Air Canada 777-200: C-FNND (Flaps up and down config)
Gemini Jets are thick with 777s this month. This first two of a total four different 777 models in February are both registered as Air Canada 777s, C-FNND. This particular aircraft was delivered to Air Canada in 2008. It has been with the fleet ever since and has been replicated in 1/400 scale once before by Phoenix. One would presume that because this is another of Gemini's split flaps up/down releases, that both models will be on JC Wings stellar 777-200 moulds. But we will have to wait and see because there are reasons to think that the standard version of this aircraft will be on the old GJ mould. More on that later. It might feel as though this is a well trodden path, but it's been since 2011 that we've had a AC 777-200 from Gemini. That model was in the mint 2004 livery. So I must say, this is actually a nice choice, but it won't matter if they go with the old mould. At least the flaps down version should be pristine.
Alaska (Horizon) Dash 8Q-400: N435QX
For all intents and purposes, this is a rerelease. We already have the Huskies livery on a Horizon Dash 8, but the 1/1 has recently gotten a refresh. While I'm not at all jazzed by this particular release, the good news is that Gemini continue to see this mould as something with potential. There are many attractive liveries yet to be made, and this is also a nice second chance for those who missed the original distribution back in 2009.
Asiana Airlines 777-200: HL7755
Gemini does not frequently dabble in the Korean airline market. They have only published two other Asiana Airlines models in the past, an A380 registered HL7634, and an A350 registered HL8078. So, this will be the first Boeing representative of Asiana Airlines from Gemini Jets. This makes this model at first glance the most interesting to me so far. The better news is that it has been about six years since anyone has released a plain liveried Asiana 777-200 (2016, Phoenix Modes), so this isn't a very common aircraft/livery combo. But that's where the good news ends because recently leaked photos on DAC show that Gemini Jets have resorted back to their old cradle mounted 777-200 mould. That makes this model look ancient and priced at $50, makes this a massive disappointment. I think that it also doesn't bode well for the other 777s this month minus the flaps down Air Canada.
Delta Connection CRJ-200LR: N685BR
Gemini Jets have really found their stride with the regional jets. For now, they have the lions share of the market cornered with with various ERJs, Dash-8s, and CRJs. We've been getting steady flow of these models in the recent months and it's nice to see the trend continue. N685BR is a decent choice, but the 1/1 must be starting to show its age. At 19 years old, this aircraft must not have too many work days left in front if it. The only thing to create pause here is the continuing quality concerns that have plagued Gemini on these regional jets. Hopefully there won't be any issues. This will be Gemini Jet's 20th release on their mould and the 3rd Delta Connection scheme they've done.
Emirates 777-300ER: A6-EGE "UAE 50th Anniversary"
Emirates A380-800: A6-EVG "UAE 50th Anniversary"
Emirates A380-800 A6-EEU "Dubai Expo 2022"
Well there you have it. Gemini Jets welcomes 2022 in what seems to be their usual form. While I do hear a lot of disinterest from my peers who collect these models, there are a few here that may be worth the money. Gemini continues to sit on the cusp of being all they can be in the hobby. But because of certain continuing issues, they struggle to be true commanders. I'm hoping this next batch of models does well for the company, but they must move on from old moulds!
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