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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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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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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, November 23, 2019 2:39 PM

GMorrison

Revell P-61 Black Widow.

 

I second that!

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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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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.

Cary

 

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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.

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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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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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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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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:21 PM

tomwatkins45

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

Tom

 

Thank's Tom!

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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.

Tom

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Posted by GreySnake on Monday, November 4, 2019 1:41 PM

Monogram P-61. 

 
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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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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... 

https://store.spruebrothers.com/product_p/his48007.htm

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 4, 2019 11:31 AM

Okay;

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

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 4, 2019 11:30 AM

Hmmm;

    I also remember a YAK whatever. I think it was either Aurora or Lindberg that offered it. Lousy fit and molded in Colored plastic too. Cockpit Canopy was thick enough that many times it wouldn't fit over the molded in pilot !

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 4, 2019 9:32 AM

Another one I thought of is the 1/72 Skarabie MiG 9/9M. It had very poor fit and extreamly large gaps. With some work you could make it into something eyecatching, but I don't have the time left to put that much effort into a subject I really don't care that much about anyway.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 4, 2019 9:15 AM

Hmmm;

 That would be and still is the Revell-S.S United States. You had places where it had hollows and no backside support and warped plastic. The other was the Finnjet ferry. Same durned problem.

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, November 4, 2019 8:53 AM

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 3, 2019 12:06 PM

I bought a Maquette kit, a Boeing 307.  It was really bad.  The fuselage had a consistancy and roughness about like paper machee.  And the right half of the fuselage was an eighth of an inch higher at midpoint than the left half.  I ended up pitching the kit.

One day I hope someone else does a decent kit of that plane.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:37 PM

castelnuovo

The Klara recovery vehicle, can't remember who made it. There were so much trimming and filing one could have made another few parts from them

 

That's the Mirage kit, also boxed by RPM and several other Eastern European companies. Sort of a mix and match of sprues, some of mine were an ivory white, others stark white, some were marbled like a few pieces of black dropped inside.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:32 PM

The Klara recovery vehicle, can't remember who made it. There were so much trimming and filing one could have made another few parts from them

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:28 AM

Three kits come to mind, first would be the old Soviet era (produced during the Cold War) T-60 light tank. What a terrible kit, the tracks were short shot and not just not a good model kit.

The next two were Tauro kits. The Italian Fiat 3000, a copy of the FT-17 made by Italy, while the base kit was fairly decent, the unique tracks were not made well and are short about a half inch.

Then the Tauro A7V WW1 German tank, I still have the partially built beast.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:36 AM

Without a doubt the Polar Lights Bobby Allison 69 Mercury Cyclone. Nothing fit right, flash ridden, holes and pins either diffrent sizes or not aligned.

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, November 1, 2019 11:04 PM

Don't know about masterpiece ,but here it is displayed at my local Hobby Shop.Decals were bad so I painted the stars and the 8 on the rudde r.  

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Posted by Real G on Friday, November 1, 2019 9:15 PM

philo426

The ICM TB-3 Zveno.weird butt jointed sub assemblies caused alignment nightmares. 

Oh I remember that one!  Butt joined, multi-part, CORRUGATED wings.  They had you building the thing like a balsa model, complete with spars and internal ribs.  Ugh.  But if you can get it together, you’ll have a masterpiece.

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, November 1, 2019 8:01 PM

Academy SBD that I just finished. Most pathetic instructions I've seen. But I got it done so I'm happy about that. Don't believe I'll buy another Academy model again.

 

 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, November 1, 2019 7:32 PM

The ICM TB-3 Zveno.weird butt jointed sub assemblies caused alignment nightmares. 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 1, 2019 6:41 PM

ESCI 1/48 KFIR.  Lacked detail which was okay becuase I just wanted the airframe for my agressor collection.  Lot's of gaps, filling and sanding but the worst was the reaction of the paint to the material I was using for masking - can't bag on the kit there but man that was almost a trashcan build.  Few pics:

Took a lot of work and it turned out so so... don't look too close

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks,

John

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