Man vs Kit

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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AMK’s Kfir is a lovely, uncomplicated kit let down by fiddly landing gear.

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For a kit that dates from the 1980s, Tamiya’s HMS Prince of Wales is surprisingly nice.  I backdated it to the ship’s May 1941 configuration at the Denmark Strait.

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Eduard’s 1/32 Bf 109: a nice kit that manages to be strangely annoying.

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The F-14 buildoff left me feeling rather drained, so I opened the kit I had kept the longest.  Like all Wingnuts it presented a curious mix of perfection and (self-inflicted) challenge.

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20/63