On Sep 9, 7:51 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Bruce Burden) wrote:
Now that Merlin is gone, how about Mach 2?
A lot more esoteric would be the sometimes hideous copies of the
earlier Czech resins. Sometimes even the color of the resin
(translucent green, especially) proved to highlight the immense air
bubbles. The vacuformed clear parts were also barely even a rough
Oh, that's another one- the VEB Plasticart Su-7 from East Germany.
The instrument panel looked like some sort of Wurlitzer jukebox.
The whole thing was very crude and had very poor fit.
They made a AN-2 also, and I'll bet that was the one you had:
I did a copy of that Colt! Sort-of close to 1:72 scale with some of
the thickest plastic that I've ever seen in a model and decals that
were an absolute joke (come to think of it, I had a bottle of Absolut
after working on that kit, to study my nerves). It made assembling the
old Faller kits seem pleasant.
There are certainly a lot of contenders from the 50's, 60's.
Especially from the former East Germany and the Soviet Union. KVZ,
LFI, MCCNE, Krugozor and the like all produced many unbuildable kits.
Some actually appeared in the US under the Plasticart and even the
However, I think these were even worse:
Ruch, 1/72 PZL P-23 Karas (Poland, c.1967)
Puky, 1/63(?) FMA IA 58 Pucara (Argentina, c. 1983)
Veeday, 1/72 Yak-15 (UK c. 1980)
Anyone who even thinks about nominating the maligned Williams Bros
B-10 doesn't know how bad, bad can be!
Greg Reynolds, IPMS
On Sun, 09 Sep 2007 10:19:20 -0700, Stephen Tontoni
On Sep 9, 6:26 pm, email@example.com (Greg Reynolds) wrote:
I'd nominate the old Fujimi Crusader. Companies that did OK
kits, yet throw our a real stinker at times, that what the worst
list should be, not kits that really didn't get produced in larger
numbers in the West. Now some of those limited run east-block
kits--brr. you had to nearly chisel parts out of the plastic,
like you do with knocking a statue from a block of Marble.
Bad yes, but face it, you really weren't expecting much in that box,
now were you? Worst of the Worst, should be expecting a lot
when first opening the box, start the build, yet that sinking
feeling that you're building a turd of a kit as you note terrible fit,
outlines/shape are just plain wrong, like some of those old
Combat Vacs, a roll of the dice, like early DML
Or stuff like the rubber wheels that dissolved any plastic they
touched, or the unglueable chinese kits
I got some horrible Russian model of a Yak-28 in 1/72 scale that had a
odd dark protrusion near the back of one of the fuselage halves that
wouldn't sand down correctly no matter what I tried; it was a metal
shaving that had gotten into the mold and been cast directly into the
fuselage. I had to pull it out and patch the hole.
This was the work of a very minor company, so I don't know if it counts
as one of the ten worst, which I think should maybe be limited to bigger
companies, who somehow make real disaster areas despite being a fairly
I *would* agree (screw Dan's monkey)
but the 247 was worse. I got several
to make one, and still gave up. At
least I got a B 10 done, and for long
enough to blow up with firecrackers within
a month of completion.
Still find 247 parts turning up round here
from time to time......
: Having seen the recent thread of 50 worst cars of all time, I thought
: about what we could do ...at least as well as the car guy... of the 10
: worst model kits of all time. (let's keep it to injected molded styrene)
You almost need to divide this one up by era, although
you can lump most eastern european kits together as just
plain "bad", at least until the mid 90's or so.
You also need a way to distinguish between multi-media
?? kits (Gunze Sangyo) and the all plastic DML re-releases -
the Gunze kits were/are a pain due to the clean up of the
white metal involved, but the DML kits were not much better.
On second thought, DML kits w/out the "Dragon" on the
box can probably all be lumped together. There was a reason
DML was thought to stand for "Do Me (MUCH!) Later!" Fortunately,
they got MUCH better. DML SCUD, anyone?
"I like bad!" Bruce Burden Austin, TX.
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