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inspired by a few off topic replies here

 

 

This seems the best area to put this question in. What models of any genre look little like the real thing to become a what if? I could not find a more suitable area to place this thread.

 

Key mention to date is the Aurora Mig 19

 

Ihttps://boxartden.com/collections/gallery/index.php/Model-Kit-Repository/Aurora/Aurora-Mig19-960

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There was an "F-19 Stealth Fighter" by Testors in the mid '80's. It was a mythical aircraft which looked more like the offspring of an SR-71/D-21 drone than the real F-117, but it appeared before the F-117 shape was known publicly. A good "what-if".

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I have a 1/144 Mig 23 that isn’t!  It’s a reasonable match for one of the Ye152 types that were published in the West as Mig23 years before Mig had the idea!

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The Testors F-119 was later re-released by Italeri, who also produced an equally fictitious Russian stealth aircraft:

 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/italeri-819-f-19-stealth--154706

https://www.italeri.com/en/product/2595

 

Another kit that went wrong because it was a guess at what a secret project actually looked like was the Revell USS Nautilus:

 

http://www.modelerjoe.net/shipmodellist.html#RevellNautilus

 

For the same reason the first issue of the Revell USS George Washington missile submarine had only 8 missile tubes. It was later retooled to have 16, like the actual sub. No such excuse for the Lindberg King George V class battleship, which has 10 instead of the correct 8 twin 5.25" turrets, plus another pair on top of B and Y 14" turrets instead of the octuple 2 pdrs that should be there. And two rudders and three screws, when the real ships had one and four respectively.

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14 minutes ago, AWFK10 said:

The Testors F-119 was later re-released by Italeri, who also produced an equally fictitious Russian stealth aircraft:

 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/italeri-819-f-19-stealth--154706

https://www.italeri.com/en/product/2595

 

 

I have the Ferret in my stash, mainly bought for nostalgia value as I built one when I was a kid in the 80s, reminded me a little of Firefox at the time. When I eventually build it I'll go for a more interesting WHIF scheme than either of the 2 in the box though.

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8 hours ago, Paul821 said:

I am puzzled by these IWM branded kits

The kids bought me a Haynes branded version a few years ago. I built it for the mancave, but it is pretty dreadful.

(The instructions were awful too, BTW.

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On 7/11/2021 at 9:22 AM, KevinK said:

There was an "F-19 Stealth Fighter" by Testors in the mid '80's. It was a mythical aircraft which looked more like the offspring of an SR-71/D-21 drone than the real F-117, but it appeared before the F-117 shape was known publicly. A good "what-if".

The design is used in Red Storm Rising which offers a really good excuse. I read a piece somewhere along the lines of; company heard snippets about several black projects Have Blue, Tacit Blue, and a couple of others and they got amalgamated into a kit. The best bit is idiots in the US Congress and Senate really thought Testors had got the details of real projects.

 

If you want to get into vacforms then most of the Sanger range would sadly qualify, but my favourite offering would be most of Trumpy/HB British 1/48 aircraft. Oh and any Hobbycraft 1/48 Vampire. For armour again in 1/48 Academy are the latest to release a line of 1/48 motorised kits that are utterly awful.

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For me, it's got to be the old Revell 1/72 P-51D. Awful! I think it looks more like a model of a half scale homebuild version of a P-51 built in some guy's shed and fitted with a lawn mower engine.

 

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31 minutes ago, VMA131Marine said:

I’m surprised nobody has mentioned any Starfix kits yet:

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Never thought it would be something I would ever say, but the Starfix Mustang looks more accurate than the Revell kit! 🤣

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On 10/03/2022 at 02:59, fightersweep said:

 

Never thought it would be something I would ever say, but the Starfix Mustang looks more accurate than the Revell kit! 🤣

Starfix looks a bit like P-51 H, Revell looks like nothing on earth !

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18 minutes ago, Wulfman said:

Revell looks like nothing on earth !

 

With the exception of this perhaps? 🤣

 

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Airfix/Heller/Revel 1/72 Concorde …….🤔🤢🤮💩

 

Graham

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On 3/10/2022 at 2:30 AM, fightersweep said:

For me, it's got to be the old Revell 1/72 P-51D. Awful! I think it looks more like a model of a half scale homebuild version of a P-51 built in some guy's shed and fitted with a lawn mower engine.

 

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The utter inaccuracy of that kit is trumped only by Revell's inexcusable level of cheek to see fit to reissue a 1963 vintage kit in the 2010s! What were they thinking (or maybe smoking)?!

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