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Old 07-09-2018, 03:53 AM   #1
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I expect most of you already know this but I also blog over at my friend Donald's site Diecast Flier. There I do detailed reviews. Here are the last two - an Aeroclassics DC-8 and a Phoenix A350:


https://thediecastflier.com/tai-douglas-dc-8-33/


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This A350 introduces a new type of error I've never seen before!


https://thediecastflier.com/air-china-airbus-a350-900/


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Latest review over at DF is the Mauritania Airlines MAX:

https://thediecastflier.com/mauritan...-aeroclassics/

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The TAI DC 8 ... the same in 1/200 scale, please ....

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It's not often I get to directly compare two models that should be identical. However this week I get the chance to see not only which 787 is best but which manufacturer did a better job with the UN dream scheme. It's Phoenix vs JC Wings:

https://thediecastflier.com/xiamen-a...b1356-jcwings/


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Latest review over at DF is the Mauritania Airlines MAX:

https://thediecastflier.com/mauritan...-aeroclassics/

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Great assessment of the AC Max8 mould. I was disappointed with the Air Canada and Southwest 8s that I received. They also suffer from some of the flaws pointed out in your review, with the most glaring being the port wing being too high. Unfortunately I won't be purchasing another AC 8 unless they do some major improvements to their mould in future releases.
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Another excellent new mould with a flaps down version has landed from JC Wings who deliver something special with this Ukrainian example. Check out the full review here:

https://thediecastflier.com/ukraine-...ing-777-200er/

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I can't get enough local service airlines and this recent Aeroclassics Ozark DC-9 gives me the chance to compare it to the old Phoenix version. Go Getters Go Ozark!

https://thediecastflier.com/ozark-ai...-douglas-dc-9/

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This week its back to Hong Kong to prove that Cathay's embargo is really having no effect at all. Asia's World City is a cracker of a model:

https://thediecastflier.com/asias-wo...ing-777-300er/

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Panda Models shift towards Indonesian, Lufthansa and non-Chinese subjects means I've been buying a lot less of their models this year, however they are still putting out decent models. This week I take a look at the Expo 2019 737-800:

https://thediecastflier.com/world-ex...na-boeing-737/

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Well boys and girls the last two detailed reviews have featured HYJLwings and Aeroclassics. Here they are:

https://thediecastflier.com/singapor...es-boeing-757/

https://thediecastflier.com/united-a...oeing-727-222/
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This week I take a look at the JC Wings 737 MAX-8 mould:

https://thediecastflier.com/hainan-a...ing-737-max-8/
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Very nice models & reviews indeed.

Thanks for sharing the pics and links.

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Very nice models & reviews indeed.

Thanks for sharing the pics and links.

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My second review in two weeks sees another Cathay model under the microscope. This time it is the recent BigBird Mk3 'Spirit of Hong Kong' 747-200:

https://thediecastflier.com/cathay-p...eing-747-267b/
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https://thediecastflier.com/cathay-p...eing-747-267b/

Interesting review, great stuff, thanks. This original BB400 cradle mould first appeared in November 2002 actually, from researching the archives. I think the JAL Disney Seas were amongst the earliest releases on it - all of which fell victim to Zinc Pest. AC first released a model using the mould in September 2003 with the AdamJets Exclusive, the Iberia 742, EC-DIB 'Cervantes'. I also note that the nosegear is coming ready attached again, and not in a separate bag? They were notorious for breaking in transit. Is this still packaged in the same way as the originals were? As the other issue was 'cradle rash' - adding foam padding in the key areas solves this problem (the top of the fuselage, rear sides and tail area especially is where rubbing occurs and can take small amounts of the tampo print off).



It's a very lovely model, great to see that classic BB400 quality back, although tbh, I find the addition of the aerials on 1:400 models a bit fidgety and it's another delicate detail to have to be careful of when handling them, but they do add to the realism I guess. I can take it or leave it with those, as the original BB400 releases look just fine without them. This one is too late for my collecting criterea but if some classic delivery colours and regular releases started happening again, that would be awesome - but it's not looking likely, unfortunately!
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Interesting review, great stuff, thanks. This original BB400 cradle mould first appeared in November 2002 actually, from researching the archives. I think the JAL Disney Seas were amongst the earliest releases on it - all of which fell victim to Zinc Pest. AC first released a model using the mould in September 2003 with the AdamJets Exclusive, the Iberia 742, EC-DIB 'Cervantes'. I also note that the nosegear is coming ready attached again, and not in a separate bag? They were notorious for breaking in transit. Is this still packaged in the same way as the originals were? As the other issue was 'cradle rash' - adding foam padding in the key areas solves this problem (the top of the fuselage, rear sides and tail area especially is where rubbing occurs and can take small amounts of the tampo print off).



