>I am assuming that the name Todd Henry has something specific to do with
>as I have seen numerous postings about AM products from that indiviual so
I wish ! I am in no way, shape, or form associated with Accurate
Miniatures, other than the fact that I have bought and will continue to
buy their kits from retail and mail order outlets, same as you. If you
infer my association from another post where I 'rant' regarding the
ump***th rumor of AM's demise, the Facts I stated were all common
knowledge to anyone who took the time to research the facts.
>The obvious first...
>The instructions are next to useless. What you don't communicate with
>those words, good manufacturers communicate without words with decent
>drawings. The old saying 'a picture is worth a 1000 words' is so true!
>The decals are some of the worst I've seen.
I also think the instructions are not up to snuff. However, I would
hardly call them next to useless, unless of course you don't read them.
Accurate Miniature's intstructions attempt to make up for the paucity of
graphic detail with more detailed text descriptions, something that I tend
to like. I do know that the problems that a number of people have had
building the Avenger have come from not reading the instructions. As
others have posted here, RTFM.
>The method of attaching the strut bay doors to the struts is very
>confusing. Most companies use the round-peg-in-round-hole method of
>joining parts. You seemed to opt for the round-peg-meets-round peg
>method... very strange.
I don't opt for any of it, other than building them like you. I haven't
built the B/C kits yet, but I have built two of the Allison engined
Mustangs, and I don't remember having any problems whatsoever with
assembly. They were among the easiest to build kits I've ever done,
something I've heard from many other modellers.
>The fuselage, took a lot of force to make all the points line up. With
>top of the fuselage aligned, the bottom was off by a 1/32 th of an inch
>considerable error in 1/48th scale).
Can't speak to this myself (I will try the fit tonight), but others who
have built the kit have mentioned wing root and underwing fit problems, as
well as wing warpage. I know the early Mustangs I've built required no
filler at all.
>Now, I have already heard from the John Wayne section of our news group
>think working on a poor quality model makes you a special and creative
>person. Personally, I'd rather spend my time working for ultimate
>refinement, not making up for poor design.
As a builder of 'dog' kits, vacuforms, resins, limited run, etc. I
appreciate your opinion. I love the new injection kits from Tamiya, AM,
Hasegawa, even Airfix now !, but to consider AM's Mustangs 'poor quality
models' is a bit excessive, and it is an opinion you will probably find
little agreement with. It would be like calling Tamiya's Mustang a piece
of ***for having the wrong floor. (It's a great kit).
>In the words on Dennis Miller, this is just my opnion, but I could be
>wrong.... have a nice day!
Dave, I have not built either of their new Mustangs, and I have heard that
they are not up to the standard they set with their Allison engined
Mustangs or the Avengers, but I have built the early models, and they are
fantastic. You warned the original poster to stay away from Accurate's
early efforts, which are fantastic kits in anyone's book. Build one !