Just recently, courtesy of a random photo on Facebook, I was tipped off to a new player in 1/400 scale. After a bit of searching about I managed to find their page on taobao but who they are is still not entirely clear. Several factors seem to ally them to Panda models but a couple of others suggest that they may be something different. It's hard to be sure but this is what I've been able to find out so far.
If you don't know who Panda Models are then you can find out here and here.
Other aspects that seem to align them to Panda are:
- The models are released only in small numbers - 60-120 each
- Similar models are often released in variants - i.e. CFM and IAE engined A320s with the same livery
- The moulds definitely have the same Aeroclassics heritage
- The subject matter is similar i.e. Chinese narrowbodies
One note of caution about these models is the price. Usually Panda releases can be got for about 189 Yuan but these new HYJL releases are selling for a lot more - 238 Yuan. That's in line with the price of Aeroclassics and Phoenix on taobao but doesn't translate well into USD or NZD. Below are some of the other models released without aerials: