WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by Gilbert Colli » Fri, 25 Jul 1997 04:00:00



Well the title says it all. I understand that there was a Heller kit and an Airfix
kit. For a beginner modeller which would you recommend?

Thanks,

G. Collins

 
 
 

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by LubenLar » Fri, 25 Jul 1997 04:00:00


The Heller kit in 1/400 is OK. Detail is a little crude, but no major
hassles in building. I also seem to remember an Italieri kit 1/720? Don't
know about the Airfix kit.  Hope this helps.

Larry B

 
 
 

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by Rob Macki » Fri, 25 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Well the title says it all. I understand that there was a Heller kit and an Airfix
> kit. For a beginner modeller which would you recommend?

> Thanks,

> G. Collins

Heller makes an excellent 1/400 Graf Spee.  It was recently re-released
and is available for about $20 from APC Hobbies at

http://www.apchobbies.com/

Rob Mackie

 
 
 

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by Burkhard Dom » Sat, 26 Jul 1997 04:00:00




Quote:
>Well the title says it all. I understand that there was a Heller kit and an Airfix
>kit. For a beginner modeller which would you recommend?

>Thanks,

>G. Collins

For a beginner I'd choose the 1/700 Airfix kit. I was a beginner when
I did this in the early Seventies and remember it was quite filigrane
for those-day standards. No idea whether it's still on the market
though.

RLHDLW Burkhard

 
 
 

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by Pacific Front Hobbie » Sat, 26 Jul 1997 04:00:00


The Heller 1:400 kit is the best readily available larger scale kit (we
have it in stock again), and can be tremendously enhanced by using the
all-new Gold Medal Models 1:400 German Heavy Ship photoetched set, which
is outstanding. Nichimo has a 1:500 Graf Spee which is very nice but
hard to find; we've only had 3 or so in the last couple of years. The
1:700 Fujimi Graf Spee is one of the best kits offered by this
manufacturer. Neptun of Germany offers an exquisite 1:1250 scale model;
even the small AA guns are fully represented. Thanks, Bill Gruner,
Pacific Front Hobbies
http://www.pacificfront.com

 
 
 

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by Ismail Hassenpflu » Sat, 02 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Quote:



> >Well the title says it all. I understand that there was a Heller kit and an Airfix
> >kit. For a beginner modeller which would you recommend?

> For a beginner I'd choose the 1/700 Airfix kit. I was a beginner when
> I did this in the early Seventies and remember it was quite filigrane
> for those-day standards. No idea whether it's still on the market
> though.

A small correction there: the Airfix kit is 1/600. The Heller kit is
bigger, in 1/400 scale, while the Fujimi offering is 1/700, and the even
smaller but very nice Italeri Graf spee is 1/720. By the way, if anyone
knows where I can obtain an Italeri Graf Spee, Deutschland and Admiral
Scheer I would be very grateful.

For comments on these ship kits look up http://navismagazine.com and
read Rajendra's model review list.

I personally like all the kits - they portray the Graf Spee at different
times of her career I think. Some include light AA guns, others don't,
etc. For a beginner I recommend the Airfix kit, which is large enough to
give no difficulties with fiddly bits, and doesn't look too bare without
lots of deck detail. Heller's kit I find needs more work to make it look
realistic (because of the large open deck spaces), while the smaller
Fujimi and Italeri kits need more work with the smaller parts (which
don't take well to being injection molded in a small scale).

So much for that.... I'd love to hear other opinions on these models.

Gernot

 
 
 

WHO MAKES A GOOD MODEL OF THE ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE?

Post by Caroline Carte » Sun, 03 Aug 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>bigger, in 1/400 scale, while the Fujimi offering is 1/700, and the even
>smaller but very nice Italeri Graf spee is 1/720. By the way, if anyone
>knows where I can obtain an Italeri Graf Spee, Deutschland and Admiral
>Scheer I would be very grateful.

>For comments on these ship kits look up http://navismagazine.com and
>read Rajendra's model review list.

>I personally like all the kits - they portray the Graf Spee at different
>times of her career I think. Some include light AA guns, others don't,
>etc. For a beginner I recommend the Airfix kit, which is large enough to
>give no difficulties with fiddly bits, and doesn't look too bare without
>lots of deck detail. Heller's kit I find needs more work to make it look
>realistic (because of the large open deck spaces), while the smaller
>Fujimi and Italeri kits need more work with the smaller parts (which
>don't take well to being injection molded in a small scale).

>So much for that.... I'd love to hear other opinions on these models.

Yes, I concur wholeheartedly..the Italeri kits are inexpensive and under-rated
re value for money...and yes we have the Italeri kits in stock at around 5.00
British pounds.  The Fujimi kit, although more expensive, requires more work.The
Airfix kit is now discontinued.

Slap on that beautiful new Gold Medal Models 1/700 German Warship fittings set
and you have a low-budget show-stopper.
Caroline
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