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    January 2021
1/144 Scale Aircraft
Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, November 7, 2022 7:29 PM

Hi,

A few months ago I started a 1/144 scale interwar transport plance model called the Hercules as part of the Interwar Group Build.  And more recently, I picked up a a couple simple little models in the same scale just to mess around with (including  Brewster B239 Buffalo that I am trying to paint up as a what-if Polish variant, and a Fairey Battle that I am trying to convert into a what-if naval variant).

Anyway, when I put the kits side to side, I was amazed at just how big the Hercules was and how small the Buffalo looked.

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 Pat

PS.  The Hercules is an Airfix repop of an old model they put out a long time ago, but it is still a nice, fun build.  The Fairey Battle is from Zvezda and is really meant for wargaming, so it is very simple (only a few parts) with no attempt at any interior but, still looks 'good enough' for my purposes.  The Buffalo is from someone called F-Toys and comes prepainted, but also has decals for surfaces where it would have been hard to prepaint some of the markings, and is surprisingly adequately detailed for such a small, snao together kit.  It includes a separate seat, control panel, clear canopy (with prepainted framing), and can be modeled with the gear up or down.  Surprisingly for something so small and simple it wasactually a kind of fun kit for me. Stick out tongue

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 7, 2022 9:52 PM

I love 1/144 and 1/200 for airliners.  The Airbus 380 I did even in 1/144 was huge!  I imagine the smaller fighters etc in that scale would be tough.  The Buffalo was a little plane to begin with - but I've seen 1/350th stuff done amazingly so...

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 8:42 AM

Be sure to start following both the Aircraft and the Airliners forums.

 

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 12:41 PM

One of the most heartening trends in plastic models in the last decade or so is the stellar improvement in quality of new 1/144 military aircraft releases. Considering how mostly awful most of the '60s and '70s releases in that scale were -- think the old Crown kits (still being re-released by Revell, Minicraft, et al) -- some of the newer kits are just gems.

I know 1/144 has also always been the airliner scale...but most of the airliner kits I've actually built were older-vintage kits; what I know of more modern kits is largely through reviews. Still, improvements seem impressive, and most welcome.

It's a cool scale. As the OP noted, it's really useful (and impressive) for getting a notion of relative sizes of 'familiar' types...something it's not always easy to do even in museum or airshow settings.

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:09 PM

My last three buoilds in 1/144 (various stages of completion) are the Type 21 U Boat with interior, Gato submarine with interior, and Flower class corvette, with wheel house interior.

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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