Best Plastic Model Aircraft Kit Manufacturer

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Best Plastic Model Aircraft Kit Manufacturer

  • I'm used to building plastic model aircraft kits made by Tamiya, Hasegawa, Revell and Monogram to name a few.  I worked on 1/48th and 1/72nd scale models, but I've moved my focus to mainly 1/32nd scale.  I've seen some other companies come onto the scene...Trumpeter seems to be making alot of kits in this scale, and there's Hobby Boss, Czech Model, etc.  I'm curious who you feel is/are the best plastic model aircraft kit makers...for example, is Tamiya still the best or is/are there other companies that are as good if not better?

    Thanks!

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  • Best is a nebulous term as there is no best manufacturer.  Every company has what one person deems best while another person deems the same kit a stinker.  Some people like kits with a thousand parts while others like kits with less parts.  In the end it's all up to you for a decision of what's best.

    WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

    Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

    Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

  • That's really impossible to answer. It really depends on personal point of view. They all make some gems and some turds. There's value for $ and about a million other ways to look at it. I think you would be better served asking who's the worst...and in that vein, I know of only one, a defunct Isreal company the name of which escapes me.

    Anyway, I love the "shake and bake" kits but I'm also very fond of value for $ kits. Revell-o-gram of course, Academy, and Eduard. There certainly has never been a better time to be a builder, and the choices get broader every day.

  • I wasn't aware that Tamiya was the "best" to begin with??? Everyone has their own opinion...you'll have to be more specific as to what you like in a particular kit. I'm always drawn toward hasegawa, I build 1/48 WWII and they've kitted almost every aircraft and with all their different boxings I always seem to find what I want. Ebay is where I usually find them and I wait to find a kit with a more reasonable price, where as if I want an Eduard kit I just buy new from Sprue brothers or the like.

     

  • Wolfram, the company you are thinking about was Starfix,,,,,and the people that quote how bad they were either don't know, or forgot,,,,,,,that in two cases, at least, Starfix was Hasegawa and Airfix quality

    for one model, the Starfix version is still the best way to get the oop Hasegawa kit

    One of each Navy squadron in the USN??,,,, yeah

    http://hangardeckview.blogspot.com/

  • TarnShip

    Wolfram, the company you are thinking about was Starfix,,,,,and the people that quote how bad they were either don't know, or forgot,,,,,,,that in two cases, at least, Starfix was Hasegawa and Airfix quality

    for one model, the Starfix version is still the best way to get the oop Hasegawa kit

    Yes, that's it. I must confess, that I've never seen one in the styrene-flesh and only based my judgement on everything I've ever read about them.

  • Wolfram von Sturmwolke

    That's really impossible to answer. It really depends on personal point of view. They all make some gems and some turds. There's value for $ and about a million other ways to look at it. I think you would be better served asking who's the worst...and in that vein, I know of only one, a defunct Isreal company the name of which escapes me.

    Anyway, I love the "shake and bake" kits but I'm also very fond of value for $ kits. Revell-o-gram of course, Academy, and Eduard. There certainly has never been a better time to be a builder, and the choices get broader every day.

    Another problem is there are many kits that share boxings from diff companies. I believe Hasagawa to be overpriced overall. I used to be a total tamiya snob but they are spendy too. These days I'm trying different manufacturers and have liked academys offerings especially for the money. Revellogram can't be beat on some for a quickie bang for the buck. Trumpeter makes a good kit as well. I'm currently working on a Zvezda 109 that has incredible detail for a 48 $25.00 kit, but it has some fit issues... Still a great kit for the $!

    Most times it boils down to tooling, all makers have gems, and duds... Just gotta sift through them.

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    On the Bench: Tamiya's 1/48 A-10a Thunderbolt 

    In the Hangar:  Hmmm???

     

  • The one where you lean back and rub your eyes and say "slow down", where yo go buy a bunch of books and really lean into it. Where when you finish you say "I did that?".

    For me it's usually Tamiya. But I rarely build Tamiya because they rarely kit anything interesting. Dave gave me a Seiran though, and I look forward to that.

  • A Model is the best; they make a bunch of soviet aircraft kits!

