First let me say that I have been working with Waffle to keep the DiMA database somewhat up to date with Panda and Skywings releases so check it out as your no 1 source of what models have been made. There are currently 172 Panda (or Skywings Panda) releases - see here. The releases Skywings has made using JC Wings moulds can be found under JC Wings. The only models missing are the very latest releases and those for Cathay group airlines.
Skywings - October
These seem available now and I'm hopeful that JC Wings (this is the JC MD-90 mould) can fish out their MD-80 mould too for more China Northern.
Panda Models - October
Panda meanwhile fall back on their more usual moulds with a return for the narrowbody A320ceo, 737-800 and 737 MAX-8 moulds plus more A330s. As with JC Wings they appear keen to go down a new avenue for releases, that of pre-production aircraft. This month they have both the first Airbus A330 for Shenzhen Airlines and the first MAX for Air China in primer base colours.
They also continue their assault on Cathay Group possibilities with a pair of Dragonair A320s (both VR- and B- reg). I assume it is only a matter of time until we see some CX A340s too, but not this month.
JC Wings has been announcing a lot of Chinese narrowbodies recently with a selection of Hebei Airlines and Kunming Airlines 737s, plus Tianjin, West Air, Chongqing A320s and a Capital A321. Unfortunately their A320 is rubbish and their 737 inferior to Panda's effort too. Fortunately Panda has at least replicated some of the Hebei Airlines 737s this month and I know where my purchase will be going. I hope they also put out some Kunming 737s soon.
The last new announcement is the Shenzhen A330 in full colours:
Last Month's Releases in the Flesh
As for last month's releases most are now out and a few on their way to my place. They all look pretty decent. Here's a selection:
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