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Holy poor fit Batman. Revell 1:48 P-40B

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  • Member since
    December 2021
  • From: Northern Michigan
Holy poor fit Batman. Revell 1:48 P-40B
Posted by Monogram Madness on Sunday, January 9, 2022 11:06 PM

Just started this kit as i wanted something to work on while waiting for paint to dry etc on the Spitfire MKII.  Perhaps i got a bad expample but man o man is this baby rough in terms of fit of the fuselage.  Ive built this kit in the past...a long long time ago and dont recall it fitting so poorly.  

Pretty sure i can get it to work OK...but its going to need a lot of putty.  


Good thing i have like 5 of these kits LOL.  Anyone else have this issue with this particular model?  

 

FWIW the 1:48 Revell Spit mkii and P-51 were great.  

Perfection is having fun and relaxing...not building the perfect model.  

 

On the bench:  Revell 1:48 Spitfire MKII and Monogram 1:48 P-40B

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 10, 2022 11:17 AM

Ya, that's a pretty rough old kit that takes some patience to work up. I spent about 50 hours on mine and really dolled it up with full rescribe, resin pit, scratch intake, vacuform canopy, etc. She's a beauty now but I don't wanna do another.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

On Deck:

Tamiya 1/48 F4U Birdcage, 

1/25 Revell 32 Ford Coupe

1/12 Bandai "Mandolorian"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

  • Member since
    December 2021
  • From: Northern Michigan
Posted by Monogram Madness on Monday, January 10, 2022 2:59 PM

I dont plan to add any aftermarket parts but frankly the poor fit on the fuselage seem is like nothing ive ever seen...even in my mispent youth.   I can deal with the lack of detal in the wheel wells but man...this is going to be tough.  

Hope I can do it justice...and to think I was worried about the F4Us in the stash LOL. I remeber those from years back HAHAHA

Perfection is having fun and relaxing...not building the perfect model.  

 

On the bench:  Revell 1:48 Spitfire MKII and Monogram 1:48 P-40B

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, January 10, 2022 7:52 PM

As good and as cheap as the new Airfix kit is, I don't think I'll be building any more of the Monogram kits, even though I have several that I bought for $2 a pop at a show.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Monday, January 10, 2022 8:08 PM

If that kit had been put out in the late or even mid 60s I'd be surprised.  Sometime after that the Hurricane came out and the mustang, Spitfire, and a couple others arrived.  The P-51B was the best of the lot.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: North Pole, Alaska
Posted by richs26 on Monday, January 10, 2022 8:33 PM

Those moulds have probably set the record for longest continuous production, from 1964 to the demise of R-M:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/monogram-pa96-tiger-shark--234327

The Hurricane also came out in 1964, but wasn't produced as long as the P-40:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/monogram-6802-hawker-hurricane--234408

The Mustang came out in 1967:

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/monogram-pa136-100-mustang-p-51b--234333

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, January 10, 2022 9:11 PM

jeaton01

As good and as cheap as the new Airfix kit is, I don't think I'll be building any more of the Monogram kits, even though I have several that I bought for $2 a pop at a show.

 

Ya but the cockpits and figures!

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 8:49 PM

As for the Monogram, what cockpit?  As I recall the one I built in the 60's has a meager panel and a pilot that plugged into the armor plate.  And I loved it.  Here is the last one I built, around 2007, with a resin interior and aftermarket decals.  Until the Airfix kit it was the most accurate early P-40.  But if you really like them, John, I'll send you the pilots from my stock of kits!Big Smile

 

 

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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