I'm not a professional modeller by any means, but I attempted the Airfix
1:24 Spitfire and found it to be generally ill fitting - especially Fuselage
to wings and the landing gear. I was very careful when assembling the model,
all pieces were cleared of sprue and flash before assembly.
When I was a tad younger, Airfix were the best!
Nowadays upon reading these posts I see names like Trumpeteer an Revell. Are
these the best, most accurate kits to buy?
Am I wrong in saying airfix have slipped over the years?
That 1/24 Spitfire has been around for awhile. I bought one in Singapore 20
years ago (still unbuilt) and it looks pretty rough. I don't think 'newer'
repops are going to be any cleaner.
With one or two new releases every few years, I think it's fair to say that
Airfix ain't what it used to be. Then again, what it used to be was one of four
or five major producers. What they do that's new compares well with other
manufacturers. A number of the older kits, like the old 1/48 Mosquito, are
still worth building. But I can't think of any I've built recently where the
fit was great.
Somebody must be buying those re-releases, though. The two model shops nearby
still stock Airfix plastic almost exclusively.
Scott G. Welch
The kits on the shelves from long time manufacturers range from new to
about 40 years old. The newer ones are generally vastly better as the
market demands it, the ones pulled from ancient and worn tooling are
usually worse than they were when new. It comes down to the individual
kit, not manufacturer. Check www.hyperscale. com,
for reviews and build articles
to see what to avoid.
I type in the manufacturer, scale and kit into Google and see what comes
up. Some of the other sites I mentioned have several hundred reviews and
build articles that usually give great advice. You can also get onto these
website's forums and search for past discussions or post your own
The job of tracking down info on kits gets complicated. A Revell kit may
not really be a Revell kit. A new tool may have been made for a popular
older subject. For example:
Sometimes one company makes arrangements to reissue an older kit from
another manufacturer. There was an old Revell 1/32 Spitfire from the
sixties but their recent issues have been a repop of a more recent
Hasegawa kit. Revell and Hasegawa seem to do a lot of deals with each
other. The old Spit was great for its time and some nice ones have been
built from it but the new one is much better. Even it is a mixed bag- it
has a newer wing with recessed panel lines but an older fuselage...
Some recent Hasegawa kits had a different variation planned from the start
that was issued under the Revell name at about the same time. The recent
ME 109G was one, the AR 234 (two engined for Hasegawa, four engined for
Revell) another. Seems to be some cooperation between Protar and Revell
The old 1/32 Revell F4 Phantom was quite ill fitting and dreadful, but
their more recent 1/32 F4 is a new tool and quite nice, usually at a
fraction of the price of Tamiya's.
Trumpeter has recentlt come onthe market and has had an aggressive release
scedule for large scale kits and seem to be getting better all of the
time. Many are also released shortly thereafter under Hobbycraft name.
Most builders held off until they saw a reveiw as early quality varied but
they seem to have upped their game in the past year and will probably keep
Some kits are issued under many names over the years. Some like the Heller
Porsche 917 and Ferrari 512S have made it out under five different