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Whizzo

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Folks:

Just getting back in to the hobby after a few decades away and I am looking for some recommendations.

I am currently working on an F-18 from AMT and a F-104 from Revell - both in 1:48. Both kits are nice enough and are good for reawakening long dormant skills but I am getting a bit frustrated with the parts fit I am seeing. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time fitting and sanding in areas that shouldn't be a problem like around intakes. Can't the toolmakers get the molds to produce parts that fit?

I have a Kinetics CF-5 in the queue and was wondering if this might be a better experience.

Are there any recommendations on manufacturers, good or bad? I am located in the Houston area so I am looking for kits I can get locally.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Fred

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Amt, Monogram, Revell are at the low end of quality although Revell has been doing a lot better lately with new tooled kits. If you want to spend a little more money go for HobbyBoss, Hasegawa they seem to be in the midrange of quality then your higher ends like Eduard (and that's Eduard plastic not any limited edition reboxing) and Tamiya, Meng, Dragon. Just do some searches on high end plastic models and see what you come up with. Also Airfix has been doing a really good job now with their new tooling. Mainly it just comes down to "you get what you pay for" type of thing.

Good luck Whizzo! 

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Thanks Neil. Any idea where Kinetics fits in to this spectrum?

Fred

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Well I have only built one Kinetics which was an Eduards limited addition F-16 top flacons which is a reboxing with kinetics plastic which is not too bad a kit, with a few bad fitting issues probably along the lines of old Revell models. That being said I haven't built any new tools of kinetics so I really can't say. Bob would be the one to say yay or nay. He has way more builds under his belt so I would pm him or maybe he can answer here.

Good luck Mate hope you find what your looking for

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Hi Fred,

All of Neil's recommendations are very solid. Between some searches on the Internet and the guys on this forum, you can get multiple reviews of any kit you are interested in. Often once I decide on a subject, I'll look around for what people feel is the best kit. I would say your next kit should be of better quality then the ones you are starting with. The Kinetics is better but there are better still. Having to figure out how to correct fit issues can be very frustrating and discouraging. Particularly major issues. I understand people will say that correcting fit issues is a necessary skill, and it is of course, but for someone starting off in the hobby, or coming back to it after a number of years, you can easily get frustrated with bad fit and get turned off before you get to see how well, and fun to build, a decent kit is. Most 1/48 Hasegawa kits go together well and can be found at a reasonable price. Tamiya has many 1/48 kits (ie. Me 109E-4/7 I recently bought new on Ebay for $25 w/shipping) that are excellent fitting kits and great examples of the subject.

Mentioning Ebay; I see you are looking for kits locally but I would keep an open mind to mail order if possible. I live outside NYC on Long Island. There are four model shops within a 30 minute drive that I know of and two yearly shows in the area. With all of that, I usually can't find what I am looking for. Not only is mail order a godsend to me regarding subject matter but price too. Purchasing kits from Honk Kong, The UK, and other places, has allowed me to afford a stash of over 300 kits and associated detailing sets.

Just thought I'd add my two cents.

Welcome back and I hope you have many years of building enjoyment ahead,
Steve

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Steve,

Excellent points that you have made for kit selection. My first kit after 40+ years was a 1/48 Italeri Spitfire and it went together almost perfectly. Then, I decided to build a kit from my stash--a 1/48 Academy Mig29. Plenty of fit problems and seams to tackle. Filling seams, sanding, and re-scribing panel lines over and over and over! I have some Revell/Monogram kits I bought on sale and I don't expect them to be easy builds either. As you stated, there are LOTS of kit review sites online that tell you the good, bad, and ugly about a kit from experienced modelers. A few  that come to mind right away are:

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/
look in the galleries to find a kit, then examine the exact kit if available. you will see pictures and usually at least a few pro/cons of a kit--sometimes more. its a place to start anyway

http://www.hyperscale.com/
another site to search for the models you are interested in and get some info about them.

http://www.modelingmadness.com/
just one more site where you can look at models and get ideas about what is built the most and some review.

its like buying anything else--take time to study and you will like your purchase more and more. Best wishes!!

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Guys:

Excellent info. Thanks. I like the input about e-bay and mail order. I have used this for decals for my CF-18 and will have a closer look for the next purchase.

I know that on-line can be less expensive but are there any reservations about not supporting the local hobby shop? Just wondering because I would like to support the local business if I can.

Fred

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Guys: Excellent info. Thanks. I like the input about e-bay and mail order. I have used this for decals for my CF-18 and will have a closer look for the next purchase. I know that on-line can be less expensive but are there any reservations about not supporting the local hobby shop? Just wondering because I would like to support the local business if I can. Fred


Since I have been back modeling, I have spent about 50/50 between online purchases and the local shops [there are two in my area/city]. One shop is a national chain in the USA and their prices are high. They have a lot of kits but also focus on radio control cars. The area model club meets there. The other shop is a privately owned shop and it is about 70% trains, 30% scale kits/paint/etc. He is a really nice guy and I never order kits unless I give him the opportunity to get the kit for me at a similar price that I find online. I do consider shipping costs + tax in my decision.I will buy locally if the price is close. He also carries older kits on consignment and I have gotten some good deals. I currently buy all my paint from him.

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Hi Steve
I also returned to the hobby after many years of absence... so far made Revell B-17 which turned to be very very good in terms of quality and overall build fun, and then Revell Bell Huey which was awful. Plastic very poor, loads of flash - hard work. Now I'm on another Revell F-117 which is beautifully manufactured but I have to say a bit bland in details etc (guess a good base for some Photo etched upgrades). Also on my bench some lovely kit from Trumpeter and Diopark - not started jet, but there is a full photo story of unboxing under my signature link - have a look. That's all I can say.... new Revell's, Trumpter and Diopark - spot on!

cheers
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Hi Fred.
   As i am still new to builds and kits i cant really recommend what to or not to build. All i will say is do your home work before buying. If you like a kit look at several reviews on it ether on this site or others. Ask people on this site if you have something in mind. everyone is so friendly and helpful. Don't be afraid to ask. best of luck.
     
       Best Wishes.
              Simon.

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