Happily, 2022 is starting out with a much lighter then usual release schedule from NG Models. While that may not be great news for most collectors, the effort needed to keep up with everything in the world of 1/400 scale from the perspective of a writer is daunting.
This month, just six new models are expected from NG, but each of the six will be on moulds that are unparalleled in 1/400.
American collectors will be the happiest of the bunch. A sharp looking AA One World 757-200 headlines January 2022. For more, continue on...
It looks as though the continued worldwide economic and shipping struggles will continue to impact ADI at the end of 2021. This will be the third and fourth month in a row of combined monthly releases. The good news though is that there are a handful of nice looking options.
The best news of all is that both of the superb JC Wings 777 and 787 moulds appear to be here to stay. Two 'flaps-up, flaps-down' options are available this month and both will be popular provided an absence of production issues.
Aeroclassics continues its trend of early month announcements in October. What with the 10th month of the year starting on a Friday, it made sense to wait until the 8th to go live. I'm sure this decision was made easier by the many delays impacting all imported goods. I also suspect with this lighter list of models Aeroclassics is awaiting the arrival of a variety of finished product.
If there is any benefit, the slimmer release list will make choices easier for collectors. This month sees eight 1/400 scale models on the brochure, but an additional BA A319, G-EUPZ is listed on Aeroclassics direct. The other selections include a Max8 and a Max9, two 767-200s, two DC-10s, an A320, and a TU-154.
Altogether, there are a total of seven countries represented from four different continents. Seven different moulds are here to choose from. With the usual variety, there's plenty to take a look at.
Phoenix continues to stumble along rather aimlessly in 2021. It has been a long time since I have deliberately ordered or preordered one of their models. It has been well discussed and documented by collectors the status of the most commonly used moulds. Most, if not all are now reaching obsolescence. Still, it couldn't hurt to keep an eye out for them. Here's what's on tap for July 2021.
After a busy first quarter, Gemini Jets have slowed down substantially. By the time this month's announcements materialize and reach store shelves the better part of two months will have past. This means for non-MACs collectors, we get a scant 7 models. If each one turns out to boast improvements in quality however, you won't hear me complaining. Let's see what's in store for May & June 2021.
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.
In May, NG Models have slowed their pace to a certain extent. Nine announced models for the month is a little below average for NG, but considering two for the month have been delayed, that leaves a rather slim group of seven. If you're similar to me however, this creates a nice rest from a blockbuster year for NG Models. For a breakdown of this month's releases, continue on.
March should have been a banner month for Gemini. Long awaited models like the Delta CRJ-900 and the Retro Southwest. But plagued with production issues and aging mould, Gemini was burdened with a PR nightmare.
Gemini seems to be attempting to pivot, but they are doing so at a snails pace. This month once again brings an alluring selection, but can ADI deliver on big promises? This month, 11 new models come online. For more, read on.
There are lots of good things for sale from Aeroclassics in April. The return of several favorite moulds including the 727-200, the 747, and the Caravelle among others. It also turns out that Aeroclassics still has a few of those NG 757 castings laying around. There's lots to digest this month. For a full synopsis, Read more here...
Not to be outdone by itself, NG Models seems eager to show its brawn once again. NG models have announced by my count 16 new models for the month of April. The best part is that two brand new moulds will be used to allow NG full autonomy in the 737NG market. This will enable for the production of many long sought after models and the rerelease of many others.
There's a ton to unpack this month and due to the sheer volume of this release, my review will be a bit more brief on each specific release. For my thoughts on the April releases read on.