Man vs Kit

Having built Tamiya’s 1/32 P-51D back in 2012 or so I was pleased to find it every bit as nice as I remembered.  This is a fantastic kit, but check the box schemes before building.

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Lovely kit of an interesting, historically significant, and under-represented subject.  I enjoyed this very much, though realistic ship weathering remains elusive.

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A modern 1/32 P-51 tooling for 30% the price of Tamiya’s kit.  Where were corners cut?  Everywhere.

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A really nice kit, as expected.  Also an opportunity to attempt to reproduce a build that inspired me to do better.

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Hasegawa’s venerable 1/48 F-15 is a surprisingly nice build that stacks up well against more modern toolings.  Other F-15 kits are embarrassingly poor efforts in comparison.

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Nice little kit of a 1980’s Warsaw Pact mainstay.  No major headaches, though it is fiddly in places.

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Not bad for a short-run kit, though it has its moments.  This little Yak-3 required a bit more thought than usual to get it working, as the biggest challenge was the fit of the landing gear bays.

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Tamiya’s P-38 is what you might expect from one of their 1/48 kits: clever engineering to make a simple, straightforward build that fits almost perfectly.

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Eduard’s new-tool Fw 190 is a delightful little kit.  Good detail, solid fit and no headaches.  If you’re after an early Wuerger, this is the kit to get.

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Kinetic has taken a significant step up with this kit.  The fiddly landing gear are the only downside to a kit that is otherwise a joy to build.

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10/57