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#1 Skyhunter66

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:13 AM

Ok so I'm about a year back in to modelling and have made in 1:48 so far - Revell Phantom FGR2, Airfix Lightning F6, Revell Tigermeet F104. I have also made various WW2 aircraft at the same scale - Airfix Spits and one Trumpeter Sea Fury.

 

So my question is what other kit manufacturers are out there I should be trying?? I like British cold war jets and WW2 and 1:48 is my favourite scale

 

Who are the new/better manufacturers and what RAF gems should I be making?

 

I figured this was the best place to ask! 

 

Thanks guys

 

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#2 T7 Models

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:19 AM

1/48 British cold war jets?

 

It has to be an Airfix Sea Vixen.

 

Or, to mix it with WW2, a Tamiya Meteor perhaps?



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

Classic Airframes Meteor? (challenging, but rewarding!)

 

or Alley Cat Vampire (great kits).



#4 Adam Maas

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:39 PM

Eduard FAA Hellcat for the WW2 stuff, lovely kit but the FAA dual-combo boxing can be a little hard to find. Tamiya's F4U-1 Corsair is another must (and a good option for using your first aftermarket sheet, FAA decals are available).

 

I'd agree on the Sea Vixen as a good next step, or get a Hasegawa or Academy F-86E and do a RAF Canadair Sabre Mk.4.

 

Generally the best manufacturers are Tamiya, Hasegawa and Eduard. Revell's newer stuff is also excellent as are many recent Airfix kits. Trumpeter & Hobbyboss are always a crapshoot, some nice stuff, some trash, hard to predict in advance, Italieri's the same but with less good stuff. Other options tend to be somewhat more challenging (MPM/SpecialHobby, Sword, AZModel) or more basic (AMT/ERTL)


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:53 PM

 

or get a Hasegawa or Academy F-86E and do a RAF Canadair Sabre Mk.4.

As a sabre fan I could not agree more. If you get one of these kits shoot me a PM I have some spare RAF Sabre decals. Dont pay the extra people want for the RAF Sabre 4 boxing from hasegawa its just a F-86F-30 with different decals.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

ok thanks guys - some great suggestions here and I would love to be able to make one a week! I know Airfix is doing a 1:48 Javelin but can you get jets such as the Gnat and jet Provost in 1:48? 

 

Its such a different world from when I made them as a teenager - fantastic really. So far my favourite builds have been the Revell Phantom FGR2, Tamiya Beaufighter and the Airfix Seafire... plenty of others fit in the category 'oh dear' and 'what a shame'. 

 

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:37 PM

Sea Vixen.  That is all.



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:30 AM

 

ok thanks guys - some great suggestions here and I would love to be able to make one a week! I know Airfix is doing a 1:48 Javelin but can you get jets such as the Gnat and jet Provost in 1:48?

The only 1/48 Gnat is the aeroclub vac one, hard to find but I believe John @ Aeroclub might be looking to re-release it.

There is a 1.48 Jet Provost by Fly Models.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:52 AM

Academy Hunter is a must for you then. Or the Italeri re-boxing (same kit but with FGR.9 alternative parts and a lovely big decal sheet.

Trumpeter's Sea Hawk is supposed to be pretty good.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:15 PM

If you've enjoied the Revell (nee hasegawa) FGR.2 then I'm sure you'd like kits of that quality...

Unfortunately there aren't many good quality mainstream kits of British cold war types and several are only available as short run kits (late meteors, venom, attacker). Others only as older kits (harrier, buccaneer).

Fortunately there are some and I agree with the suggestions already put forward by others.

Trumpeter has recently released a Vampire that has several accuracy issues, but if you don't mind them it is a good modern kit. If you can afford it and don't mind resin then Alleycat has a great Vampire... but I can see that if you've got back in the hobby recently, you might not want a resin kit.

A bit more recent but still a cold war type to me, Hobbyboss has a 1/48 tornado that suffers from some accuracy issue but is again a good quality kit. Alternatively italeri has a more accurate but simpler kit. However I'd wait, as revell has announced a new tool tornado in this scale that could be the best option. It's worth waiting for the Jaguar too, as Kitty Hawk is following the french version with a british one very soon and this kit is much more modern than any other Jaguar done before.

Not a jet, but the late Spitfire/seafire by airfix are very nice kits. And again not a jet, but the trumpeter wyvern makes for an impressive model while being a very good kit



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:17 PM

mmm - ok I am liking these suggestions! Funnily enough it is my birthday in a couple of weeks so will give the family the following list:

 

Italeri Hunter

Fly Models Jet Provost

Trumpeter Vampire 

Sea Vixen

 

I will only probably get one out of that list but it worth a try!

