I've recently re-discovered the older Revell and Monogram kits, and
they're some of the last true bargains around, in my opinion. I
recently finished the 1/48 F-105G and it came out beautifully, and am
now working on their 1/48 F-106. I picked that one up at Michael's
craft store for about $15, and the only after-market I'm going to use
is a set of decals.
I love these kits. They're not over-engineered; they're well-detailed
and inexpensive. And, I actually like the raised panel lines, the
disadvantage being some of them are lost during filling/sanding. Oh
well, I don't care. I'm having fun again!
If you're in a rut in this hobby, with the over-priced, over-
engineered and ill-fitting kits today, return to your roots and try
out some Century-series jets from Revell/Monogram. It's working for
Agree 100% David. After the frustration and swearimng generated by the
poor quality and attrocious fit of an Airfix Canberra B(I)8 in 1:48, I
have regained my sanity by starting a Monogram Fokker D.VII.
Everything fits, same as their Camel I did recently.
I build models for fun, not to spend hours buried in reference works
and adding parts that can only be seen with a microscope and dentist's
Ocidental from Portugal did a nice T-6 if you see one around. Did one
a while back in RNZAF markings and have an Aurora one in stash
although that has insignia location moulded in which will mean careful
Fantastic. If I get overwhelmed with my stash and kits with too many
parts, I always go home to a basic Revell, Monogram airplane or a
basic Tamiya 1/35 armor kit. They always work and never cause
I went back to Michael's and they had Monogram's 1/48 B-58. I have
wanted to build that thing forever, so much so that I set aside my
F-106 and dived into the B-58 immediately. It's going to be a beauty,
and once again it's simply engineered. Sure, there'll be some filling,
but I think just about every kit I've build has some.
Just to make you grind your teeth I recommend picking up a copy of the
November issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling. Many pages devoted to the
B-58 and to the Monogram model of same. The cover blurb says it all,
"Monogram's venerable 1:48th Hustler gets rescribed", so you know
where they're going with that.... ;) Still, there's lot's of photo's
of the real thing and a nice colour porofile that might be useful for
us OOB types.
I've got a number of pairs of kit where I have the ancient Revell or
Hasegawa vs the spiffy new Trumpeter or what ever. It is my aim,
(should I live long enough), to build these kits in tandem. I'm
thinking that the newer kits will be prettier but the old ones will be
OOB-type. Yep, that's me. I've done my share of resin and scratch-
building, and I've put all that aside. About the only thing I'll add
nowadays, if I'm building a jet, is (occasionally) a resin ejection
seat. But I don't even do that all the time. In fact, I'm using the
kit seat for the F-106 and adding *nothing* to the B-58. I'll
concentrate on shading for the metallic finish.
Thanks for the tips.