In the last month of a very forgettable year, Gemini has brought out perhaps the most diverse group of models we've seen all year. There really is something for everyone as long as you are willing to overlook old moulds and risk receiving a product that could show up in several separate pieces.
This month features 10 moulds, 6 different airlines, 3 different cargo companies and two government military aircraft. The rare concorde release along with the MD-11 and Antonov AN-124 signify something for collectors of older aircraft all the way to the cutting edge NEOS and the A400. There's a lot to unpack.
When Aeroclassics announced they were going to shake up their distribution model by leaving many widely known and followed traders, I was very doubtful that the venture would work out. I guessed that by selling via their own site, prices would have to go higher, and would in fact become too high for most people and that eventually, Aeroclassics would return to the aforementioned dealers. For the time being, it seems I was very wrong.
As the models went live at 7PM Eastern on Friday, December 11th, collectors moved quickly. I watched the new main hub of Aeroclassics, Aeroclassicsdirect.com every few hours and several of the twelve 1/400 scale offerings went from dwindling to gone before the day was done.
It seems that Aeroclassics in a way has reinvented themselves. A year or so ago, rushed attempts at model airliners like the 737 MAX 8 (Like the one here) or the "Lochness" L-011 coupled with poor paint application and less than precise features made AC feel stale.
But recently Aeroclassics has gotten back to what they're really good at. Classic titles on classic moulds. No doubt people are loving it as month after month, great models sell out fast.