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Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Arizona

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  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: Chapel Hill, NC
Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Arizona
Posted by Leonidas on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9:13 AM

Don't know if this question has been asked a million times already, but I was wondering if anyone has built or has any comments on the Hobby Boss 1/350 USS Arizona. Build quality etc. I haven't been able to find any reviews of it and wanted to get some more info before I bought it. How does it compare with the quality Tamiya Missouri kit for example? Sure, Arizona is half the price, is it a matter of getting what you pay for?

Thanks to anyone who can help out! Big Smile

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:35 AM

The HB Arizona in 1:350 scale is essentially the same kit as the MiniHobby Models Arizona.   The MiniHobby Models kit is also the same as the sort-lived Banner labeled kit as well as a kit which was put out for a while under the Trumpeter label. 

To some, MIniHobby Models acquired the reputation of being the subsidiary of the Wasan Moulding Company (i.e. Trumpeter's parent) which put out pirated copies and lesser quality models. 

The Banner/Trumpeter/MHM kits all owe themselves to a pantograph of the 1:426 offering by Revell.  They fixed some of the old Revell features & problems and introduced some of their own.  To put a date on it,  the original Banner-labeled kit was introduced at the 2001 IPMS USA Nats in Chicago.   

The kit is the best large-scale injected plastic kit of the Arizona that is available.    But it does not begin to match any of the Tamiya offerings as far as quality.

For the record,  the best plastic Arizona in any scale is by Dragon in 1:700.    The best large-scale Arizona may be the one originally done by Toms Modelworks - now available through Iron Shipwright

  • Member since
    May 2008
Posted by tucchase on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:53 AM

Check out this link.  It is very extensive and covers nearly all the models of the Arizona.

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=12942

At 'Em Arizona was the name of the ship's newspaper.

  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: Chapel Hill, NC
Posted by Leonidas on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 11:34 AM

Thanks for the info guys, it's much appreciated. I took a look at the review and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again.

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