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Plastic Model Kits

Mon Jul 05, 2004 2:31 am

What are your favorite companies? And why?

Related to that (I hope that German fellows will help me out here): I vaguely remember East-German made kits (I used to have a few in the early 80s) of a very high quality. Do you have more info on that?
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Tue Jul 06, 2004 3:50 am

No kit collectors here ?  Smile
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:19 am

Hasegawa is my favourite because of the kits being 1/200 scale. I have quite a few(over 350) and due to the scale, they don't require as much space as 1/144 would. The detail Hasegawa puts into the kits is great, and even though there are some types they don't make(757 and A330/340, for example), I still prefer them. Just a note on the last, I am finding Hogan's fill the void pretty good for those missing 1/200 types. They are snaptypes, but detail and price is good, and you can always "fix them up".
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:25 am


I have made two aircraft models from there kit and found it to be easy to understand Smile

Nice work Airfix Big grin

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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 09, 2004 1:20 am

Revell also make excellent kits and this may be the one you are thinking of, I prefer them as the parts seem to fit together much more easily than Airfix kits, in the case of the KLM B737-800 the windows do not have to be unveiled by punching through the waterslide transfer strip. Still, Airfix are cheaper, you can pick their new DC10 kit up for around £7, so I suppose you get what you pay for.

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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:10 pm

My favorite has to be Airfix... they are easy to assemble and instructions are easy to read!!
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:39 pm

Whilst the Airfix kits are relatively easy, and a good place to start out modelling commercial airliners, I've found them to have a lot of inaccuracies especially when it comes to the nose and tail areas of aircraft. Not to mention, they have a lot of mold errors that result in bad fits. Good commercial airliner kits are had to find, but the Revell/Monogram kits aren't bad. If you're into modelling military aircraft, Tamiya is definitely the way to go hands down. You can't beat Tamiya's accuracy, attention to detail, and quality. I might also make a recommendation as to paints. As of lately I've been using Tamiya Acrylics as opposed to the Testors or Model Master Enamels and they're great. The intonations and pigment is much more rich and the acrylics are easier to clean up and very airbrush friendly. Happy modelling!
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Sun Jul 11, 2004 5:24 pm

My nod goes to Revell, then Minicraft, then Airfix. The Revell stuff tends to be the best, be in old Revell USA kits like the 747-100/200, the DC-10, Concorde and the 767 or the newer Revell of Germany kits like the 737-800, A380 or Avro RJ. Minicraft might not be as good, but they do a lot of great subjects and generally the problems can be worked around. Airfix would be number 3 on my list as they do still cover some subjects that no one else does and they can be built up nice by somebody willing to put the time into them. This is for 1/144 scale anyway.

If I was doing 1/200 stuff, then the nod would go to Hasegawa as they do make a rather diversified kit line.
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Mon Jul 12, 2004 2:50 am

Thanks for the answers. I think that I'll start with an Airfix DC 10-30 SAS colors. Hasegawa or Revell next.
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:39 pm

Airfix is great. I also think that Wooster is quite good for the 1/144... scale.
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Wed Jul 14, 2004 1:35 pm

Revell, Minicraft and Airfix... in that order. I had bought an Airfix B747-100/200, and found the nose to be noticibly shorter than that of the Revell kit. HOWEVER...the BAC-111, DC 9-40 (most think it is a -30 model), and the 737-200 are of great quality for older model types.

Never overlook more obscure models though! They can make for great niche models that are oft-times overlooked! The most interesting kit by far that I one of the VERY RARE Kori-Kit (Germany) 1/72 vaccuum molded Dornier 328. Vaccuum molded is far more difficult as you have to cut the entire model out of a sheet of plastic (for those not common with vacu-formed models).

The model is very basic, with not a lot of lines, due to the type of molding. I am actually converting it to a 328Jet by using 1/144 scale 757-RR engine nacelles, with a bit of modifying of the pylon. The shape and size is VERY close to the 328-style engine nacelle. I am also using 1/144 scale BAe 146-200 landing gear, as it is close in approximating the landing gear of the 328.

By using a bit of imagination, you can come up with some VERY interesting models!
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 16, 2004 5:33 pm

Airfix stuff is pretty good, but the only Airfix kit I would recommend avoiding would be the 747 as it need a lot of work to do it up right. It was based on a pre-production mockup and lacks the bulges under the fuselage where the wings go and the engine pylons are not the right shape. The Revell kit is a much better starting point IMHO.
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RE: Plastic Model Kits

Fri Jul 23, 2004 8:14 am

To all:

I think the REVELL Germany are superb kits; the 738 and A32X are well detailed, easy to build and offer lots of livery possibilities; I'm doing the Air Berlin version w/ winglets! Neat.

I am looking forward to the A319 from them. For some reason, I like the aesthetics of the 319/321 over the 320.

The Minicraft are ok; the 733/734 are a bit of a disappointment because of
the open u/c bays, but if needbe, I suppose I could have boxed them in.
I haven't done any of their MD's yet.

I like the Hasegawa 200's, only if for the space saving for the 767's and MD11's. The 762 is an especially nice kit, i.e., no windows. The 732 is still one of my favorites, at least until something better comes along.



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