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KIt Suggestion for a Re-Starting Aircaft Modeler

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KIt Suggestion for a Re-Starting Aircaft Modeler
Posted by Avro Vulcan on Sunday, January 07, 2018 6:43 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm getting back into modeling after a 42 year hiatus. (I last buildt a model in 1976 at age 16). 

 Can you give me a suggestion for an good aircraft kit that will re-intruduce me to modern modeling?  I enjoy building 50's - 70's fighter and attack aircraft in 1/72 scale.  There seem to be quite a few good looking kits, decals and other aftermarket parts out there that would fit my bill but I don't know what to look out for.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good re-starter kit for me?


p.s.  My 1973 vintatge Badger 200 Airbrush still works great!  The commpressor...not so much!





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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:10 PM

My 2 cents for what it's worth. Some companys have gotten better in making kits and some have not. I've been building for 71 of my 77 years and find that if you just pick a kit that you like and build away, you learn a lot along the way. If you buy one of the really "great kits" everyone talks about that has all the latest upgrades (resin, metal and photo etch parts) it can lead to a bit of frustration and agravation. Stick to a few simple kits that you like. After making them and getting comfortable with being back in the hobby, then  move up to the more complicated ones. 

Hope that this helps.

Jim  Captain

Hang in there, you'll be getting lots of suggestions.

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Posted by Bish on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:19 PM

Welcome aboard.

Airfix have been releaseing some really nice kits the last few years includeing som nice British aircraft from the 60's 70's.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:43 PM

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:43 PM

Any Airfix or Revell are good to start out.

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Monday, January 08, 2018 4:56 PM

Black sheep 241 has the right idea. Revell of Germany Put's out some good kit's,at a decent price.

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  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Monday, January 08, 2018 5:20 PM

Whatever kit you get go for one with low parts count to start and stick to a simple one or two color paint scheme.  Do not try natural metal finish paint scheme on the first go.

A good simple build, with an easy paint job will allow you to get a build done without too much frustration which can kill your enthusiasm to get back into modeling.

Try finding a kit on eBay for cheap.  At 1/72 you will find listing where a seller is selling several kit as a lot for a deal.  You can get 4-5 kits at once usually for under $50 bucks.  This can give you a handful of kits to practice on as you get back into it.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, January 08, 2018 5:42 PM
Not my genre,but welcome aboard.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:11 PM

I have not built a 1/72 aircraft in your interest area for over 30 years. But I’d say start of with something in a simple paint scheme from a few years later like a F-15E Strike Eagle Or F-117 Nighthawk. Both are in simple monotone schemes, and more than one offering of the type out there from kit companies. 


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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:55 PM

Yes look at the Airfix Skyhawks.

I also like the Trumpeter F-100.


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Posted by Avro Vulcan on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:34 PM
Thanks for the good advice.
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Posted by Avro Vulcan on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:35 PM
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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 1:07 PM

Welcome to the forum!

I'll second those who recommend keeping it simple.  Airfix and Revell (which is actually a merger of Monogram and Revell, with Monogram's operations and the Revell label) have good, simple kits in your subjects.  I also recommend looking on the second-hand market, such as eBay, or at any model shows or clubs that are near you.  You can get some classic Revell or Monogram pre-merger kits, that you probably built back in the day.  That's what I did, when I got back into modeling around 1999 after a hiatus of about 20 years.  You can get some bargains.

I look forward to seeing your builds!

Best regards,


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