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Lindberg kits
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:00 AM

Just curious, does anyone build Lindberg kits? I see little reference to them, at least on the modeling sites I tend to visit. They seem to have some interesting aircraft subjects, but not the most detailed and a few don't seem to have accurate lines. The ships and boats look interesting, as well as their motor vehicles. What has been your experience with these kits?

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Posted by silentbob33 on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:19 AM

The only Lindberg kit I've built is thier 1/32 (closer to 1/35) LCVP.  Overall it looks the part, although the machine guns in the kit were a joke.  I've looked at a few other Lindberg kits and like you said they lack detail and in some cases accuracy.  I think they'd be good for practicing new techniques and experimenting.

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:28 AM

I'm 53 years old and most of Lindberg's kits were old and terrible when I was a kid. I think some of their last, brand new tooled kits were in the 1990s and were hit and miss compared to other manufacturers like Monogram, Revell, Tamiya and Italeri.

Many of their last new kits were tied into movies like the original Jurassic Park movie and Independence Day (ID4). Both of those movie lines used some decent new tooled kits that were rounded out with very ancient similar models.

For instance, with Jurassic Park, they had new tooled T-Rex, Raptor and Spitter models and added several other dinosaur models from the 1950s. They also added JP markings to their current Ford Explorer kit to represent the one from the movie, but that kit wasn't close to looking like the movie vehicle.

In ID4, they did an alien ship and alien exo-figure and added an older F/A-18 and ancient Stearman PT-17 trainer kit.

Their final new tooled armor kits were a very bad T-55, T-80 and BMP.

Today, their line consists of their old stuff along with some abandoned kits from Testors and Hawk. Some of their car kits are pretty good though, but of older subjects.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:35 AM

They occupy the attention of a group of modelers I call the "I wrestled it into submission" set. Some people like a real challenge.

If you are interested, take a look at the Round 2 company. They are reissuing old Lindberg, MPC, Hawk and other kits.

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:49 AM

For ship modelers, Lindberg has a bunch of out-of-the-ordinary interesting kits---albeit in odd scales, and mostly useful as basic hull/structures, with a fair amount of work necessary for decent-looking detail. Kits like their USCG 'Cape' class patrol boat, assorted landing-craft and the WW2 minesweeper can be knockouts, but most are in odd scales for which aftermarket goodies are scarce or non-existant.

Less impressed with their aircraft, which are generally simplified (or simply awful) versions of types more readily available elsewhere.

One great advantage for all is that they are---or usually can be found---dirt-cheap, so for wild, speculative or enthusiasm-restoring projects, they're perfect. No qualms about cutting off bits or poking holes...since any attention is generally an improvement. I did their re-released Q-Ship as a semi-authentic WW1 freighter/decoy ship recently---just such a 'wild hair' project---and it was great fun...but a lot of mods anf improvements were required just to get it to a 'basic' standard.

Greg

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:09 PM

I have never tried one of their ship kits ( just by looking at the box you can tell their "detail free") But I have done a few of their car kits.

The Dodge 700 tilt cab truck was a good kit and went together easy. It's the old IMC kit.  Just keep in mind that the instructions have the hinges installed upside down ( that took me a few min. to figure out. )

Lindberg's 1 / 32 scale of car kits does have quite a few cars that are not available anywhere else. ( Some of the old Pyro kits ) so if you'r looking for a subject that has'nt been "done to death" these are a good choice.

I usually dont do 1/32 scale.... my parts box is mostly 1/25. It makes it hard to kitbash stuff.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:52 PM

UnwaryPaladin

Just curious, does anyone build Lindberg kits? I see little reference to them, at least on the modeling sites I tend to visit. They seem to have some interesting aircraft subjects, but not the most detailed and a few don't seem to have accurate lines. The ships and boats look interesting, as well as their motor vehicles. What has been your experience with these kits?

 

Lindberg 1960s kits were clunky like the FROGs, also cheaper to buy. Built most if not all of the 1/72 1960s airplane kits, including the terrible He 219; last ones were in 1980s.

After building my Regia Aeronautica Italia kits want to build another Lindberg He 219 IF can find a complete kit, also want to build the 1960s FROG & Revell kits, already have one of the former.

What I "miss" most about the Lindberg kits was the boxtop art particulary the "monsters", stolid compared to the Auroras, probably why I remember them better. I easly can get carried away talking about 1950s & 60s kit boxtop art, they live vividly in memory...

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Posted by Roald on Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:44 PM

My experience with Lindberg kits is that they are generally pretty bad. 

Poor (sometimes awful) fit, minimal detail, etc. In that regard they are probably comparable to most 50 year old designs. 

I've done a couple of aircraft, and they have a distinctly toy-like appearance. My son has done a few ships and they seemed about the same. 

