OK all you review experts out there, I am looking for advice on the best 1/32 scale BF109 to purchase.
I am back to modeling after a long layover, about 5 years, and even then I had only been back modeling for a couple of years after probably a 20 year hiatus. I started modeling with my Dad back in the UK on 1/72 scale Aifix and Frog kits with lots of raised panel lines and rivets!
I am in the process of finising Hasegawa's Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8, which I have enjoyed, apart from the fact that I purchased the 'Big Ed' super detail set with it. What a disaster. Minute photo etch is certainly NOT for me. Looking back at the plastic parts the etch replaced I would have had a nice representative model, without all the fiddly work, and just concentrated on a really good paint job.
My goal is to initially build up a collection of the main Luftwaffe aircraft, starting at WW11, and going through to the Tornado and new Typhoon. I am not looking at this stage to build all the 'marks', or even attempt that, just one of each, i.e. an Emil, a 190, Stuka, ME 262 etc.
So, looking for a BF109, I want to build 'out of the box', without going overboard on super detailing, just a nice model with a good paint job.
I have been following the threads here and on the rest of the web re the pros and cons of the Trumpeter, Dragon, Eduard and older Hasegawa kit.
So, the question is, which BF109 kit out of the above represents the best value for money (price is not really an issue because I get months of build time out of a kit!), which kit is the one that will be the most accurate overall and most importantly, which 1/32 scale BF109 have you all enjoyed building the most?
Look forward to your replies and your help! Cheers, Ian