It's a very lovely model, great to see that classic BB400 quality back, although tbh, I find the addition of the aerials on 1:400 models a bit fidgety and it's another delicate detail to have to be careful of when handling them, but they do add to the realism I guess. I can take it or leave it with those, as the original BB400 releases look just fine without them. This one is too late for my collecting criterea but if some classic delivery colours and regular releases started happening again, that would be awesome - but it's not looking likely, unfortunately!
Mine arrived in a normal plastic cradle. No separate gear in a plastic bag, no extra foam.
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Mine arrived in a normal plastic cradle. No separate gear in a plastic bag, no extra foam.

Shame!! Although of course being easier than fiddling around installing the gear yourself, it can be a real issue for breakage in transit (the 747 is a heavy model); also, it's annoying if they are not glued in straight. The other benefit is having the choice of using a non-permanent method when attaching nosegears yourself; so you can remove them if needs be. The manufacturers like use a permanent method of attachment.



That packaging should really be updated. I recommend getting some soft foam sheets and cutting them to size for the nose, tail (cut square and place underneath) and fuselage areas (cut to length and placed on top) to protect the model from the hard plastic cradle when in storage/transit, and dispense with the plastic sheets as they don't offer much in the way of protection. I've done this with all of my birds and it sorts out the problem with the risk of cradle rash on these models. Because the gear is already attached, a small hole needs to be cut in the foam to allow the gear to poke through. Sounds fidgety but it's worth doing to protect the model better for the long-term. That soft plastic film/nosebag can also start to stick, or even bond, to the models' surface over time - there is a detailed thread somewhere about this - with the potential to even damage the finish if in long-term storage. I've noticed that Aeroclassics now use a more brittle type of plastic sheet in their packaging, which may be better, but a cradle made completely out of foam is the ultimate solution to the problem.
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Do you feel lucky punk? Well do ya? It's always a bit hit and miss with Phoenix but is this A330 a lucky strike?

https://thediecastflier.com/lucky-st...71-by-phoenix/

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If that forward entry door were any higher, I would mistake it for the escape hatch, like on the 747. Nice livery, but doors/windows are way too high!!
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If that forward entry door were any higher, I would mistake it for the escape hatch, like on the 747. Nice livery, but doors/windows are way too high!!
Yes!

I wonder how manufacturers get this sort of thing right on some models and wrong on others. Andrew, as a producer, do the standard items on a model like the windows, cockpit, doors get redrawn every time a new model is produced, or do you have a standard template for these things over which you apply the livery?
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PWA is probably the most interesting 767-200 yet from Aeroclassics and also one of the best they've yet made. Even so the score could be higher with a little fine tuning:

https://thediecastflier.com/pacific-western-boeing-767/

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This week I return to a Chinese subject with the lovely attractive Sichuan A350 Panda scheme on the best A350 mould in 1:400, that of Aviation400:

https://thediecastflier.com/sichuan-...s-airbus-a350/

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Tonight's review stays in China but moves to Shenzhen for another new NEO:

https://thediecastflier.com/shenzhen-a320-271neo/

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Reviewing NG Models is almost too easy since there is so little to criticise. This week's review is another excellent model:

https://thediecastflier.com/danish-b...-by-ng-models/

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It's still 2018, just, so there's time for one more review before the end of year round-up. I can't get enough African flag carriers and Mozambique has long been lacking from 1:400:

https://thediecastflier.com/maputo-l...-aeroclassics/

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The third review of 2019 touches upon a Phoenix release. Is it any good? Of course it isn't:

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Thanks for your lovely article on the Boeing House Colours 777-200 N7771 kit set by Phoenix Models.

Sometimes, I actually do prefer if they could actually ship it out as a kit set and let us glue it to 'perfection'.

Just take a look at that dreadfully off-centred nose gear from the front shot you took. Inspired by the VC-10 perhaps? The only thing stopping it from going any further off-centred is the gear door. They seemed to be struggling to not get their nose gear off-centred.

Whilst I'm at that, is engine #1 closer to the ground than #2? The wings are not leveled too!

Disappointing.

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Yes!

