Tag Archives: american

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

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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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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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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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A Cold War Reconnaissance group build?  What could be a better fit than a big SR-71?  Admittedly I didn’t realise how big this kit was going to be, nor how frustrating.

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Eduard’s 1/48 P-51D has had a lot of hype.  It’s a good kit: but it’s “Eduard good,” not “Tamiya good.”  Here’s why that matters.

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Front Left view

Despite initial misgivings, this kit turned out to be something of a diamond in the rough.  Nothing about this kit suggests it should go together well, yet somehow it does.  Read on for my first encounter with Kinetic.

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9/9