are producing are lovely partners to those made by NG. The future of 1:400 looks robustly healthy at present and I look forward to plenty of great 757s and 767s in the near term.
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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