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Nikonov Submarine by ZHL

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  • Member since
    January 2014
  • From: Carmel, ny
Nikonov Submarine by ZHL
Posted by Vett on Sunday, June 19, 2022 9:15 AM

Hi I've been loooking for this kit has anyone dealt with ZHL hobbies in china

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 9:02 AM

Yes. They are industrial kit pirates out of China that steals other manufacturers' kits and markets them as their own after some repackaging. Modelshipworld has branded them as pirates and won't allow any threads of builds of their kits.

I will not touch them.

Bill Morrison


  • Member since
    June 2022
  • From: Greer, South Carolina
Posted by ccoyle on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 9:40 AM

As Bill said, ZHL is a notorious purveyor of knock-off model kits based on western designs. Definitive evidence of ZHL's theft of intellectual property can be read in this article published by the Nautical Research Guild. ZHL is on the list of banned dealers maintained at Model Ship World. Be advised, not all modeling communities share MSW's stance on protecting intellectual property -- ZHL has many defenders who do not truthfully represent what the company does, i.e. prey on the work of others, thus depriving them of the fruit of their labors.

As you may notice, this is my first post to this community, and yes -- I feel strongly enough about the kit piracy problem to register here just to spread the message: don't buy from model kit pirates like ZHL.


  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10:38 AM

YesYes  Well said, Bill.



Bob Frysztak


Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 11:50 AM


Thanks!  ZHL is one of the worst pirates out of China.  I have looked at their website at several of heir kits. They don't even hide the fact that the instructions in them actually include phrases that credit the kits to different manufacturers, such as those that mention that, "This Caldercraft kit . . .".  They are shameless!



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