Skywings continue to release new models using the Panda moulds. The most recent were four Okay Airways 737-800s (with slightly different logos) and they have just released four China Eastern A330-200s. None of these are likely to float the boat of your average non-Chinese collector though they are all nicely made - if a little bland.
The remaining models are Shanghai Airlines 737-300s (passenger and freighter variants) and the long awaited Chengdu Airlines ARJ-21. It looks increasingly unlikely that any substantial number of the order backlog for the ARJ-21 will ever enter service, but Panda have shown a refreshing willingness to make niche types and the ARJ-21 is most welcome - to me at least. Ironically this one operator aircraft type is being made at a time we can't get obvious MD-80s, 757s or a new DC-9-10 mould.
So China marches on and Panda and Skywings continue to show initiative and attention to detail that the other manufacturers don't seem bothered to achieve.
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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