I wonder how manufacturers get this sort of thing right on some models and wrong on others. Andrew, as a producer, do the standard items on a model like the windows, cockpit, doors get redrawn every time a new model is produced, or do you have a standard template for these things over which you apply the livery?
Yes Mark, there is a standard windows/doors film used on each aircraft typre which doesn't have multiple windows variations, as well as a "fixed" location for printing those.

Unfortunately, many workers are stupid and careless, my own included, and they don't pay attention to what they are doing, so ****-ups like this occur. Hopefully we can catch it before the model is shipped, or even assembled. The fix, is to remake it all over again.
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This week I take a look at a solid if not spectacular 767 from Aeroclassics in the lovely 90s pinstripes of USAir:

https://thediecastflier.com/usair-boeing-767-201er/

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The reviews keep on coming. Last week it was the Panda A321:

https://thediecastflier.com/all-blac...-panda-models/

Air New Zealand Airbus A321-271NEO ZK-NNA by rstretton, on Flickr

This week it's a Cathay 777-200 from JC Wings:

https://thediecastflier.com/cathay-p...oeing-777-267/

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-267 B-HNL by rstretton, on Flickr

Both great models although both also suffer from the same affliction
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This week I take a detailed look at a Canadian 747 from the enigmatic BigBird Mk3. Check it out here:

https://thediecastflier.com/canadian...oeing-747-475/

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With the next month's AC's almost ready for announcement this week I take a look at one of the excellent DC-6s from the past month:

https://thediecastflier.com/air-micr...douglas-dc-6b/

Air Micronesia Douglas DC-6B N90961 by rstretton, on Flickr
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My 2nd Phoenix review of the year looks at a colourful A320 from Chongqing:

https://thediecastflier.com/chongqin...s-airbus-a320/

Chongqing Airlines Airbus A320 'Meihai Chongqing' B-6761 by rstretton, on Flickr
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Richard - in your review: Comparing A320s – 1/400 Scale Detailed Mould Review, the AV400 A320 mould is not reviewed. I think it is a recent addition, and has been discussed on DA.C and is considered to be not one of the better moulds. In another article you mention AV400 as being part of the 'Inflight empire'. Appreciate your reviews and utilize them in my 1/400 purchases. Doug

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Richard - in your review: Comparing A320s – 1/400 Scale Detailed Mould Review, the AV400 A320 mould is not reviewed. I think it is a recent addition, and has been discussed on DA.C and is considered to be not one of the better moulds. In another article you mention AV400 as being part of the 'Inflight empire'. Appreciate your reviews and utilize them in my 1/400 purchases. Doug
There is no AV400 A320 Doug. They have an A330, A340 and A350 only. I have reviewed both of the latter.
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Richard: There is no AV400 A320 Doug. They have an A330, A340 and A350 only. You might wish to reconsider your position on that...I kinda like this version of the A320, better than some, but not at the top of it's class, Doug
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That's the old AV400 from many years ago. This particular model came out in 2009.
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Richard: There is no AV400 A320 Doug. They have an A330, A340 and A350 only. You might wish to reconsider your position on that...I kinda like this version of the A320, better than some, but not at the top of it's class, Doug
Yeah that's ancient Doug. I have one of those (Rossia) and is is without a doubt the worst A320 I have seen, aside from the Dragon version - in fact it's the only model I don't display. It is covered in the full mould review, which includes old moulds:

https://www.yesterdaysairlines.com/airbus-a320.html

The detailed review was just for active moulds.
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Next up this week is the Gemini Jets TAROM Ilyushin IL-62M. A very pleasant surprise after my last Gemini review:

https://thediecastflier.com/tarom-ilyushin-il-62m/

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This week I step back in time. Way, way back to 2007 and the first A380. Is it retro . Anyway here she is from JC Wings:

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Aeroclassics' 767s keep on improving and the best reviewed yet is this South American beauty:

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This week I take a look at one of the few 757s to ever grace my home airport of AKL. Another superb NG release:

https://thediecastflier.com/tasman-c...es-boeing-757/

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Come feel the noise with this week's review of A Shanghai 707 from the early days of the Chinese aviation revolution:

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No review this week?
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Sorry in Fiji! Just at Nadi airport for the return to AKL
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Back from the Islands and into the next review. Grab a Guinness because this week we're off to Dublin for the first 1:400 release in Aer Lingus' new scheme:

https://thediecastflier.com/aer-lingus-a330-302/

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