These models haven't actually been announced at retailers yet and aren't even on most of the taobao sites but I was alerted by a friend today of their existence at one of the more obscure taobao shops so can bring the news to you.
So far Panda's releases using the new 737-400 mould have been obscure modern cargo and government aircraft but finally they are going back to the type's roots - literally.
It's almost as if they read my wishlist! Here we have the prototype 737-400 in house colours (something of a Panda specialty) and the launch customer Piedmont Airlines in the pre-USAir merger natural metal finish.
Likewise with the Tu-134s it is once again the obvious and most welcome addition of a pair of standard livery Tu-134As, one of which has the Moscow Olympics titles. The Panda Models Tu-134 is a real gem so any new Crusty's are more than welcome. Obviously both featured in my Tu-134 wishlist too.
Needless to say these 4 announcements make me very happy. The only concern is that the listings I've seen suggest they may not be available until July/August.
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