Testors/Italleri 1/48 F/A-18E gets my vote in categories a) and b)...
...otherwise, I can think of a few subjects I may not have built except
for the fact that the kit offered was a fantastic feat of engineering
and quality - so I'd vote category c) as irrelevant.
The only kit that I ever tossed in the trash after trying to build it
was the Merlin Kaman HOK-1. The clear plastic fuselage was so brittle
that it cracked when a drill bit started turnng on it. The fuselage
halves didn't fit, rotor blades were a bad joke, nothing fit and it
wasn't even a decent paint horse.
I should have guessed that it would be trouble when I saw the box art
with the star and bar applied upside down.:-0
BTW, the Starfix HH-3 copy of the Aurora kit was nicely done.
I had a lot of fun building mine, but it was for a group build called
"49 Schneider". The premise was what if the floatplane races were held
after the war. I built my Czech Ta154 Moskito on floats... I just took
it out in the sun to take a picture of it.. here:
My other entry was Israeli... a Bearcat on floats.
So, yes the PM Moskito is a POS, but it sure was excellent fodder for
this hot rod kind of project! (price was right too)
Nice paint job! Those "rotating" props bring back memories of old MPC kits.
Should have had an Israeli S-199 of floats.
There might actually been a float version of the P-38 if the war had
been fought a little differently:
A very attractive aircraft if it had been built.
That kit was a lot of fun to do for that project which was in Fine Scale
Modeler some time ago. I chose to make a solid canopy by filling the kit
one with resin. I shaped it to be more aerodynamic as I did with the
tail, as well as adding a skeg beneath the tail. Can't see in the
picture, but rather than the side mounted intakes for the engines, I
scratchbuilt and cast NACA air ducts over the top. The exhaust is not
vented out the side either; since all the landing gear/wheel wells were
deleted on the hydro version, I simply ducted all the exhaust straight
out the back. But, I misplaced the race numbers which would have
disqualified it. It was a very fun project, as I said before.
My first entry that was very close to completion was a DH Hornet with
contra-rotating 5 bladed props driven by Griffon engines. Canopy was
deleted, and it was piloted from the prone position. I had a buddy of
mine vac a nose in clear that I grafted on. The thing looked fast, but I
had a last minute disaster and the model was never completed. Oh well!
That would look really sharp!
Try these things on for size: http://home.att.net/~dannysoar4/BillBarnes.htm
Meet the Stormer, Snorter, and Lancer:
And here's the plans for the models:
Oh yes, that's very fun stuff. I found a picture I had taken of my
Israeli Bearcat that was modified for the Schneider '49 race. I don't
even recall where I found that spinner for it, but it looks pretty cool.
Also enlarged the leading edge intakes, streamlined the canopy, etc etc
Talk to you later!
(can't find a picture of that darned DH Hornet... I wrote an article on
the build for internet modeler but am too lazy to go looking for it..
anyone really good with searches?)
--- Stephen Tontoni
Oh, that does look sharp; has a touch of a Japanese "Rex" seaplane
fighter about it, doesn't it?
It'd be fun to work out the aerodynamics of the wing tip float pylons.
Now you've got me tempted to do some sort of a asymmetrical Blohm and
Voss one. :-D
I have one of those; I've seen a lot worse than that over the years.
Take a look at the size of the seats on the Revell of Germany 1/72
Ar-240 sometime. The aircraft was apparently crewed by Hobbits, or the
model is really in HO scale.
Actually, I think the PM Ta-183 is worse than the Ta-154.
I noticed that the seats in several of the RoG Luft '46 planes were very
small. I guess the pilots had small bee-hinds!
Really? I found the kit to fit fairly well, and the cockpit and
engine/main gear section were easy to open up and detail.
That looks like a great use for it! I didn't build either of mine as a
Ta-154, and ended up using many of the bits in other projects.
Another annoying PM kit is their Yak-15. Nothing really too awful with
the kit, other than its simplicity... but the canopy was ridiculously
thick, thicker even than the fuselage plastic! It was so thick that it
acted as a lens.
Frank Henriquez Programmer/Analyst Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
It looks too fat back by the tailcone, as this photo of its exhaust area
This AMtech resin kit looks a lot more accurate in overall fuselage shape:
Particularly near the tailpipe area.
Unlike a lot of Luftwaffe secret jet projects, this got into the fairly
detailed design stage before the war ended, so that data on it is out
there if you go looking for it.
The AMtech model seems to agree better with the wind tunnel model and
design plans: http://www.luft46.com/fw/ta183-i.html
Surprising Huma didn't do a model of it.
I've got one I built and at least got rid of the most glaring errors on,
but it's not anything to get excited about, that's for sure.
Got that one too. Those cannons don't attach at all well to the nose,
and the jet intake cone seems to stick too far out the front.
Comrade! Was bullet-resistant "Rebalouk" plastic made from compressed
onion skins laminated with fish bladder-based glue!
At eight inches thick, Rebalouk could stop a .30 caliber bullet nearly
25% of the time! Many Yak-15 Hero-Pilots owed their lives to Rebalouk,
and their unique odor also!
These bold pilots were always immediately identifiable on their arrival
at an airbase, as all spectators would smell the air and say "Yak!" to
one another! ;-)
PM Ta 154. Buried in the dark recesses of my mind. Frank resurrects those
memories and I just blew dinner into the trashcan. The kit led me to do a
three page "review" of the kit for the group over ten years ago.
Add to it:
Smer 1/48 MiG 17.
MPM 1/72 George.
I think I'm gonna be sick again...
Jeeze, I dug out my copy of Green's "Warplanes Of The Third Reich" and
started to compare my model of it to the drawings in the book last
night, and it's not that bad...it's not up to say ROG or Hasegawa
standards by any means, but I've built far worse kits than that from
"garage" manufacturers over the years. You latch onto that MPM Me-262
Mistel kit and the TA-154 is going to look like a dream to build by
PM is a very small manufacturer, and its releases need to be judged by
the standards of other very small model manufacturing firms, not
mainstream ones. Sure it's going to take some work, and sure it's got
some problems as far as detail goes...but latch onto a Pegasus Model's
BV-155 and tell me how much fun you have making _that_ look even vaguely
Just remembered another to add to the list.... Blue Max Fokker DR.I in
Although expensive, and supposedly state of the art at the time, the
plastic looked more like Ivory soap. Somehow you were supposed to get a
Fokker shaped thing out of that. Also white metal details that were
apparently lovingly cast, packaged, then walked on by the Manchester
United football club.
This was one I bought sight unseen (hey, it's expensive, it's good
right?) and immediately put it on ebay. I'll go to hell for that ..among
other transgressions. (although I did take lots of pictures of the kit
And that led me to a google search. It looks like we had this
conversation (and coming to the same conclusion) 9 or 10 years ago, back
in the Golden Era of RMS!
I was really tempted to get the MPM George, once.
Frank Henriquez Programmer/Analyst Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
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