Hi. I just had a bad experience with a kit by Heller models (looks to
be a French company). It was a 1/72 P-51 Mustang (I have a lot of
cheapo WW2 era 1/72 kits from various countries in my kit closet.
It's fun to just go through one and do it in one weekend. Squadron
rocks). Anyways, I've gotten a little used to there being some gaps
and problems, but this kit was terrible. The plastic was so soft it
could barely hold proper shape. Several of the parts were warped to a
point such that the wings didn't even line up correcly with the
fuselage :(. After a few hours of fighting the kit I just tossed it.
My only question is: are all of Heller's kits like this, or did I just
get a bad example? It was the only one of theirs I had set aside, but
I'd basically just like to know if I should avoid them in the future.
Yes Heller is a French brand. I very well know its range, and the
plastic is in general very good. Don't hesitate to contact Francis
Raiser, the boss, on Heller's site and to tell him your problem. He is
a really good guy and read all his messages, each day.
I'd say you got a bad one. I built one of those and it turned out
decently. I didn't encounter any of the problems that you did.
I have quite a few Heller kits in the stack and some of my earliest 1/72
models wore that brand. AFAIK they make the best PZL P.11s and 23s
in 1/72 scale. I would warn you off the P-47N, though. It's not a
Bill Banaszak, MFE
This sounds like a manufacturing defect or (more probably) a
post-production problem involving excessive heat (like sitting in a
semi-truck trailer in the Texas sun for a week). I have built half a
dozen Heller kits and own at least another twenty--not a one of them has
a problem like you described. Granted, a few Heller kits are vile in
their own right, but most are not, and quality control is normally very
I finished a Heller MS.225 (that was started in 1979!) recently.
The slightly soft plastic makes repairing thins such as snapped undercarriage
It also seems to prevent breaking of small parts a little better than harder
Maiesm72 a pensé très fort :
Lol :o) You are very conservative! decal sheet was ok ?
Yep, exactly the same opinion... and when you need to engrave parts,
there is less risk to slip and to damage a part profoundly. Besides, I
never use glue (an old custom for me), but I weld all my assemblies
with the trichlo and the plastic Heller reacts very well with this
(very dangerous) product. Assemblies are definitive and do not come
loose with years.
TSR2 avait écrit le 15/06/2004 :
Gloops, I don't know the English name :( It is the very powerful
product which dissolves plastic and allows to realize a true weld on
the parts, not a simple sticking. I will ask for the English name.
Guess so. I've built vinyl figure kits that I didn't mind, but some
variance in human form is acceptable. Mechanical devices like
aircraft or cars need to be much more rigid IMHO. I've built a number
of the Airfix kits though, and though they weren't quite as hard as
some other kits, the plastic was still much more firm than the Heller
stuff (which seemed pretty close to vinyl). Oh well. The kit was
cheap. I'm not going to worry about it. If you guys say that their
stuff in general is good then I'll just chaulk this one up to a fluke
and still buy a Heller kit if I run across one that I want.