With the delay from last month, I'm still digesting what Aeroclassics released in April, but May's offerings are already on the market and have been for about five days now.
This month is a fair testament to the utter disorganization that has been Aeroclassics the past few months. Whether it's intentional or not, the manner in which models have been put on the market has been chaotic. For example, there were about five models not on the flier that were momentarily available for purchase. Without any warning, they were there and then gone much to the dismay of many collectors.
While I'm sure there are some very happy folks out there, there are just as many that are lamenting the lack of opportunity to even think about what to buy. Still, the usual diversity is something to be recognized. For more, read on.
March 12th was the day that a fresh new batch of Aeroclassics models became available for immediate shipment. This continues the trend of Aeroclassics models being largely unknown until they are on the market for sale.
This is a method that most collectors have well adapted to however it forces some quickness and panicked buying that doesn't allow for studying before models are available motivated by short run numbers and sporadic availability at a variety of retailers.
This month, minus the single 1/200 Pan American release, Aeroclassics brings us eight models on four different moulds. There are just as many countries represented as there are models (8), and Airbus, Boeing, Douglas, and Tupolev are all represented. Every month is an illuminating reminder of the strength of Aeroclassics' portfolio.
Aeroclassics roll into February 2021 about a week later than usual. Typically they announce releases the first Friday of the month here in the U.S. but pushed back a week. The reason for that largely is unknown but in the work of 1/400 diecast, a week late is barely late at all.
For February, AC returns with once again, a very generous bunch of models. This month 11 models were released on 7 moulds. Most of the moulds from last month have returned. That includes the TU-154, the DC-8, the DC-4, the 727-100 and the A310. New mould this month include the A321neo (2x) and the DC-7.
From a geographical standpoint, 9 different countries from 6 different regions once again means that there is something here for every collector to at least consider. Not to mention there is also variety in manufacturer and time period, from the most modern to some of the earliest commercial aircraft. For my full take on things...
Aeroclassics welcomes the new year in stride. This month we get eleven 1/400 models and a singular 1/200 DC-8. Aeroclassics provides variety once again with eight different airlines from every corner of the globe.
At first glance I wasn't too enthused about January's offerings. It appears many folks are being a bit conservative as well, being that its Saturday evening American Eastern time here, a day after the release and only one model has sold out. Although the Ethiopian and the Air Niugini are well on their way.
I personally plan on picking up the Ethiopian, the Air Niugini and the Sabena. I have my eye on a few others, but time will tell if they make it into the collection.
Let's break down the Aeroclassics January releases.
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.
There was something for everyone this month from AC. I usually don't take this many models in a month but the variety offered was too good to pass up. The mail man delivered these on the last day in April, so I guess they still qualify as April releases but these took a long time to hit the market. Enjoy digesting my takeaway here.