One of the questions I hear most regularly from collectors looking for information is who has the best moulds for a given aircraft type in 1/400 scale? It can be a complex question to answer, however I have spent many years now collecting and researching this scale so in this post I will attempt to begin to answer the question.
- I’ve built up a big collection of models over the years covering a wide variety of types and airlines so I’ve had a wide variety of moulds in hand.
- I’ve paid close attention to the views of respected users on the forums at DAC and 400 Scale Hangar as well as on the Facebook Groups.
- I’ve actively researched the moulds, written reviews and compared them to the real thing.
- I like to think that I am unbiased against manufacturers and my collection is a spread of the different creators. Where there is bias it is earnt.
So though you might disagree with my opinions you’ll have to work hard to discredit them.
There's competition on almost all of the Boeing types but also quite a bit of contention too. The Boeing 727 in both series 100 and 200 could be argued to not have a definitive winner, however on balance given the failings of the competition the Aeroclassics (100) and Gemini (200) look the least worst of a decent bunch.
I don't think there's any arguing that Aeroclassics rules the 737 Classics and if they made a 400 and 500 mould I'm sure it'd beat the existing Geminis too. The NG 737 is more contentious but what was used by Aeroclassics and is now the Panda Models mould is I think the most lifelike 737. The nose on the Phoenix and Gemini / JC Wings efforts are just wrong. There is only one 737-600, from Herpa. It is awful but it is the only one so let's move on!
The Aeroclassics / Big Bird 747s (later taken over by Witty) are the best 747s, though the Dragon 747s are often very good too and some of the others not bad on occasion also. Note only the Apollo 747-400s used the good mould and not the Witty branded ones.
Herpa make the best 757, on the very rare occasions when they can be bothered, whilst the 767 has several good moulds - in fact almost no bad ones (Aeroclassics, Dragon, Geminis and Phoenix are all good).