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Old 04-20-2016, 08:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I just found this on Facebook, wanted to share !

Dear all,

We are going to release the following models as our first release of 2016, please ask your respective retailers for more details on the pricing and other details.

BB4-2016-001A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-300 9V-SKA "BIG TOP"
BB4-2016-001B Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-300 N116KB "BIG TOP"
BB4-2016-002 Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400 9M-MPP "Retro"


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Old 04-20-2016, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is great news!
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Why can't they do something not done before?
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Glad to see more releases. If the DiMA database is correct, actually no one has done a Singapore 747-300 in the 1980's colors on a good mould. Witty's excellent Singapore 747-300 is the 90's-present gold-highlighted colors. Dragon's SIA 743 in 80's colors gets the blue too light, and, well, it's Dragon. Netmodels did an SIA 744 that they called a 743! I hope Netmodels' 747 mould isn't as bad as their awful DC-9 mould.

Again, if DiMA is to be trusted, no one else has yet announced the Malaysia 747 in retro 70's-80's MAS colors.

One that desperately needs to be done is a United Blue-Star Friend Ship 747-122. Unbelievably, Aeroclassics and Aurora only did the variation of Friend Ship without the Blue-Star treatment, instead of doing both. Dragon did the Blue-Star 747, but again, it's Dragon. Gemini did it too, but with the awful Gemini earlier-747 undercarriage. A United Blue-Star from the current BigBird would be a big improvement on either, if the Cathays are evidence.

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Glad to see more releases. If the DiMA database is correct, actually no one has done a Singapore 747-300 in the 1980's colors on a good mould. Witty's excellent Singapore 747-300 is the 90's-present gold-highlighted colors. Dragon's SIA 743 in 80's colors gets the blue too light, and, well, it's Dragon. Netmodels did an SIA 744 that they called a 743! I hope Netmodels' 747 mould isn't as bad as their awful DC-9 mould.

Again, if DiMA is to be trusted, no one else has yet announced the Malaysia 747 in retro 70's-80's MAS colors.

One that desperately needs to be done is a United Blue-Star Friend Ship 747-122. Unbelievably, Aeroclassics and Aurora only did the variation of Friend Ship without the Blue-Star treatment, instead of doing both. Dragon did the Blue-Star 747, but again, it's Dragon. Gemini did it too, but with the awful Gemini earlier-747 undercarriage. A United Blue-Star from the current BigBird would be a big improvement on either, if the Cathays are evidence.

Jim

Reading between the lines here if this BigBird is a JC Wings offshoot (which I am told it is) then they are seemingly falling into the standard pattern of mainly hitting Asian markets and keeping up their gentlemen's agreement with Gemini not to encroach into their territory. So I would say that the chances of seeing US releases are low. Plus note that there has been no sign of the 747-100/200 and in addition their releases are very intermittent. So all in all Jim I wouldn't get your hopes up I'm afraid.
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Reading between the lines here if this BigBird is a JC Wings offshoot (which I am told it is) then they are seemingly falling into the standard pattern of mainly hitting Asian markets and keeping up their gentlemen's agreement with Gemini not to encroach into their territory. So I would say that the chances of seeing US releases are low. Plus note that there has been no sign of the 747-100/200 and in addition their releases are very intermittent. So all in all Jim I wouldn't get your hopes up I'm afraid.
As usual, it seems like there is some reason that some historically badly-needed model that wasn't done in the past and can be done now, isn't going to be done. The 1:400 business needs some reform.

At least there are classic 70's-80's Asian 1:400 747's that still haven't been done at an above-Gemini-quality level, like the 80's-scheme SIA 743. And in any event, pretty much everything that's already been done needs to be reissued, anyway. It's been way too long since high-quality classic 70's-80's 747's have been done and, the models that have been made are hard to find nowadays.

Japan Air Lines 747-300's in the 80's cheatline scheme would be welcome.

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Would have been quite speculative if anyone had considered doing the MH 744 in the old red colours before this
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As usual, it seems like there is some reason that some historically badly-needed model that wasn't done in the past and can be done now, isn't going to be done. The 1:400 business needs some reform.

At least there are classic 70's-80's Asian 1:400 747's that still haven't been done at an above-Gemini-quality level, like the 80's-scheme SIA 743. And in any event, pretty much everything that's already been done needs to be reissued, anyway. It's been way too long since high-quality classic 70's-80's 747's have been done and, the models that have been made are hard to find nowadays.

Japan Air Lines 747-300's in the 80's cheatline scheme would be welcome.

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As usual, it seems like there is some reason that some historically badly-needed model that wasn't done in the past and can be done now, isn't going to be done. The 1:400 business needs some reform.

At least there are classic 70's-80's Asian 1:400 747's that still haven't been done at an above-Gemini-quality level, like the 80's-scheme SIA 743. And in any event, pretty much everything that's already been done needs to be reissued, anyway. It's been way too long since high-quality classic 70's-80's 747's have been done and, the models that have been made are hard to find nowadays.

Japan Air Lines 747-300's in the 80's cheatline scheme would be welcome.

Jim

Yes! Old JAL 743 is much needed! The old Bigbird JAL 743 is impossible to find.
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Up on EZToys now.
release of 120 of each. With BOBCAT about $40 a piece.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I am booking with the Malaysian Dealer, but yes they seem to be favouring the asian markets.

And you dont know yet last year they only released a couple of CX B747 and they disappeared...
What are the chances they will release some more !?

I am not very hopeful, they just might release one set per year to remain hard to find and retain the status of Rarity ..

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There is a big opportunity here for BB to pump out some seriously cool 747's....
The big players always sell....
JAL/SQ/CX/QF/BA/LH etc etc.
You could release a batch of each of these each month and still sell well....but the 120 in a batch creates a little bit of panic so you don't miss out.

Hence the return of the AK Panic Buyer status...
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A re-release of the JAL Disney Sea would be nice.
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