How exciting! A new model on a new mould! In this review I'll be taking a look at how Aeroclassics is playing catch up, you decide how well it's gone. A few months ago I obtained a few of the new Max's from Gemini. I really like them a lot and I'll be adding reviews of them at some point. When I saw the release list and the head first approach Aeroclassics was using in their launch I was honestly doubting their ability to replicate and potentially improve on what Gemini have done. I decided on this and the Air Canada Max 8.
I've been very into the Hainan livery lately and I was really excited to get my hands on these Max 8s. They arrived on Monday and here we are. As I removed them from their boxes, my hopes about what Aeroclassics have made were cautious. My reactions, mixed.
In this section I'm really only concerned with how well the model is put together. With quality control these days frankly out of control for the asking price, this topic sadly has a place for reflection. Upon taking the model out of the box, everything was in order. Important to note for those curious, this is an all metal airplane, no plastic here which I greatly appreciate! No loose gears or stabs, and of course, the new satnav dome! I've had these arrive and fall out before, not the case here, but we HAVE to talk about the new radome.
While I'm not rushing to eBay to try and get rid of it, I'm not surprised by what I've found but I'm also not chomping at the bit to buy the next rounds, or the rest of this rounds 737 Max 8s. I'll emphasize again that to me, this feels like a knee jolt reaction from Aeroclassics. I don't want to cast too much shame because I appreciate a manufacturer being willing to take risks and continue to offer exciting things. But at almost 40 dollars for a model, I still expect better. There is a lot of potential with this new mould, but the satnav dome, split scimitar, and printing/finishing issues (among other things) have to be addressed.
I posted this yesterday and between now and then it was pointed out that 1/1 of this aircraft actually has no satnav dome! Aeroclassics, please fix this! Get back to what you're good at!
Released: May, 2018
Aeroclassics has rolled out the red carpet if you will for it's new mould. Aeroclassics presents this new model to it's catalog in a very professional window box. The model came in a cradle and was well wrapped in plastic film and styrofoam padding. The box itself is generic to the type of aircraft in the box but Aeroclassics has stepped up its sticker game. Each box now has a big bold sticker on the side. I think this is a step up from the skinny little stickers normally on the side.
New Satnav Dome:
Listen, I tried to like it, I really did. But it just looks bad. Everything about this says it was rushed and its a break in character for Aeroclassics. A push to be something it's not. Aeroclassics has criticized others who have tried this for years (the word gimmick comes to mind) and now it flips around to try it on it's own and its just a flop. Maybe this is an area that will be improved on over time, but the piece of metal sculpted to the top of the plane looks out of place. The shape is weird, the finish and the paint applied over it looks lazy. There's more of the same on the Air Canada as well.