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In the past few weeks a selection of photos of Yu ModeL's 5th release, the China Southern Airbus A300-600F using the Aeroclassics mould, have begun appearing. The model shows that the landing gear has been updated with tyres with proper tyre hubs. The tyres are slightly larger than the previous ones and I think they look decent, although I admit I didn't have an issue with the earlier tyres being used.
I'm a little hesitant because they look a bit like the tyres Aeroclassics uses on their 767s, which are too large - at least at the nose. Whenever Aeroclassics has tried to improve model's tyres they haven't done the best jobs i.e. the changes to the A320s. On this model I think the tyres look good and i'm more concerned with the downcurving cheatline at the nose, which ought to be straight.
Also I see on taobao that the first image of the new China Xinjiang Il-86 has appeared, which must mean it will be ready very soon. I reported on this model back in April but since it is using JC Wings I guess it has taken longer to produce!
Once again it appears that the mould has been modified. This is the first Il-86 since 2012 and from the image above it is clear that aerials have been added on the lower fuselage fore and aft.
It is great to see Yu get this great but under-used mould reactivated.
New Announcements & Outstanding Models
Lastly Yu have announced two new models using JC Wings moulds, both of which don't get a lot of use - the MD-80 and Hercules. The MD-80 was an important type in China during the 1990s especially while China Eastern operated a pair of L-100-30s between July 1990 and January 1993 when they went to Air China.
Previously a single Chinese L-100-30 has been made. It was B-3002 wearing the colours of CAAC made oddly by Gemini Jets in 2017. This aircraft B-3004 was its sistership and both had similar careers until they left China in 1999.
Additionally it has come to my attention that there are two China Northern A321s on the way, using the HYJLwings mould, and not one. They are both the same aside from the rego. This fits with HYJL's standard method of production of small batches often with variants together.
That means including the Il-86 there are 5 outstanding releases in the pipeline now and with the banner image I posted at the top of this post from Yu there is hope for more interesting retro Chinese models. It certainly seems to hint at a China Eastern Fokker 100, which is one of the most obvious missing Chinese releases, and some Chinese CRJs too (possibly Shandong Airlines).
All in all this is great work from Yu. I own all four of the first releases and am likely to acquire most of the rest too.
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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