Tag Archives: 1/48

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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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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Tamiya’s F-14 is a joy to build.  AMK’s should not have been released.  Even on parole.

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Now AMK’s 1/48 F-14D is finally here, I’m going to build it side-by-side with Tamiya’s recent F-14D release.  The Tamiya is said to be a lovely kit, and I recently enjoyed AMK’s Mig-31, so this ought to be fun.  I bought both kits myself, and this is the first time I have built either, so you’ll be getting my honest impressions as I go, desk to keyboard with no filters in the way.

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The F-15 is possibly my all-time favourite plane, and the E model’s variety of ordnance and interesting weathering makes it a very compelling subject.   I had heard that the GWH 1/48 kit was very good, but found the reality to be more complex.  How far into a build can you get before realising the kit isn’t as good as you hoped?  Twenty minutes in this case.

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I neither wanted nor expected to enjoy this kit, but once I got used to it, I found a very pleasant build experience.  But don’t get the wrong idea: this kit has plenty of oddities…

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