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FSM Final Details
Posted by Mark Hembree on Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:59 AM

Final Details: What is your all-time favorite kit?

Kit-manufacturing technology is better than it has ever been — but is it better than the best kit you ever built?

For example, when I built Dragon’s 1/35 scale SdKfz 234/1 — 400-plus parts, including more than 100 pieces in the suspension alone — I found it was so precisely molded and fit so well that I could hardly go wrong. If a piece didn’t fit, it was because of me.

But it can be even more satisfying to exercise your skills and experience to overcome a substandard kit. You may have a special place on your shelves for such a triumph.

So, tell us: What is your favorite model — and why? Was it the subject? The fit of the parts? Success in solving a problem kit? Nostalgia or sentimentality?

You can PM or e-mail me your answer. Please limit your response to 150 words or less. We’ll be taking answers until Thursday, September 4, 2014. If we select yours, it will appear on our “Final Details” page in the January 2015 FSM.

Note: We know you here by your forum “handle,” but for attribution in the magazine please let us know your first and last name and where you are from. Use the subject line Final Details.

We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Mark Hembree, associate editor

Subject line: Final Details

mhembree@finescale.com

Mark Hembree Associate editor, FSM
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Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:10 PM

Hi, Mark !

    That's hard to answer , But , I'll give it a shot . I would have to say the Heller- La-Suroit  Oceanographic research vessel . Why? She's the first I built in that scale, and she was ,at least early on, a well molded example of something no one else had done , Back in the late seventies and she had kit rails too ! You have heard from G.J. Geracci of New Braunfels ,Texas       P.S. Thank You for inclusion in the latest mag .

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Posted by TarnShip on Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:02 PM

My all time favorite kit is Fujimi's 1/72 Skyhawk series. They are almost like potato chips for me.  Each release had the various different small parts and nose changes for the various versions. For a person that wants to build each variant of an aircraft type, these are the easy to do variants, Fujimi included details that other manufacturers skipped in 1/72.

Rex Droste, Nashville Tn

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