Starfix Vs Lindberg Vs Hawk

ok which one would you prefer to be stuck on a desert island with a case of?
You only get to bring one dull x acto knife,a tube of testors glue and an
assortment of the old small square bottles of paint in generic colors...and who
can still turn out a contest winner?
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Eyeball2002308
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Ok - I'm assuming you mean the Hawk and Lindberg I knew as a child - in the old stone age - I don't know Starfix. Anyway back then Lindberg was clearly head and shoulders above Hawk. Hawk plastic was sort of brittle - and some of their subjects, let alone interpretation left much to be desired. I remember a four stage rocket - they included passengers from an airline kit waiting to board - AND the satellite it was actually launching - a disconnection only Trumpeter could stand up to today. Anyway Lindberg had some good kits. The plastic was a bit thick and the fit left a little to be desired, but overall I have positive memories of Lindberg. I can probably name a few kits like the LST, and Essex class carrier with cardboard hanger deck that at the time were true treasures.
So - given it's the paints and glue of the time - LINDBERG.
Val Kraut
colors...and who
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Val Kraut
What? No Aurora?? :-)
Bill Shuey
Eyeball2002308 wrote:
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William H. Shuey
You would probably sell them on ebay ;-)
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Michael Stanley
Actually I have built planes from all 3...I actually like Lindberg and Hawk (nostalgia rules) ,just can't understand why they waste plastic to make starfix
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Eyeball2002308
Lindberg had some interesting kits, I'll grant you, and without proper references, would I even know the difference in terms of inaccuracies? However, I'd be wanting something that would really interest me, and the one subject I can think of from either Hawk or Lindberg that would give me the most enjoyment would be the big Lysander kit. Make it aluminum plated {!} and that would be even better. In fact, any of the plated kits would be cool.
Mark Schynert
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Mark Schynert
Starfix kits were breathtakingly bad. Absolutely unsalvageable. GPO
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GERYO
Now that I think back on it a little more - the first kit I built was (I believe I'm right on this) a Hawk Thunderbolt. It was a Christmas gift from our Cub Scout Den Mother. That got my interest going. Then I discovered Aurora - bought them in a woolwoth's 5&10 in Jamaica -Long Island NY. And at the same time discovered PLA paints - now testors. Thick shiny - but to me in grade school - OK. They were molded in color - the Messerschmidt was red, the FW-190 Black, the P-36 Blue. Rivet details consisted of boiler maker rivets that would scale out at about 2 inches across. The pilot was a head molded on the top of the cockpit enclosure. A local store, Maze, started handling models - and a hobbists was born. They were fun days. The Lindberg and Hawk stuff was a bit better. The kid who lived in the house behind ours on the next block built Frog kits - good subjects - dull grey plastic - good piolts - but you had to go to Hempstead to get those.
Val Kraut
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Val Kraut
I would agree with the exception of their 1/72 Sikorsky HH-3, which isn't too bad.
Tom
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Maiesm72
It would be a tough call between Lindberg and Hawk. Hawk had some beautiful 1/48 kits but Lindberg had variety. A lot of the stuff they made has never appeared in anyone else's lists. I'm leaning more toward Lindberg. Oh, and make my tiny paint bottles Pactra thanks.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Bill Banaszak
Is this a crappy kit comparison? Well if I were to be stuck on that Island with a case of any single plane I would go for the Hawk 1/4 scale P-51D. Think what you will but it is an accurately shaped kit. Yes it has no wheel wells or cockpit but when was this tooled? Mid sixties? I dare anyone to take a Hawk/Testors P-51D fuselage half and hold it next to a 1/48 Hasegawa P-51D fuselage half. You may just go hmmm.... Cheers, Max Bryant
colors...and who
Reply to
Max Bryant
I couldn't agree more, and it's still got the best prop available in kit form....
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Al Superczynski
Is the Hawk P-51 the same kit that's in the Testors box now? BTW as for pactra paints...a local antique store has two packages of the hot rod assortment...most of the bottles appear to still be liquid mmmmmmmm
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Eyeball2002308
Yes, but the Testors release is starting to get a bit shabby - they really need to refurbish that tool. Better to find an original Hawk or early Testors boxing.
Good eBay fodder if the price is right.
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Al Superczynski
I think they want 12 dollars each,the package looks good and all the colors are there. They also have a couple of the small,box scale aurora kits.A F-104 and I think an F-105(?),plus several old UPC kits.$10 each but they are taped in sandwhich wrap,so I'm not sure what you'd be getting.
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Eyeball2002308
I actually have three of the large bottles of Pactra Mandarin Red, Flat Roof Brown and Chrome Silver and they're still good.
Eyeball2002308 wrote: > > Is the Hawk P-51 the same kit that's in the Testors box now? > BTW as for pactra paints...a local antique store has two packages of the hot > rod assortment...most of the bottles appear to still be liquid mmmmmmmm
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Ron
these are the small square bottles with the design in the side...I havent even seen them in @15 years
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Eyeball2002308
Ron wrote in news: snipped-for-privacy@rcn.com:
I have a set of the Pactra paints I got as a set of military colors. I haven't a freaking clue as to hold they are but they could go back to my teen years. Some of the bottles are shot but I used one not long ago.
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Gray Ghost
The large ones have been gone over 20 years.
Eyeball2002308 wrote:
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Ron
Pretty much if it's still liquid Pactra will work, not always the case with Testors.
Gray Ghost wrote:
> I have a set of the Pactra paints I got as a set of military colors. I > haven't a freaking clue as to hold they are but they could go back to my > teen years. Some of the bottles are shot but I used one not long ago.
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Ron

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