    Wingnut is the best; super fit , highly detailed 1/32 WWI kits!

    Khee Ka is the best: extremely good vacforms of pre war bush planes!

    Monogram is the best: good detail and very fair pricing!

    Tamiya the best; in fit and enginering!

    Airfix is the best; because they started the one true scale 1/72!

    etc. etc.

  • haha, Borg, nice one

    here is the B side of that record (old round music thing that is NOT a CD, just in case, lol)

    Tamiya is the worst, they don't make a Crusader in my scale

    Hasegawa is the Worst, they don't make a Skyray in my scale

    Fujimi is the worst, they don't make a Skyraider in my scale (ooops, got real on that one, they said they do, but, they really don't,,,sorrry about letting that in here)

    Academy is the worst, they don't make a Skyhawk in my scale

    Testors is the worst, they don't make an F-4B Phantom in my scale

    Italeri is the worst, they don't make a Banshee in my scale

    Monogram is the worst, they don't make a Cougar in my scale

     

    or, flip that,,,,and for all the ones that DO make a kit that fits my theme, then let them compete against each other,,,,,

    One of each Navy squadron in the USN??,,,, yeah

    http://hangardeckview.blogspot.com/

  •  I'm curious who you feel is/are the best plastic model aircraft kit makers...

    When you combine subject matter, overall accuracy, variant-choice, AND price, my personal choice is Revell and Revell/Monogram...

    But "best", as has been pointed out time after time, is relative and subjective.. A lot of times, the "best kit" can be pretty bad, but the only game in town for a certain aircraft in a certain scale, witness a 1/48 F-82 Twin Mustang, and if you want say, a 1/48 JN4D, P-6E, and PT-17, you gotta buy Lindberg... Even though those kts were designed in the early 60s, and they have about 8 parts in the box, they're still pretty good for what you get, and you can't beat the price.

    Overall though, a modeler can't lock himself into one manufacturer if he's going to truly become a good modeler... Ya gotta get off the porch to run with the big dawgs...

     

     

  • Hondo467

    I'm used to building plastic model aircraft kits made by Tamiya, Hasegawa, Revell and Monogram to name a few.  I worked on 1/48th and 1/72nd scale models, but I've moved my focus to mainly 1/32nd scale....  I'm curious who you feel is/are the best plastic model aircraft kit makers...for example, is Tamiya still the best or is/are there other companies that are as good if not better?

    The best approach is to pick your subject kit and then ask what kit best fits your needs and skills... If price is an issue, one man's "best kit" may not even be an option for another. And be prepared tolook in unsual places. Want a 1/32 P-51A/Mustang I/A-36? Hobbycraft is the only game in town. Want a 1/32 Bf-109E? Well then you have a wide variety of options, old and new, inexpensive and pricey. Keep your eyes, mind, and options open.

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  • Tamiya for best fit and engineering.

    Revell/Monogram for a diverse lineup and best bang for the buck.

     

    Dave

  • Want a 1/32 P-51A/Mustang I/A-36? Hobbycraft is the only game in town. Want a 1/32 Bf-109E? Well then you have a wide variety of options, old and new, inexpensive and pricey. Keep your eyes, mind, and options open.

    Goes double if you're in the market for a 1/24th scale Bf109, P-51D,  Spitfire, and Ju87...  The Model Craft F-82 is the only choice in 1/48th scale injection-molded kits, and it's a killer kit...  And by "killer", I mean it's a widow-maker to the beginner, and to only a slightly lesser extent, intermediate-modeler...  I NEVER would have been able to tackle it as kid, that's for sure, lol..  At least, not to level that I can today...

    Want a 1/48th injection-molded B-25H? Monogram is the best one, same for the B-25J...  Why? Theirs is the ONLY one, lol.. Same for TBD-1Devastator (for under 26.00) and P-61B Black Widow (at any price), as well as a 1/48 B-29 Superfortress, B-58 Hustler, B-1B Lancer, and Revell's PV-1 Ventura...

    The list goes on and on, lol...

     

     

  • I've seldom been disappointed with kits from Wingnut Wings, Eduard, Roden, or Dragon. Their subject matter falls right into my wheelhouse.

    Mike

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