 

WW2 - there seems a lack of Typhoons and Tempests at 1:48 from what I can see. I got an email from Eduard yesterday about their new Spitfire Mk9 - looks good but I suppose its early days with that one!



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:20 PM

WW2 - there seems a lack of Typhoons and Tempests at 1:48 from what I can see. I got an email from Eduard yesterday about their new Spitfire Mk9 - looks good but I suppose its early days with that one!

 

There may be a lack of good Tempests, but the Typhoon is decently made by hasegawa in both car-door and bubble canopy version.

The tempest has been done by eduard and AMT, but I understand that none is particularly good



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:01 PM

There may be a lack of good Tempests, but the Typhoon is decently made by hasegawa in both car-door and bubble canopy version.

The tempest has been done by eduard and AMT, but I understand that none is particularly good

 

Revell/Monogram's Typhoon is actually quite good as well. Simple and with raised detail, but still a lovely kit.

 

Eduard's Tempest by all reports is quite good aside from being short in the tail.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:04 PM

Life is full of choices and then come the decisions, go on make one.....



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:26 PM

Ali at A2Z does a replacement tail for the Eduard kit. I seem to recall DeanFlyer had an excellent build thread on here for it.

Watch out with the Hunter as it does have some well publicised issues. The cockpit is closer to 1/72 scale and the undercarriage is wrong. The tail is wrong as well, but I don't recall exactly how at the moment.

The Trumpie Seahawk is a cracking little kit and the Sea Vixen is about as good as Airfix have ever done.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:29 PM

I'd say make the Vintage Pair.  Vampire and Meteor, is it?  Or Vampire and Jet Provst as seen at Air Shows last year (well, Little Gransden anyway).

 

Or if you want WW2 (ish), how about the Spitfire AND Hurricane prototypes?

 

Wish I needed suggestions as to what to make next. On the bench for customers currently I have 1/32nd Alfa 158, Shadow DN5, Ferrari 312, Toyota Corolla Levin and Huck's Starter, in 1/48th, a Leopard 6 exec. jet, Grob Viking glider and Ju 188/388 conversion set and in 2mm scale , a Neilson and Kitson locos in brass.

Not to mention the stuff for my own ranges, an XJ13 and a Waco ZQC-6!

 

Me busy?  Nah<G>

 

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

I'd say make the Vintage Pair.  Vampire and Meteor, is it?  Or Vampire and Jet Provst as seen at Air Shows last year (well, Little Gransden anyway).

 

Or if you want WW2 (ish), how about the Spitfire AND Hurricane prototypes?

 

Wish I needed suggestions as to what to make next. On the bench for customers currently I have 1/32nd Alfa 158, Shadow DN5, Ferrari 312, Toyota Corolla Levin and Huck's Starter, in 1/48th, a Leopard 6 exec. jet, Grob Viking glider and Ju 188/388 conversion set and in 2mm scale , a Neilson and Kitson locos in brass.

Not to mention the stuff for my own ranges, an XJ13 and a Waco ZQC-6!

 

Me busy?  Nah<G>

 

Martin

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

Well I had to go up in the attic early this morning and whilst shifting around suitcases and God knows what else I found a Matchbox 1:72 Victor! I vaguely remember buying it years ago but bizarre that I forgot about it! On first inspection it looks to be ok except the canopy I think is split - is there any after market for this kit any more?

 

Otherwise its Hunter, Vampire, Vixen, Meteor, SHAR, and more Phantoms - just need to find the time to do them I guess....

 

Chris



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Posted 03 April 2013 - 02:02 PM

I have no info about issues with the Matchbox/Revell Victor. I suppose the fitting will not be exactly great and the level of detail will be as can be expected from a kit of this age. There are a few detail sets out there for it: Flight Path does some sets, Master casters and Resin Art are doeing replacement wheels. Then there are some Decal sets available. The kit is a tanker, so if you want to do the bomber version I suppose you need to enlarge the wing span - there was a set available from Modell Alliance but I bet it will be hard to find and quite expensive if you do so.

 

If you go for the Hunter you should search the forum here for what changes to do (Heritage does a correction set and conversion sets as well). It is a nice kit which will build up well. But you should attach the wings before you close the fuselage - it will be much easier and saves you from using filler at the wing roots.

 

How about the new Eduard Spitfire. I bet it is shake and bake and looks very nice.

 

And if you want to try a resin kit have a look at Alley Cat Vampire. The price was lowered and it will be way cheaper than the Classic Airframes kit - which requires a fuselage correction set from Aeroclub if it should be correct.

 

Concerning the Aeroclub Gnat it is likely to be re-released this year - best to ask John Aero himself. I am waiting for this too.

 

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