As title suggests, the quality of the few models I bought this month was, well, random.
Out of five, four came from Aeroclassics, and one from Gemini. Let's start with the good ones : Citylink A320neo and Aviacsa 727.
Very nicely done, definitely a keeper.
At last a classic Aviacsa ! A F100 would have been even better, but I don't see GJ or JC releasing one anytime soon (maybe they'll prove me wrong ?...). Tail logo is a bit simplified, but it's still decent.
Now the not so good, as unfortunately I feared : TDA DC-9.
Nice airframe, we know AC's is very good, nice printing but wrong color : green is almost black, which is far from reality. Picture do make this green appear a bit darker than it really is, but it's way too dark anyway. The weird part of this is that reg and underwing titles color (green too) don't look too far from the real thing. A miss from AC, too bad as it's one I was waiting for.
And now, the rest...
Mexicana A319 and Austrian Arrows F100. They COULD have been great :
At first glance everything looks ok, nice model nice printing (even windows line is straight !...), but then :
At first I thought it was only a matter of an engine with not enough glue having moved during transport, but when I tried to put it back in place I realised it was firmly glued this way : no way to move it without risking to snap the pylon. Bad QC, it will return to seller, hoping a replacement is still available.
And last but not least :
I guess most of you already noticed what's wrong here. If not, here it is :
Yeah, a starboard engine mounted on port side ! Second time I see this (first one was an old AF EMB-145). Back to seller ASAP too.
Honestly I may be out of luck, but it seems QC, whatever brand, is pretty bad lately. Our models are not cheap, and we're not talking about a small paint chip or slightly off colors, the least we can expect is correct models. And no poor excuses for the bad ones, but real customer service. AFAIK retailers are affected by the associated losses from these bad models, I wonder if they get any compensation from manufacturers ?