AIRCRAFT : Question on Aircrafts from a true blue newbie

AIRCRAFT : Question on Aircrafts from a true blue newbie

Post by Mark Bannerm » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00



HI folks,

If anyone can help me out with these, I would certainly appreciate your
assistance :)

I am about to embark on a big adventure by trying my hand at an aircraft
model. I have modelled and painted both figures and armour for about 5 years
so I feel somewhat confortable tackling an aircraft.

I went through my handy Sqadron catalogue which dates back to 1996 and found
many aircrafts I am interested in giving a go. I am wondering the following
questions specifically on some of the kits I found.

1) Classic Airframes manufacturers a Boulton Paul Defiant - Anyone who has had
a go, I would be interested to know your thoughts of this kit.

2) I am also interested in hearing from anyone who has had an opportunity
to build either the SMER's Savoia Marchetti SM79 Sparviero (1/48th),
Hobbycraft's Dornier DO172 (1/48th), Monogram's B-25J Mitchell (1/48th)and Pro
Modeler A-26B Invader (1/48th scale). If you had a choice which would you
prefer to build ?

3) Does any manufacturer make the following kits in 1/48th scale a) Bristol
Blenheim, b) Fairey Swordfish c) Junker JU52 4) CANT Z 1007 Bis Alcione ?

I thank anyone who can assist me with this. I will be forever indebted to
you ! I would appreciate anyone responding to email directly as I don't have
an opportunity to get on this site often.

Many thanks folks

Mark B.


 
 
 

AIRCRAFT : Question on Aircrafts from a true blue newbie

Post by DonS » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>HI folks,

>If anyone can help me out with these, I would certainly appreciate your
>assistance :)

>I am about to embark on a big adventure by trying my hand at an aircraft
>model. I have modelled and painted both figures and armour for about 5 years
>so I feel somewhat confortable tackling an aircraft.

>I went through my handy Sqadron catalogue which dates back to 1996 and found
>many aircrafts I am interested in giving a go. I am wondering the following
>questions specifically on some of the kits I found.

>1) Classic Airframes manufacturers a Boulton Paul Defiant - Anyone who has
>had
>a go, I would be interested to know your thoughts of this kit.

  While I don't doubt your modelling skills, I think I'd hold off on the
Defiant. It will take a LOT of work to complete, and you may end up losing
interest before you finish. Saying that it is a very complete kit (Plastic,
Resin, Etched Brass, Cast Metal), with a ton of detail.

Quote:
>2) I am also interested in hearing from anyone who has had an opportunity
>to build either the SMER's Savoia Marchetti SM79 Sparviero (1/48th),
>Hobbycraft's Dornier DO172 (1/48th), Monogram's B-25J Mitchell (1/48th)and
>Pro
>Modeler A-26B Invader (1/48th scale). If you had a choice which would you
>prefer to build ?

  If it were me, I'd skip the SM.79, a 1960s kit that looks like a 1950s kit,
very little detail (although you can get Eduard brass sets for the interior and
exterior) and horrendous fit problems. The Do 17 isn't bad, needs detail work,
though. I'd take the B-25 or the B-26 as my choice. I like the B-25 better so
that would be my choice, but you couldn't go wrong with eiter.

Quote:
>3) Does any manufacturer make the following kits in 1/48th scale a) Bristol
>Blenheim, b) Fairey Swordfish c) Junker JU52 4) CANT Z 1007 Bis Alcione ?

I think there's a vacform Blenheim due out soon, Monogram is supposedly doing a
Ju 52, there's the old SMER/Merit Swordfish and MDC's new Multi-media kit and I
can't think of any 1/48th Z.1007s, but there is a Supermodel 1/72nd scale kit.

Quote:
>I thank anyone who can assist me with this. I will be forever indebted to
>you ! I would appreciate anyone responding to email directly as I don't have
>an opportunity to get on this site often.

>Many thanks folks

>Mark B.



Don

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 "There are only three true sports; Auto Racing, Bullfighting and Mountain
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AIRCRAFT : Question on Aircrafts from a true blue newbie

Post by James » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>HI folks,

>If anyone can help me out with these, I would certainly appreciate your
>assistance :)

>I am about to embark on a big adventure by trying my hand at an aircraft
>model. I have modelled and painted both figures and armour for about 5 years
>so I feel somewhat confortable tackling an aircraft.

>Mark B.



I bet you would have best luck to chose a "low-wing, tail-dragger monoplane"
single-engine fighter.Best to avoid anything that says "limited production"
at first.  I'd recommend a kit
from a quality manufacturer like monogram, tamiya, hasegawa, something that
you can find a review on that says what a well-fitting kit it is.  Skip the
larger a/c at first, also skip kits with lots of ' bells and whistles'.  
Avoid complicated paint schemes for the first kit.  A lot of Monogram kits
are dirt cheap, under ten dollars, and simple as pie.  Tamiya's prices are
down right now, and they are the king of fit.  1/48 scale is a good place
to start.  Tamiya's Zero model 21 is $11.97 in the 1998 Squadron catalog....

Have Fun!

James      

 
 
 

AIRCRAFT : Question on Aircrafts from a true blue newbie

Post by Azzz15 » Thu, 04 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
Bannerman) writes:
>1) Classic Airframes manufacturers a Boulton Paul Defiant - Anyone who has
>had

a go, I would be interested to know your thoughts of this kit.

Dont really know about the others, but plan on a LONG time
to work on this one !!!!!!
I want to build mine real bad, but after seeing my friend struggle
with one (not finished yet...) I'm going to pass on it, for a year or so.
(or wait until I feel like hurting myself...)

Allan
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AIRCRAFT : Question on Aircrafts from a true blue newbie

Post by Gary B » Fri, 05 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>Bannerman) writes:
>>1) Classic Airframes manufacturers a Boulton Paul Defiant - Anyone who has
>>had
>a go, I would be interested to know your thoughts of this kit.
>Dont really know about the others, but plan on a LONG time
>to work on this one !!!!!!
>I want to build mine real bad, but after seeing my friend struggle
>with one (not finished yet...) I'm going to pass on it, for a year or so.
>(or wait until I feel like hurting myself...)
>Allan

I second that.  if you are a tyro kitbasher save this one for a bit
later on.  If kitbashing and correcting major faults is your thing
then this will make a very nice long term project to keep doing in
short bursts  while working on other things.  I think there was  an
excellent article by Steve Benstead on how to build this beastie in
Scale Aviation Modeller International, Vol 3, Issues 1 (Jan 97) and 2
(Feb 97).

Gary Byk
Remember the golden rule of the 7 Ps