Phoenix Models has made it clear: they are not afraid of releasing contemporary classic airliners in 1:400 scale. A nice 767, MD-11, 747, or A340 from the eighties or nineties - the sort of stuff that Aeroclassics was doing about a decade ago, but today are pretty difficult to find for a sensible price - Phoenix has got you covered.
Among those models is a rather nice Canadi>n 767-300 in their elegant first livery from the late eighties. Let's see how well Phoenix did with this one.
Operator: Canadian International Airlines (Canadi>n Airlines)
Type: Boeing 767-375ER
Operational history (thanks to rzjets.net): Delivered to Canadian International Airlines on April 15, 1988. To Air Canada in March 2001 due to merger. WFU in late 2017 and now broken up.
Brand: Phoenix Models
Release date: May 2023
They say an image is worth a thousand words. So, see it for yourself and decide:
One of the things that I first noticed about this model was that the cockpit windows were printed just a tiny tad too low. It is noticeable, but it is so minimal that it does not ruin the model.
Equally minuscule, the red chevron on the tail could be moved a tiny tad forward, though it is fine how it is.
The forward wing/fuselage joint is also crude on the model. However, it is no worse than any other current 767-300 in 1:400 scale. And, we have to remember this is, after all, a 1:400 scale model we are talking about.
Otherwise, the artwork is spot-on, and the mold is very nice. Sure, NG has something in the works, but it still is in its developing phase, and they don't have a very good track record of utilizing their molds in a way that satisfies the collectorate.
If you are interested in purchasing this model I'd invite you to check out West Coast Diecast. They sold out the first batch, but as of the writing of this article have managed to get some on restock and they have two left. They sell Phoenix Models for good prices and offer free shipping to Canada and the U.S. on orders over $175CAD/$130US.
Jorge A. Zajia