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Posted by tankboy51 on Saturday, August 26, 2017 2:24 PM

I'd agree with everyone.  I've been modelling since the early 1960s and even then, I was never fond Iindberg kits. Bad fit, poor detail, et al.  I liked Revell, Monogram, and even Airfix better.  If you wanted to make a kit better, more power to you. 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, August 26, 2017 5:05 PM

Thank you, this is what I was looking for. I'm new to the hobby, so I have enough challenges right now! Some of their subjects are interesting, the harbor tug boat comes to mind. Probably slim to no chance of them re-tooling to improve their line.

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Posted by Roald on Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:43 PM

UnwaryPaladin
Thank you, this is what I was looking for. I'm new to the hobby, so I have enough challenges right now! Some of their subjects are interesting, the harbor tug boat comes to mind. Probably slim to no chance of them re-tooling to improve their line.

No, I doubt if they'll be retooling anything.

The market niche they're serving seems to be either people who are just getting into the hobby and might pick up a Lindberg kit for cheap, or folks who are going for nostalgia (hence the vintage style packaging). 

If you are new to the hobby I would highly recommend spending a few extra dollars and trying out a Tamiya, newer Revell, or newer Airfix kit. Well worth the investment.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:45 PM

UnwaryPaladin

Thank you, this is what I was looking for. I'm new to the hobby, so I have enough challenges right now! Some of their subjects are interesting, the harbor tug boat comes to mind. Probably slim to no chance of them re-tooling to improve their line.

 

Likely low as getting a 1/72 Broplan C.D.R.A. CANT Z.1007 "Asso" never mind a Legato Z.1018 "Leone" bomber or night fighter, will keep looking though...

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 26, 2017 7:42 PM

UnwaryPaladin

Thank you, this is what I was looking for. I'm new to the hobby, so I have enough challenges right now! Some of their subjects are interesting, the harbor tug boat comes to mind. Probably slim to no chance of them re-tooling to improve their line.

 

Revell does a harbor tug that was a pretty decent kit back in the days. Lindberg kits are best left to the kids. They did do a line of low rider cars that were good for the kids. Some had hop kits that allowed the car to bounce up and down. Some with working headlights, etc. No interiors, engines and whatnot. Windshields were very dark tinted black plastic. This was early 2000s when my now 24 year old daughter built cars with me.

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:38 PM

There is a guy in our local club in Charlotte that builds the 1/72nd Lindberg stuff, and he does a great job on them. Says they build up rather easily. His builds look accurate to me, as I always thought the Lindberg kits were very inaccurate, especially when it came to the general shape of the aircraft. This guy has proven me wrong on that.

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Academy Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion; 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II; 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet; 1/48th Eduard Fokker Dr. 1 Triplane; 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; 1/48th Monogram Douglas TBD-1 Devastator; 1/48th Monogram Pro-Modeler A-26B Invader

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:52 PM

Devil Dawg

There is a guy in our local club in Charlotte that builds the 1/72nd Lindberg stuff, and he does a great job on them. Says they build up rather easily. His builds look accurate to me, as I always thought the Lindberg kits were very inaccurate, especially when it came to the general shape of the aircraft. This guy has proven me wrong on that.

 

Built the He 100 when first came out and again c.1986, did extra decal work with aftermarket products, very nice solid kit.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:43 AM

I build them occasionally, because they kit subjects no one else does.  The quality of the kits is hit or miss.  Some are poor, a few are really great, especially a couple of their car and ship kits.  Often they have accuracy issues, and detail is never a highlight. If you are after accuracy and detail, you have to do a lot of extra work. If you are a novice and able to overlook the flaws, they are inexpensive kits.

The next one I intend to build is their shrimp boat.  I suspect this is a composite of several individual boats, and does a fair job of representing the type.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:09 AM

My experiences are limited, but I did get the Stuka/262 double boxing at HL last year. The Stuka was very basic and lacked a lot of details, but went together very well. The 262 is going to be a whole lot more work to put it together. I figure the 262 will be good enough to practice camo mottling once I get it together.

But they can turn out good enough for ceiling hangers. They just take some creative thinking and a lotta love.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Monday, August 28, 2017 6:36 AM

Roald

 

 
UnwaryPaladin
Thank you, this is what I was looking for. I'm new to the hobby, so I have enough challenges right now! Some of their subjects are interesting, the harbor tug boat comes to mind. Probably slim to no chance of them re-tooling to improve their line.

 

No, I doubt if they'll be retooling anything.

The market niche they're serving seems to be either people who are just getting into the hobby and might pick up a Lindberg kit for cheap, or folks who are going for nostalgia (hence the vintage style packaging). 

