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Old 07-23-2019, 12:18 AM   #1
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F-Toys Japan Air Traffic Controller Series 3 (ETA late September 2019)

Yep, your old friends at F-Toys Osaka are at it again, the Japan Air Traffc Controller series 3 has just been announced and will be released in late September/early October.

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Right now it looks like:

a) 2 A320-21x models, one for Star Flyer, one for AirAsia Japan - 1:300




b) AirDo 767-300 (JA601A, looks like an old, ex-ANA airframe) - 1:500



c) 2 Boeing 737-800 models, one for Skymarks and one for SolarSeed - 1:500




d) Japan Air Commuter ATR42-600, a recoloring of the same model in JATC2 - 1:300.



The crib sheet mentions 新金型, or new mold on the 737NG listings. It refers to the luggage cart and the tug (which is included), but it could also refer to the wing on that NG (which looks a little different) - they might have redesigned the 737 wing so it'll use integrated engine pylons but separate engine pods to ease production (this is done on their re-molded 737-400 Jinbei-shark).


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Re: F-Toys Japan Air Traffic Controller Series 3 (ETA late September 2019)

Well, there was a major industry tradeshow at the Makuhari-Masse outside Tokyo (Wonderfest Summer 2019), and F-Toys just did a display there.



Yep, looks like the new NGv3 wings for the 737NGs has been confirmed - note that the new wings have integrated pylons and glue-on engine nacelles. My guess is that this will make it easier to do a 737 Max using the same general wing mold later on (the bifurcated max winglets are also used on late model NGs), as all they'll need to do is resculpt the rear fuselage. Of course, no Japanese airline have ordered the Max so far, but the 2014 Boeing-Japan Transoceanic Air 737NG deal does allow the airline to transition the order to the Max, probably via rather generous buy-back/trade-in terms. JTA is a JAL subsidiary based in Naha, Okinawa, so this could mean JAL orders for the Max down the line.

F-Toys will release an F-14 Tomcat model series in late October. This has nothing to do with Top Gun 2: Maverick. The fact that the 9 planes on call-out features Miramar based squadrons that were involved in the original Top Gun movie is pure coincidence. PURE. COINCIDENCE. THIS IS NOT A CASH GRAB.

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Re: F-Toys Japan Air Traffic Controller Series 3 (ETA late September 2019)

Good to see them still doing the models, while also updating the design of certain moulds. Very neat.
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Re: F-Toys Japan Air Traffic Controller Series 3 (ETA late September 2019)

Well, it's a profitable line for them, and it's always in their best interests to update the molds to increase accuracy/trim costs - that 737NG pylon have always been a bit of a weak point.

BTW, official release date is set for September 30th. Hoping to see the new NGv3 molds in the flesh.
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