While collectors continue to both laud and inspect the new A350-900, NG has provided plenty of content on their new mould. 11 different releases have been made available and as I write this, I'm about to take delivery of my first NG A350 (Iberia reg. EC-NBE). Even though I have not yet had the mould in hand to inspect fo myself, I'm expecting nothing short of outstanding. Those who have a continued appetite for this aircraft from NG will have three new pieces to seek. This month, we get two Qatar A350s, one in standard dress, one in One World colors and a spare Philippines A350 too.
Qatar Airways Airbus A350-9 A7-ALJ
Qatar Airways Airbus A350-9 A7-ALZ OneWorld
Philippines Airlines Airbus A350-9 RP-C3508
NG Models have been quick to capitalize on the popularity of the 2017 upstart leisure operation by Bamboo Airlines. The model airplane manufacturer has already graced the scale with a pair of gorgeous 787s. I have both and they may be some of my favorite models of 2020. From what I can tell, these were very quickly bought up and are now somewhat difficult to find. NG Models have returned to the honey pot and made for us, three A321s of two different variants. The first is the standard A321 with the regular Bamboo scheme (which actually seems to have a wider overall amount of navy blue belly paint that reaches up to the wing root), while the other two are A321-NEOs and one of the two of these carries special '1st A321 NEO' titles. That sadly was the only one I could grab, but if the others are like the one on my desk, anyone would be happy to have them. Not to mention, this is easily the best A321 mould around and NG models have taken the mould to its full potential unlike Aeroclassics.
Bamboo Airways Airbus A321-200 VN-A585
Bamboo Airways Airbus A321-200NEO VN-A588 - 1st A321NEO titles
Bamboo Airways Airbus A321-200NEO VN-A589
South Pacific A330-300s
NG Models seem to be working on bringing up their -300 count. They have already announced or produced 24 -200s, and this month a pair of dragons and a Garuda hawk join the -300 spread. This makes for a total of 17, A330-200s and a staggering 41 A330 examples in the least 2-3 years. I am not a big collector of Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon, but baring any setbacks, both of the dragons will be in my collection before too long and I am happily going to be replacing my Gemini A330 Garuda example with this fresh piece of metal. These are some stellar offerings and they won't last long.
Dragonair Airbus A333 B-HWK with 10th Anniversary titles
Dragonair Airbus A333 B-HLJ
Garuda Indonesia Airbus A333 PK-GHA
A Pair of 787s
It shows how much NG models believes in the quality of it's moulds that it is willing continue to release 787 after 787 in a market incredibly well saturated with them. None the less, they continue to sell well and with good reason as the moulds, especially the 787-10 are probably the best you get. The first 787 we receive is the Ethiopian 787-9 registration ET-AOU. NG has no to my knowledge provided photographs of this model, but it can be easily seen on most diecast dealer websites. It does however seem to have been made in limited quantities and is selling fast. The other 787 is the -10 variant registered to British Airways as G-ZBLB. I'd argue the -10 is even better than the -9. This particular BA looks to be a real stunner.
British Airways Boeing 787-10 G-ZBLB
A Trio of 757s:
The NG 757s are back again this month. A nice spread of both freighters and passenger liners are available. NG models is certainly not shy at fishing deep into the 757 pond. A few very obscure cargo outfitted 757s this month in the Raya Airways freighter from Malaysia and the Pacific Air Express freighter from Brisbane, Australia. Between the two, I'd take the P.A.E., that is, if I could find it. Latin American retro collectors unite! A grand looking Mexicana in the 'Aztec' colors fills out the bunch.
Raya Airways Boeing 757-2PCF 9M-RYA
Pacific Air Express Boeing 757-2PCF VH-PQA
Mexicana Boeing 757-2 N758MX
Whatever a runner is to being winded after a race is what I am to this article in covering NG's releases this month. NG is keeping pace with Comac as well as it releases it's 10th ARJ21-700. OTT Airlines or simply put, One Two Three Airlines refers to the three principles of Taoism. It is a subsidiary launched by China Eastern Airlines and it's design is to be a regional operator running strictly Comac aircraft. This model is great for any ARJ21 collector and should be a priority.
OTT Airlines ARJ21-700 B-123A
What a month. I literally can't keep up. As a collector who has been 'in the age' since about 2008, I can say I've never seen anything like what NG is doing. They really have changed the hobby in some remarkable ways. There is no doubt something in this group of releases that should appeal to almost any 1/400 scale collector. 2021 promises even more surprises on more moulds. Great job NG.
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