If you are new to the hobby I would highly recommend spending a few extra dollars and trying out a Tamiya, newer Revell, or newer Airfix kit. Well worth the investment.

 

 

That's exactly what I've been doing! My plan is to learn the basics first before attempting the more challenging kits. The first kit I picked up when returning to the hobby was the Revell P40. I wound up tossing it back into the box in frustration and not attempting another kit for another year. My second kit was an Academy P51 C Mustang, but I had trouble with the canopy masking. I had enough sense to set it aside, learn how to mask canopies on a few easier kits, then finish the Mustang when I felt ready.

As for the Revell P40? I use it for experimenting. I've seen a few really nice builds of that kit on here but I can't say I want to attempt it again any time soon!

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Monday, August 28, 2017 7:26 AM

UnwaryPaladin

 

 
Roald

 

 
UnwaryPaladin
Thank you, this is what I was looking for. I'm new to the hobby, so I have enough challenges right now! Some of their subjects are interesting, the harbor tug boat comes to mind. Probably slim to no chance of them re-tooling to improve their line.

 

No, I doubt if they'll be retooling anything.

The market niche they're serving seems to be either people who are just getting into the hobby and might pick up a Lindberg kit for cheap, or folks who are going for nostalgia (hence the vintage style packaging). 

If you are new to the hobby I would highly recommend spending a few extra dollars and trying out a Tamiya, newer Revell, or newer Airfix kit. Well worth the investment.

 

 

 

 

That's exactly what I've been doing! My plan is to learn the basics first before attempting the more challenging kits. The first kit I picked up when returning to the hobby was the Revell P40. I wound up tossing it back into the box in frustration and not attempting another kit for another year. My second kit was an Academy P51 C Mustang, but I had trouble with the canopy masking. I had enough sense to set it aside, learn how to mask canopies on a few easier kits, then finish the Mustang when I felt ready.

As for the Revell P40? I use it for experimenting. I've seen a few really nice builds of that kit on here but I can't say I want to attempt it again any time soon!

 

At least y'all are being systematic! Resins are mostly what am working with - or against - great number 1/72 Regia Aeronautica Italia (RAI) kits are resins; instructions generally are poor, some so bad I've had to guess on what goes where, Internet photo checking does wonders here.

BTW, currently working on two types each Choroszy Modelbud Breda 25 & 28 biplane resin kits assembly line style, one kit is missing tailplane support parts another has 2x number of wing strut parts. I can't fault Anon Chroroszy entirely, really works hard putting out off-the-road kit subjects, just glad I can get them given near everything RAI seemingly always is "limited edition".

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Posted by Tom Hering on Monday, August 28, 2017 9:12 AM

Lindberg's old spacecraft concept kits can be fun, straight out of the box or customized. Accuracy and detail don't matter with these kits. https://culttvman.com/main/tom-herings-space-station-transport-rocket/

 

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Posted by Wildcatfan247 on Monday, August 28, 2017 9:48 AM

I bought a couple of car kits from Ollie's for $7-9 per.  I can't even remember what they are.  They are at the back of my stack.  I do remember opening them and being presently surprised that they look pretty decent.  I might change my mind when I finally tear into them.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, August 28, 2017 1:21 PM

UnwaryPaladin

...The first kit I picked up when returning to the hobby was the Revell P40...

Was it the original Revell 1/32 P-40E, the Revell 1/48 P-40E (pantographed down from their 1/32 kit, and which was the basis for the ProModeler P-40E kit), or the Revell 1/72 P-40E?  Or was it Monogram's P-40B reboxed under the Revell label, post-merger?  I'm curious to know more specifically, because Monogram's 1/48 P-40B isn't a bad kit at all.  But each has its own quirks, and I'm curious to know what problems the kit gave you.

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, August 28, 2017 1:28 PM

I built the landing ship when I was a kid.  Since I got back into modeling, I've built the F11C Goshawk.  Not a bad kit, but it really does need some additional details added and some of the kit engineering (eg, the radial engine with detail only on the front) needs to be corrected.

As others have mentioned, Lindberg was never really noted for being on the cutting edge of detail or for manufacturing the most accurate kits.  But they can be fun, and they can be found on the cheap.  Lindberg also bought up the lines of other makers, such as Life-Like/Pyro, whence come the old dinosaur kits, and the 1/1200 "Table-Top Navy" ship kits.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we have a chain of discount stores called Ollie's.  Ollie's is almost an indoor flea market; they buy up discontinued lots, merchandise from stores going out of business, etc.  But they also sell Lindberg kits, which are produced and marketed through Round2.  That includes aircraft, cars, dinosaurs.  It's always worth stopping in at any location, just to see what they might have on hand.  Lindberg kits are always good for a quick build.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Monday, August 28, 2017 2:21 PM

the Baron

 

 
UnwaryPaladin

...The first kit I picked up when returning to the hobby was the Revell P40...

