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Army80

Best f-35 kit in 1/48?

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So as the title says who makes the best (most accurate) representation of the f-35 in 1/48? I've heard all the horror stories of the kitty hawk kits and have only seen 1 or 2 reviews of the meng kit. Wanting to see what everyone's opinions are and if when deciding of your preferred kid did you have to use any aftermarket to improve the overall kit. Thanks🍻

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14 hours ago, Army80 said:

So as the title says who makes the best (most accurate) representation of the f-35 in 1/48? I've heard all the horror stories of the kitty hawk kits and have only seen 1 or 2 reviews of the meng kit. Wanting to see what everyone's opinions are and if when deciding of your preferred kid did you have to use any aftermarket to improve the overall kit. Thanks🍻

 

If you want a good F-35A then go for the Meng kit, which is superb. If you want the F-35B or F-35C then you need to go with Kitty Hawk as they are the only game in town for those variants. 

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Haha just noticed the f-38 (fat fingers) and your right whiskey we don't talk about that one. Thanks for the info Bobski think I'll do the meng kit. 

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I had to make the same choice a few months ago, went with the Meng kit which built up into a lovely kit. I added the Eduard Zoom kit for the cockpit, but other than that it was OOB.

 

Whichever one you go for, good luck with the masking. 🤭

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I'm building the meng kit right now. Fit is phenomenal! I closed up the weapon bay doors and the fit is just about perfect considering each side is four pieces. They mate up perfectly as long as you are careful test fitting them. The vertical stabilizers do have a tricky seam to fill, though, as the seam runs through panel lines. Other than that, I have not used any filler anywhere else.

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Quick question about F-35C’s ? Will they be in a special paint since they will be deployed at sea ? Or is the standard Have Glass paint durable enough for a long term carrier deployment ? 

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