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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 4, 2019 11:31 AM


     What is that? Do the pilots actually have an open cockpit? OY 

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 4, 2019 11:47 AM

Worst ever- Historic Plastic Models Pe-2 bomber in 1/48th... More like Horrible Plastic Models.  The fit was awful but the biggest issue was the fusilage was warped and lopsided.

I got it together somehow. Completed photos are PhotoBucket so I'm not sure I can even access them now. And the model is buried in a box in my stash. 

Anyway the kit is on the super sale at Sprue Brothers for a little less than thirty bucks US if you want your own. If I had the money I'd buy another and run over it with my car...

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, November 4, 2019 1:01 PM

That's easy--1/48, Monogram B-58 Hustler. Warped wings and engine pods, Terrible fit of parts. I got part way throuigh the build and put it on the Shelf of Doom for a year. I pulled it off the shelf this year and  had to go to the hardware store and buy a big clamp in order the squeeze the wing to match the curve of the fuselage. 

I finally finished it last month.


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    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Monday, November 4, 2019 1:41 PM

Monogram P-61. 

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    February 2013
Posted by tomwatkins45 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:32 AM

Johnny, Your Hustler turned out beautifully though. Especially given how poorly it fit, and how much of a challenge it was.


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    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:21 PM


Johnny, Your Hustler turned out beautifully though. Especially given how poorly it fit, and how much of a challenge it was.



Thank's Tom!

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    May 2019
  • From: Texas-Along the Old Preston Trail
Posted by Code Talker on Monday, November 11, 2019 1:45 PM

Revell 1/32nd scale P-47.  The sagging wings was more than my 11 year old modeling skills could handle.  Nothing I tried worked.  I finally just slapped some paint and decals on it and called it good.  I hung it from my ceiling and it was a constant reminder of my utter failure.  However, revenge was sweet.  When I was fifteen I received a double barrel 20 gauge shotgun and the sagging winged P-47 met a violent end while sailing across the pasture.  Big Smile

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:11 PM

 The worst, NOT completed...some name I don't recall, but it was a 1/72 F-82(not Monogram). Got the kit for a buck. I got s'dang mad at it...I went to the garage, grabbed a shovel and burried that SOB in the back yard...repacking the dirt extra hard.

 There have been several old, junk kits that I didn't even proceed with, to the point of frustration...into the bin and on to the next.

 The worst that did get completed...Modelcrafts 1/48 F-82. TERRIBLE!!! I beat it though, and it even made the Reader Gallery! (Oct 09 IIRC) Everything after that has been "gravy", by comparison.

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    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:16 AM

I'm' going to divide mine up between NOT completed and COMPLETED like Fermis did.

NOT completed......AMT 66 Barracuda Hemi Under Glass. Hands down worst kit ever. Body was great but the fit and location of everything once it did go together was crap. Didn't even bother continuing and I SOOOO wanted to build a HUG car.

COMPLETED-Revell '54 Chevy Panel Wagon and Revell '56 Ford F-100 (older release that was NOT the Foose version-Foose version=Perfection) Both of these sumbitches just did NOT want to go together. Fought me all the way to the end. Both turned out ok but I don't know how.




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  • From: Pineapple Country, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Wirraway on Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:47 PM
it would have been good customer relations by Revell to redo the canopies and make them available to buyers free of charge. Just finished it.

"Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional"

" A hobby should pass the time - not fill it"  -Norman Bates


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    August 2004
  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Friday, November 22, 2019 6:06 AM

Cadet Chuck

Most frustrating?  Everything I've ever tried from Kitty Hawk.


Me too. I've sworn off helicopters because of them. 

But the most troublesome kit I've ever done was the RPM Minenraumer. It was just a pile of plastic that they threw in the box and expected you to make something from it. And the pity is, I tried building it two different times, with the same result. The trash can.



  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, November 22, 2019 6:50 AM

I keep hearing that about Kitty Hawk. The main complaint that I’m seeing are the fit issues. 



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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, November 23, 2019 2:39 PM


Revell P-61 Black Widow.


I second that!


"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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    May 2017
  • From: Park City, Utah
Posted by Frankenpanzer on Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:08 PM

Mirage Hobby Panzer II L "Luchs".

I finished it, but that's all. No weathering just basic paint.

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    April 2018
  • From: Australia
Posted by Panzer Joe on Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:34 PM

Its seems to me that there are quite a few bad aircraft models, more than tanks anyway.

The worst model ive made is the 1/35 Academy early Tiger I.


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