 

 

Was it the original Revell 1/32 P-40E, the Revell 1/48 P-40E (pantographed down from their 1/32 kit, and which was the basis for the ProModeler P-40E kit), or the Revell 1/72 P-40E?  Or was it Monogram's P-40B reboxed under the Revell label, post-merger?  I'm curious to know more specifically, because Monogram's 1/48 P-40B isn't a bad kit at all.  But each has its own quirks, and I'm curious to know what problems the kit gave you.

 

It was the 1/48 P-40B Tiger Shark. I had trouble with all the seams, especially the wing root and the top of the nose. At one point I guess I squeezed the exhaust assembly too hard and it popped into the closed fuselage to rattle around for eternity! That said, it was my very first kit and if I tried it now I would probably do it more justice.

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Posted by DasBeav on Monday, August 28, 2017 3:03 PM

the Baron

I built the landing ship when I was a kid.  Since I got back into modeling, I've built the F11C Goshawk.  Not a bad kit, but it really does need some additional details added and some of the kit engineering (eg, the radial engine with detail only on the front) needs to be corrected.

As others have mentioned, Lindberg was never really noted for being on the cutting edge of detail or for manufacturing the most accurate kits.  But they can be fun, and they can be found on the cheap.  Lindberg also bought up the lines of other makers, such as Life-Like/Pyro, whence come the old dinosaur kits, and the 1/1200 "Table-Top Navy" ship kits.

Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, we have a chain of discount stores called Ollie's.  Ollie's is almost an indoor flea market; they buy up discontinued lots, merchandise from stores going out of business, etc.  But they also sell Lindberg kits, which are produced and marketed through Round2.  That includes aircraft, cars, dinosaurs.  It's always worth stopping in at any location, just to see what they might have on hand.  Lindberg kits are always good for a quick build.

 

I was at Ollies a few years back and saw a Lindberg motorized Fletcher class destroyer for $40. Still kicking myself for not buying it. You have got to love Ollies, at the least I end up buying a book or two...and a big bag of gum.

Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by templar1099 on Monday, August 28, 2017 3:56 PM

Doing one now,sub-par fit,flash,pin marks,but not reprehensible.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:32 PM

UnwaryPaladin

 

the Baron

 

 
UnwaryPaladin

...The first kit I picked up when returning to the hobby was the Revell P40...

 

 

Was it the original Revell 1/32 P-40E, the Revell 1/48 P-40E (pantographed down from their 1/32 kit, and which was the basis for the ProModeler P-40E kit), or the Revell 1/72 P-40E?  Or was it Monogram's P-40B reboxed under the Revell label, post-merger?  I'm curious to know more specifically, because Monogram's 1/48 P-40B isn't a bad kit at all.  But each has its own quirks, and I'm curious to know what problems the kit gave you.

 

 

 

It was the 1/48 P-40B Tiger Shark. I had trouble with all the seams, especially the wing root and the top of the nose. At one point I guess I squeezed the exhaust assembly too hard and it popped into the closed fuselage to rattle around for eternity! That said, it was my very first kit and if I tried it now I would probably do it more justice.

 

Thanks for replying!  Yeah, it's not a Revell kit, it's Monogram.  It sounds like you got a newer boxing of the kit, and those molds are almost as old as I am.  I like to pick up older boxings, from the 70s.  I sometimes do install a spacer in the nose opening, to prevent a potential step between the nose piece and the fuselage halves.  Otherwise, it's a pretty good kit.

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Posted by Silver on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:08 PM

Lindbergh kits makes a better modeler out of the typical modeler.I took the Lindberg 1/48 scale F-100D and turned it into a contest winning model.Re-doing the panel lines ,scratchbuilding and so on.Its a good practice for anyone.

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Posted by Silver on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:11 PM

Matchbox kits are the same.Airfix a clove 3rd.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:43 AM

MMMM;

 Good Question . Yes , I still do . Why ? Well , let's put it this way . I have more fun on these than the more expensive ones . I have built many over the years . They still test my skills .

 My main pleasure in these rough cut versions of models is twofold . One I just plain like them for a mindless build . Second and most important , they remind me of the link I had with the one time CEO of said company and the heart-break I've seen him go through on the company's behalf .

    Besides , where can you get a good starter kit for the uniniated that will still look good if they mess up a little . And they offer subjects no one else does , for the most part . Can you say that for Tamiya , Hasegawa or Revell of Germany ? No , of course not .

   There are Revell of Germany kits that give me nightmares . I think on some , the test shots must've been better , than what hit the market . Fit issues galore . On ships anyway !

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