JC Wings came onto the 1/400 production scene in their own right in 2008 and are now, with the failure of Witty and its many sub-brands, firmly established as the No 4 player in this scale. Their factory produces the models for Gemini Jets and it is JC that seem to own the majority of the moulds Gemini use. In fact their mould catalogue is quite impressive and enables them to punch above their weight. Here's a review of their production in 2015.
JC often seems to be locked in a war with Phoenix considering how similar their releases are. Looking at the airlines they have produced in 2015, as with both Phoenix and Aeroclassics, China Eastern is a common airline. Other airlines include Asian staples such as Cathay, Singapore, JAL and All Nippon. One area that JC Wings does still differentiate itself is with some regional types - though this number is much reduced on previous years. In 2015 there were two Lion Group ATRs (Wings and Malindo Air) plus examples for Trans Asia and Uni Air. There were also a pair of Azul Embraer EMB-195s which joined the Azul A330 to make a trio of Brasilians.
Another minor surprise has been JC updating the old Gemini Concorde mould and recently releasing a pair of the supersonic aircraft on it. The mould can't compete with Herpas but Herpa appear to act like an Alzheimer's patient when it comes to 1/400 (occasionally remembering about the scale, releasing a couple of models and then forgetting about it again) so it doesn't really have to.
It seems fair to say that JC have invested significant sums in their moulds in recent years with the A320, A330-200/300, A350, 737-700/800/900/800 Split Scimitars, 747-8 and 787-8/9 all being fairly recent additions. Production for Gemini, which uses all of these no doubt offsets a lot of this cost.
I think the only new moulds in 2015 have been the 737-800 Split Scimitars and the Bombardier C Series. The latter looks pretty good but appears largely to have been made for a corporate order from Bombardier.
I should also mention that some of the JC A330s appear to be showing very large cockpit windows which is a bit offputting. See what you think of the below releases - the Eurowings and Azul look especially bad regarding the wings, the Etihad and China Eastern new colours as regards the cockpit windows:
In an ideal world several of the Witty moulds would see extensive use. The ex-Aeroclassics used 747s for starters plus the Apollo (not Witty) 747-400, the Tristar, IL-76 and the CV-880. Several of the other moulds are not bad (727, 737-200), some clash with existing JC Wings moulds (747-400, 767-300, A320, 737-800) and some are godawful (A319-21). I am sceptical about what will happen with this new Big Bird but at least I got one of the two excellent Cathays.
I may make it sound like I am not a fan of JC and that isn't true. In fact in 2015 I bought more new JC wings models than Phoenix and Gemini. Of my 56 new purchases 7 were JC Wings (not including the Big Bird CX 747-300). I do however hope that in 2016 they work on their accuracy a bit more and rediscover some of the unique classics that they did so well in their earlier years. Whatever happens they do seem to have cemented themselves on the die-cast scene.
P.S: JC if you're listening and thinking about using the DC-6 for yourself or Gemini - fix the length of the bloody main gear!